In a Vase on Monday: Strong Deliverer

I really tussled with the title of today’s vase, but in the end have gone with my gut, the fiery contents eliciting snatches of the classic hymn ‘Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer’ and the fiery cloudy pillars it refers to, supposedly guiding us through life. Instead of the plain and simple ‘Fiery’, ‘Strong Deliverer’ recognises the instant impact the contents made even when they were first cut, the fiery shades of Dahlia ‘Art Deco’ complementing the burning embers of Antirrrhinum ‘Classic Liberty Scarlet’. Glowing colours of Bupleurum longifolium ‘Bronze Beauty’, Calendula ‘Sunset Buff’ and Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’ add to the strong delivery. Would additional material have added more impact? I am not sure…

When it came to assembling the vase itself, I had to cut an alternative dahlia stem as, bizarrely, in the three or four hours between cutting and assembling, the first stem had completely collapsed and was lying limp in the jug it was being conditioned in. I thought for a moment I must have forgotten to add water, but no, it was filled nearly to the brim, so what had caused this is a real puzzle. It will be interesting to see if it revives later – or if the second stem suffers the same fate!

The vase itself is a frosted glass vintage specimen, which came with its own impractical glass frog, replaced with a metal one for the purpose of this arrangement. Perhaps a lighted candle, a fiery pillar of sorts, would have made an appropriate prop, had I not already chosen to include one of my most tactile crystals, a hand-carved piece of carnelian, with its fiery highlights.

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36 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Strong Deliverer

  1. Hot! Love the colour combination.

  2. Horticat says:

    Love the matching two-toned dahlia and snap dragon – they were made to be displayed together. Did you think this when planting them? Bupleurum longifolium is unfamiliar to me – I had thought it might be a Euphorbia sp. at first. Does it last long in a vase?

    • Cathy says:

      Haha, no, I was disappointed the antirrhinum wasn’t the scarlet I expected it to be! The bupleurum does look similar to euphorbia oblongata, and yes, it lasts well in a vase πŸ‘

  3. Horticat says:

    I scrounged some winter flowering roses for this week’s vase…

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  5. Wow Cathy your dahlia is beautiful and so far ahead of mine. This is a dramatic display, I love it 😻 Thanks for hosting and sharing. Here is my contribution for this week 😊

    • Cathy says:

      Only two of my dahlias are flowering so far; this one is shorter than most of them so perhaps has reached flowering stage quicker. I did remember to pinch out most of mine this year, which will have slowed them down too.

      • Oh I never remember to pinch out! I must try to do that in future. I only bothered lifting and storing mine overwinter for the first time last year – it’s a game changer, I’ll take the trouble to do it every year now (I just need to annex next-door’s shed, or somethingβ€¦πŸ˜‰)

        • Cathy says:

          Yes, this is the first time I have thought to pinch out the dahlias and it it seems to be making them sturdier bushes even it does delay flowering

  6. Oh some intense fiery colours indeed Cathy and most fitting for a beautiful sunny morning. Bupleurum has been on my want to try list for some time but I have read off putting tales about it’s germination rate. What was your experience ? The dahlia and snapdragon are perfect partners and the carnelian finishes off the arrangement so well. My pick and plonk for this week is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna. Although I said it was Bupleurum longifolium it could have been the annual B rotundifolium which I grew from seed a few years back and which has reliably self-seeded ever since – but I don’t recall seeing the latter change colour like this, so it has left me confused πŸ™„ I have tried growing Bronze Beauty several times from seed but with no success at all.

  7. Noelle says:

    This is the time o f year that strong colours start to look very good, and your choice this week certainly delivers that. Here is my vase this week:

  8. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Love those colours!

  9. pbmgarden says:

    A lovely and impactful arrangement. Love your D. ‘Art Deco’ Cathy! Not sure mine is coming back this year and I can attest to its value in the garden and in arrangements. I can imagine how delightful the touch of the carnelian would be. Thanks for hosting us each week.

    • Cathy says:

      Hope your Art Deco does make it – mine is a happy accident as I actually ordered the pink Art Nouveau (I did get a refund though), but I certainly love it now πŸ‘ The carnelian was hand carved and fits beautifully into the palm

  10. I am loving your summer heat. Especially the Dahlia. The Nandina really caught my eye, I would have never guessed what that is ..looks like foliage from the tropical Silk Oak. Thank you for hosting, I have been enjoying the new faces…

  11. Kris P says:

    The first dahlia’s collapse is an interesting mystery but I’m glad you had more blooms to spare. Some of my dahlias have buds but I suspect I have weeks yet to go before I see blooms. I love the color of ‘Art Deco’ and regret once again that the tuber I tried years ago rotted without sprouting. I was also taken with that Nandina ‘Obsessed’, which I’ve never seen in my part of the world. Thanks, as always, for hosting, Cathy. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      I still only have two dahlias in bloom Kris, and they are definitely later than usual. This nandina doesn’t have berries, but the foliage is really pretty

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my! I am not sure what to think of ‘Obsessed’ Heavenly bamboo. It looks great as cut foliage, but seems to be very dark bronze. I had to look it up, and noticed that it gets to be a nice red also, and likely fades through summer. Well, I am no designer, and am particularly inept in regard to color.

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  14. Cathy says:

    Beautiful hot shades suiting the weather we have had recently! And don’t the flowers/foliage you used all have wonderful names. πŸ˜ƒ The Nandina was a surprise to me as I thought it was always pale green. Learning every day! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for hosting Cathy. Have a great week!

    In a Vase on Monday: Summer Whimsy

    • Cathy says:

      It is the new foliage that is this colour, Cathy, and it will turn green in due course. Hope the heat has eased off for you – it has been warm here today, but not overly hot

  15. Such a beautiful arrangement!

  16. Annette says:

    Your arrangement is just spot on, well balanced and chosen. I think I’m going to include Nandina in the next vase, it blocks our view. It’s been way to hot to make one this past while. Happy summer days to you both xx

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