Summer Posy Vase

I’m back for “In a Vase on Monday”

In a Vase on Monday is a meme hosted each week by Cathy on her blog Rambling in the Garden. It used to be my go-to weekly blog post, but not so much in the past year as life temporarily took me away from blogging. I’m glad to be back at it today, and here is my humble IAVOM offering for July 22, 2019.

Flower List


Two years ago, I planted a pack of zinnia seeds, and for the second summer, they’ve reseeded and come back. This hot pink bloom is my first of the season. It appears I have a lot fewer plants this year, so I must remember to re-up on seeds next spring.

small vase of pink, yellow, purple and white flowers, set on a mossy concrete step.
Zinnia, “Limelight” hydrangea, “Blueberry Smoothie” althea, black-eyed Susan, and Buddleja in a Waterford posey vase

“Blueberry Smoothie” Althea

Last summer, my althea bush was overrun with ants. I am so thankful that is not the case this year. I can finally clip some of its ruffly, blueberry-blue blossoms for a vase.

Tip: Handle althea blooms gently because even the slightest pressure will knock them off their woody stems. And just writing that sentence gives me the idea to try floating stemless blooms in a bowl of water. Hmmmm. (BTW, my friend Betty introduced me to althea. Here I wrote about my visit to her garden.)

“Limelight” Hydrangea

Inherited from a co-worker who recently re-landscaped, this particular variety of hydrangea can take the sun, which is ideal for my front yard. Plus, the flowers are so delicate and pretty.

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Black-eyed Susan

I purchased this no-fuss, butterfly-friendly perennial a couple years ago at a Birmingham Botanical Gardens plant sale. Gotta love those sunshine yellow petals.


Also, known as butterfly bush, Buddleja is considered invasive in some parts of the U.S., such as the Pacific Northwest. However, in the summer heat of Alabama, it’s not a problem. Plus, its cone-shaped bunches of tiny blossoms truly do bring the butterflies.



Today’s vase is a Waterford posy vase, which previously made an appearance in the post “Sense and Sensibility.”

Thank you for stopping by. To see what other gardeners around the world have put in a vase on Monday, please visit Cathy’s IAVOM post and don’t miss the comments below it.


Spring Has Sprung in Birmingham

My inner gardener has returned. Hopefully she’ll stick around this time.

I have been woefully neglectful of my garden and my blog. But I’ve found inspiration anew as the trees begin to leaf out and spring’s first blooms appear, such as the heirloom Narcissus above. Here’s what else is happening in my yard this fine March day.

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In a Vase on Monday: Zinnias

(c) Terri Robertson, T’s Southern Garden 2018
Zinnias and buddleja, aka butterfly bush

My offering for this In a Vase on Monday post is small but cheerful.

The vase is an old pharmacy bottle that was dug up in Florida. The decades spent in the earth imparted a milky patina to the aqua glass. I found it at Dogwoods in Clayton, Georgia, over the 4th of July weekend. Now on to the flowers.

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In a Vase on Monday: Big, Beautiful Lily

(c) Terri Robertson, T’s Southern Garden 2018
Asiatic lily, hummingbird mint, dusty miller, sedum and creeping Jenny

This spring, I planted a bargain variety pack of shade bulbs and roots. The big, beautiful Asiatic lily in this vase is the summer payoff.

It’s the only flower so far, but perennials can take a couple of years to put on a show. (And I probably could have taken more care in preparing the soil before planting.) Now, for the rest.

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In a Vase on Monday: North Georgia Mountains

(c) Terri Robertson, T’s Southern Garden 2018

Today I’m posting from my family home on Pinnacle Mountain, just outside the quaint town of Clayton, Georgia.

It’s a sisters’ long weekend, and we’re about to head out to lunch, so I’ll make this quick!

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In the Garden with Rachel: Daylilies and Hydrangeas

(c) Terri Robertson, T's Southern Garden Blog 2018

To properly represent late May blooms in Alabama on this blog, I visited my friend Rachel a couple of weeks ago. She grows daylilies and hydrangeas, which I don’t have in my own yard.

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In a Vase on Monday: Succulents

(c) Terri Robertson, T's Southern Garden 2018I’m in between summer and spring blooming seasons, so today’s In A Vase on Monday post is a pot of succulents.

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