in a vase on monday

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My intention was to base my vase today on the one sunflower that decided to bloom. Out there, secateurs in hand, I saw that there were many buds forming down the stem. Couldn’t go there. Instead, I cheated a bit and started with the dill left over from a pickling project. It came from the grocery store, not my garden. You will forgive that little indiscretion, won’t you?


It’s been said that a good way to test out plant combinations is to make a bouquet of the plants being considered. I’m turning that concept on its head and choosing plants that are looking good in the garden to put in my vase: a purple aster passalong (noid) with Helianthum maximilianii.

Solidago 'Fireworks'

Solidago ‘Fireworks’

I have Solidago ‘Fireworks’ growing in several places around the garden. It seemed like a good candidate to round things out.


This is the photo that gives the truest rendering of the colors.


This one gives you a better idea of the flower forms.


And here it is, towering over the tablescape in its large, clear cylindrical vase. Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) has a burgundy treat in store for you this week, so be sure to click through. She manages to find something vase-worthy in her garden every week of the year and invites us to do the same.

20 thoughts on “in a vase on monday

  1. This is my favorite color combination. I wish I had more Asters but so far I’ve found only one with any staying power in my garden (and it’s puny by comparison to yours).

  2. I used what looks like the same Aster, and was hoping you were going to give the ID, I don’t know what it is either. I really like the solidago in the arrangement it gives so much movement to the design.

  3. You turned the concept so well, rickii, as you always do – the helianthemum and solidago along with the dill work surprisingly well with the asters. Thanks so much for treating us to this lovely vase

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