In a Vase on Monday – Summery Winter Flowers

It finally stopped raining today – it seems like it has been raining for months. Oh, it has! So much for sunny Florida. The vase is reflecting my garden, looking a bit more like summer than winter. The rain has curated a lovely crop of wildflowers, natives and a few things I planted.

I started the vase with my desire to decapitate the Bidens alba that can take over my garden seemingly with a moment’s notice. These sweet, innocent little white daisies belie the beast within that can produce 1200 seeds per plant and choke out even Goldenrod. The Tropical Red Salvia, much better behaved, has turned up in several different colors this fall, due to all the pollinators in my garden.

A closer view:

The Zinnias are Zinderella, and they do not look like the picture on the seed packet. I started the seed in August and put them in the garden the last week of September. Hoping for longer stems and double flowers.

The whole thing:

This is an ephemeral arrangement, the floaty grasses in the background are Muhly Grass (Muhlbergia capillaris); white daisies, the evil Bidens alba; different colored Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea) and Zinderella Zinnias. A few blue flowered Dianella and Porterweed complete the collection. The vase is a recent aquisition, an old friend sent my husband flowers..a bit of summer in November.

Happy Gardening and thanks to Cathy for hosting this meme. See more vases at


14 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Summery Winter Flowers

  1. Cathy says:

    The grass makes it summery and the salvia is so pretty in that delicate shade. 😃

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  2. Cathy says:

    Oh that Muhly grass makes a great background – what an impact! And what curious blooms those zinnias and cross-pollinated red salvias are. I can visualise you giving the bidens the Evil Eye…it won’t make them go away though!!

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  3. Noelle M says:

    The grass gives a light and floaty feel, and with the clear glass vase, overall a summery feel has been achieved, well done.

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  4. I love the effect of the Muhly Grass. You have too much rain and we aren’t getting enough.

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  5. Kris P says:

    The Muhly grass makes this arrangement for me but I must admit I’m jealous that you can have zinnias in the fall (even if they don’t entirely live up to your expectations). I love the melon colors of today’s arrangement. It’s cold and damp here on the left coast this morning and not at all summer-like.

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    In agreement here with everyone else, the Muhly Grass adds a nice dimension to the arrangement and the colors of the zinnias give a nice pop! Happy Thanksgiving.


  7. Eliza Waters says:

    I love seeing grasses in arrangements, they give a wild meadow look that I love. So nice to see zinnias and salvia, too, I miss mine!


  8. tonytomeo says:

    Evil Bidens? Well, I will refrain from political commentary.


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