In a Vase: Sunshine Red

the monday vase

Unlike in so many places, the weather has been simply lovely here lately.  Sunshine and pleasant temperatures have followed our little rain (more please!), and yesterday I kept my Monday vase (thank you, Cathy!) outdoors for pictures.


It was, of course, Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, and though I had hopes of getting both posts up in the same day, I didn't quite manage.  But I did make up the vase, just as the sun turned golden in the late afternoon.

the monday vase

It is all in red.  It was actually the pelargonium flowers that started it.  The small Pelargonium peltatum that I salvaged from the sales rack last summer is flowering its heart out under the Hamelia bush.

pelargonium peltatum

So of course some Hamelia foliage came along too.

hamelia patens

They looked perfect together, just the two of them, but I couldn't resist adding a small rose from 'Daniela'.

rose Daniela

All the colors are actually a good deal more ruby red than these pictures show; the evening light painted everything golden.   


I wish I could send a little of this warmth to all of you in the frozen and gray north!  

the monday vase

Weather Diary: Sunny; High: 72 F (22 C)/Low: 47 F (8 C); Humidity: 20%-69%

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Comments: 10
  • #1

    Cathy (Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:39)

    Gosh, it really does GLOW, Amy! The light must be adding another dimension to the perfectly complemented colours - I am pleased you added the rose as it it fits in perfectly... what brilliant choices and I hope it really does warm up those bloggers huddling up in colder temperatures at the moment. Thanks for sharing

  • #2

    Cathy (Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:40)

    I don't know why that has appeared twice - I only clicked once, honest!

  • #3

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:15)

    Cathy - The light would have made just about anything lovely, but it was so nice to have a rose for it. :-) I'm not sure what happened with your comment; the double seems to have disappeared anyway - just things being a bit fractious, I suppose! Thanks so much!

  • #4

    Kris P (Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:42)

    It's a gorgeous bouquet, Amy, made more so back-lit by the sun like that. The green vase offers just the right counterpoint to its red contents.

  • #5

    Cathy (Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:28)

    Thank you Amy! Your beautiful vase made me smile and brought some golden sunshine into my day. I can feel that warmth too. ;-)

  • #6

    Ian Lumsden (Saturday, 20 January 2018 03:04)

    Heaven in red, Amy. The photographs are in such good definition they fill the screen.

  • #7

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 20 January 2018 15:24)

    Kris - Thank you! I was none too sure about the color of the vase when I grabbed it. It is the smallest I have, so gets pressed into service for the little bouquets. :)

  • #8

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 20 January 2018 15:51)

    Cathy@Words and Herbs - So glad you enjoyed it, Cathy! It made me smile too. :) The weather here has just turned a good bit colder and grayer - now if only it would rain...

  • #9

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 20 January 2018 15:57)

    Ian - Somehow red flowers are just perfect in this garden.
    And I'm so glad to know that the photos still come out okay for viewing! I've had to reduce the resolution for posting because of our miserable rural internet situation (using connections from our cell phone service as there are no landlines out here). Very frustrating and rather time-consuming, but I love posting them, so up they go! ;-)

  • #10

    Diana Studer (Friday, 02 February 2018 17:50)

    I use FastStone to compress my image, batchconvert - and now I can do it on autopilot it is painless.

    Catching up on my Feedly backlog and going to enjoy your vases!