In A Vase On Monday—Flowers and Pods

In A Vase On Monday - Flowers and Pods

In A Vase On Monday – Flowers and Pods

Monday rolls around quickly it seems. Time again to join in Cathy’s challenge In A Vase On Monday. The goal is to fill a vase using materials gathered in one’s own garden.

For a few days I have been planning to create an arrangement using mostly the young, green florets of Hylotelephium telephium ‘Herbstfreude’ (Autumn Joy).

Star-shaped flowers starting to open on the Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Star-shaped flowers starting to open on the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Once I started putting the vase together I quickly realized I was not prepared to cut enough stems to fulfill my original vision, preferring instead to allow the sedum to mature for a colorful display in the September garden.

Autumn Joy will turn dark rose and eventually deepen to coppery-red. It is already beginning to show some pink color as the star-shaped flowers open.

Pink hue of young Hylotelephium telephium 'Herbstfreude' (Autumn Joy)

Pink hue of young Hylotelephium telephium ‘Herbstfreude’ (Autumn Joy)

Taking a cue from the pink hue, I paired small vases of sedum with a Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower). This single stalk of cleome features flowers in varying stages of openness, as well as interesting leaves and seed pods.

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) Inflorescence

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) Inflorescence

Leaves and Seedpods - Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)

Leaves and Seedpods – Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)

More variation in height between the two smaller vases of sedum might improve the arrangement’s overall balance.  I had already shortened the sedum stems, so could not have them sit taller in the vase. Given more time I would have tried placing a prop underneath the green vase to lift it upwards or experimented with different vases.

In A Vase On Monday - Flowers and Pods

In A Vase On Monday – Flowers and Pods

Materials
Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)
Hylotelephium telephium ‘Herbstfreude’ (Autumn Joy)
2 glazed ceramic pots and 1 slender, sapphire blue glass vase

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

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32 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Flowers and Pods

  1. Donna@GardensEyeView

    Susie I am always so amazed at what you create…just a few bloom, carefully chosen vases and placed perfectly and what a dramatic effect….love it and those Autumn Joy will look lovely as they open and mature.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Donna. As you know, it’s fun to see what we can put together each week and I’m usually surprised too. I hope the sedum will hold up well in the vases.

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  2. Christina

    The Sedum are such a sign of autumn. They are at about the same stage in my garden, but while there are flowers on the cuttings bed they are safe from my secateurs. The tall blue glass vase is so beautiful Susie, you have a lovely collection of vases, I always enjoy seeing what you have chosen.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I wasn’t as brave about cutting the sedum as I thought I’d be either. The blue glass vase is one from my daughter’s bridesmaids luncheon. We used flowers from the garden on the table and each guest took home her own vase.

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  3. Cathy

    Your flowers always look in such perfect condition and the sedums are beautiful at that stage. And the cleome looks so impressive in your alcove too! 🙂

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  4. Cathy

    I had to google ‘Hylotelephium telephium’ as I have not come across this name for sedum before. I used to think Autumn Joy was a bit of a boring plant but since posting a weekly vase I have come to realise its potential at various stages in its growth – you will be able to keep on including these snippings in many other vases! The cleome is, of course, stunning, although I am a tiny bit jealous as I have grown some from seed but they haven’t flowered yet and I suspect it will be too late for them to do so now – germination was a slow process and I was chuffed to have got the seedlings in the first place 😦 So, the dangly bits are seed pods? Fascinating – thanks for sharing your stylish vases

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, hope you get a chance to enjoy some cleome flowering. I was given my cleome as seedlings years ago and those seedpods do their job. New ones spring up all over the place, but they are easily managed.

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  5. Julie

    What a lovely combination you have put together this week. I love the contrasting heights and the blue glass. I have grown white cleome for the first time this year but have been put off cutting it by the spines – you are clearly braver than I am!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie. Bet your white cleome is lovely. The cleome can be sticky and spiky but this one was fairly young I guess. I didn’t notice it being a problem.

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  6. Sally

    What a beautiful arrangement! it took a few years but, I’ve fallen in love with Cleome and put several of them in this year. The colors are so pure! Sedum is a garden anchor…..just when it seems like there will be no life in the garden along comes Sedum! Happy Gardening, Sally

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  7. Chloris

    I love cleome, yours looks really stylish with the vases of sedum. I wouldn’t be without sedum for late colour and for the butterflies which love it.

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  8. Elizabeth W

    Hi Susie, love your very dramatic display this week. Your cleome is amazing – it’s one of my all time favourite flowers but, despite trying several times, I’ve yet to grow them successfully. Many thanks for your earlier comment on my less spectacular offering.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yay, another cleome fan! I adore it Elizabeth. Too bad it doesn’t thrive for you, perhaps it’s the difference in temperatures that make it an easy one to grow here.

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  9. Stephi

    Very interesting combo. I really like Cleome and now you’ve jogged my memory. I had it in my garden for quite a while. Then it just disappeared and I forgot about it. Maybe I’ll try again.
    I will try cutting some of the sedum. I have plenty and some of it’s in spots where it won’t be missed if I take some of the florets.

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  10. bittster

    I think I like the way the cleome seed pods hang down best of all! AJ sedum can be a little overdone around here, but I always like the subtle coloring and full flower heads.

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