In a Vase on Monday: The color Red! (Echinacea Salsa Red to be exact)

In a Vase on Monday: The color Red

In a Vase on Monday: The color Red

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!

Echinacea Salsa Red, Globe Artichoke, a

Echinacea Salsa Red, Cynara Cardunculus (Globe Artichoke), and Zantedeschi albomaculata (white spotted Calla lily)

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!

up close...

White Calla Lily up close…

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 🙂

Salsa Red Echinacea

Salsa Red Echinacea

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!

Globe artichoke

Globe artichoke (Cynara Cardunculus)

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 bee wanted a part of the action

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.

same arrangement while the sun is behind a cloud...

same arrangement while the sun is behind a cloud…

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.

Fun colors in a fun vase

Fun colors in a fun vase

Isn’t the difference in lighting amazing?

In a Vase on Monday...

In a Vase on Monday…

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!

Dana

A final farewell to summertime flowers

Echinacea Salsa Red

Echinacea Salsa Red

It really was such a lovely summer.  I have so many pictures that I’ve taken that I want to share!  There have been a few new additions to the garden.  The Salsa Red Echinacea is one of my favorites!  A red cone flower, it has been blooming since I bought it in late summer.  I have it near my Black eyed Susan flowers.

Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) in evening sunlight.

Butterfly enjoying the Black eyed Susan

Butterfly enjoying the Black eyed Susan

Paniculata hydrangea

Paniculata hydrangea

The Paniculata hydrangea is another new addition to my garden and another one of my favorites! 🙂  I bought it late in the season while it was still mostly white. But as it ages, it turns pink, and mine turned quite pink in the end.  It is just about ready for me to give it a really good pruning. I’d like to give it a nicer shape for next year as it is quite gangly at the moment.  But the blooms were so lovely and delicate!

Paniculata hydrangea

Paniculata hydrangea – reminds me of lace.

Paniculata hydrangea

Paniculata hydrangea

The Paniculata hydrangea likes lots of sun.  Other varieties of hydrangea don’t require as much sunlight as this one does.  It can grow to about 8 to 10 feet tall and wide, but can be kept at the size you want with regular pruning.  Pruning can be done at any time of year as it does not affect the blooms like other varieties of hydrangeas.  I’m excited to see how this one does in our sunny front yard!

End of season Paniculata hydrangea with its new pink color.

End of season Paniculata hydrangea with its new pink color.

Speaking of pink!  My roses are going for another round of showing off!  We had really bad black spot this year, and I was away when it should have been looked after.  I am still trying to find organic ways to prevent/treat black spot. (Please let me know if you’ve found something that works!)  I’ll be growing something from the onion family in the rose garden next year. But I think I’ll need to find some kind of spray, too, as the conditions for black spot are simply too perfect here.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying the (rose) show!

Floribunda rose Queen Elizabeth (fragrant) with about a million flower buds!

Floribunda rose Queen Elizabeth (fragrant) with about a million flower buds!

Floribunda rose Burgundy Ice

Floribunda rose Burgundy Ice

Floribunda rose Burgundy Ice

Floribunda rose Burgundy Ice

Hybrid tea rose Pink Peace (fragrant)Hybrid tea rose Pink Peace (fragrant)

A tiny stemmed rose bouquet.

A tiny stemmed rose bouquet.

Dahlia.

Dahlia

I’ve planted a yellow Dahlia next to my Asters which have a bright yellow center, or at least they will when they finally bloom later in the fall.  This little plant is very cheerful right now!

Dahlia

Dahlia

This redish Dahlia plant I received at the same time as the yellow one.  It seems to be much happier in its location as the plant size more than doubled in a very short amount of time!

A very happy Dahlia plant.

A very happy Dahlia plant covered in blooms.

Blue hydrangea

Blue hydrangea

Sure it wouldn’t be summer without a  blue hydrangea picture! This plant is growing just down the road from me at my neighbor Jerry’s house.  I couldn’t resist taking a picture of it, as the color is so lovely!

Pink hydrangea

Pink hydrangea

Things in my yard tend to grow pink!  This hydrangea is in my yard.  That is ok with me.

Autumn Joy sedum

Autumn Joy sedum

My Autumn Joy sedum is turning a pretty shade of pink.  The butterflies like it too!  I cut this plant down early in the season so that it wouldn’t be so leggy.  That worked great and I think it’s now neater.

Old fashioned geranium

Old fashioned geranium

Geranium on a foggy morning.

Geranium on a foggy morning.

Marigold

Marigold

A snapshot of a perfect summer day ... already behind us.

A snapshot of a perfect summer day … already a distant memory.

I love sharing my pictures of flowers with you!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the look back on summer.  I next have to show you a look back on the vegetables from the summer!

Happy end of summer 🙂
Dana