In a Vase on Monday: Late Summer Lusciousness

That blue sky in the first picture below sadly didn’t last beyond midday, but was welcome after a chilly week with plenty of rain and drearier skies. Summer has definitely left, as have most of the swallows, but the garden is still looking quite summery and is clearly reluctant to stop producing lovely flowers. So I am again joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme. 😀

I started off with my Tree of Life vase, which I really wanted to use as the seasons change, and I was intent on filling it! The Cosmos have been lovely these past few weeks, so I picked some of the pale pink ones along with a couple of ‘Picotee’ and ‘Cranberry Double Click’. Pink seems to be the main colour right now, with the small rose flowering once again and the Sedums blushing beautifully. A few went in the vase, along with a couple of the deeper pink Japanese Anemones (‘Serenade’) and some of the various Scabiosa grown in pots this summer. But then this golden Helianthus was shining so brightly I couldn’t resist adding it too. I think it makes the golden centres of the Anemones stand out even better.

The first of these tiny violet Asters are flowering and a sprig actually got trimmed by mistake, so I added that too…

A few white Scabiosa and some of the lovely white Verbena grown as an annual added a few lighter highlights to the arrangement.

I included some of that wonderful Teucrium that has been flowering for months and at this time of year threatens to take over the whole rockery. (Great chunks will be uprooted in winter!)

And of course I just had to use some grasses as well – Miscanthus and Pennisetum.

As autumn apporaches, or spring in the southern hemisphere, do visit Cathy to see what fellow gardeners around the globe are finding to put in their vases this Monday!

31 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Late Summer Lusciousness

  1. I appreciate the thoughtfulness that you put into your vases each week. This one is lovely, as usual, and I particularly like the touch of the petals at the base. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Our vases are similar in a late summer way, aren’t they?! Such a good idea to use the miscanthus – swish I had thought of that! My teucrium has stopped flowering now but has been wonderful all summer. Thanks for sharing today

    • Oh yes, with plenty of pink and a splash of autumn colour! My Teucrium keeps going until the frosts get it here. But it does get all the available sunshine almost all year in the south-west rockery.

      • I can’t remember what variety of teucrium mine is – will have to check back on my seed list. It has certainly had a good long flowering season even though it has come to an end now

  3. Cathy I love the vase “The Tree of Life” is beautiful. And the bouquet of flowers that goes inside is lovely, lovely. I love all the pink flowers and the golden touch of Helianthus is perfect and very beautiful. It is a very special bouquet. Greetings from Margarita.

  4. You did a great job of filling that handsome vase – there’s still a lot going on in your late summer garden! I saw my first Japanese anemone bloom in the garden this morning, which made me wonder if there might be some for next week’s vase – there’s no certainty there as, in contrast with your wet and chilly weather, we’re still very toasty and dry.

  5. We are also having some lovely warmer weather after several chilly, rainy days! Your arrangement (and vase) is just lovely! I hope to grow scabious next year. I planted them this year but they got overgrown by self-seeded nicotiana, which I didn’t have the heart to pull up! I’ll know better next year, hopefully! 🙂

    • Thanks Joanna. I grew my Scabiosa from seed and kept them in pots all summer, then I can plant them out as sturdy plants in the hope they will return next year. 🙂

  6. I love this vase and you’ve filled it abundantly, Cathy. I like the shot of your garden in the background, the source of plenty! Do I note here a word of caution about the teucrium? Perhaps I’ll need to sow it out with the monarda where it can go wild?

  7. The yellow Helianthus definitely picks out the golden centres of the other blooms and golden tones in the grasses. Really lovely and sunshine-y, Cathy.

  8. I do love Cosmos and think they add so much to your vase bouquets! I could really feel the shifting seasons, Cathy. I hope you have a beautiful extended time in the fall garden before winter creeps in! 😀

  9. Summer may be on the way out, but wow have you managed to pull together some wonderful blooms. Your autumn weather arrives early that far north. We’re finally enjoying cooler days and nights, and some of the smog has blown out of the valley too. Enjoy these last few weeks.

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