In a Vase: Light and Airy

the Monday vase

I used the combination of Egyptian lavender (Lavandula multifida) with chuparosa (Justicia californica) fairly recently, but I couldn't resist doing it again...

the Monday vase
the Monday vase: Justicia californica, Lavandula multifida, and hybrid Freesia in a small stoneware jar

...this time anchored with a first cluster of orange freesias.  The white species Freesia alba has been blooming for days now, but these bronze-orange flowers are the first of the florists' freesias to flower.


Despite my recent comment about not doing memes, I know I will miss Monday vases if I don't make them and post them, so instead I shall try to simply shorten my posts to keep things manageable.


Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting In a Vase on Monday, which keeps us all cutting our flowers to enjoy them indoors as well as out!

the Monday vase

Weather Diary: Partly cloudy; High: 74 F (23 C)/Low: 55 F (13 C); Humidity: 6%-43%

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Comments: 12
  • #1

    Kris P (Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:21)

    I love the orange and blue mix, Amy! There are orange-red Freesia popping up all over my garden. I like them, even if they were all sold as "blue."

  • #2

    Cathy (Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:36)

    Yes, blogging can be time-consuming and if there are personal issues that also take your time, particularly emotionally, then getting priorities right is a good thing to do. So it's good to hear that you still intend to post, albeit more briefly. Blogging should fit around our lives, and not vice versa.

    A always, your vase is both colourful and well balanced. The orange freesia is a great element and the lavender and justicia (don't know that one at all) work so well with it in one of your lovely pots. Thanks for sharing Amy and for staying with us.

  • #3

    Cathy (Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:45)

    So glad you will continue with vases - I love the vases you have made yourself and the colour combinations are always gorgeous - this is no exception. Purple and orange were just made for each other, and I would wear these colours together if I could find suitable items! Have a good week Amy! :)

  • #4

    Marcelo (Tuesday, 20 March 2018 19:52)

    Amy, this blue and orange combination is stunning! Wish you a wonderful spring!

  • #5

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:16)

    Thanks, Kris! You've reminded me that when I bought these freesias I had no idea what color they would be. They came off the clearance shelf at Home Depot or Lowe's, as potted plants, foliage still fresh and healthy, but with flowers so faded that the best I could do was guess 'yellow'. Well, not quite... but perhaps closer than your packaged 'blue' ones!

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:20)

    Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - Your meme has supplied so much pleasure and gotten me enjoying my plants in ways I hadn't done before. I would really miss my Monday vases now!
    I shall have to look up the Justicia clan sometime. This is a true desert species, and I am also growing J. spicigera, of tropical origins. I think the genus must be mostly from the warmer parts of the globe, but I don't really know...

  • #7

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:24)

    Cathy@Words and Herbs - I get so much pleasure from IaVoM that it would be quite a disappointment to stop. I'm pleased with simply trying to keep things a little shorter, though I love to maunder on about the contents of the vases! ;-) Thanks so much for enjoying the flowers and pottery too!
    Orange and purple would be tempting to wear - as a knitter I can't help thinking how much fun it would be to use them together in a Fair Isle pattern...!

  • #8

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:40)

    Thank you so much, Marcelo! I could not resist combining them again :) Happy autumn for you; it is much the same as spring - a new birth in the garden in these hot regions!

  • #9

    Diana Studer (Wednesday, 21 March 2018 17:11)

    Your Justicia is a more delicate flower in a subtle terracotta.
    The one I saw was brash Barbie pink.

  • #10

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 22 March 2018 02:33)

    Diana - I wonder, was that the tropical J. brandegeana, the shrimp plant? I'm terrible about Barbie pink; it's one color I keep out of the garden... ;-) J. californica comes only in this one color, so far as I know... for that matter, I'm not aware of any cultivars. It's just its rather wild self, sprawling about twice as large as advertised!

  • #11

    Jane Ivers (Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:44)

    I’ve stumbled upon your blog, but I see a few names I recognise here! That is a beautiful vase you have presented and I like the way you’ve positioned against the ochre-coloured walls.

  • #12

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Sunday, 25 March 2018)

    Thank you so much, Jane - so glad you stopped by! Now I'm enjoying looking at your blog and still others I've not discovered before! Have a great week!