In a Vase on Monday – Posey Shots

I think I have finally made a posey. This particular posey is in a large shot glass; formerly used to hold tequila at my niece’s wedding. Were you thinking I was referring to the photograph as a shot. Nope! The glass. The alternate title was “Fresh as a Gallardia” – doesn’t quite have the same ring.

I was surprised to see the different meanings of posey. This one is simply flowers in a vase on Monday..

My garden is filled with Beach Daisies and Gallardia in July. Both flowers are very cheerful and seem to smile as I walk through the garden. They are also remarkably drought tolerant and reseed prolifically – the Beach Sunflowers have to be asked to leave the garden now and again. Though they are never truly gone.

Here are the fresh Gallardias:

A closer view of my tequila shooter:

The red and yellow daisies are Gallardia pulchella, the subject of one of those tiresome native plant dramas. The powers that be decided they are not native to Florida. Woe is me. The yellow daisies are still approved as native; and in latin, Helianthus debilis. If my husband gardened he would use a propane torch on these – they go wild with rain and humidity. I prune and pull. They are annoying. Our mailman, a native Floridian, once stopped to express his amazement I hadn’t gotten rid of the Beach Daisies as his mother thought they were weeds.

White spikes are Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata); sweetly fragrant and a great butterfly plant. Native to Argentina. Blue stems with flowers are Porterweed, another evil not quite native (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis). I guess it is native to Jamaica, but it thrives in my garden and is available in several colors. I wish for some coral…The other blue flower is a bit of Mona Lavendar Plectranthus, a cross from South Africa, if memory serves, and recommended by me. Background greenery is weed Asparagus Fern I keep at bay by cutting for arrangements.

Happy Gardening to everyone and thanks to Cathy at for hosting. To see more vases follow the link.


27 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Posey Shots

  1. The yellow daisies are lovely. Wish I had some of them in my garden.


  2. Cathy says:

    What you consider weeds would be real treasures here! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Gaillardias are pretty. I am growing a red one and it seems rather happy so far.


  3. Cathy says:

    Yes, they are certainly very pretty ‘weeds’ and would be welcomed in moderation by many of us – sadly you do not have the choice! They make a cheerful and sunny vase and I like the accent provided by the white sweet almond and the backdrop of the fern. Thanks for sharing them

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  4. Any weed that flowers isn’t too bad? Porterweed would not grow for me.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    I really like those little sunflowers, but sometimes if there is only so much room in the garden, a balance must be struck. Sweet little posy-shot!

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    The Gallardias are a good color. Do you have fun too playing around with titles for these Monday vases?

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  7. Kris P says:

    I love your beach daisies but I understand having mixed feelings about the rampant growth of some natives. I have a native California aster that I intend to dig up after it flowers this season – it’s taken over 2/3rds of one large border and it has designs on the border on the other side of the flagstone path as well.

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  8. The silhouette of your shot posie looked, at first, to me like a huge colourful flower bud, about to burst. Beautiful!

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Is that Asparagus setaceus? The frond, or whatever it is, is so big.

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  10. Chloris says:

    And very pretty too. I love any sort if daisy and your wild ones are delightful.

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