In a Vase on Monday: Sink or Swim

I now know that Cosmos do not float well!

With very short and curvy stems it was impossible to get these Cosmos and Scabiosa to stand up in a vase, so I decided to try floating them… well, the Scabiosa and pale blue Didiscus, along with a Clematis seed head, all floated nicely, but the Cosmos submerged almost immediately.

Nevertheless, pretty for a day or two, and now I know!

Why not visit Cathy, who hosts this meme at Rambling in the Garden. Or even join in!

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In a Vase on Monday: Buttons

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme has become a lovely ritual not only providing pleasure, but influencing what I grow and how I see my garden too. I sowed a few mixed Scabiosa in the spring with summer vases in mind, and the waiting has paid off – I am delighted with them all, even if I now don’t know which ones they are as they got mixed up when planting out into my summer containers!

Scabiosa and Knautia always remind me of buttons, and since my button tin was handy… 😉 The larger flower in the middle is a Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’ – I feared it had succumbed to the slugs, but fortunately this plant was one of the survivors and has just started flowering!

Just to the right of the Cosmos in the photo above is my creamy Scabiosa ochroleuca, which has been in the rockery for several years now.

I particularly love this pink scabious, with Daucus carota ‘Dara’.

The Clematis tangutica is producing these gorgeous fluffy seed heads in great quantities now. Just right of this one is a small red Knautia.

A new addition to the garden this summer is this pretty Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’, planted last autumn.

The Scabiosa sown were: Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Tall Double Red’, ‘QIS Formula Mixture’ and ‘Snowmaiden’, and Scabiosa caucasica ‘House’s Hybrids’. Sowing took place much later than usual in early and mid May, as we had frosts right up until the end of May this spring. So the flowers have been late. However, since I grew these precisely for putting in vases, I had no qualms about cutting them. There are plenty more buds! The plants will be planted out in the garden in September where they might drop a few seeds and, hopefully, will appear again next year.

Thanks to Cathy for conceiving and hosting this wonderful meme – go and visit her today and enjoy beautiful and unique vases from around the globe!

In a Vase on Monday: Lemon and Lime

I have got a vase full of sunshine today – lovely lemon and lime colours, refreshing and cheery!


There are sunflowers to be picked in the flower field near us, but  Cathy’s lovely meme encourages us to take materials from our own gardens and they are plentiful right now. I stuck with the sunflower jug though. 🙂

Lemon balm was the first ingredient taken, and then the lime green Euphorbia. The rest was built up around that theme.

I included a few Marigolds and a white Zinnia (both grown from seed and slightly disappointing), a yellow Achillea flower and some fresh green Sedum buds. Below you can also see a yellow wild flower is in there, which has popped up around the edges of our ‘lawn’.

The yellow Potentillas are flowering, so I added a couple of sprigs – I have two large shrubs which I always overlook until they flower. A useful plant for (almost) evergreen interest. (It does shed leaves in a very cold winter though).

The Clematis tangutica is as rampant as ever. Perhaps I will get round to giving it a larger obelisk next year! Both the flowers and seed heads feature here, as well as a small piece of Golden Euonymus and some St John’s Wort.

The finishing touches: some Zebra grass (botanical name?), an arch of Vinca leaves and a couple of Alchemilla leaves around the edges.

Do visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Her vases with her imaginative props are always a delight!

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!

In a Vase on Monday: Spot the Difference!

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again by gathering materials from my garden for a vase, in order to share them with you all.

I’m afraid the pink rose in the background was trying to grab all the attention while I took the photos!

Can you see what the difference is in the next picture?

The dwarf Buddleia is doing a fine job of attracting the butterflies, mostly Peacocks, but also this Silver-washed fritillary…

It is hot, humid and windy here, and heavy showers have flattened some of my grasses, so I picked a big bunch of these (Sporobolus?), stuck in a stray Buddleia stem, and a Melica ciliata that was swaying over the pathway, and framed it all with some rather healthy looking Hellebore foliage. (Wish it looked that good in winter!)

At the front I added a reddish pink Daucus carota ‘Dara’ flower.

Everything was placed in a flower frog in a new vase, which I picked up on a whim on a brief trip to the florist this morning. I love the colour and the glaze, as well as the shape. 🙂

 

Daucus carota ‘Dara’, grown from seed this spring – it’s a slow germinator, but worth the wait!

Having just looked at Cathy’s own lovely vase today I think we must have been on a similar wavelength as the shape of our vases is very similar. Do go and visit her and see what beautiful arrangements are being created around the world for her meme this Monday!

In a Vase on Monday: A (Strong) Summer Breeze

My goodness, it has been windy! Although temperatures are still rather high, the breeze at least meant that I could bear to go outside and do some much needed tidying up, which led to this vase… some snippets from trimming and an exciting discovery – an Astrantia finally flowering in my garden!

I have used the lovely tree of life vase that my sister gave me last year – so appropriate as she is here to visit. 😀

This Astrantia major is called ‘Shaggy’. Such a common name for such a regal flower I think. I would have called it something like ‘Victoria’, or ‘Estelle’…

The funny thing is, I gave up on Astrantias a long time ago. Then last year I was sent this one with an order by mistake, and since one plant I had ordered was no longer available I was able to keep this as a replacement. I was sceptical…

… I planted it in a shady spot last spring and it did not grow an inch. So in the autumn I moved it to a semi-shaded area. And now, suddenly, it has appeared amongst some Alchemilla. I had completely forgotten about it. What a lovely surprise!

Other ingredients in my vase this week are: Alchemilla mollis, which is starting to flop in the heat, some Honesty (Lunaria rediviva) seed pods – still fresh green, Poppy (Papaver orientalis) seed heads which were mostly removed from the rockery (poppy foliage tends to swamp other plants and was wilting anyway), a few sprigs of Coriander and Heuchera flowers, a tiny sprig of Euphorbia seguieriana cut down by mistake, and some Teucrium hircanicum. Teucrium is one of the few plants that has survived this heat and strong drying wind almost unscathed. Its tall purple spires look like Veronica, but last all summer and set seed like mad. I also added some spikes of  Briza media which, in its second year, has got established enough for me to cut some now. I cut another grass – Melica ciliata – to complement the tall Teucrium, along with a few twigs of young birch foliage.

Three cheers for our host Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who will, I hope, be putting her feet up after having a ball ( 😉 ) having opened her garden again yesterday.

Finally another picture of the Astrantia – I can’t get over it! An Astrantia in my garden! 😀

In a Vase on Monday: Heavenly White

Philadelphus virginalis (Mock Orange or False Jasmine)

This week’s vase is in memory of our dear neighbour, Mr Barth, who passed away last week at the spectacular age of 105. I have mentioned him frequently on this blog; as a regular Sunday afternoon visitor he tested many of my cake recipes over the past few years. And I also gathered wild garlic from beneath his Magnolia tree each spring.

He will be missed.

 

This  beautiful Philadelphus is climbing into a nearby tree and several stems were drooping over the pathway, definitely an excuse to cut them!

I added a single peach miniature rose to the base of the vase, and secured the heavy branches of the Philadelphus by using my wire flower holder.

This Philadelphus is the sort that smells heavenly.

I wonder what smells good in your garden this Monday.

Do visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, to see her beautiful irises as well as what others have found to plonk or artfully arrange in a vase today!