In a Vase on Monday: Lemon and Lime

I have got a vase full of sunshine today – lovely lemon and lime colours, refreshing and cheery!


There are sunflowers to be picked in the flower field near us, but ย Cathy’s lovely meme encourages us to take materials from our own gardens and they are plentiful right now. I stuck with the sunflower jug though. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lemon balm was the first ingredient taken, and then the lime green Euphorbia. The rest was built up around that theme.

I included a few Marigolds and a white Zinnia (both grown from seed and slightly disappointing), a yellow Achillea flower and some fresh green Sedum buds. Below you can also see a yellow wild flower is in there, which has popped up around the edges of our ‘lawn’.

The yellow Potentillas are flowering, so I added a couple of sprigs – I have two large shrubs which I always overlook until they flower. A useful plant for (almost) evergreen interest. (It does shed leaves in a very cold winter though).

The Clematis tangutica is as rampant as ever. Perhaps I will get round to giving it a larger obelisk next year! Both the flowers and seed heads feature here, as well as a small piece of Golden Euonymus and some St John’s Wort.

The finishing touches: some Zebra grass (botanical name?), an arch of Vinca leaves and a couple of Alchemilla leaves around the edges.

Do visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Her vases with her imaginative props are always a delight!

60 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Lemon and Lime

    • Oh yes, that hydrangea would be a lovely backdrop for any additional colour, but especially more yellows and greens, which can be so refreshing and calming. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Noelle – summer and cool is just what I wanted to achieve! ๐Ÿ™‚ (It is cooler today actually, but I have had enough of the heat we have been having recently!)

  1. I love the green with the splashes of yellow, Cathy – and especially the clematis, even more attractive whilst still in bud. Thanks for sharing. Great photo on your header too

    • Thank you for that ID Marian! It has finally got large enough to snip off the odd leaf here and there; mine has proved to be much slower getting established than other Miscanthus.

  2. It looks so professional, Cathy, you’d think they came straight from Fleurop. Sunny indeed! And beautifully photographed too, happy Monday xx

  3. Cathy, I think this might be my favorite vase of the summer. What absolutely gorgeous, cheerful, yellow flowers. I love the vase, too. Your photos, as always, are breathtaking, so I’m feeling quite uplifted by the end of this read. Now I’m going back for a second look.

  4. It’s really good to have a close up view and see all the ‘ingredients’, I often think ‘Oh I’ve got that’. A bright collection in a pretty vase.

  5. Must be a luscious vaseful ๐Ÿ™‚ I used to grow lemon balm… or rather, I planted it and it grew on no matter what! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry I have been so absent lately; it’s been all I could do to keep up posting lately – hope that will change soon, but not sure…

      • Thanks, Cathy – it’s looking like we may be moving, which is exciting from some standpoints, but a bit devastating as far as the garden is concerned, making blogging a bit difficult lately!

        • Oh what a dilemma, and how frustrating! Just as you have got your lovely garden established. But moving can be so positive too, and it will mean you can create a new garden again! Anyway, I hope that whatever happens you will be able to blog in the future too and share your experiences. xx

  6. Cathy, I love your bouquet. That combination of yellow and green, I love the amount of flowers you have used, especially the Zinnia. The jug of sunflowers is beautiful as a vase. Everything tastes to Summer. Greetings from Margarita

  7. I’ve been traveling and missed last week’s beautiful vase. I was in another state, Oregon, and had so much fun noting flowers that often grew wild, and would never survive where I live! Walking and taking note of home gardens was a highlight of my time away! Your lemon and lime vase this week is quintessential summer, Cathy! I absolutely love the variety you have been able to bring together. It is very cheery! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That is what I love doing too Debra! Walking in the woods around here my eyes are always on the wild plants and flowers and butterflies too. Glad you enjoyed your holiday!

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