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In A Vase On Monday—Cherished Red

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.

As frequent readers will know, I admire and value pass-alongs and the memories they contain. For today’s design I have featured cut peonies in a striking red color. These were shared by a friend last week and came from a plant originally grown by her mother.

A search to learn the name of the peony yielded dozens of possibilities, so I nicknamed it ‘Cherished Red’ for today.

Peony, foxglove and cilantro

Peony, foxglove and cilantro

Recently in other Monday vases I have seen herbs used to create a soft, airy effect. I used last year’s cilantro that has been flowering for several weeks to lighten the red.

From my peonies I cut several stems of P. ‘Festiva Maxima’ and a pink anonymous one. A branch of Ruby Glow Foxglove broken during a severe evening storm provided more blooms than I would have ventured to cut myself.

Pink and white peonies and foxglove grown in pbmGarden

Pink and white peonies and foxglove grown in pbmGarden

The red peonies had lovely long stems, but not so the others. To use them all I divided the flowers between two ceramic containers of differing heights. The only foliage used was a small number of peony leaves kept on the stems to help keep them fresh (a tip I picked up from a floral designer’s talk last month).

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Here is another view after giving each vase a quarter turn.

Vases rotated a quarter-turn

Vases rotated a quarter-turn

I perhaps like the overhead view best.

In A Vase On Monday - Overhead view

In A Vase On Monday – Overhead view

Materials List

Coriander (cilantro)
Digitalis Foxlight ‘Ruby Glow’ (Ruby Glow Foxglove)
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ (white)
Paeonia (pink peony, name unknown)
Paeonia (red double peony, name unknown)

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower arranging addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday and feel free to join in.

Peony In Pink

Pink Peony

Pink Peony

A mixup with two mail-order peonies several years ago left me with a Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ instead of Paeonia lactiflora ‘Duchess de Nemours’ and masquerading as Paeonia lactiflora ‘Black Beauty’ (Nightlife Peony), this lovely pink mystery.

I think I went ahead and labeled it P. ‘Black Beauty’ last year when if bloomed, but it cannot be accurate. If you recognize it I would appreciate knowing its name. This is the pink mystery peony in and out of the garden.

Pink Peony with Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear) and pale yellow Iris

Pink Peony with Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear) and pale yellow Iris

Veronica spicata 'Rotfuchs' (Red Fox Veronica) is companion to the pink peony, but mostly hidden by the peony foliage.

Veronica spicata ‘Rotfuchs’ (Red Fox Veronica) is companion to the pink peony, but its first blooms are mostly hidden by the peony foliage.

I included white P. ‘Festiva Maxima’ in Monday’s vase of Hippeastrum, but also had filled the house with vases of many other flowers, including the unknown pink peony.  Joining the pink peony in a Fenton vase are Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox), Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris), and Digitalis Foxlight ‘Ruby Glow’.

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

Pink Peony Vase

In A Vase On Monday—Classic Round

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

Once again I am joining Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly opportunity to fill and share a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden.

There is so much Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ blooming I planned today to feature a simple tall vase filled with its white bell-shaped flowers. But as I walked around the garden early this morning I found many choices companions and soon Monday’s vase became a mix of colorful late spring offerings.

Instead of just white today, hues range from blue-lavender Verbena bonariensis to dark purple rose of Alstroemeria and various pinks of Echinacea, Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait,’ Everlasting Sweet Pea and Gaura. Spicing up the colors are Appleblossom yarrow with its clusters of soft yellow and peach and Asclepias tuberosa with its distinctive orange aura.

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Beardtongue). Achillea x 'Appleblossom' (Yarrow)

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue). Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow)

Achillea x 'Appleblossom' (Yarrow) and Alstroemeria x 'Tesmach' (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)

Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow) and Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)

Achillea x 'Appleblossom' (Yarrow), Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena) and Alstroemeria x 'Tesmach' (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)

Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow), Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena) and Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant), Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena), Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm), Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant), Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena), Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm), Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Blush' (Butterfly Gaura), Alstroemeria x 'Tesmach' (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily), Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Beardtongue), Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura), Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily), Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue), Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)

Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Pink Parfait Peony)

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

For this week’s container I fixed floral foam onto a 6-inch shallow plastic dish. Once the design was completed the shallow dish was placed atop a creamy ceramic urn.  My goal was to arrange the materials as a classic round design. There are a few oddities, but I like its formality and cheerful color.

For viewing the vase in different positions, clicking on an image will start a slideshow.

Materials
Flowers
Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow)
Alstroemeria x ‘Tesmach’ (Inticancha® Machu Peruvian Lily)
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting or Perennial Sweet Pea)
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

Foliage
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)
Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)
Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting this fun Monday diversion. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Parfait

In A Vase On Monday - Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Pink Parfait Peony)

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

In a pink frenzy I am joining Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly challenge to fill a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden. I am not a huge fan of pink and last week’s vase featured a pink peony, but I risk being unimaginative so I can share this delicious Pink Parfait.

Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Pink Parfait Peony)

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Pink Parfait Peony)

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

Paeonia x ‘Pink Parfait’ is a double peony with pink petals interspersed with occasional hints of cream. The flowers are quite fragrant and large. The larger one in this arrangement is 7 inches in diameter, the smaller one is 5 inches.

Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Pink Parfait Peony)

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

My grandmother’s pair of scalloped glass vases were just the right height for today’s duo. The smaller bloom was slightly too narrow to fit width-wise, so I used an acrylic floating ring in the water to lift the it above the surface.

Grandmother's Vases

Grandmother’s Vases

The flowers stand capably on their own integrity, but for a bit of contrast I included variegated leaves of Lemon Lime Warneckii. Warneckii is sold as a low-light house plant, but in flower design the leaves are useful for their color, pattern and ability to be manipulated.

Dracaena deremensis warneckii ‘Lemon Lime’

Dracaena deremensis warneckii ‘Lemon Lime’

Materials

Paeonia x ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Double Peony)
Dracaena deremensis warneckii ‘Lemon Lime’ (Lemon Lime Warneckii)
Acrylic floating ring
Clear scalloped glass vases

In A Vase On Monday - Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Pink Parfait Peony)

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

From either direction I am partial to the way this arrangement looks when viewed from above.

In A Vase On Monday - Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Pink Parfait Peony)

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

In A Vase On Monday - Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Pink Parfait Peony)

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Pink Parfait Peony)

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

Vibrant Blooms At Mid-May

Paeonia 'Festiva Maxima'

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

At mid-May there is a profusion of flowers as the garden launches a noticeable shift toward summer. Several very hot days last week signaled it was time, and although the temperatures quickly moderated, the transition was underway.

The days are dry, clear and sunshiny. After the luxury of ample rains throughout winter and early spring, I am having to water some of the new shrubs and other recent purchases.

I am fairly new to the world of peonies and I wonder what took me so long to understand their allure. Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ was at its best this past week. Meanwhile Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ is just getting started with its display.

Paeonia 'Festiva Maxima'

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Paeonia 'Festiva Maxima'

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Paeonia 'Pink Parfait' (Peony)

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ has been reliable for years while other clematis have come and gone. I added two new ones this spring. It has been blooming for a full month and continues to add new flowers.

Clematis 'Jackmanii'

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

I love having white plants in the garden and have long admired white clematis. This new Clematis ‘Henryi’ is tucked into a corner against the house where the fence begins.

Clematis 'Henryi'

Clematis ‘Henryi’

Also new this spring, Clematis ‘Niobe’ is promised as one that will bloom all summer and I hope eventually it will add interest along the stark white fence at the northern boundary.

Clematis 'Niobe'

Clematis ‘Niobe’

A pass-along yarrow opened up this week in the southern border. Echinacea is opening in the southern side path as well in many parts of the main garden.

Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

After a beautiful season many of the bearded irises are looking tired, just as the Siberian iris are gaining strength. These Siberians were, guess what, pass-alongs! A Chapel Hill friend rescued for me from her neighbor’s divisions one year.

Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris)

Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris)

I pulled out the blue pansies on one side of the meditation circle last weekend and added white angelonia. Already the tamer color scheme appeals to me.

Angelonia ’Serena White’

Angelonia ’Serena White’

Even without the meditation circle remains vivid this week as the red snapdragons continue to thrive, making it a difficult choice to remove them. I have more of the angelonia waiting to replace the snapdragons though so I must be disciplined and discard them soon. Adding to the energy in this area are two dozen Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue). I like the rich foliage topped with delicate white flowers.

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Beardtongue)-2

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)-2

The original planting in the labyrinth started with about 3 Husker Reds and many Penstemon mexicali ‘Pike’s Peak Purple.’ Only one Pike’s Peak Purple remains but Husker Red has been increasing. I have been encouraging every visitor to the garden to take some home. It is valuable for it evergreen foliage.

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Beardtongue)-2

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Beardtongue)-2

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)

Penstemon  mexicali 'Pike's Peak Purple' (Beardtongue)

Penstemon mexicali ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’ (Beardtongue)

I added several new Penstemon x mexicali ‘Red Rocks’ to the garden this year, though not in the meditation circle. Having either purple or red in the name of a plant does not always mean red.

Penstemon x mexicali (Red Rocks Penstemon)

Penstemon x mexicali (Red Rocks Penstemon)

The view from the garden bench is filled with blooms. Soft breezes stir the chimes. Towhees, robins, cardinals and an especially persistent Carolina Wren add to the pleasure.

Meditation Circle

Meditation Circle

In A Vase On Monday – Pink Triumvirate

Peony, Phlox and Roses-6

Once again I am joining Cathy for In A Vase On Monday, a weekly challenge to fill a vase using materials gathered from one’s garden. Three pinks come together for this week’s arrangement.

Peony, Phlox and Roses

Peony, Phlox and Roses

 

My pass-along pink rose came into full bloom this past week. It is one I have grown almost since dinosaurs roamed, given to me by my garden mentor Virgie (my mother’s first cousin). This fragrant rose is one my mother and my maternal grandmother also grew and I keep it for its sentimental attachment.

Old-fashioned passalong rose

Old-fashioned passalong rose

 

I am very fond of the pink Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox) that also opened last week. It is yet another of VIrgie’s pass-alongs.

Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox)

Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox)

I ordered two peonies from an apparently very unreliable source a couple of years ago.  Last year one of them, Paeonia lactiflora Duchess de Nemours, bloomed and turned out to be more likely Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’. This week the second peony bloomed for the first time. It was supposed to be Paeonia lactiflora ‘Black Beauty’ (Nightlife Peony) with a dark burgundy colored flower, according to the picture in the catalog. Accompanying text proclaimed, “nearly black bloom.”  Instead, lovely but pink.

Peony

Peony

Materials

Paeonia
Rose
Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox)

Peony, Phlox and Roses

Peony, Phlox and Roses

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting. Please visit her to see what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

Coral Charm

Paeonia lactiflora 'Coral Charm' (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

I planted a new peony yesterday in the western border, Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony).

It had one open flower on it which I removed and brought indoors to enjoy. By today the blossom had opened wide and the color had softened.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Coral Charm' (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora 'Coral Charm' (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora 'Coral Charm' (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)