In a Vase on Monday: Antiquity

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme once again, and have picked some flowers to put in a vase and share.

I don’t think I have a single antique among my possessions, but the title of this week’s vase refers rather to the pretty Cosmos which features here and gave the inspiration for the pink colour theme. Whoever gave this flower its name was quite clever – the colour does in fact fade as the flower ages, just as a piece of material might fade over the years, giving a feel of time passing by, or nostalgia. How apt as we see summer fading to autumn as well.

The glass vase also contains some of the last wild flowers blooming in our meadow: Queen Anne’s Lace, Chamomile, Achillea…

In addition, there is a sprig of Buddleia, some Miscanthus, pink Heuchera, a white Cosmos ‘Purity’ and the lovely deep pinky red Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’. I can recommend all three of the Cosmos. Each has a different growth habit; the white is tall and willowy, the Cranberry tall and bushy and very resilient to wind, and Antiquity is much shorter with barely noticeable foliage. Antiquity does need deadheading though, as the dark seedheads look rather unsightly. But since I love deadheading I don’t mind – I spent a whole morning doing the rounds last week!

I wonder if you grew Cosmos this year and which ones you liked best? I will be choosing seeds for next year soon and these three are on my list.

Before I go, I have got an extra vase today which is for my Mum and Dad. πŸ™‚ Mum gave me the sweet little cream jug recently and my Dad loves Antirrhinums! These red and orange ones set seed at the foundations of the house where a pot of them stood last summer. A nice surprise.

Do visit Cathy to see her vase today.

And have a great week!

43 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Antiquity

  1. That is indeed a sweet little cream jug with sweet little flowers. And, the top bouquet is lovely. Cosmos don’t grow well in my shady yard. Unfortunately. A pretty old-fashioned flower, no matter how the blooms fade.

  2. Cathy I’m back I don’t know for how long. I am very sad but your wonderful flowers have encouraged me. I love pink Cosmos and white is divine. I like achillea and chamomile a lot. It is a fabulous vase full of fantastic flowers. I love the Vase for your Parents with the Antirrhinums: the jar is lovely with the little birds painted. Take care. Greetings from Margarita x

      • Dear Cathy, I’ve been thinking about you too. Now is when the real sadness comes, because until now I have been like in a cloud. But with the paperwork that needs to be done when someone dies and what my sister is doing and the burial insurance, I have lowered my feet to the ground and realized that my father is gone forever. But I know he is in heaven and he sees me from there. And I always keep him in mind and I will always carry him in my heart like my older brother who passed away 25 years ago. Thank you very much for remembering me and writing me these affectionate words of encouragement. I will see if I can rejoin to comment on blogs except when I have a very bad day, because “talking” with friends comes in handy. Take care. And lots of encouragement! Greetings with love from Margarita xx

  3. Very pretty arrangement, Cathy. And the little creamer is so sweet. I only grew Cosmos sulphureous this summer and loved it. I am taken with your Double Click Cranberries, their sturdiness is a plus.

    • The Cranberry cosmos really is lovely Eliza. I have grown it in containers before but it did very well in the ground too on a hot and dry and very windy corner!

  4. Ah, I wondered if it might be that cosmos! Strangely, my Cranberries is relatively short this year!! Those antique pink shades do look lovely in the vase, and your dinky cream vase is adorable!!

  5. I’m growing an unnamed white cosmos, as well as frilly pink ‘Prom Dress’ and dark ‘Double Cranberry’. They tend to mildew easily here, which is frustrating as I love the flowers. They’ve all bloomed relatively well this year (despite the creeping mildew) but the new-to-me ‘Cranberry’ has a tendency to let its stems bend under the weight of the flower. Perhaps that’s the result of insufficient water. I love your snapdragons – those are late winter/early spring bloomers here!

    • My cranberry cosmos also wilted a little at times, but I think it was the heat rather than lack of water as the ground was still dry when I picked this last lot and they were all upright. Since then we have had lots of rain though! I haven’t looked, but I suppose the heads will be hanging again with the weight of rainwater! πŸ™‚

  6. The cut glass vase is very similar to some really old, perhaps antique vases by grandmother had! Your beautiful little bouquet looks perfectly placed. I love Cosmos and this particular variety you’ve shared here is just fabulous. I have never thought before about antique-colored flowers, but you’ve introduced me to some very special colors. πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚ These colours really stand out in my butterfly bed Debra. Especially in the evening sun. The vase was given me (in the original box) only about 20 years ago, so certainly no antique but with nice memories attached. πŸ™‚

  7. Both vases are delightful, Cathy, the milk jug is too pretty. Cosmos are always great for cutting. I usually grow them along with the veg but someone removed the seedlings, I wonder who ;). Monsieur doesn’t appreciate flowers in the potager and I’ve to watch them like a hawk. Still some have seeded in the gravel but the’re tiny. Your variety has a lovely colour. Hope all is well with you and that you’re able to enjoy late summer. x

    • We certainly are enjoying the cooler temperatures and the RAIN! Such a relief after all that heat. The garden has come to life again and the grass is growing like mad! πŸ™‚ Happy September Annette.

  8. Love the mixture! I tried to find Click Cosmos last year because I liked yours so much – to no avail. I am about to start seeds (I plant flowers mid October) will try again. I think Europe has a bigger variety of Cosmos.

    • Perhaps Cosmos will take off one day in your part of the world. I find it hard to get certain seeds in Germany, so always order them from the UK which has just about everything to do with gardening! πŸ™‚

  9. My favorite is that last little bud vase–how precious! Yes, I almost always grow Cosmos–they’re so beautiful and versatile, great cut flowers, and pollinator favorites. I almost always plant ‘Sensation Mix’ so I get a variety of colors. They grow up to 72″ so they compete well with the tall Zinnias–all are behind a tall fence, to protect my sunny edible/ornamental garden from the rabbits. Love Cosmos!

  10. I had cosmos in my New England garden and loved them. Their only problem for me was bending so bad in the wind. Love the little jug your mother gave you…it is so sweet.

  11. Cosmos naturalizes here, but almost immediately reverts to a basic ‘wild’ mix of tall pinks and whites. Actually, even if I try other varieties, I find that the feral sorts are still my favorites.
    Your yarrow seems to be unusually white. Mine is sort of a dusty white.

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