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.
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.
Nice mixture of textures and forms. Great idea to use the dill and solidago. That purple aster is a great color.
I keep promising myself to add more Asters. They come along just when most things are starting to fade.
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).
This might be one of those plants that is happier in our climate. Can’t feel too sorry for you, with all the great stuff you can grow.
Good call on including the dill, nicely done.
I would have had to put up hundreds of jars of pickles to use up the whole bunch…couldn’t let that pretty stuff go to waste.
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.
I just got back from the one-stop shopping center, where there were scads of Asters, none of them named.
A great vase, I love the structure of the dill heads same with parsley, thanks.
I’ve never grown parsley, but seeing it in several gardens this year has me thinking I should.
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
And thank YOU for keeping the rules loose and always being encouraging.
I couldn’t agree more about trying out combos in the vase…and yours is one of my favorite that grows in my meadow and in some wild areas in my garden….it makes me smile!
I just moved some of these to a wilder area (great minds, and all that).
Ooh, I love the blue asters with the yellow goldenrod and sunflowers.
Not seen this solidago before. What a lovely arrangement, like rays of sunshine. There is so much movement, which I love in arrangements. Thanks for this
This particular Solidago does seem like an explosion.
Beautiful and very carefree! 🙂
Carefree is a good way to be…not that I can always manage it.