In A Vase: Rooting

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The flowers and foliage in today’s vase were clipped late this afternoon; mostly from pots on the deck.

So many stems cut for the Monday vases this spring rooted in place, that I chose this particular combination with that intention in mind.


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These Coleus, from the “Under the Sea” collection, were clipped from the nursery pots I bought them in on Saturday.  I took cuttings immediately to leave with my father, another Coleus devote’, and now I’ve snipped a little more for cuttings of my own.  The original plants will remain in their pots for another day at least.


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Coleus root quickly and easily in water.  My father simply breaks stems from a growing plant and pushes the stem into the soil in another pot.  He has great success, but I am not quite that self-confident.  I enjoy watching the little white roots form in a vase by the kitchen window before tucking the well rooted little cutting into some soil.

I’ve managed to collect three of the “Under the Sea” cultivars this spring.  So far I have C. “Lime Shrimp,” C. “Bonefish,” and C. “Gold Anemone.”  These are some of the most delicate and unusual forms of Coleus I’ve ever found, and I like them alone or in combination with annual flowers.  Have you found these at your garden center?  The “Under the Sea” Coleus is easy to grow.  It tolerates more sun than some older cultivars of Coleus, and can grow into a good sized plant over the season.


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With the Coleus is a cutting of a dusky purple Petunia I’m growing in baskets this summer.  I like this unusual color, which was the closest I could find to the wonderful gold and purple striped Petunias I grew in baskets last summer.  Sadly, the plants didn’t make it through the winter.  I hope this Petunia will root, as we enjoy it in the vase.

Our Heuchera, or Coral Bells, have bloomed in pots on the deck.  I grow them for their unusual leaves, and these delicate stems of flowers are a bonus from time to time.  The other stems of flowers were cut from Oxalis.


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Finally, I had to add a few little pieces of our Muscadine grape vines, which are such a beautiful shade of green when young and tender.  It is highly unlikely these will root, but I have a place ready for them if they do.  One of the vines I transplanted in early spring has not leafed out, and I cut it back today.

Our mineral today is a cluster of Aqua Aura quartz.


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This is actually clear quartz, which was specially treated to create this unusual blue color.  Our little moonstone turtle sits with the vase, also, as a reminder of the turtle eggs incubating now in our garden.

This is the season when there is always more to do in the garden. 

We’ve both been spending our mornings, into the early afternoon, working outside.  We love this time of year, when the garden is growing so rapidly, but it takes enormous time and energy to keep up with it all.  I stayed a bit too long today out in the hot sun, and so wanted something cool and delicate in our vase indoors.


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Please remember to visit Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden, who sponsors “In A Vase On Monday” each week.  I appreciate her tireless inspiration to cut and arrange home grown flowers, and to encourage other garden bloggers to do the same.   This week she has created a stunning arrangement she calls, “Storm in a Teacup.”  You’ll find many links to other gardeners’ blogs in her comments.


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And remember, you can enjoy beautiful foliage in your vase while it roots.  Just as our gardens find their structure in foliage and accents in flowers; so our arrangements may, as well.

We enjoy both the pleasure of its beauty and the gift of a new plant when we eventually take it all apart.  It is sort of like eating your cake, and having it, too .


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15 responses to “In A Vase: Rooting

  1. Those coleus are amazing – I have never seen them as serrated as this. I tried overwintering petunias once, without success, but I am glad I tried. Lovely chunk of aqua quartz – my pieces are only tiny! Thanks for sharing, whatever day of the week it is!

    • Always happy to share. All the pieces of the Aqua Aura I had prior to this were points, and tiny ones. When I saw this piece in Oregon, and at a reasonable price, I was thrilled. There is a marvelous rock shop there with the most unusual pieces! This came home wrapped very carefully in my carry on bags- intact 😉
      Perhaps the ‘Under the Sea’ hybrids will make it to Europe soon. They’ve been around here for three years, and are not easy to find. They are offered wholesale by ‘Hort Couture.’ They come in special pots from this company. Park Seed and White Flower Farm also sells the plants mail order in the US. They are pretty in combos with Petunias, Calibrichoa, Verbena, etc. They make amazing planters or hanging baskets. I know you would create some amazing displays with them 😉 Do you grow other Coleus?

      • I tried some coleus from seed two years ago with no success but you can usually buy some fairly ordinary looking ones from garden centres

        • I wonder what the trick is with seeds? Maybe heat, since they are tropical? I’ve not had luck either, though bought seeds a few years ago for an interesting mix. Have you noticed that garden centers rarely get the same varieties year to year? So many choices 😉 Does Coleus grow well in your climate? Happy weekend, WG

  2. It IS fun to see things take root as they sit in water…great way to increase the population. New coleus every year, it seems. I love them.

    • You love Coleus, too? I love their colorful and unusual leaves. Great fun to play with in summer 😉 Rickii, I thought of you last night as I read pages from Portland Bonsai artists. They are doing this outrageous thing called, ‘accent plants.’ They remind me of many of your flower arrangements. Incredible work! I wonder whether they would happen in my climate. They were cloaked in rich sheets of verdant moss, too. Just delicious! Do you know this work? They are trying to establish a new Bonsai center in Portland as an outreach to interested gardeners… Hope you have a marvelous day, ❤ WG

  3. Beautiful arrangement in a beautiful vase. I love the color of the quartz, and your turtle reminder. 🙂

  4. Lovely foliage, but I especially like your actual vase on the blue tray this time! 🙂

    • Thank you, Cathy. It usually sits by the kitchen window holding whatever I happen to be rooting. It got pressed into service for our ‘Vase’ this week, and I rather like it, too 😉

  5. suzicate

    On a whim last year I planted coleus around a pine tree in my yard…what a beauty, I’ve been a fan since. I found some lovely coleus at the nursery this year, but haven’t purchased since I want to designate a perfect spot! I did not know coleus quickly rooted int water so thanks for the tip!

    • Glad to help, Suzi. You can buy just a few plants, and keep taking cuttings as they grow. Taking cuttings from the tips actually makes the plant grow faster and more aggressively from the buds below. Coleus around a pine sounds lovely! I generally pot mine, which makes it easy to move them around as the season unfolds. I hope you find the perfect spot for yours 😉

  6. Really outstanding today, my friend! Love it and that quartz is such a nice color, you have such a knack for detail. 🙂

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