In a Vase on Monday: Advent Sunshine

Well, after a cold blast last week our temperatures are much milder again now. And although much has now shrivelled and died back in the garden there are still a few surprises. So I am pleased to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again with a Monday vase.

These treasures were found in the Herb Bed, exposed to the icy wind and cold.

Echinacea ‘Flame Thrower’ and Hypericum ‘Miracle Night’

Both were placed in a small pot which a friend gave me for storing dried herbs and spices, but I immediately saw its potential as a vase!

I wonder if you have any surprises left in your gardens after the first signs of winter?

Have a good week, whatever the weather!

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In a Vase on Monday: Red Chief

A couple of weeks ago I mistakenly showed a picture of my pinkish Miscanthus claiming it was my favourite – Adagio… well, I was wrong!  Now the labels are becoming visible again as things gradually die back, I see it was actually ‘Red Chief’, and my Adagios are either side of it. This explains the distinctive pinkish tinge. (I have corrected that post already!)

Anyway, here is Red Chief, looking pinker than ever…

… along with some of my other grasses, some faded Verbena bonariensis and a few sprigs of my no-name pink Heuchera that has been flowering non-stop for months now. For such tall thin stems I chose my test tube vases.

The other grasses are Briza maxima, Calamagrostis, Miscanthus Adagio, Pennisetum (Japonica and viridescens) and Panicum virgatum ‘Rehbraun’.

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme which certainly brightens up my Mondays and hopefully yours too! Have a great week! 😉

In a Vase on Monday: Celebrating Six Years of Vases!

Congratulations to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden on the sixth anniversary of her wonderful meme! And a pat on the back for all those who have been taking part and creating lovely arrangements throughout the seasons. 🙂

This week we have been set an anniversary challenge: to present an arrangement only 6 inches (15 cm) square/high.

I immediately chose my miniature crystal rose bowl as a vase and went out on Sunday afternoon in the bitter cold to see what was still standing after several nights of frost.

My now favourite Achillea – ‘Pomegranate’ – is still looking wonderful, so I snipped a tiny bit off and found some of its common cousin growing wild which I also added. Then I found a little Fleabane, tinged with pink. And that was all I needed for a pretty little display.

Of course, I couldn’t stop at just one tiny vase, and as I had already selected some of my favourite miniature containers as alternatives I filled them too…

I particularly like the fireworks effect of the fennel with the pennisetum. Just right for a celebratory vase!

This meme has changed the way I garden – I soon recognized how rewarding it is to be able to bring flowers indoors almost all year round, as well as enjoying them outside. And my planting choices were therefore influenced.

So a very big thanks to Cathy for the inspiration and for keeping this meme going with her encouragement and thoughtful comments on our vases weekly. So much dedication is remarkable. 😃

 

 

In a Vase on Monday: Two-Tone

Happy to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden on this sunny (!) November morning for her weekly vase meme!

I was intending to cut the last of the Scabious flowers for a vase today, but when I saw they were smothered in hungry bees I just had to leave them standing. Instead, I salvaged some Euphorbia I had chopped down yesterday as it had flopped in the damp weather, and added a few of the late Cosmos. Yes, they survived another frost! The result is a bit odd, but nonetheless pleasing for a November vase. 😃

The gloves on the photo are a reminder to take care when cutting Euphorbia due to the sap, which can cause allergies and burns. I  must admit I have not cared much about this before and have never had problems, but recently my skin has become sensitive to grasses, so I am not taking any risks – hence the new gauntlet style gloves with nice long sleeves to protect my wrists. 😃

The lime green of this Euphorbia (E. seguieriana ssp niciciana) has been so vibrant since the spring and I have plans to put another one in the sunshine bed next year.

The sempervivums in the background are spending the winter on my potting bench in the warmest spot under the balcony where they should be nice and dry.

I wonder if you still have flowers to share today – do visit Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) to see what her lovely garden has offered her this week.

And Happy November!

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In A Vase On Monday: Because…

It is some years now since I had to get out of the house early on a Monday morning and I recall the gloom of Sunday evenings well, preparing lessons and my school books for the following morning. (I did love my teaching job, but my last year there was sullied by conflict.) School starts at 8 am here, so the alarm clock went off in (what seemed like) the middle of the night! Luckily my Mondays are a lot brighter these days, partly also thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and her lovely Monday meme!

Today I decided to put a vase together after missing last week – well, actually I did indeed have a vase last week, but stormy winds and torrential rain prevented me from getting any good photos of it to share.

So this morning I set out the vase I wanted to use and went outside with my garden scissors to see what I could find…

Oops!

Yes, I ended up with so much material. So just because….., I made up two larger arrangements and three small vases. 😀

The first one is an ode to October – a sunflower (Silver Queen about 120cm tall with silver foliage), Chrysopsis, Rudbeckia, Helenium (Lemon Queen), Euphorbia, Fennel and some Alchemilla, Cosmos and Abutilon leaves to form a kind of collar. I tied these together in bouquet style before putting them in the vase.

The second large arrangement in my lotus vase includes a bit of everything, but the main features are the Aster ‘Pink Star’, the Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberry’, the lovely deep pink Achillea ‘Pomegranate’ and an unidentified pink Cosmos with curled petals that just appeared from nowhere. It looks like the seashell ones, but I have never grown them here!

The Tithonia near the house is still producing the odd flower, but the frost got to the ones on the sunshine bed and they will have to be cut down soon. So I just had to pick some more of these lovely cheerful flowers simply because…., with an orange Echinacea and two red zinnias (which are possibly the last two worth picking).

Finally, a few leftovers and an Abutilon flower (Bella mix). I love them in pots, but I planted all my seedlings out this year and found they got a bit lost in the flower beds; the flowers tend to hide behind the enormous leaves…

Thank you Cathy, for hosting this meme. I know it has improved Mondays for many other people too, who either join in or just stop by to take a look.

Do visit Cathy’s vase full of autumn joy today, and have a lovely flowery week!

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In a Vase on Monday: Hello Autumn!

The last day of summer was warm and mostly sunny – perfect for gathering some flowers for a vase to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. 🙂

The first flower I chose was my Aster pringlei ‘Pink Star’ – a tall and airy plant with lots of colour impact in the butterfly bed. The Verbena bonariensis next to it went perfectly. Then I added some Miscanthus and Pennisetum, a Cranberry Cosmos, some silvery Artemisia foliage and a couple of sprigs of pink Gaura.

A second posy of autumny colours was placed on the picnic table  – we had a delicious barbecue dinner outside early evening, savouring every moment in the knowledge that it may be the last day warm enough to do that this year. The miniature beer glass contained a red zinnia, Tithonia, Chrysopsis, Borage, some yellow Achillea and my favourite Rudbeckia.  🙂 The first picture includes the papery remains of one of the small wasp nests we have had dotted all around the house, barn and garage – in autumn they just drop and are blown about in the wind before simply disintegrating. The wasps are peaceful and have not disturbed us at all, even when eating outside.

Despite the days getting noticeably shorter and the nights much cooler (just above freezing recently with a light frost last week) the garden still has much to offer. I wonder if you are also happy to see the heat of summer fading and the golden autumn days arriving – it is my favourite season and has got off to a good start with some light rain, although a good downpour would be more welcome!

Happy Autumn!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Experimenting

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with a Monday vase.

It is always a joy to cut flowers and bring them indoors. What is even better is when there is enough material to experiment a little. And even better than that is when you have a ‘new’ vase!

Well, actually this ‘Lotus’ vase was purchased in the spring, and I was hesitant about using it as I feared it would need so much to fill it. It is a shallow glazed dish with a removable lid that has about 30 holes in it. I was surprised at how I could put varying stem lengths in it to create a rather pleasing arrangement. It will definitely be used more frequently in future!

The flowers and grasses used are:

Zinnia, Rudbeckia fulgida, Rudbeckia Prairie Glow, Cosmos Bright Lights, Cosmos Purity, Cosmos Double Click Cranberry, Lantana, Fennel seedheads, Echinacea Sunrise, Miscanthus Adagio, Pennisetum, culinary Sage leaves, Artemisia Silver Queen, Helenium Lemon Queen, Borage, Hypericum Miracle Night, Verbena bonariensis and probably a couple of others I have forgotten!

Special thoughts are with our host today. Do go and visit her and see what lovely flowers have been put in vases around the globe.

(Click on any image below to see a slideshow)

Wishing you all some of the gorgeous September sunshine we have been enjoying!