The rhubarb flower had to be chopped off anyway, so it became the centre of my vase of flowers for ‘In a Vase on Monday’ at Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden.
I chose Leucadendron ‘Firecracker’, White Sage, Flannel Flower (Phylica), Hellebore sternii, a little branch of jade tree, and Prince Rupert, a scented pelargonium with tiny leaves to reflect the reds and greens in the Rhubarb flower. I love the form of the White Sage as it’s coming into flower, and the Phlyica leaves and flowers are so fuzzy and tactile.
Purple Linaria and blue lupins (from my ‘green’ crop which I can never cut down while it’s green) are there for shape and colour contrast. There are lots of scented things in here. Narcissus and Freesias are the strongest scents over all, the others have to be touched. Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and the White Sage are very strong and oily almost. ‘Prince Rupert’ is lovely and lemony.
16 thoughts on “Rhubarb flower, in a Vase on Monday”
What a fantastic idea to use rhubarb flowers in an arrangement. I had heard of using chard but rhubarb is 10 times better. I’m impressed by you creating a garden some hours from where you live, but as you are prepared to share it should work out. Your thought about growing a living artwork you can live in touched a chord too. I shall enjoy browsing your archive.
Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading your blog as well. I love the Denby jug and the beautiful Clematis whorls in your vase this week. It was nice to be able to use the rhubarb flower since they do seem to suck the energy out of the plant if left on. My archive is growing a bit in the past since I started writing offline, so I’m adding some of my older journals a bit at a time.
What a clever idea to use the Rhubarb flower, they are quite spectacular, aren’t they? I’m going to read some of your other posts to find out why you have to carry your vase a long distance. Christina
Thanks Christina, yes they are bold I guess, more than beautiful. I like the wrinklyness of the leaves. 🙂
What a beautiful bunch of flowers and foliage from around your garden shining in the golden light. I had never thought to use the exquisite flower of rhubarb. I will have to remember that next year.
Thank you, it was the last of the sunlight 🙂
What an intriguing collection of blooms you have included along with your rhubarb flower – and aren’t those coloured stems visible in the water so pretty? The close up in your header is brilliant – so effective, and thanks for sharing
Thanks! I found the outdoor lighting quite challenging this week. The glass vase has red chiles on it, the don’t show so much but I think they emphasised the red in places. Thanks for hosting this – I’m finding that thinking more about what I put together in a vase is giving me new ideas for plant combinations in the garden.
The meme has been revelation to all of us in different ways, Cathy 😉
What an eclectic mix, Cath! I used succulents in my own vase this week but I won’t see any daffodils here for 6 months yet (and then only if we get a bit more rain than last year).
Your succulents look so fresh and are such a lovely combination of different colours and shapes. You must have a good selection in your garden. Although we have Summer droughts, Winter and Spring are quite wet where we are on the West coast. Not that I’m complaining, we need to save as much water as possible for the Summer.
Really enjoyed your vase, full of interesting shapes and colours, thanks.
I like the silvery foliage with the purple flower accents, and all the different shades of green, especially the green Hellebore flowers. It’s so neat to see spring flowers from down under in our fall.