In A Vase On Monday-Native Volunteers


 “In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.”  
–  Kozuko Okakura   



I have many volunteers or self-seeders growing throughout my garden now.  I haven’t had a chance to pull many that are overcrowding other plants.  And maybe that is a good thing as these flowers, I thought, would make a perfect vase.  You can see native heliopsis and monarda here that are beautiful in masses except in the smaller spaces they decide to seed themselves.

Yes I know I said I would be doing a native plant profile today, but I had to make another vase.  It is addicting as I said last week.  And the native plant profile will keep until Wednesday just in time for Wildflower Wednesday.  Today I am linking in with Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her fun meme, In a Vase on Monday.  I am also linking in with Today’s Flowers hosted by Denise@An English Girl Rambles.





So here is the vase I came up with this week.  It looks like I just picked up the flowers from the garden bed and moved them into a vase… and I did.  You can see the heliopsis and monarda from the bed I featured above.





The top of the arrangement features goldenrod that is just beginning to bloom in a few spots…boy does it volunteer as much as the northern sea oats which I tucked in for some extra greenery.





I really like the look of this arrangement.  It is like rays of sunshine in a vase.  And you might notice a few Joe pye tucked in for a little more contrast as they just begin to open with a pinky color.




DSCN0919I kept many of the leaves on the upper stems of the plants, and they also filled out the bouquet.  These volunteers work great together in the vase and in the garden.  All of these native plants make a lovely summer bed or a meadow planting.  





I hope this vase lasts as long as last weeks vase with lilies as the main player.  This one is more bold and definitely says hot, hot summer time.  



What plants are volunteering in your garden that would make a great vase?  Are enjoying your flowers inside this summer as much as I am?




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