Unbelievably, it is Monday again! Where does the time go? Ever notice that as we get older time seems to fly even faster??? My kids are now back at school and we are settling in to our old, and some new, routines. The “feel” of summer is leaving us. One thing that is not quite ready to leave, at least in my yard, are the flowers. I won’t say they are going strong, but they are hanging in there! This is rather helpful as I join http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/ for the meme In a Vase on Monday. I joined for the first time last week and I really like it! This is where bloggers from all around the world join in to create arrangements in vases and we all link together. What a beautiful way to to start our week!
My father-in-law, who is an incredible gardener, recently (as in a week ago!) gave me a new, quite beautiful, plant for my garden. It is a white spotted Calla lily (Zantedeschia albomaculata). I’m not exactly sure if this is cheating, but I used those gorgeous flowers in this arrangement. I can’t wait for the plant to get all settled into its new bed and produce loads of flowers for me next year!
As always, the sun was in and out while I was taking pictures. The other factor that I have to (always) contend with is the wind; it is a given where we live! So I might design something lovely and symmetrical inside the house and then by the time I get it outside and set up to photograph, it is completely topsy-turvy! That is my story and I am sticking to it 🙂
My echinacea plant (Salsa Red) is one of my favorite purchases from last year. It is really only now coming in to full bloom and boy is it showing off that bright red color!
I think the most photographed flower (vegetable?) in the garden is my globe artichoke (Cynara Cardunculus). I love the purple color and the different texture of the bloom. It is rather different which I think is what I really like about it.
Red, purple, white, and green; the colors just felt right to me. The vase is from my mom, which always makes it special. I’ve used it before, but I have to say that I think this arrangement was simply made for this vase.
I get rather annoyed when the sun goes behind a cloud. But as mentioned before, with all of that wind, the clouds usually move along.
Isn’t the difference in lighting amazing?
I hope you’ve enjoyed my arrangement. You’ll find some wonderful arrangements linked to Rambling in the Garden, and of course Rambling in the Garden’s vase arrangement, too! So feel free to pop on over and check them out. (here’s the link again: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/ )
Happy Monday! Happy September 1st! Happy back to School & Work!
This arrangement is very beautiful, I love the bright colors. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Sharon! I’m glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
That echinacea is an astonishingly bright red – don’t think I have ever come across one that shade before. They seem to be very choosy about living in the UK and many of us have never managed to maintain them from one year to the next, which is a shame. The calla flowers are perfect – but where are their spots?! – and of course it’s not cheating as the plant IS yours, even if it is new to you! Looks promising for next year 🙂 Thanks for joining in ps are you glad that the school routines have started again….?
Hi Cathy! The spots are actually on the leaves of the calla lilies, funny enough. I have planted it in a place where I can see if from in the house as I am really hopeful that it is going to be a wonderful show-off! Am I happy to be back into the over scheduled, over-tired, never ending activities and schooling??? big sigh, I honestly don’t know how to answer! I loved having the kids home and our very relaxed summer. But I do think it is time for all of us to get back to some routine. Although I do wish it wouldn’t have to be quite so busy. Thank you for visiting me today and your lovely comments! Dana
There is something comforting and reassuring about getting back into routines – like putting a cardigan on as the days are getting cooler (well, here anyway!)
I love this arrangement! I also have a new calla with spotted leaves – it’s creamy yellow, tho. Those red echinacea are spectacular – I’ve never seen them in red. I lost my pink ones (do bunnies like them?) and am trying to restart them as well.
Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much! I am loving my calla lily and really looking forward to it all settled into my garden for next year. I bet cream is lovely too. I’m not sure about bunnies liking echinacea. That would be disappointing! I hope they come back for you (the plant, not the bunnies!). Thank you for visiting 🙂 Dana
Dana how absolutely brilliant is your vase….a gorgeous red vase with beautiful flowers that go together beautifully especially the red echinacea…wow! So glad to have found you too!
Thank you for the lovely compliment Donna! I am really enjoying Cathy’s meme and finding blogs like yours. And wasn’t that easy to do, too? 🙂 Dana
That bright red Echinacea really is lovely, and your vase is ideal for it! 🙂
Thank you Cathy. Yes, it felt like a perfect fit!
The artichoke flowers are a great touch! I was surprised to see the calla lily until I realized that you’re in Ireland – mine (in Southern California) were done in by April.
Hi Kris! Oh yes, a very mild, uneventful climate would describe Ireland perfectly! I miss having some real heat, but there are of course benefits. Thanks so much for visiting! Dana
Oh, I like that Echinacea! What a good color for this time of year! I’ve always liked red and purple together, and that vase is gorgeous, too! I’m relatively new to In a Vase Monday as well; it’s a great reminder to bring some flowers into the house, and you get to meet lots of new-to-you bloggers!
Hi Kimberley! I didn’t think I was a “red in the garden” kind of gal, but I love that Salsa Red Echinacea! It totally has me converted, and I’m planning on other red plant additions for next year. I’m also glad for the motivation as you say to bring flowers inside for this meme. It is nice to meet you 🙂 Dana