In a Vase on Monday – Boing!

This time of year one of the things I appreciate most about blogging is the documentation of garden awakenings from their winter slumber. The images of spring bulbs and flowers bursting forth from bloggers living further north are a joy for me. South Florida is sadly lacking in spring color, many of the trees are evergreen or choose not to be deciduous some years. The season seems more like temperatures bouncing between spring and summer; eschewing the glory of throwing off the yoke of freezing cold and celebrating with flowers. Boing rather than spring.

We went from summer to late fall this weekend. It is overcast, cool and windy. I think this vase may be the last of my cool season annuals. The snapdragon flowers are about a tenth the size they were a couple of weeks ago and the dianthus is really slowing down. This is the end of Boing celebration vase and a wonderful tonic for a dreary day.

The silver goblet is an old silver plate treasure my mother came up with in her thrift shop trolling days. I like it as it has a wonderful patina and it makes me wonder and laugh about why my mother would buy such a thing? It certainly doesn’t hold water. I found this out the hard way and now use a small plastic cup inside the vase.

The flowers:

Another element adding a bit of boing to this vase – the Golf Beauty Craspedia in yellow. The selection in the vase represents half bloom to full bloom, as I was not sure when to cut these. The younger ones have been hanging around for a couple of weeks and participated in a couple of different vases. The other yellow is a tiny Snapdragon flower; in pink fringes, the Giant Dianthus; blue spikes, Mystic Blue Salvia; white spikes, White Flame Salvia; crimson flowers are the rest of the tiny Snapdragons. The foliage is Asian Sword Fern and a few sprigs of Giant Parsley.

I am hoping for the return of blue skies this week and possibly discovering some spring flowers.

Thank you to Cathy at for hosting this meme. Follow the link to see more vases.

Happy Gardening!!


20 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Boing!

  1. Cathy says:

    I wouldn’t think of your vase as a spring vase (on our terms) but it is certainly lovely! The Craspedia is really striking once again. I wonder if it can be dried? The silver goblet is a fun receptacle for flowers. It’s nice to think that your Mum bought it just because she liked it… 😃

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    • So, these are all summer flowers in your garden? in the southeastern US we grow pansies, dianthus, snapdragons, alyssum, parsley and other things during the winter or very early spring. They won’t last in the heat of summer. Some of the Craspedia is dry in the vase, it was cut about 3 weeks ago and was sitting on the front porch for a while.

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  2. Noelle says:

    I agree with Cathy or this being your special Spring arrangement, one where winters as we experience don’t exist, with the results of an array of flowers which we would have been only able to create digitally by importing together flowers from different months. Your vase reminds of china from Prinknash Abbey with a sheen that looks very similar to what your vase will look like in a further ten years.

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  3. Donna Donabella says:

    I love the awakening in spring here, but certainly miss the flowers and colors. Yours is a celebration and what a gorgeous vase!

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  4. I had to chuckle at comments about your spring flowers. The snapdragon and dianthus will also be gone by summer here. Still loving those Golf Beauties.

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  5. Cathy says:

    Oh such a denseness of blooms in your silver-plated vase – they look so effective. And that craspedia keeps calling out to me – I wonder if I still have the seeds I had before, and if they might still be viable? Thanks for sharing, as always

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Very bright and cheery! I found Craspedia nearly indestructible, it dries in the vase and lasts for ages. Definitely worth growing here as an annual. I guess we got your weather for a change. Bright blue skies and a warm sun. Around 40º but on the front porch it is 65!

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  7. Kris P says:

    “Boing” captures your arrangement perfectly! I’ve been intrigued by Craspedia but have never tried growing it. It’s very photogenic and your presentation has pushed me to try it. Did you grow it from seed? It’s odd to hear that your snapdragons are already moving out when mine have yet to bloom but then mine are late this year.


  8. tonytomeo says:

    Craspedia is like yellow Allium! . . . or Echinops!

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  9. pbmgarden says:

    This is so lovely! Craspedia is cleverly used here. I’ve heard them called billy balls.

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