In a vase on Monday – Kitchen sink!


The colour theme of this vase was supposed to be simply orange, with some contrasting purple from the Asters.  However, with the original pickings looking far too mean, I broadened the remit.

One thing led to another, and I’ve ended up with a rather random selection of the original planned Pat Austin roses (already looking a little floppy by the time I took the photo) Euphorbia characias ‘Wulfenii’ and Asters,  then being joined by Zinnias, both ‘Benary Giant Lime’ and ‘Queen Red Lime,’IMG_4495

a single stem of Antirrhinum ‘Orange Wonder,’ seed heads from Arum italicum pictum,IMG_4498

Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’ and Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration’IMG_4494

I think it was Constance Spry who said when flower arranging you should ‘allow room for the butterflies’ – I think it’s fair to say by the time I’d finished cramming, there was probably only space for a Small Blue!

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have picked for their vases this Monday?

16 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Kitchen sink!

  1. Cathy

    What a wonderful combination of blooms, Jen – the shades you have chosen work so well together, and what a glorious rose Jubilee Celebration is! The first photo has such a soft almost faded glow to it and the arrangement would easily be at home in a stately home somewhere – oops, sorry! I was assuming your home is not as stately as some but I may of course be wrong… 😉

  2. Peter Herpst

    A fabulous arrangement! Your roses are gorgeous as is everything else you’ve chosen this week. Silly Constance Spry, butterflies like living outside, not inside where vases of flowers are placed.

  3. Kris P

    I often get carried away adding flowers to arrangements but not to such a great effect as you did! It’s another luscious mix of colors. I’m very impressed by the giant lime zinnia and will be looking for seeds of that variety next year.

  4. Ali

    I look be that Constance Spry quote! What a lovely arrangement. I have found zinnias difficult to combine with dahlias or roses because of their papery texture compared with the silky texture of dahlias and roses. You have done it beautifully. I am going to try one of the Benary zinnias next year.


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