In A Vase On Monday: Because…

It is some years now since I had to get out of the house early on a Monday morning and I recall the gloom of Sunday evenings well, preparing lessons and my school books for the following morning. (I did love my teaching job, but my last year there was sullied by conflict.) School starts at 8 am here, so the alarm clock went off in (what seemed like) the middle of the night! Luckily my Mondays are a lot brighter these days, partly also thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and her lovely Monday meme!

Today I decided to put a vase together after missing last week – well, actually I did indeed have a vase last week, but stormy winds and torrential rain prevented me from getting any good photos of it to share.

So this morning I set out the vase I wanted to use and went outside with my garden scissors to see what I could find…


Yes, I ended up with so much material. So just because….., I made up two larger arrangements and three small vases. πŸ˜€

The first one is an ode to October – a sunflower (Silver Queen about 120cm tall with silver foliage), Chrysopsis, Rudbeckia, Helenium (Lemon Queen), Euphorbia, Fennel and some Alchemilla, Cosmos and Abutilon leaves to form a kind of collar. I tied these together in bouquet style before putting them in the vase.

The second large arrangement in my lotus vase includes a bit of everything, but the main features are the Aster ‘Pink Star’, the Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberry’, the lovely deep pink Achillea ‘Pomegranate’ and an unidentified pink Cosmos with curled petals that just appeared from nowhere. It looks like the seashell ones, but I have never grown them here!

The Tithonia near the house is still producing the odd flower, but the frost got to the ones on the sunshine bed and they will have to be cut down soon. So I just had to pick some more of these lovely cheerful flowers simply because…., with an orange Echinacea and two red zinnias (which are possibly the last two worth picking).

Finally, a few leftovers and an Abutilon flower (Bella mix). I love them in pots, but I planted all my seedlings out this year and found they got a bit lost in the flower beds; the flowers tend to hide behind the enormous leaves…

Thank you Cathy, for hosting this meme. I know it has improved Mondays for many other people too, who either join in or just stop by to take a look.

Do visit Cathy’s vase full of autumn joy today, and have a lovely flowery week!



47 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday: Because…

  1. What a glorious bright selection of posies, Cathy – a real feast for the eyes! It is such a shame when our working experiences become marred by conflict – it happens to so many people in the teaching profession and no doubt elsewhere too. ‘Free’ weekends are such a luxury when you are no longer teaching!

    • Yes, Sunday nights were always a scramble to get organized! LOL! The conflict was basically my boss refusing to pay holiday and overtime due over several years. (A private language school can do what it likes, he thought, but I took him to court and won. Ha! ) Changing direction and doing translation work was good too though. πŸ™‚

          • Yes, when I first finished work I did think I would look for something that brought in a small income but that quickly went by the board when I got used to all the extra time I had to do what I wanted!

  2. Lovely range of colors offered today! My favorite is the mixed pinks, with such a pretty aster and achillea. I wonder if they are available this side of the Atlantic? I must look for them.

    • The Achillea is such a gorgeous colour Eliza. I do hope it settles in well before winter. The Aster is A. pringlei Pink Star and although it is now standing slightly askew after our storm last week it looks wonderful in the butterfly bed!

  3. You went to town, Cathy – and I’m glad you did! Perhaps perversely, cutting flowers sometimes seems the very best way to celebrate one’s garden. I love all your creations but especially the 2 large exuberant ones.

    • Thanks Kris. And bringing the colour indoors is an absolute must when it is getting too cold to go outside for longer periods to enjoy it up close. πŸ™‚

  4. Cathy made my day and made me smile with your divine floral arrangements: I love them. How many wonderful flowers you have used, I love them all: Sunflowers, Cosmos, Abutilon, Asters, Achillea, Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Helenium, Zinnias, … I love them all. What fantastic colors. Thank you for your magnificent vases, large and small, they are fabulous. Have a great week. Greetings from Margarita.

  5. Oh my goodness Cathy, you really did find some beauties! Love the monochromatic first vase. I’ve never grown Abutilon. It seems like a great addition to a garden.

    • Thanks Susie. I bet the Abutilon would do well in your climate. I planted out seedlings in May and they need no attention whatsoever. They take a while to start growing, but by August they were all in flower. πŸ™‚

  6. It surprises me many times when I find a wealth of flowers and thought there was not much. You are rich in color this Monday. The pinks and blues are my favorite, though the sunny yellows are hard to resist.

  7. Haha, I for one did have to brave the rainy darkness this morning and face the students this Monday, but your bright, cheerful colors have brought some much needed color to my day! Have a great week πŸ™‚

  8. You really did have an abundance this week, Cathy! What lovely arrangements. I really related to your conversation about early Monday mornings. Before I retired three years ago, I was in my office every morning at 7 a.m. and I sure don’t miss that! πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚ I never minded it much except on a Monday! And towards the end where I dreaded bumping into my nasty boss… Giving up teaching was hard but I found the translation work I did until recently very rewarding and interesting.

  9. Cathy, these are stunning. I’m impressed with your lovely arranging skills AND your harvest bounty. What a collection. They all look marvelous and though you didn’t like the rain, it appears they may have benefited.

  10. What an abundance, so many fabulous jewel colours. I love all the yellows, especially H. Lemon Queen. Gorgeous orange echinacea, I thought it was a tithonia.

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