In a Vase on Monday: Gold

I may not have incorporated dahlias into a Vase on Monday for a little while, but they have been used in posies for friends – and I also have a vase of assorted dahlias on the kitchen table, victims of a lack of appropriate staking.

‘David Howard’ has been particularly generous with his blooms so when I started looking for inspiration for today’s vase I plucked all of them that were open. Rejecting a range of vases and jugs, I utilised instead a stoneware pot that normally sits on the kitchen

windowsill, holding numerous mini-spatulas (and you can never have too many of those, or at least I can’t). In hindsight, I could have used one of my vintage ceramic marmalade pots, and given the post a different title, but instead I went down the golden route, celebrating the glorious orange shades of this iconic dahlia and pairing it with an iron pyrites sphere, a mineral commonly known as fool’s gold.

Incidentally, last week’s vase still looks striking, despite the faded rose. The only remaining freshness is the leaves of the rose, but the fading of other elements and the increased fluffiness of the miscanthus only adds to its charm.

We certainly don’t need to have fresh flowers for our Monday vases, nor need it even be flowers, so please see what you can find in your garden or forage locally to pop into a vase or other receptacle and share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.

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35 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Gold

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  2. Cathy says:

    Wow! That is simply gorgeous! So effective just putting one colour, one flower in a matching vase. I hope it will last as well as last week’s and continue to glow and shimmer all week. πŸ˜ƒ Here is my vase for today Cathy. Have a lovely week.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy, I suspect it won’t last as long as last week’s and in fact I know it won’t as most of the blooms were already fully open

  3. the running wave says:

    I love the golden route, and that lovely stoneware pot. The dahlias are glowing and lovely, especially on a very wet and grey Monday morning here! A golden start to my week Cathy! Thank you. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Our wet and grey Monday morning turned into a glorious afternoon – I wonder if yours did too? I am glad I thought of using my spatula pot, as I agree it works well

      • the running wave says:

        Yes, we had blue skies and sunshine by late morning, and then an absolute downpour just as the children were coming out of school. I was driving home from a walk, got back to the car just in time before the heavens opened, and I drove past drowned rats with expressions of complete disbelief as to how wet they were! They were actually laughing!! A

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Gorgeous dahlias and very successful way to present them. The drying arrangement from last week is lovely too. Thanks for being here for us Cathy!

    In A Vase On Monday – Mixed Dahlias

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I knew I needed something with quite a wide opening to display them, and having straight sides too it seems to work well

  5. Noelle M says:

    I smiled straight away when I saw what you had chosen for arrangement this week Cathy. I only have one Dhalia and it had to be?

  6. I love virtually adoring your Dahlias. And your nice simple vase. I have some pyrite crystals that are a favorite of mine from my father. I need to look into mini spatulas, I only have full size! Here is my vase, thank you for hosting.

  7. bcparkison says:

    I don’t think any thing could be prettier.Wow…just beautiful.

  8. Angie says:

    I love how bright these dahlias are! And the vase is perfect for them. And I agree, last week’s arrangement still looks beautiful. So fluffly! πŸ™‚


  9. Heyjude says:

    Love your golds! (My alternate site)

    Life in Colour

    • Cathy says:

      That must have been a really interesting photo challenge, Jude. I know I was surprised to find gold on a fluffy clematis seedhead – as you say, it’s just a n]matter of being observant

  10. Kris P says:

    That’s a spectacular dahlia, Cathy! And you have such an abundance of the flowers in full bloom! Your prior week’s arrangement has remained lovely in its decline, something I can very seldom say of mine. Thanks as always for hosting. Here’s my post:

  11. Wow, those Dahlias are stunning, and perfect for the season! I miss the Dahlias–mine didn’t bloom this year, for various reasons. I’ll dig them up and try again next year. Lovely.

  12. smallsunnygarden says:

    What a glorious grouping of gold! I think it would make any day bright. I seem to remember your David Howard as a reliable beauty from past seasons, am I right? Thanks for showing us your last week’s bouquet as the drying elements do still look good. It’s something to keep in mind. My last week’s wild Hymenothrix has gone ahead and set its wispy seedheads in the vase, which I wasn’t expecting. This week’s vase is a proper one with garden flowers at last:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I have had this about 3 years now, I think, and lots of other bloggers have it too – certainly reliable for me. I still have that other vase, almost a fortnight later and will keep it longer I think

  13. I’m a glutton for golds! Love everything about this vase, especially as I have a weakness for gemstones and lumps of ore. David Howard is hard to beat for colour and flower power.

    • Cathy says:

      Plenty of gemstones and lumps of ore here, Allison!! And the dahlia is such a gloriously burnished colour, and as the blooms died down they took on the appearance of embers

  14. tonytomeo says:

    Exquisite dahlias! I know they go until frost, but I also know that autumn comes sooner in other climates.

  15. Anna says:

    Such a beautiful warm flower Cathy and the utensils pot is perfect for displaying them. Not only does it have an appropriate floral motif it is also a most satisfactory shape. I purloined my pencils storage holder into a vase as well as one that held artist’s brushes. I love the iron pyrites sphere which reminds me of a celestial body.

    • Cathy says:

      I remember your brush holder! I don’t know what the pot would have originally been made for, Anna, as it is too chunky for preserves. Anyway, the spatulas are back in it now! And I am with you on the celestial sphere πŸ‘

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