In a Vase on Monday: Midsummer Melange

This Monday I am again joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, with a mix of pretty pastels and gold for the Summer Solstice.


Alchemilla mollis, Aquilegia ‘Yellow Star’ and Hypericum provide the golden tones, and the pastels are Sweet Williams, Linaria, Lychnis, Allium, Verbena, Lavender, Campanula and Geranium. The white flower is a single wild Aster which appeared on the compost heap again. ๐Ÿ™‚


I wonder if anyone can identify my Verbena… it has seeded around since last year and is looking lovely outside:


The golden Aquilegia is flowering well and is clearly a much later sort than the others, which have all gone over now.


I’m keeping it brief this week as I have a guest from England – my sister is visiting! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do take a look at Cathy’s post with the other contributors linking in there.

And have a great week!



39 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Midsummer Melange

    • I was glad I could pick out all the colours on the vase with my flowers! The summer colours are coming now and it is lovely to be able to collect them all and bundle them up to bring indoors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. A very pretty vase and midsummer flower bouquet, Cathy! The golden Aquilegia is a beauty. Kind greetings to your sister Susan! Hope you will have many sunny days together…

    • That is just how it looked Anca – summer in a vase! The yellow aquilegia looked out of place a week or two ago when it started opening, as it just didn’t go with the remaining spring pinks and purples. But now it is blending in with the summery colours so well and has really grown on me. I think it should go on flowering for a while too, so I do hope you find one to add to your collection! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Your flowers are such a range of color, and you used some I have around, especially an overabundance of wild oxeye daisies. I would love to find a verbena that would self-sow, so pretty.

    • Hi Hannah. My verbenas both self seed…. the V. bonariensis and this one. We had lots of ox-eye/ moon daisies too, but they are more or less over now.

  3. Oh what a cheery vase Cathy. Do you find that your pink geranium seeds about with reckless abandon? I’m trying to remove its presence from various areas of the garden ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope that you have a great time in your sister’s company.

    • Thank you Anna. The Geraniums don’t spread much at all actually, as I think it is usually too dry for them in the rockery, but once established they flourish!

  4. Your delightful summer bouquet helps me to get over the dull fact that summer solstice is already a thing of the past and we’re heading straight for xmas again ;). Have a good week too, Cathy!

    • Oh dear, I had that thought too… only six months to go! LOL! And as my sister said, ‘the nights are drawing in’! And yet summer has only just arrived!

  5. A lovely vase this week, Cathy. Your garden must be full of delight right now.
    I think the plant you asked about may be Verbena bonariensis. It self sows generously, but is quite manageable. Have a great visit with your sister!

    • Thanks Eliza! I have some Verbena bonariensis as well, and it is much taller than this one. This could be Verbena rigida, as Christina suggested in the comments. In any case it is very pretty and I am so glad it turned out to be a hardy one as it was simply labelled ‘Verbena’ in the bargain bin at my garden centre last summer!

    • LOL! Yes, it is a nice word and for me conjures up the milky frothy coffee that they call Melange in Austria! (It was my sister’s contribution to the title!) Have a good week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Still catching up! Your summer melange of blooms is gorgeous – and perhaps sums up the joys of summer in the garden. The pure yellow aquilegia is definitely a star – I have just seem n s clump like that in one of the gardens I have just visited but I can’t remember which one! Thanks for sharing – and enjoy the company of your visitor!

  7. It’s a rainy weekend and I’m finally able to catch up! Love the colors on this arrangement, and the yellow columbine makes a great accent… but then I like the bold lychnis and verbena and the frothy lady’s mantle as well. It all goes so well together!
    Just wondering if you miss your Tuesday’s views. I can’t imagine keeping up with a meme so long, but I did enjoy following along!

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