In a Vase on Monday: Summer

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again, along with many others from around the world, for her Monday vase meme.

Looking around my garden yesterday I realised there are so many lovely wild things growing (i.e. weeds!) so I have also incorporated a few into my vase.

As you can see, the sun is very bright in July, making it difficult to capture the airy vase as a whole, but at least we have had lower temperatures for several days now before the next wave of heat rolls in tomorrow.

On the left is a small stem of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ – such a beauty – with Perovskia and Fleabane.

In the middle are some grasses (Melica and Sporobolus), a poppy seed head, an Allium and some purple spikes of Teucrium.

The white flower is a wild Queen Ann’s Lace.

I think it really does look like lace, don’t you? One of the nicer common names given to pretty plants. 😉

One stem of Calamagrostis and a wild white flower were added…

And of course, I had to use some of my red Queen Ann’s Lace too! (With some wild Achillea in the background).

Why not visit Cathy now and see the lovely pink arrangement she has posted today.

Have a great week!

43 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Summer

    • It is nice to have wild flowers – especially for the insects. We cut the grass today and felt bad about every clover flower that got mown down as the bees are so busy right now!

  1. Such an interesting mixture, Cathy, one which will encourages to notice the wilder plants in our garden too. I am just establishing some of the less thuggish thalictrum, so it was good to see yours

    • Hi Cathy. I’ve got two Thalictrums ‘Elin’ in different spots – one is enormous and the other is minute! Must have been the weather in spring I suppose. I didn’t know thalictrums can be thuggish…

  2. As you know, I love meadow flowers … your arrangement is delightful, Cathy! I was looking at my blooming Calamagrostis yesterday and thinking how different it looks from the seed head…fluffy and loose to upright and rigid, two looks from one plant. 🙂

  3. It’s a lovely airy arrangement, Cathy – perfect for a warm summer day! I love the Thalictrum, one on the long list of plants I covet but can’t grow.

  4. So airy and fresh – and I love the addition of the pretty ‘weeds’. The thalictrum makes a gorgeous dappled lilac snowfall effect and the whole vase is causual and breezy. I hope you enjoy the cooler weather before the next heatwave hits!

    • Well, it is very warm again today, but nothing like the heat we have had recently so I am making the most of it! I love your description of the Thalictrum. 🙂

  5. A gorgeous, airy combination, Cathy. I love how you’ve arranged so many different flowers and they all work perfectly together. I really must get some Thalictrum!

  6. A most pleasing to the eye gathering of wildlings Cathy. Another thalictrum fan here too. My favourite is probably ‘Hewiit’s Double’ but I’ve a new small one this year which has really impressed me with the longevity of its flowering period. Struggling for its name right now but if I can find the label I will let you know.

    • I hadn’t realised how many different sorts there are Anna. I must see what my favourite online nursery has to offer. It has a picture of Hewitt’s Double – very pretty!

  7. The dark background works so well, Cathy. Sporobolous heterolepsis is one of my all time favourites for being so diaphanous but I’m struggling to add enough coarse grit etc to keep it happy here even in the sunnier spots. Id be interested to know if you think the fresh pollen is meant to smell of popcorn/coriander.

    • It does like dry and warm conditions. I’m afraid I couldn’t detect any smell at all, but am probably too late – I will try and remember to sniff it next spring! 😉

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