Monday, November 11, 2019

In a Vase on Monday: Going tiny

Today is the anniversary of the popular meme, In a Vase on Monday, launched by Cathy of Rambling in the Garden six years ago.  I joined up at the end of March 2014 and have participated regularly ever since.  To recognize IAVOM's anniversary, Cathy challenged contributors to go small this week, creating diminutive arrangements.  I didn't quite make the six-inch height and width limit she suggested but I came close.

The Bauhinia flower was difficult to cut as all the flowers on the Hong Kong orchid tree are now well above my head

Rear view, showing off the delicate flowers of Hemizygia 'Candy Kisses'

Top view

From left to right: Bauhinia x blakeana (aka Hong Kong orchid tree), Hemizygia 'Candy Kisses', and Pseuderanthemum 'Texas Tri-star'


As usual, I cut more than I could stuff into the three-inch green vase so the overflow - and a couple of extras - went into a second vase.

I was surprised to find a Lisianthus bloom. You may be surprised to see the foxglove bloom on the left - that came from one of the plants I put in last winter.  I pulled most of them but I still have 3 or 4 in my cutting garden and they're flowering again!

Back view: given Cathy's theme, I couldn't resist tucking in a few stems of Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy'

Top view

Clockwise from the upper left: Eustoma grandiflorum (aka Lisianthus), Alternanthera 'Little Ruby', Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold', Hypoestes aristata (aka ribbon bush), Digitalis purpurea, and Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy'


Happy anniversary Cathy!  Thank you for leading this meme without ever dropping the ball.  You've made Monday special for many of us!  Visit Cathy to find more IAVOM posts.




All material © 2012-2019 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

34 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, a foxglove in November! Kris, your garden is a miracle and if I am ever in the area, could I pop in to feast my eyes on the magical array of flowers you always have in your IAVOM posts! And is that a honeysuckle I spy? It's dainty and gorgeous! I have Cathy at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com to thank for this weekly visit to your garden. What a joy! Thank you. I very much enjoy our weekly chat! Amanda
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    1. The foxgloves are amazing, especially as they're considered a cool-season plant here and we've been anything but cool of late. There's no honeysuckle in the arrangements - perhaps you're referring to the Hypoestes (ribbon bush), which has flowers with a similar shape.

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  2. The foxglove that keeps on giving! :) Sweet arrangements, Kris. I love the pink/burgundy theme.

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    1. With the exception of the bush violet (Barleria), most of what's blooming in my garden is pink or lavender in color at the moment, Eliza, so the garden set the color scheme for me.

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  3. Oh that first vase is especially lovely, Kris, the vase itself and then the contents too - the orchid is beautiful. Thanks for joining in so faithfully over the years - I owe it to all you lovely contributors to keep juggling each week!

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    1. I love the meme, Cathy! It gives us all an opportunity to shine a light on what we love about our gardens.

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  4. Hemizygia 'Love and Kisses' is new to me, what an adorable flower it is. Love the bauhinia too.

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    1. The Hemizygia is a tidy little perennial with a respectable bloom cycle here. The clumsy feet of the guys who trim my hedges seem to be the only obstacle they face.

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  5. How lovely to see a foxglove in bloom at this time of year! Love the first vase with the orchid flower too. :)

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    1. The Hong Kong orchid tree flower is a stunner, Cathy. If only it had a longer vase life!

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  6. Beautiful displays Kris, I had Hemizygia in my old garden and it was a gorgeous plant.

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    1. I've become very fond of Hemizygia too, Karen. For something that looks so delicate, it's amazingly tough.

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  7. Your first vase combining big drama with a delicate supporting cast is enchanting.

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  8. You have so many lovely flowers that I've never heard of, let along seen before! :) Amazing that you have foxgloves in November. I'm hoping mine survive the winter this time.

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    1. My climate couldn't be more different than yours, Joanna. Ours is a Mediterranean climate so I can grow things from other areas with similar mild winters and hot, dry summers like Australia and South Africa.

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  9. LLove,love,love the colors,Bauhinias are not flowering here yet.

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    1. Bauhinia seems to flower here a couple of times each year, Amanda, although it keeps me guessing on its schedule sometimes.

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  10. Your tiny vases are lovely, Kris, as are all your vases. I think you did a great job going tiny. The green vase is a great complement to the flower colors.

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    1. I used to make up tiny vases relatively often when I had a small townhouse garden, partly because my garden didn't offer the same kind of bounty as my current garden does. I've always liked tiny arrangements but I've let myself get out of practice putting those together.

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  11. Two delightful small vases...it must have been a challenge for you Kris as yours are full of an incredible variety of perfect blooms.

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    1. Between the damage stemming from our remodel and the hot, dry winds we've experienced at intervals over the past couple of weeks, my supply of flowers has been greatly diminished, Noelle, but then I don't experience the outright extinction of blooms that comes with freezing temperatures in areas like yours (thankfully!).

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  12. So pretty and exotic looking Kris. I love any arrangement in pink as it's my favorite color (in flowers only).
    No flowers here. Twenty degrees last night and 2 inches of snow. Unusually cold, unusually early.

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    1. As the Midwest and East experience early frosts and snowfalls, we're reverting to summertime temperatures here, which really isn't a good thing either. I'm ready for a proper fall.

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  13. You've created some beautiful, sparkling and vibrant posies to mark the occasion, Kris. As always I'm fascinated by all the plants I don't know. Hope you're having a nice autumn :)

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    1. Thanks Annette. We're actually having extremely warm, bordering on hot, weather here - it's not fall-like at all, except that it is cooling down overnight at least.

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  14. I love the colours in these arrangements and seeing so many come-back kids, like the foxgloves in them. I am going to look out for itsy bitsy gomphrena, since I had some success with G. globosa 'Rose' this year. I am jealous of the bauhinia though ... so exotic!

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    1. Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy' is sold as 'Little Grapes' in some parts of the US, Sandra, so you may want to look for it under both names. It's a perennial shrub here.

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  15. Just fabulous Kris. Love your Bauhinia and really, everything. Foxglove! Lisianthus!

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    1. My garden seems to have a little of a lot of things but not an abundance of anything at the moment, at least when it comes to flowers.

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  16. Oh that Bauhinia x blakeana flower is perfect for showcasing like that! Six years, wow. That's a good run!

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  17. As always your vases contain the familiar Kris although foxgloves never flower in November here but so many unknown to me beauties. I'm off to find out more about them. My first vase was not long after you coming about in April 2014. IAVOM has been not only been great fun but also provided so much information as well as making my wish list grow.

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    1. I've appreciated to opportunity to get to know other bloggers - like you! - via the meme too, Anna.

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