In a Vase on Monday: Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

Leonardo da Vinci



This week’s vase for In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden


The grasses were what caught my eye today; some are silvery, some shimmer like gold when the sun catches them, and when I spied a white Centranthus flower among them the arrangement started to form in my mind and then in my hands as I walked around the garden.


As I added a few more white Centranthus ruber ‘Alba’ flowers and a sprig of Daisy Fleabane I shaped the bunch of grasses around them, finally placing three white Zinnias at the front.

Do you have any pretty grasses in your garden at the moment?


We had just gathered some hazelnuts from a small tree the squirrels have overlooked, so I have put a few next to the vase as a simple decoration (I usually forget to add a prop!).


It was tempting to add a splash of colour, but the pink centre of one of the zinnias stands out all the more I think without any extra pink…. what do you think?


Now take a look at some of the other vases being created around the world on a Monday for Cathy’s meme at Rambling in the Garden

Thanks Cathy!

Have a good week everyone!

43 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Simplicity

  1. Now that IS lovely, Cathy! Simplicity is always the best, but not always easy to achieve. Yes there are lots of grasses looking wonderful at the moment but I’m saving them for when there are no more flowers.

    • An awful thought “no more flowers”… but I was thinking about that time to come too yesterday. I hate to think what I will be putting in a vase in December and January! It will require some very creative out-of-the-box thinking! 😉

  2. My grasses are really starting to show off and I think a grasses vas would be wonderful. I adore that white zinnia with the purple-pink center. I don’t think I see many white zinnias….a perfect, loevely simple vase that is extraordinarily beautiful…and hazelnuts…yum!

  3. Perfect! I love the hazelnut “props” too. I tried for simple this week as well but I think you did it better, Cathy. I find it’s hard to stop tweaking the vase.

    • Hazelnuts Michael! The squirrels left us some this year! 😉 I don’t think we have hickory in Europe, but there’s a walnut tree not far from us, and chestnuts too.

  4. That really is a beautiful arrangement – your photos could come straight from the pages of a magazine. There’s a Stipa arundinacea in our garden that’s looking especially good right now, but it’s just that bit too floppy to be easily included in a vase of flowers.

    • Thank you Sarah! 🙂 I intend to plant some more grasses soon as they do well here in this well-drained garden. Stipa is lovely and Pennisetum is something I’d like too.

  5. I am so missing not having flowers for a Monday at the moment. Then I took a look at your arrangement and miss them even more. Your vase this week is right up my street, simply stunning. The LdV quote is spot on.

  6. I think you did this arrangement perfectly with the white, the wood, and the hazelnuts. Such a nice clean autumn arrangement. Here the grasses are just coming into their own and I’m halfway liking it even if I am still in denial over the end of summer.

    • Thanks Frank. I’m sure you’ll get into the swing of autumn once the colours start showing. We are now getting the misty morings typical at this time of year and it still looks quite ghostly out there at 8am!

  7. I like the simplicity of your arrangement, Cathy. The vase works well for the cuttings, doesn’t it?

    We do have grasses (two or three varieties) but I don’t think to cut them very often. I tried an all grass arrangement once and didn’t like it at all. I’ll have to try your method.

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