Monday, December 21, 2015

In a Vase on Monday: Small Stuff

I had a pre-Christmas family gathering on Sunday for which I created two small vases to add life to areas otherwise bereft of holiday decorations.  With rain coming late Saturday afternoon, I dashed out to cut flowers and foliage.  We didn't get much rain - just 0.21 inches (5.3 mm) - but it came down hard and fast under a darkening sky so I didn't have time to deliberate over my choices.

I crammed most of my selections into a small vase received from co-workers as a wedding present many, many years ago.  I seldom use the vase because it holds relatively little water.  It's 6 inches tall, 3 inches wide at the mouth but less that 1/2 inch in depth.

Front view

Back view

Side view, showing just how narrow the vase is


Here's what I snipped before the rain soaked my clothes:

Top row: Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick', a California native, which is more lavender-blue than it looks in this photo
Bottom row: Achillea 'Moonshine', Artemisia 'Powis Castle', and Lavendula angustifolia 'SuperBlue'


I had a few leftover stems that I couldn't squeeze into the vase shown above, which I used to refresh the 3-inch vase that held pink flowers last week.

The tiny vase contains Salvia 'Marine Blue', Tagetes lemmonii, Gaillardia aristata, and Duranta erecta 'Gold Mound'


The first vase sits in the living room and the second sits by the kitchen sink.

The vase was a good fit for the small glass side table under a lamp

The tiny vase looks good with just about everything


And the succulent vase, created 3 weeks ago, sufficed as the centerpiece for the dining room table.

Despite running the heater much of the time for the past 2 weeks, my most recent succulent vase is still holding up remarkably well


Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the host of "In a Vase on Monday," to find other floral and foliage arrangements.


All material © 2012-2015 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

32 comments:

  1. What a beautiful vase! You can never have too many vases!!

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    1. It is pretty. I just have to watch the water level - it needs to be refilled almost every day.

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  2. Love these colors, Kris. I should try that erigeron again, maybe in less than full sun this time, where it struggled and fizzled.

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    1. The flowering Erigeron 'Wayne Roderick' (from Annie's) have been in the ground 1.5 years and are only now blooming freely. I just got 2 more from Las Pilitas in the hope that the group will form a nice expanse of bloom some day.

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  3. Kris you have some of the most beautiful vases...even small they are just stunning containers...then your beautiful flowers makes them glow. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

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    1. Thanks Donna! Best wishes for a happy holiday to you as well!

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  4. Your vases always feel like a breath of summer air Kris - it amazes me that even this late in December you can pick such summery colours. I expect you were glad of that rain - even if it did fall at an inconvenient time. Happy Christmas Kris!!

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    1. We're getting a bit more rain this evening, Julie. Maybe our luck is turning!

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  5. It is a beautiful vase, Kris - the opalescence is most attractive and reflects the colour of the lavender and erigeron. Your tiny vase is delightful too with its bright and sunny contents - is it really Christmas in a few days?!

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    1. The arrival of Christmas comes as something of a surprise to me too, Cathy. At one time I used to finish my shopping by Halloween but those days are past.

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  6. Both your blue vases are so attractive and unique Kris - you're onto a winner even before you put any flowers in them. There's my favourite little pig too which has bought a smile to my face. A most Happy Christmas to you!

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    1. I'm very fond of my tea-bag pig too, Anna. Best wishes for a merry Christmas to you as well!

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  7. Love it, haven't seen Powis Castle in years and thought you had Blue Asters in there...am an Eastern gardener! Succulents look great as well. Happy Holidays.

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    1. The Erigeron seems to fare much better in my western garden than asters - unfortunately, they're not nearly as tall. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday!

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  8. The vase is of pretty glass, despite its challenging dimensions. Your chosen colors this week are my favorite: silver, lavender/blue and yellow. I once had Coreopsis 'Moonshine', Veronica 'Crater Lake Blue' and Lamb's ears together in a bed and it was lovely! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. That sounds like a beautiful combination, Eliza! Enjoy Christmas!

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  9. Both of the vases are really unusual and striking Kris. I grow 'Powis Castle' also and like to use it as foliage in arrangements. Yours looks great with the purple flowers.

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    1. I tend to forget about the Artemisia when I'm looking for foliage for flower arrangements but it does make a lovely accent, Susie. I'm growing more of it now than I have in the past so you may see it more often.

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  10. Hi Kris, the first narrow blue vase looks really good with your color choices of blue, purple, gray and yellow. I love the vase itself, something really unusual. And I love your Lavendula angustifolia 'SuperBlue', a variety that I haven't heard of, which is extraordinary pretty.
    The second small vase is also quite charming!
    We also didn't get much rain, but at least we got some. In the moment every drop counts.
    Wishing you a good week!
    Christina

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    1. I think the 'SuperBlue' lavender is relatively new, Christina. I found it on one of my recent nursery trips looking for plants to fill the empty space in the backyard.

      It's been raining here off and on since about 4pm today so I hope some of that reaches you down south too.

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  11. Love the blue/silver/lavender/purple color scheme, one of my favorites.

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    1. Blue and purple seem to be dominating my recent plant choices. I can't quite decide whether that's due to current plant availability or a shift in my color preferences, which in the past have veered toward yellows.

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  12. Oh to be able to pick a bouquet of flowers in December... yours are so lovely, Kris. And I really like the silver holder for the tiny blue bottle. Looks like a repurposed fork, maybe? Have a wonderful Christmas my friend. And here's to more rain.

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    1. Yes, the silver holder is a repurposed fork, Grace. The vase was a b-day gift from a friend.

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  13. Oh, such lovely blooms...and that delightful little vase. Great also to see how your succulents are performing. Yes I agree with Grace on the Fork thing, and the base is probably a spoon. Very elegant!

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    1. And I think you're correct too, Noelle - the base of the tiny blue vase does seem to be made from a spoon.

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  14. such pretty colours together in the top vase with the silver giving it a touch of Christmas. I love the deep blue of that Erigeron glaucus - one to add to my list!

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    1. Thanks Ann. I'm very pleased with how this particular Erigeron has filled out this year.

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  15. You've married vase and blooms so well, an especially difficult task with your first gorgeous vase! glad to hear that you're finally getting rain and hope it continues!

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    1. Yay for the rain! My rain collection tanks are full, believe it or not. It's extraordinary just how much water can be collected from a roof with even a trivial amount of rainfall.

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  16. More Artemisia Powis Castle - great minds think alike... ;-) It's been such a fantastically drought-tolerant (and heat tolerant) plant here. Do you find that yours fluffs itself out (actually the best way I can describe it) when put in a vase? Mine seems to perk up even past the form it had on the plant itself, as though being stuck into a flower vase were the most wonderful thing.
    Your Erigeron is so cheerful, and that was an admirable job to create an arrangement in such a shallow vase!
    Love the Tagetes lemmonii too, and the vase it's in...!

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  17. The vase is lovely Kris, such a shame it doesn't get aired very often. I like te colour scheme this week. Have a fabulous Christmas!

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