In a Vase on Monday: Gardener’s Gold

Every Monday Cathy’s challenge (at Rambling in the Garden) is to gather flowers from our gardens to put in a vase. I can’t believe I never realised until now just how pleasurable this task can be! And everyone who joins in is saying the same thing: it’s addictive!

This week I went for gold!


The Golden Rod is slowly opening, and I am always surprised at how beautiful this “weed” is. The other surprise is my yellow Achillea. This year I gave it the Chelsea chop when it was about 50 cm tall and that really helped it fill out and not get too leggy. So for the first time I actually like it!


A few ostrich fern leaves and sprigs of grass seedheads were all I needed to complete my simple vase.


I found a new spot for photos – in our entrance hall…


I liked it there so much it will stay there for now.

Another vase was filled last week too – some of my Japanese Anemones were leaning very low after some heavy showers, so I cut them to bring indoors…


The lovely centres continue the gold theme too.


Do you grow any of these plants?

Have a good week, and do visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see the other vases created this week.


47 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Gardener’s Gold

  1. The Anemones are soooooo beautiful, and they look great massed together like that. I like the golden vase too, we all seem to be making more than one vase now, it is totally addictive.

  2. I love the golden vase and especially against the golden garden…and the entrance hall is a perfect spot to showcase your vases….both are stunning and so simple in their beauty. I actually grow all the same plants but my yellow Achillea did not show up this year. Goldenrod is amassing in the meadow and all around the garden as it is a native here 🙂

    • Yes, that’s an interesting thought Sarah…. I don’t take photos of every individual plant, so now I’ll know next year when certain things are in flower.

  3. These are both gorgeous Cathy. Love the way you staged the goldenrod vase outdoors, but it works well in your new indoors spot too. The anemones are pretty too. I don’t grow either of these, but now wish I did. Have a good week.

    • It was hard to find somewhere light in the house as we had all the blinds closed to keep out the strong sun, so I ended up in a dark corner with the lights on! LOL! Golden rod would definitely do well in your climate as it is so drought proof. The anemones once established are very easy plants too, so I can recommend them!

  4. Both vases are so beautiful, Cathy! I especially love the Japanese anemones, am growing them too, but think mine have a too shady place.

    • I agree. We have to make the most of the last summer month. I can’t bear to think of autumn yet, even though I do love that time of year as well!

  5. That first picture is great! holy yellow, I love it 🙂
    …and the anemones aren’t too shabby either, the blooms are so simple and clean with their funny round centers.

    • I seem to have quite a lot of yellow at the moment as the Potentilla is flowering too now. The anemones remind me of little faces turning up to the sun. The bees love them too. 😉

  6. Thank you for showing everyone just how easy it is, Cathy – and for those who fill a vase on Monday regularly it reminds us that simplicity is just as effective and brings just as much pleasure. The yellow vase is a great combination but I have to confess that I was bowled over with how well the Japanese anemones looked ‘en masse’ like this. I have been eyeing mine up and had intended to use a sprig yesterday, one I had cut the day before when I discovered a pink one in the blue & white border (out! out!) but unfortunately I forgot and it is shrivelling up on a bench! That looks a good little niche it is in too 😉

    • That’s a lovely comment Cathy. I have always felt I am no good at ‘arty’ things like flower arranging, but the whole point is not perfection but pleasure. 🙂 Do pick some anemones! Their cheery faces made me smile every time I passed the vase, and they lasted exactly a week, although quite a few petals dropped.

  7. I grow Japanese anemones too and I love them but I had never thought of cutting them for a vase. They look great. I must try it.
    Your golden vase is pretty too.

    • Thanks Chloris. It was more of an emrgency measure than planning, as the anemones were almost lying on the lawn after heavy rain. So glad I cut them to bring in!

  8. Our Golden Rod in the garden had already flowered. But yesterday I was lucky tho find quiet a lot flowerring at the banks of a lake. I love to watch the insect life on Golden Rod.
    It really fits with the yellow Achillea in your vase! Also the other vase is beautifully filled. Is like the vases talk to another. 🙂
    Have a thunderstormfree week! Uta

  9. I particularly admired the Japanese anemones. I know they can be thuggish in some gardens, but I’m struggling to grow them and after 3 years not a single flower!
    Achillea is a another tale, but I do not grow the yellow variety. Having seen your lovely vase I’m wondering why there is so little yellow in may garden.

    • Well, I hope you see some anemone flowers next year then Christine. I didn’t know they can be thugs. Mine are well-behaved, but then they do have plenty of space to spread.

    • Thanks Pauline. Our anemones were out at the end of July, so we are still a couple of weeks ahead of ‘normal’. The Golden Rod is a signal to me that autumn won’t be far off.

  10. These are breathtaking. What an abundance of glorious flowers. I don’t grow either but sure would if I could. I love your vast space and the choices you’ve made in your garden. You recapture that beauty in these cases. You are right: arranging flowers is a creative joy.

    • I remember when the Golden Rod first appeared and i was tearing it out! Then I decided to leave a small patch, which has slowly got larger as nothing else grows in the driest part of the rockery. Yes, plant plenty of anemones… so you can cut lots for a vase! 😉

  11. I wish that I had given my achillea the Chelsea Chop this year – all my plants are flopping all over the border and I am in the process of cutting them back. Hopefully I will have some more flowers before autumn. I am gradually adding Japanese anemones to different spots in my garden and these are just coming into flower. Your two vases are stunning – the yellow shouts summer at me whilst the anemones hint at autumn.

    • I’m so glad I dared try it out, as I was so fed up with this plant getting so tall and flopping. It’s interesting that you think of anemones as autumn flowers… mine always start flowering in early August before the Golden Rod, even though the German name is in fact not Japanese anemones, but Autumn anemones!

  12. Two lovely vases Cathy. The yellow one looks as though you’d gathered up all the sunshine and popped it in a vase, and the Japanese anenomes look delightful en masse. I don’t have either the Golden Rod or the anenomes, though I recently did plant up some Achillea, hoping to see them bloom next year. My father took advantage of Golden Rod’s tendency to spread and grew it as a hedge along the entire length of the garden – it was very effective and the insects loved it too.

  13. The Golden Rod is absolutely stunning, and I am wondering why I have never considered it in my garden. It would be beautiful as backdrop to some of my green and gold and red succulents. I’m definitely going to see what my possibilities might include. And the Japanese anemones are beautiful, but look a little delicate for our climate. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer, Cathy…it’s going quickly, isn’t it!

    • Hi Debra. Yes, summer is rushing by and thoughts are turning to autumn already! If the anemones can get established they have deep roots and can survive strong heat, despite looking so delicate! By the way – I never water the rockery and as you can see it is south-facing and well-drained. Another shrub that does well even in drought here is the hardy Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon). Can you grow what we call Californian Poppies?

  14. That’s the second time this week that I’ve seen goldenrod in a blog, the other being from the American state of Montana (which borders Canada). The peak for goldenrod in central Texas is probably October, and I haven’t seen a single goldenrod plant here yet, but you’re already getting me excited about the prospect.

    • ‘Prospect’ being the right word when looking for gold Steve! We have loads coming into flower here now and it has sneaked into my garden. I don’t mind a bit as it loves a dry spot where nothing else will grow!

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