Monday, September 9, 2013

Flowers in the House

The second best thing about Flowers in the House is how much it has taught me about my own garden.  I always panic when Jane says it's time.  Then I start strolling and suddenly see possibilities - this week two variations on the same theme.
  
It's still zinnia time but the sedum are really kicking it in.  So this week we have the version above on the dining room table.  It's sedum 'Madrona' which has a more rounded form and a creamier beigy-pink flower that will eventually turn to bronze.  For it i found zinnias that were also a soft yellowy pink and some so pale that they look grey.  Add a few Ladies Mantle, a white dahlia and voila.
In the living room sedum 'Autumn Joy' is holding forth with blue-pink zinnias and a fall ageratum.  A brighter, bluer arrangement.

The left-overs made a nice little bunch for the mantle, with the addition of a few salvia 'Black and Blue'.  Honestly, I seldom cut sedum for the house... why the heck not?
And, it wouldn't be fair to forget my little reading table by my chair.  The big full blossom that is David Austin's 'Sister Elizabeth' and a spray of a little unknown pink mini-roses.

Please hop over to Jane's Small but Charming house and see who else would like for you to come visit.  I have the tea pot on, so please come back soon.   

The first best thing, of course, is you!

26 comments:

  1. Nicely done! Flower arranging is such an art. I was reading about Ikebana in one of my daylily magazines. I had no idea they had a name for the different styles of arranging.

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  2. Yay, here you are Webb! Sedum, great cut flower, lives forever. And how pretty are those zinnias. that shaggy one is a zinnia? Crazy.

    Also a bit jealous you have lady's mantle. Mine must have moved away. Haven't seen it all year.

    Arrangements look charming, love the one on your reading table.

    xo Jane

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  3. Flowers in the house make the place so festive. It is wonderful to enjoy your garden labors inside as well as outside. Lovely arrangements!

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  4. Your arrangements are so pretty! I love Jane's FITH because it means seeing flowers from around our planet - so different from what I have growing (or NOT growing) in Arizona. I always buy flowers at my grocery store, but next month I'm going all natural and will scrape something together from my own piece of the planet! ;o)

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    1. So happy you stopped by - nice to meet new people!

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  5. All your arrangements are so pretty! The dining room one is a knock, and I adore your reading table posy.

    I've learned a lot from FITH too.

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    1. You're so nice to stop bt - thanks. Hope you'll come again.

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  6. Hi Webb,
    my first comment on your Blog, though i have followed you for months, thanks to Mizz Jane. i really like what you have done here & will go cut some pink Showy Sedum blooms to bring inside now. Do you have any weigela bushes? i bet blooms would go very well with what you've done here. Re: your August gaps, what about rudbeckias, hyssop, cosmos and coreopsis?

    Diane in Denver

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    1. Hi, Diane,

      Please lurk all you want. Happy to have you. Our weigelias bloom in the spring - like May and June, so long gone. Good fall ideas ... all. Thanks.

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    2. Wow, your Weigelas bloom in the Spring!
      Yikes, the regional differences are huge, aren't they? I hope some of my suggestions may work for you there; I still remember the 1st time I ever saw a butterfly bush in bloom, in St. Mary's County MD. I was floored. We lived in the Tidewater area for 2 yrs and it was Gardeners' Heaven.
      Best to you,
      Diane

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  7. Your garden must be so beautiful. Your arrangements look so pretty - I'm especially envious of the dahlia of course! Soon, soon it will be that time again here.

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    1. Welcome, happy to have you. Planted five dahlias, but the bunnies got four. Am hoping that the re-grown ones will have a bloom or two before frost.

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  8. Just lovely! Bet you didn't know your hidden florist! Thanks to Jane we all have one in us.

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  9. Webb,
    Who would have thought that zinnia and sedum would have ever made an appearance together at the same party...and looking so pretty together. Zinnias are one of my longtime favorites always reminding me of my childhood where there appeared in tin cans at roadside farm stands in the late summer. They always take me to another place and time.
    Steve

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    1. You're so right. Fell in love with zinnias last year and already plan to grow more next year - maybe an entire bed of them.

      Hope the house is progressing again.

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  10. Webb... Such a pretty display from your garden. I am making a list of all the pretty plants that I need to add to next year... including another attempt at Dahlias, salvia, and your pretty Sedum. Not sure what success I'll have here in the Deep South, but will enjoy the attempt. Good wishes for a pleasant week...Susan

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    1. This is zone 7 - Central Virginia - so those three should be ok prettyfar south of here. A bit of water now and then, but you may be south enough to have irrigation/sprinkler system...

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  11. Love your arrangements. We have Autumn Joy sedum but are looking for different varieties. I like the look of Madrona, definitely going to hunt that one down. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Madronna is great, but tall, so does better with more sun. Too much shade makes it floppy.

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  12. More beautiful arrangements! Your house must always look so cheery :)

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  13. Hi Webb,
    Your arrangements are lovely. You are so right about being able to find more flowers (for Jane's party) than originally thought possible. Before I made mine, I wasn't sure what it was going to look like because I thought I didn't have enough in my garden to make a decent arrangement. Some of us work best under pressure! Thanks Jane!
    Christa

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  14. Okay I've used 4 of my 15 vacation days this year. I was going to let them slide, but your post has motivated me to stop being a martyr and take a few Fridays off. Even if I just drink coffee and read a book. By the way its been 8 weeks since I've been able to work in my garden (since my surgery). I can't tell you how awful it looks. Enjoy the rest of your work day.

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