In a Vase on Monday – Sage Indians

I have two Indian elements in my vase today. First, the vase itself was made by the Ute tribe of Utah in the US. They still call themselves Indians so I think it is okay if I do. They also refer to themselves as the Ute People, which I like better. The second, the red and yellow daisies are called Indian Blanket (Gallardia pulchella). The flowers are native to the Great Plains in the US, though they have naturalized throughout the country right down to my garden. These reseed and required no maintenance and are relatively well behaved. What’s not to like? I was searching for a rust colored flower to accent the vase and was happy to find several groups in bloom.

The sage in the vase is not wisdom, but Salvia. Two kinds, Black and Bloom and Roman Red. The red exudes the fragrance of culinary sage.

A closer view:

Brown Eyed Girl sunflowers (in yellow) have reappeared after taking an extended break from flowering. I am reserving judgement on these. They were great for about six weeks, then stopped flowering for about the same amount of time and are loaded with flowers again. Time will tell. For those who were intrigued by the Golf Beauty Craspedia, it has passed on, leaving me to believe it is a cool season annual in South Florida. I will be interested to see the progress of others with Craspedia this summer. The deep blue flowers are Black and Bloom Salvia; the lighter blue flowers are Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata). Shiny foliage is from Wild Coffee (Psychotria nervosa), a native shrub I have for butterfly habitat. Evidenced by the botanical name, you can drink it, but shouldn’t.

The rest of the crew. Standing in back in red, Roman Red Salvia; white spikes are from Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata)

Wishing all a very happy Monday and a big thank you to Cathy for hosting. To see more vases, visit Cathy at


23 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Sage Indians

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Vibrant and beautiful! ❀

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  2. Rosie Amber says:

    I do like the sunflowers, some of my favourite plants.

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  3. A great combo this week. I think most of your flowers would grow in my area. Sorry to hear about the Golf Beauty. Will it reseed? I have been pulling up my winter annuals as we are hot, humid and received about 5 inches of rain.

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    • Thanks, I know there are some flowers from the Craspedia I threw in the garden, so we will see what comes up! Sounds like summer has already started there. The other winter flowers have melted.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Such a warm and summery vase today, Amy. The gaillardia are great plants to have naturalising in your garden- here they are best grown as annuals as many find they rarely survive into a second season. Same with S Black and Bloom. My craspedia are nearly big enough to plant out although I realise I haven’t really a space for them!!

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  5. Cathy says:

    I love each and every flower in your vase today Amelia! The salvia -both blue and red – are lovely strong colours. And the sunflowers and Gaillardia make me think of summer breezes and warm sunshine. πŸ˜ƒ Plumbago is such a pretty plant too. The one I grow is dark blue but flowers when it likes later in the year. Beautiful vase as well!

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  6. Kris P says:

    You married your floral arrangement and your vase quite nicely, Amelia. I recently found ‘Sunbelievable Brown-Eyed Girl’ at my local garden center! It’s still relatively dinky and has only produced 2-3 flowers at a time but I remain hopeful that it’ll bloom as profusely as yours has. It’s still relatively cool here (60F) and I’ve yet to see the sun today – the morning marine layer has been insisting on hanging on well into the afternoon 😦

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  7. Donna Donabella says:

    Beautiful native flower Gallardia….I used to grow them here in the NE and they lasted for several years. Love the arrangement.

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  8. Anna Higgins says:

    Such an array of beautiful and colourful flowers Amelia. My favourites are the blue shades especially the plumbago which sadly is a tender plant here.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Indian blanket really looks like something that should be native to the Great Plains, even though I do not know exactly where that is. I saw that they were very popular in Oklahoma, along with related sunflowers and black-eyed Susans.

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  10. pbmgarden says:

    A perfect arrangement. Nice variety of flowers and wow! What a vase! I tried plumbago one year but it didn’t do well here at all.

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