In a Vase on Monday: Peace

I read last night that today is the UN International Day of Peace. What good such a day can do, I cannot imagine. I am sure we are all very much aware of the troubles all over the world right now, especially in the Middle East – up to ten thousand refugees (mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan) are entering Germany daily at the moment – but a day designated for thinking about the desperate need for more peace around the globe can certainly do no harm.

I therefore decided to take the theme of peace into my Monday vase this week – joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with her weekly meme. Why not pop over and visit her and see Cathy’s creation and all the other vases linking in from around the world. Or join in and make your own contribution using materials from your garden!


Cosmos “Purity” is the star of this vase – one of the cosmos that flowered well, albeit somewhat late this summer. It looks gorgeous against our clear blue sky this morning!


I associate the colour white with peace, and another white flower I grew from seed is the Cleome. Unfortunately the flowers are now looking a bit tatty and the leaves have been almost completely devoured by caterpillars. The seeds are ripening and I shall scatter a few and save the rest for sowing next year.


I have identified the custard yellow Echinacea above as “Aloha”, and decided to use it to contrast with the yellow centres of the Cosmos flowers.

Other flowers included are the white Achillea millefolium, which I planted last autumn and which has now got established despite the drought. Tough little plants!


And the creamy Scabiosa ochroleuca – this sort spreads like mad in my well-drained soil and can get quite a handful, but is easy to pull out in spring.


Various grasses fill out the vase with silvery and golden hues.


To finish off on a serious note, a quote for today…

“I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Have a good week, and thanks for stopping by!


34 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Peace

  1. So beautiful and I love the sentiment behind your vase.
    On the Facebook page of the Dalai Lama today: “I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for one self, one’s own family or one’s nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival, it is the foundation for world peace.”

    • That is so optimistic, but I am afraid I am a born skeptic and wonder if universal responsibility really exists… we can inly change things within our own immediate environment, but perhaps with a knock-on effect? Thanks for the quote!

  2. Thank you for reminding me of this day…I now have it on my calendar each year. A very special vase and so beautifully executed Cathy. Love the white cosmos and hint of yellows to offset the centers. Here’s to world peace!

  3. Your vase is a most apt offering for International Day of Peace – and thanks for reminding is of it. I knew it was coming up but forget the date otherwise I would have attempted a peace vase too. Peace may seem a distant hope but if enough of us send peace and compassion around the world and live by this example it will, I believe, like the butterfly’s wings, make an impact…

  4. Love the theme of peace in your arrangement this week, Cathy. Lord knows, we all could use all we can get! ‘Purity’ is a perfect name for the cosmos and E. ‘Aloha’ is a great color that would look well in my garden. I must look for it!

  5. I wasn’t aware that today had been declared an International Day of Peace, which in itself is a bit sad, but how wonderful to receive that news from halfway across the world within a group that pulls together each week simply to share their love of flowers and nature. Thank you for this week’s beautiful vase Cathy!

    • It is also rather sad that this day didn’t even feature in the news last night, Kris. But as you say, this group of people sharing a common passion for nature each week sustains my hope in humanity. 🙂

  6. If only every day could be a day of peace. I love the way you have used C. Purity to soften the edge of your vase. It’s a beautiful and peaceful composition, thank you.

  7. Just beautiful in so many ways, Cathy! Your pretty, white Cosmos makes me think of peace, too. We are all watching the news closely and are hoping for the best for everyone. It’s almost unimaginable to see the numbers of migrants flooding across Europe each day. Praying for peace! ♡

    • You are right Janet, the general public have been wonderful here with volunteers dispensing food and clothing and even toys at the railway stations. If only such acts of kindness could change the world, but they at least make it a little better. 🙂

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