In a Vase, On Monday – White in White

A few weeks ago in this space I showed off a new vase – a milk vase circa 1930 – filled with purple dahlias. I thought I’d give the single colour design another go, this time with a white flower. Almost. I’ve had great success growing ‘Silvery Rose’ strawflowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum) this year – they’ve featured in almost every vase of cut flowers I’ve brought inside since mid-summer. With the help of a small metal frog at the bottom of the cup I was quite happy with this version as well. The flowers were cut and photographed around 8 a.m. on October 17, and held on for about three weeks in our cool dining room.

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM, a blogger meme now in its ninth year, and giving gardeners around the world an opportunity to share their flower designs.


      1. Such as . . . straight white perhaps? Hey, these are awesome! I am just asking. I remember that there were only a few in the cut flower fields that were straight white. It still seems odd to me that they were mixed in a cut flower field rather than separated by color. When I grew cut flowers, each crop was homogeneous. Anyway, the white flowers were actually not my favorite. After all, they had those big yellow centers, with white only around the perimeter. I did not have a favorite. There were all so nice.

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      2. I wonder if they all have the yellow centre….we shall see! I’ve seen so many photos of the tulip fields in Holland – and they are all separated by colour. I would have thought that’s the norm for all flower crops.

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      3. I have seen many cut flower crops, but do not remember every seeing any other that were not separated. Florists purchase them by color, not ‘mixed’. I do not know if any varieties lack the big yellow center, but I remember that some have smaller centers, and that if we picked them before they opened, they stayed that way, with the yellow centers obscured by unfurled bracts.

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