In a Vase on Monday: Bejewelled

I promised I would take advantage of the wonderful Giant Dahlia Mix zinnias sometime soon and feature them in vase on Monday, so here they are today. Uploading the photographs in readiness for the post I realised I had barely got all the blooms in the initial photograph – but you can see them in their entirety in the overhead shot below.Β  Not only this, but looking at the vase from across the room as I began to write the post I could see that the ‘arrangement’ might have looked more effective if the stems had been splayed out more, at a more obtuse angle…but hey ho, it is as it is, and perhaps I will learn from this.

Most of the stems are zinnias from this Giant Dahlia Mix, but there are a couple of Purple Prince and Orange King in there too, along with scabious buds and seadheads to add further interest. I don’t usually go with mixed colours in my seed sowing, but couldn’t decide on other varieties to grow alongside the latter two stalwarts so chose these mixed ones instead which have proved exceedingly attractive; I wouldn’t choose to pick a mixed bunch like this very often, but individual colours have also made their way into other posies, providing long-lasting colour, and in the cutting beds the blooms will just keep on coming.

The stems were pushed into biodegradable foam in the central recess of this vintage vase, disguised by glass pebbles, and the jewelled colours of the zinnias are represented in a selection of semi-precious palm stones: amethyst, rose quartz, carnelian and ruby in zoisite.

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46 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Bejewelled

  1. Heyjude says:

    Wow! These zinnias are so much better than my feeble few! You don’t have issues with the S&S?

    • Cathy says:

      I probably used some ‘safe’ pellets when I first planted them out back in May/June, but nothing sice then. They are not surrounded by any other plants so there are less places immediately by them for S&S to lurk – but I planted a few spares in the shrub border later on and some were devoured instantly but others have gone on to become even stronger than those in the cutting beds

  2. Noelle M says:

    I wonder whether there are Zinnia Mix Dahlias? Aren’t the colours strong and vibrant, and arranged in a black vase makes them very dramatic. Those palm stones look beautiful too. Here is my arrangement this Bank Holiday Monday:

    • Cathy says:

      Ha, perhaps dahlias are too variable for your suggested ransposition! πŸ˜‰ I think zinnias depth of colour is one of the reasons I like them so much

  3. Beautiful Zinnias! I likely started with a similar mix – several years ago. I just collect seed now from my own patch. That’s an interesting vase – like an upside down hat! Have a great week!

    • Cathy says:

      ThanksChris, and perhaps I should try collecting seed too- what is your technique?

      • I let the flower die and dry up, then cut it off and pull it apart, looking for the seeds. Then store indoors till next spring. I never know what I’ll get but this year I’m going to try for some specific colours/shapes – not sure if the pollinators, flitting from bloom to bloom, will have had any influence on the outcome.

        • Cathy says:

          I am sure pollinators will play a part, Chris, so you will no doubt get some surprises! Thanls for the ‘instructions’ – I will try collecting seed but have some backup seed for next season just in case

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful! These are a good selection of zinnias. I especially like the dark red ones. Cathy, your vase has a great shape–versatile. Thanks for hosting.

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    • Cathy says:

      I knew you would like them, Susie. And I realised today that there wer no Oeange Prince amongst them, so the orabgey read ones must have been from the mix too. The vase came with a glass frog, albeit not very practical, but I just pushed a a lump of the foam into the recess and it works well although I will need to keep the water topped up

  5. Gorgeous Zinnias and I love the color mix. I think Noelle asks a very good question. Pretty palm stones. I thought the vase was a hat at first. Happy Monday! Thank you for hosting here is my tropical madness for the week.

  6. Anna says:

    Oh that’s a good range of bright colours Cathy and a striking way to display them. I forgot all about zinnias until early May to discover that there were only six seeds left in the packet I had 😱 I did sow them and they are in flower but a paltry show really. Want to try some purple and orange shades next year so will have to look at the varieties you mention. I still wish that I could like their leaves but then it’s the same with dahlias for me too. My vase this week is here:

    • Cathy says:

      That’s a shame; certainly the two single varieties I grow are reliable and I have grown them for quite a few years now. Isn’t it odd (in a nice way, of course!) that you dislike the leaves so much, ad that of dahlias? I suppose I just see the long straight stems and can forgive a few leaves…!! πŸ˜€

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  8. Kris P says:

    The mix is bright and cheerful, the qualities I find most appealing in zinnias. I wish I had a broader range of them this year myself as they’re useful to add a spot of color or contrast in arrangements even when not taking a starring role. As always, thanks for hosting, Cathy. Here’s my post:

  9. Angie says:

    Cathy, those colors are so beautifulβ€” indeed like jewels. And love the vintage vase. Such a different shape!


    • Cathy says:

      They are indeed bright and have far greater depth of colour than perhaps all other annuals – I have quickly learned to love them

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  11. Cathy says:

    Really lovely Cathy. The overhead shot shows them off best. I often have the same problem with stems as my vase inevitably ends up on the mantelpiece where the top of the flowers are above eye level. Your gemstones are also very pretty. I think this may have convinced me to grow zinnias again next year! Here is my vase for today: Thanks Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy, I find overhead shots of my own and other vases really useful for getting the bigger picture and seeing all the contents of a vase

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  13. Great bird’s eye view and I really do love the blinding intensity of colour that zinnias provide. I only grew Z. Benary Scarlet this year and I am missing the variety. Those seedheads and buds work very nicely as a texture halo!
    My vase is here:

  14. tonytomeo says:

    This is the first vase I see in ‘In A Vase On Monday’ today that lacks dahlias, but the zinnias are named after them anyway. This is a good day for dahlias, as well as zinnias.

  15. Eliza Waters says:

    How lovely – one can never have enough zinnias, imo. One of my favorites of summer, you just can’t beat their cheeriness. πŸ™‚

  16. the running wave says:

    You are bejewelled this week Cathy! I do love zinnias. Their colour palette seems to be so broad and there’s something for everyone! These are glorious colours. Amanda

  17. Annette says:

    They may be a mixed bunch but they go together most charmingly. The top down pic looks great. I usually plant a couple of zinnias in among the vegetables but somehow I forgot this year. Lots of vases in and around the house these days, just no time to post a vase. Have a good week x

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