Monday, November 16, 2015

In a Vase on Monday: Nothing fancy

There's nothing like hard work in the garden to keep dismay and sadness at bay so I spent most of the weekend there.  When it came time to create an arrangement for "In a Vase on Monday," the meme hosted by Cathy of Rambling in the Garden, I had a limited amount of energy left and therefore kept my selections simple.  Not that I had much choice to begin with - while there are flowers here and there, few are available in any quantity.  I focused on my orange Zinnias, which are on their way out, and Tagetes lemmonii, which has just begun blooming (and which I inexplicably left out of yesterday's Bloom Day post).



Here's what I included:

Clockwise from upper left: Coprosma 'Inferno', Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder', Tagetes lemmonii, and Zinnias


The vase is currently sitting on the dining room table but it may not remain there.  While I find the scent of the Tagetes, described as a mix of marigold, lemon and mint, pleasant, my husband does not.  Unless he goes nose blind to the scent, the vase may have to be moved into my office - or perhaps outside.

It'll be too bad if I have to move it - the colors are perfect in the dining space


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24 comments:

  1. Oh the foliage is perfect to accompany the zinnias and tagetes - well chosen Kris! And I know what you mean by the smell of tagetes - certainly distinctive... Thanks for sharing

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    1. That Leucadendron is reddest in summer but some tinges remain as it transitions toward its winter yellow color.

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  2. Beautiful colours, Chris, I love simplicity!

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    1. I do too, Anca, although you wouldn't know it from some of my Monday vases.

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  3. I love the oranges, Kris, that is a favorite color of mine. It certainly speaks fall, I hope you get to keep it indoors, marigolds can twist the nose a little. The fullness and color added by the Coprosma and Leucadendron make such a sumptuous arrangement. Flowers seem appropriate in such emotionally charged times.

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    1. Remembering that the world holds beauty as well as sadness is helpful during challenging times.

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  4. Many object to the smell of Tagetes but I love them....I am so smitten with this vase and how the stunning foliage mixes perfectly with the colors of the flowers...a perfect autumnal mix Kris!

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    1. Thanks Donna. When I saw the red tinges still left on the Leucadendron, I knew it had to be included. I'd clipped the Coprosma to tidy the shrub and, aha!, realized it needed to go into the vase instead of the compost bin.

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  5. Nothing fancy you say, but fabulous anyway Kris. I love marigolds and zinnias and don't mind the marigold scent at all (although I can sympathize with your husband). Coprosma 'Inferno' is a perfect accompaniment. Hope your time in the garden was rejuvenating to your soul.

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    1. Working hard and concentrating on all the tasks at hand in the garden certainly stops the mind from wandering to sadder topics, Susie.

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  6. A beautiful collection of oranges Kris and another vase that I wish I could sniff! It looks great on your dining table so hopefully your husband will ignore the smell.

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    1. If the smell is bothering my husband now, he hasn't mentioned it - and I'm not going to bring the subject up if he has no more to say about it. The vase remains on the dining table.

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  7. I like it! A casual celebration of the warmth of summer which I'm sorely missing now that our night temps are in the thirties and we'll be having another rain storm with strong winds (gusts to 60 are predicted.) Nothing makes one long for warmer, drier climes as much as the sideways rain! Anyway, your bright bouquet with the Tagetes scent (I'm with you, it's wonderful) breathes warmth!

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    1. We've been getting horrific wind gusts too but, unfortunately, no rain.

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  8. You must know that I love these warm oranges, nicely done! Isn't it interesting how differently we perceive smells? Things that send me running my husband doesn't even notice, and visa versa.

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    1. My husband rarely says anything one way or another about my vases so his comment was a surprise. However, it doesn't seem to be bothering him anymore - at least, the vase hasn't disappeared as so often is the case with things he doesn't like (like wind chimes).

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  9. What a shame your husband doesn't like the smell of the Tagetes, I'm not fond of the smell of Chrysanthemums so I can understand. Orange Zinnias zing with colour, I'm not sure I bought seed of that colour for next year. This is a really vibrant vase Kris, I love it.

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    1. That's the last Zinnia plant left in my raised vegetable beds, Christina. It continues to pump out new flowers, some tinged with red, so I haven't had the heart to pull it up.

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  10. Very pretty indeed, I love all your orange. The Coprosma is beautiful with it, I hope mine gets big enough to pick one day. I have a similar one called Tequila Sunrise.

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    1. 'Inferno' is still relatively small, probably about a foot tall. It'll be interesting to see if it retains its strong colors as it gets bigger and older. Some of my others, like 'Plum Hussey', have been disappointing.

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  11. I love the wonderful things you get to grow in your garden - most of which are foreign to my zone 5. I love the coprosma and leucadendron, their foliage is wonderful. BTW, I'm visiting LA (Upland) Dec.5-12, maybe we can meet up? email me (address on About page) if you are interested. :-)

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    1. I'm in zone 10b, Eliza, so this really is another world. I sent you a message this afternoon about your visit.

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  12. It's a lovely cheerful vase Kris, and i really like that foliage you have used - Coprosma. Another new plant for me, with gorgeous hints of orange. I also have a sensitive nose and Tagetes does have a rather odd smell, but perhaps it will fade a little and you won't have to move it after all. Have a good week Kris.

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    1. I can't smell the Tagetes at all any more and my husband hasn't complained further so, fortunately, the vase is still on the dining table.

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