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.

Profusion double-bloom zinnias (3 blooms on right): I purchased this petite variety at Shoppe in Forest Park. I love this shop’s urban location in a charming old bungalow. It’s built into a terraced hillside, so you meander up a shady hillside as you peruse the outdoor tables of plants.

Dwarf zinnia: This one’s the bright orange bloom on the left. I planted a seed packet of these, but unfortunately I was careless and let all but two seedlings get zapped by the sun. So this guy is a survivor!

Giant zinnia: It’s not in the vase because I couldn’t bear to cut the first bloom, but I wanted to share it. I planted giant zinnias from seed last year, and they reseeded themselves this year – what a nice surprise! I’m not sure of the exact variety (maybe California giants), but they get as tall as me!

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

You’ll notice that a couple the zinnia blooms in my vase show signs of age. Someone once told me that zinnias go by the nickname old maids. I’ve always like that. Zinnia’s are still pretty and attract plenty of pollinators long after they’ve earned a few age spots.

Buddleja (also spelled Buddleia): To finish off the arrangment, I snipped a stem from my Buddleja, commonly known as butterfly bush. I previously posted a vase with Buddleja here.

A common buckeye butterfly visiting the Buddleja bush last September.

Thanks to Cathy and her blog, Rambling in the Garden, for hosting the IAVOM meme. She has a vase of moody blues and purples today. Please give her a visit, and don’t forget to check out the comments following her post to see offerings from gardeners around the world.

Also, a bit of good news. My friend Kara invited me to share on her blog, Inspired Southerner, so you can catch my garden posts there too.

In a Vase on Monday: Kangaroo Colorwheel

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

Last week, I noticed a few garden bloggers chose fun animal vases for In a Vase on Monday. This week, I follow suit.

Kangaroo Vase

This vintage Fitz & Floyd piece is actually a toothbrush holder. As a vase, the holes meant for toothbrush handles function like a flower frog, helping stems stay in place. This is not the first time this estate-sale find has appeared on my blog, but it is its first appearance since I began posting for IAVOM, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

Colorwheel, aka Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis)

The pastel, almost white bloom by the kangaroo face is the very first offering from my Stoke’s Aster this season. This perennial, full-sun plant is native to the Southeastern United States. It earns the nickname Colorwheel from the changing color of its blooms, which begin as the palest pink-purple and age to a deep mauve.

(c) Terri Robertson, T's Southern Garden, 2018
An overhead view offers a closer look at the Stoke’s Aster bloom (bottom left).

Rounding out the colorwheel: repeat bloomers

The rest of the blooms in this vase have already appeared in various posts this year, and you will probably continue to see them in my vases through the summer.

  • The spindly brown stems bearing tiny white flowers are heuchera ‘Mocha’ also known as coral bells.
  • The clusters of small purple flowers are lavender (Lavandula angustiflolia).
  • With a truly ice-like shimmer, the neon violet flowers are ice plant (Delosperma cooperi).
  • The violet, cone-shaped clusters are butterfly bush (Buddleja), and speaking of …

The butterfly bush below our kitchen window went from one single bloom last week to full-blast flowering this week. Bring on the butterflies!

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

More animal vases

Last week, posts from these bloggers inspired my kangaroo creation.

  • Wild Daffodil, hailing from the other side of the Atlantic on England’s south coast, featured zebra and giraffe vases.
  • In Florida, the Shrub Queen arranged native wildflowers in a cow vase and introduced us to a sweet real-life pup.
  • Bonney Lassie, of Washington state, has a fish vase that I adore.

More In a Vase on Monday

Visit Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and gardeners around the world have put in a vase this Monday. Thank you for stopping by!


In a Vase on Monday: Welcome May

(c) Terri Robertson, T's Southern Garden, 2018
Red hot poker (yellow flower), butterfly bush, ice plant and Carolina snailseed

This week, vibrant new blooms join the spring party and the Carolina snailseed is being super clingy.

Today’s post is part of “In a Vase on Monday,” a weekly meme hosted by Cathy on her blog Rambling in the Garden. Give her a visit to see what she and other gardeners around the world have put in a vase today. But first, here’s what’s in my vase on Monday, May 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria ‘Grandiflora’)

(c) Terri Robertson, T's Southern Garden, 2018
Red hot poker

Also known as torch lily, this perennial is another purchase from the Birmingham Botanical Gardens fall plant sale in 2017. This is its first (and only) bloom, so I hope more blooms are on the way. It’s a native of Southern Africa, and from what I read, its blooms are often bi-colored in combinations of yellow, orange and red. I’m not sure if my plant will offer only yellow blooms, or it’s going to surprise me.

Butterfly bush (Buddleja)

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

We planted a butterfly bush under our kitchen window last year. True to its name, it attracts lots of butterflies. It’s covered in green buds this week, which will soon turn into dark violet-purple blooms. Although not fully bloomed, this one was far enough along to demonstrate its color.

Ice plant (Delosperma cooperi)

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

I also featured this succulent ground cover in my IAVOM post on April 23.  It’s really doing well this year, so you will probably see it in my arrangements throughout the summer. Look how the petals shimmer in the sun.

Carolina snailseed (Cocculus carolinus)

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

When looking for vase ideas today, I was taken by how these young shoots of Carolina snailseed twisted together to achieve verticality. It reminds me of Jack and the Bean Stalk.

Thanks for dropping by my blog today, and don’t forget to visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for more IAVOM posts.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the Carolina snailseed as English ivy (Hedera).