In a Vase on Monday – Summer Garden Plonk

Fiona the Greyhound refused to walk around the block with me on Sunday morning (she prefers that my husband holds her leash and arguing with a 65 lb recalcitrant dog is not my idea of an enjoyable walk) We ended up walking through the garden and after seeing all the flowers accented by the pale blue Plumbago shrubs dotted through out, I decided to snip and plonk a little bit of everything. I had not considered pale blue a neutral color in the garden, but the Blue Plumbago seemingly goes with everything. Or, most things, the red is a bit much with the Plumbago. Plumbago is like a lighter textured Blue Hydrangea and flowers at the same time – an added benefit, it is virtually indestructible and needs no irrigation after establishment.

The Blue Plumbago:

The vase:

There are a lot of players in this plant palette:

In pale blue, the Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata); deeper blue spikes, ‘Mystic Blue’ Salvia; red and yellow flowers, Parrotflower (Heliconia psittacorum ‘Lady Di’); white daisies, Bidens alba; pink Cactus Zinnia; red and yellow daisies, Blanketflower (Gallardia pulchella); red flower hanging over, Nodding Hibiscus (Malvaviscus arboreus)

Another view:

Orange flower in back, Chocochiana Parrotflower (Heliconia psittacorum ‘Chocochiana); Green Envy Zinnia in background; peach spikes, Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea); orange flower in front, Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera)

The vase is a candleholder inherited from my parents with a jam jar inside to hold the water.

The dog?? She went for a run in the back yard, ate breakfast and….

This is what Greyhound people call roaching..who needs a walk anyway?

Thanks to Cathy at for hosting IAVOM. To see more vases, follow the link.

Happy Gardening!!


24 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Summer Garden Plonk

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful!! Love the soft blue with the various orange hues. That Fiona is a character! πŸ™‚

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  2. That is a really great vase. You have so many flowers blooming. I have a crazy deer that has eaten all my Blue Plumbago to the ground.

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    Plumbago has eluded me–can’t seem to get it established here but I agree the pale blue makes a great foil for your many magnificent blooms. Have a happy weekend.

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  4. Cathy says:

    What a good idea to use a jar inside the candle holder – must remember that, or at least the concept of it, as I don’t think we have any candle holders of this type! Your summery medley looks lovely, and makes me look forward to creating an ‘everything goes’ vase myself in due course. What an obliging plant the plumbago is πŸ‘

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  5. Kris P says:

    Fiona knows a good thing when she has it! Plumbago is known for running rampant here so I’ve been reluctant to put it in the ground, and it puts up with a pot (even a large one) for only so long, but I agree with you that it goes with almost everything. Your arrangement is a great salute to our unofficial start of summer.

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  6. Horticat says:

    What a gorgeous exuberant bunch (definitely not a plonk!). Love all those warm colours playing against the blue plumbago. Your Fiona is hilarious!

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  7. Donna Donabella says:

    You make a gorgeous vase…I agree much more than plonking I think. That blue Plumbago is stunning in the vase.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my, . . . Why is that known as ‘roaching’?, . . . or do I not want to know?

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  9. Cathy says:

    That pose your dog is in is just how our dog lies too… mostly when demanding attention! πŸ˜‰ I really love your plumbago. That blue is so perfectly blue and it adds such a softening and cooling effect to the hotter colours. I hope it has a cooling effect on the gardener too! The peachy pink zinnia goes especially well with it. πŸ˜ƒ

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