Monday, August 4, 2014

In A Vase On Monday: A Rose Is A Rose

I've been saving the recyclable glass milk bottles from Rosa Brothers, a local Valley dairy farm, because I thought they would make novel vases for an informal party.  I picture the bottles holding small bouquets of roses since the bottles already are labeled with the botanical name for roses, 'Rosa'!



Lately I've noticed some beautiful floral arrangements that various bloggers have created from the flowers growing in their gardens and then linking back to Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden in order to share their arrangements for all to enjoy.

Cathy invites bloggers to fill a vase every Monday with what ever is blooming in their gardens. And a vase can be any container.

I thought it would be fun to join in today. However my flowers, especially the roses, have gone on vacation during these hot dry summer days.

However, I did find a few roses still in bloom, along with a few flowers that are roses in name only, to fill my rosa vase.

Portulaca, which also goes by the old fashioned name 'Moss Rose' is growing happily in the sun and heat. However the pretty little flowers were not quite so happy in my floral arrangement. I think they like the outside best.

Portulaca 'Moss Rose'
I added a few of the always reliable geranium 'Rozanne' flowers for some additional color. Although 'Rose Campion' (Lychnis coronaria) was not flowering, it's fuzzy silver gray leaves added a soft touch.

I remembered that 'Rose of Sharon' (Hybiscus syriacus) grows on the south facing fence where it's not always noticed. Although it had several buds, there were no flowers. But I did include some of the nice green foliage.

Geranium 'Rozanne'











I enjoyed the challenge of filling my vase with flowers in the heat of August days. It was a fun little activity, and in addition I have some colorful flowers to brighten my Monday!

Portulaca 'Moss Rose', Rose 'Heritage', milk bottle vase
foliage from 'Rose Campion' (Lychnis coronaria), Geranium 'Rozanne', flowers of 'Rose Campion'

30 comments:

  1. You found a lot of lovely flowers for your unusual Rosa brothers vase. Very nice.

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    1. Hi Susie, Thank you for visiting my blog! I was surprised to find enough flowers in bloom to fill even that small "vase" but they do provide some Monday color!

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  2. I have a Rosa milk bottle. I'm stealing your idea.

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    1. Hi Maybelline, Go right ahead! Don't you think the Rosa's milk is delicious? I think it tastes better because it's in the glass bottles. I especially like the chocolate milk for a treat!

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  3. Ah, California, that's why it is so dry! You must be so pleased to have found all these little beauties for your vase when you thought there would only be slim pickings. This is one of the joys of the meme, looking at the garden from a different viewpoint. The bottle is a great idea (how big is it?) - and I love the idea of the little collage at the end - I might borrow that idea! Thanks for joining in - see you again :)

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    1. Hi Cathy, Yes, it's still dry in my part of the state although other areas received some rain yesterday. I am enjoying your meme. So many creative gardeners out there! The bottles I use are quart size. They also come in half gallon and pint sizes. Of course the opening isn't too large, but large enough for a small bouquet. Thank you for hosting In A Vase on Monday!

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  4. Ah, California, that's why it is so dry! You must be so pleased to have found all these little beauties for your vase when you thought there would only be slim pickings. This is one of the joys of the meme, looking at the garden from a different viewpoint. The bottle is a great idea (how big is it?) - and I love the idea of the little collage at the end - I might borrow that idea! Thanks for joining in - see you again :)

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  5. Beautiful roses! I love the arrangement! I always leave my roses on the plants, until the petals have fallen down to the ground.

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    1. Hi Endah, Thank you. Eventhough there are only a few roses left, I think they are beautiful. I, too, like to leave my roses on the plant with the petals falling to the ground, but I sometimes enjoy a bouquet of fresh flowers in the house, especially on these days when it's too hot and uncomfortable to go outside.

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  6. It's fun to have a theme, and the results are quite nice.

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    1. Thank you, Ricki, for visiting and for the kind words. The rosa theme did give me a focus. It was fun,too, but I neglected to include rosemary in the arrangement! I hope she forgives me!

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  7. What a beautiful selection of flowers you have found in your dry August garden. Here in the UK roses are quite limited, although geranium Roxanne is still looking good. I am growing hibiscus in pots, but they are not quite ready to flower yet. Your milk bottle os gorgeous - it is a long time since I have been able to buy milk in a glass bottle.

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    1. Hi Julie, Thank you for visiting my blog! While there isn't a profusion of flowers, there are still a few spots of color left in my August garden. Don't you just love 'Rozanne'? She is a non stop bloomer in my garden. I have only seen the bottled milk on store shelves in the last two years. They remind me of how milk was bottled when I was young!

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  8. I enjoy this meme, too. Your arrangements look beautiful. I always enjoy the look of Roses of any kind in a mixed bouquet. Lovely!

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    1. Hi Beth, I like that it provides a different way to look at flowers. Thank you for your nice compliment! My roses are such shedders that I don't usually use them for bouquets, but the Austin rose is holding up and the Knock Outs are as tough as they come!

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  9. Your arrangement is lovely. I have one old milk bottle but never thought to use it as a vase. Rose campion is one of my favourite plants. In our area they are blooming right now.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I like Rose Campion, too, although mine has gone to seed now. I've been collecting the seeds and sprinkling them around the garden. I'm not sure if it's a perennial or a biennial, because it doesn't always bloom the first year from seeds. They are a great cottage garden plant. Have a good day!

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  10. I've been keeping vases filled also. Even using the blooms of Heuchera and Hosta in them. Anything to keep something going. Just love what you did.

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  11. Thank you, Cher, for the nice compliment. I would not have thought of heuchera and hosta blooms, but I can imagine that they would make very pretty cut flowers. The heuchera, especially has such airy delicate blooms!

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  12. I love the flower arrangements they are all beautiful and they're all looks fresh!

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    1. Thank you! It was fun to put together the flower arrangements. I'm looking forward to when the weather cools and there will be more flowers.

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  13. What a gorgeous display! I love your use of the milk bottle too, it really sets off the bouquet.

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    1. Hi Paula, Thank you. I've been trying to think of other uses for the milk bottles. I have a lot of them! I thought I might use them for rooting cuttings too. Have a good day!

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  14. Your gardens remind me of dad's, when I was growing up in Nevada. He loved roses and portulaca.

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    1. Hi Yvonne. I can imagine it must have been a challenge for your father to grow roses in an arid climate like Nevada. Roses do well in this dry climate provided they get supplemental water. Fortunately portulaca are drought tolerant so they are holding up well with the restrictions we have on watering.

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  15. Dear Dorothy, how great that you picked some bouquets right from your garden! They are very lovely!
    I don't have many roses blooming in the garden either, they just quit because of the heat and the ones that do bloom are one third of the size that they usually are. But better than nothing! I think with these temperatures it is best to cut roses early in the morning and take them indoors to enjoy before they fry up outdoors. You may have inspired me to go out tomorrow first thing in the morning and see what little plonk I can find in my garden :-)! Wishing you a great week!
    Christina

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    1. Hi Christina, Your roses are beautiful! I wish I had enough space to have the varieties that you grow! Our weather has cooled down a bit this week, so maybe the roses will be inspired to come back with a few more blooms. Happy gardening!

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  16. Dorothy, You made very beautiful flower arrangements. I always have such a hard time picking the flowers from my own garden. I just want to keep them outside to show them off! You know this year I found a Portulaca volunteer on the side of my porch! In 2012 I had a potted Portulaca on the edge of my porch in a pot. It lasted a long time but eventually, it started to look a little tired so I retired it. Well, this year I noticed something growing by the side of the step in a spot where nothing else is growing. Sure enough when it bloomed it was Portulaca. That little plant must have dropped seeds in 2012 and somehow this year, a volunteer showed up. Gardens are always full of surprises.

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    1. Thank you, Danielle. How nice that your portulaca came back to bloom! I have a smilar story about my Woodland Tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris) plant. I bought a package of night blooming flower seeds which contained a packet of Woodland Tobacco. I planted the seeds but never saw the plants until several years later when we had the flower bed removed and that summer a plant with huge leaves just kept growing. When it bloomed I could identify it as Woodland Tobacco. But those seeds must have lain dormant for several years, just waiting for the right conditions to germinate. Now it reseeds like crazy and it grows all over my garden! I do love garden surprises!

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