In A Vase On Monday-A Pretty Posy


Ring around the rosy
A pocketful of posies
“Ashes, Ashes”
We all fall down

American version of popular Nursery Rhyme


So it is Monday and time for another vase of lovely flowers from the garden.  I have abandoned my usual schedule of posts on Mondays and it looks like I will be joining Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her meme, In a Vase on Monday.  I will have my garden book review on Wednesday.  I am also linking in with Today’s Flowers hosted by Denise@An English Girl Rambles. 

I thought I would use a different vase…. a sweet smaller vase as there were some wonderful small roses blooming.  





These are two of my favorite small vases.  OK one is a Polish Pottery creamer, but it makes a great vase.  





I put some lovely lily-of-the-valley in one right before I went into the hospital for my surgery in mid-May.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to enjoy them in the garden and I hated to miss them.  

But  which vase I used would depend on what flowers caught my eye.  





I had some great ideas, but as soon as I descended the back steps onto the patio, a beautiful bunch of flowers caught my eye.  Purple hosta flowers.  Now many purple hosta flowers are nice, but most droop and fade fast.  Then there are the sweet-smelling light purple or white flowers but many are not open yet.  No these were distinct, upright blooming and just opening.  Gorgeous in bud.  

And right next to them were the fragrant leaves of the groundcover, Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’.  I know they don’t have the variegated leaves yet, but the shape and color around the edges was perfect.  I planted 3 pieces of this about 4 years ago and it has taken over…so much so I will rip most of it, and it will return again in summer.  It is very invasive so I throw all remnants away as I don’t want it in my compost pile.





Now the main reason I wanted a small posy bouquet was because I thought there would be some stray sweet pea flowers hanging about.  Liz@Gwirrel’s Garden had mentioned she had not planted sweet peas this year, and I had been noticing mine.  So it seemed perfect to add to the bouquet.  And I am dedicating this little posy to Liz…I hope you like the sweet peas I picked for you!





I needed some delicate flowers to add to the posy so I spied oregano in bloom.  It has the sweetest white flowers.  And then I noticed the fleabane blooming with its delicate pale purple, almost white, daisy flowers.  As I held the posy in my hand it felt just right.  So now to pick the vase.





  As you can see I opted for the brown and orange glass vase.  I love how it looks  here in the sunlight.





And here is the vase in all its splendor.  I really like how it came out….such a happy little bouquet so cheerful in the morning sunlight.





The vase is now where it will stay on top of the fireplace mantel with this lovely hand-painted Spanish fan as a backdrop.  The fan was a present from a friend when she made one of her trips to Spain to visit her daughter there.  

I really enjoyed making this arrangement.  So many flowers and so little time.  Those fairy roses are still calling so I best think about those for next week….



Do you have a favorite flower that is calling to you from the garden?  Think about snipping it and bringing it inside. 




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Next up on the blog:  Wednesday brings another Garden Book Review.  And with the end of the month, I will be reviewing what has been happening in the garden this past month on Monday.  You know I will include another vase in that post.

I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.

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