In a Vase on Monday: Oranges and Lemons, the Uncut Version

Quite clearly, today’s blooms HAVE been cut but, having cut them and popped them into the zinc ice bucket that I usually stand flowers in before they are arranged, I decided they looked attractive as they were, just randomly plonked and untrimmed (other than removal of lower leaves): the uncut version.

Spurning the temptation of various purple and pink shades of dahlia that are still going strong in the cutting beds, I was attracted instead by the last few presentable blooms on sunflowers ‘Velvet Queen’ and ‘Italian White’, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Glow’. With the advent of an oranges and lemons theme, various oddments from the same colour palette were added – Dahlias ‘Jescott Julie’, ‘Golden Girl’ and ‘unknown’, Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’, a fading hosta leaf and the yellow-green foliage of nasturtium. There may be others lurking in the mix too.

I liked the way the lanky stems of Prairie Glow and Lemon Queen splayed out at the sides of the bucket, creating a low and wide effect which I was unsure could be replicated in any of the vases I have – so they stayed where they were instead. I could have added the obvious props of course, but I suspect the lemons in my fridge are past their best and not for public display. Have you been able to pick blooms or find other material in your garden for public display on IAVOM today, as well as for your own personal pleasure? If so, please share them with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.

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40 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Oranges and Lemons, the Uncut Version

  1. the running wave says:

    I love the uncut version! My favourite sort of arrangement in fact! Open and generous. Beautiful. I have managed to escape autumn colour in my vase this week! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda – in hindsight I have thought of a vase that might have worked, one that I bought years ago for its decorative value, one which I tend to forget about

  2. I love this arrangement Cathy and the colors! The essence of loveliness, fall, and simplicity, all wrapped in one. I’m a fan of casual arrangements that aren’t uptight and posed to perfection. I guess that’s where I am in life, and that’s how I like my arrangements too.
    Sharing today:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I suppose they are autumnal colours although I didn’t really think of that when I was picking them. As you say, informally plonked vases are invariably just as pretty as anything ‘posed’

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  4. Uncut works beautifully! Really lovely. Mine are joining you

  5. pbmgarden says:

    I enjoy the casual nature of your arrangement today Cathy. It’s all perfectly balanced and beautiful. Nasturium foliage is really nice.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I was pleased I thought of the nasturtium foliage too, especially as it was almost an afterthought. Might have looked better if I had tucked some of the leaves behind the flowers instead of having a dominant position in the middle of the arrangement – but then it wouldn’t have been completely ‘uncut’!

  6. Love it! The colours all work together naturally – perfect for a wind blown autumn day.

  7. Joe Owens says:

    I think sometimes I favor unarranged, but then I am FLOWER CRAZY, so I can’t speak for all. I have a weeks past vase to share this time around.

  8. Cathy says:

    Mmm, lovely. And a great title too. I have a ‘Lemon Queen’ too and have been calling it Helenium all summer, but just realised that according to my labels (and I checked the bill too) it is in fact a Helianthus. I am confused! Is there a Helenium Lemon Queen as well? My Mum calls hers a Helenium… And what is the difference in a name anyway. LOL!

    • Cathy says:

      I meant to check it before I posted, but forgot – you are right, it is Helianthus, so I need to change that! As you say they are all going to have their yellow daisy type of bloom in common (from the Greek God of the sun, Helios)

  9. The perfect home for a fading Hosta leaf! My garden is just about done with flowers as we came close to a killing frost over the weekend. Nothing so lovely as the bounty yours is still producing. But I did manage a vase or two:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, sorry to hear about the near arrival of your first frost. It probably won’t be long here, either. Meanwhile, I shall enjoy any bounty I can get!

  10. Funny how no arranging works so well sometimes. Seredipity uncut, the unplugged version of IAVOM? I thought the Nasturtium leaves were Lotus at first and the flowers were huge! Colors look great in combination and say Autumn is here! Here is my vase

  11. bcparkison says:

    That is the way I like them.

  12. Chloris says:

    I love these colours Cathy. A good idea to leave the flowers just like that, you couldn’t improve upon it, it looks fabulous.
    I am joining in this week

  13. Kris P says:

    Those impromptu arrangements we create in the process of gathering stems can be the very best ones. In contrast, I’m sometimes disappointed by the manicured versions I stick in a “proper” vase. I wish I had your success with sunflowers, even if I’d have needed a step-stool to cut them! Here’s my post, cut under smoky skies:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris. The Velvet Queen have been particularly successful, producing side shoots with new blooms throughout the season, but the Italian White for some bizarre reason have only recently begun flowering! But smoky skies…?

  14. Cathy the uncut arrangement is magnificent and the colors fabulous. It is so natural and so lovely while I love it. The flowers are divine, I love them all, but especially the Rudbeckias, the Dahlias and the Capuchin foliage. The yellow and orange colors together are fabulous. Take care Greetings from Margarita.

  15. Oh I like the au naturale look Cathy and the all the flowers that went into putting it together. Which is the orange rudbeckia? A certain song will be in my head now until head hits pillow tonight. Here’s my vase :

  16. AlisonC says:

    Here I am better late than never. Your vase is a ray of sunshine on a grey day. So good to have all those bright colours.Sometimes pick and plonk just works and the bucket really looks good too! The Nasturtium leaves are a good idea. Choosing the right vase, or bucket, does make all the difference. Here is my quick pick

  17. Very nice! Your vases are always fabulous. I love to plonk, rather than spending hours arranging–I just don’t have the time right now at this point in my life. Plus, they look great!

    • Cathy says:

      That’s why I try to encourage people to pick and plonk For IAVOM because most of us think we can’t arrange – although we soon learn to sometimes tweak or plonked offerings to better effect

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  19. rickii says:

    In this case, the casual approach is perfect. I see a little bit of Autumn creeping into the cheery mix.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, although Autumn was not in my mind as I picked them and I could see that with the finished result (and the hosta leaf of course!)

  20. tonytomeo says:

    Nasturtium foliage was the first thing I noticed. (sorry) Of course, I had to look for nasturtium flowers too. They would have been overwhelmed by the taller stems anyway.

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