In a Vase on Monday: Happy Halloween!

I wanted to find something spooky this week for a Halloween vase, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme…


No, not spooky enough. Let’s have another try…


Aah, now that’s better! The seed heads of the Clematis tangutica are just like little spiders…


or a bit ghostly, like the hair of a very very VERY old person…


And with some slightly creepy seed heads of Anemone japonica, the almost black Crocosmia and Echinacea, and the bright orange Physalis alkekengi I hope I managed to capture the ‘spirit’ of the season!


The pumpkin was a present from a friend, and the butternut will be made into butternut ‘steaks’ this week (I will post a recipe soon!). Last week I called my fern ‘toffee’ coloured, but I think ‘butternut’ is probably an even closer description.


Other ingredients to my vase were some orangey pink Epimedium foliage and a Sedum flower. Did you know Sedums were also renamed? (Actually some time ago but I was slow to catch on!) And of course the new name is much longer and more difficult to pronounce… ‘hylotelephium’. And at the front is the reddish pink seed head of the Ricinus communis that I had to cut down this week – the cold and damp had got to it, but it had lasted so well.


I won’t be celebrating Halloween myself, but for all of you who are…

Have a wonderful spooky Halloween!

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The Tuesday View: 25th October 2016

This will be the last regular photo of my Tuesday view for the year 2016, as it will soon be so dreary and bare that I will get depressed contemplating it. If it snows this winter I will definitely show a shot of it though! πŸ˜‰ Here it is, around 3.30pm today…


The Perovskia will be trimmed quite low this week, and the red leaves of the acer in the background are starting to drop. There is, however, still the magical Persicaria ‘Firetail’…


… as well as the Golden Euonymus (which I tend to overlook as it is there all year round), providing cheerful colour on days such as this…


Slowly the rocks in the rockery are becoming visible once again – I will have to show a picture of them later in the year. I would like to thank those of you who have joined me, observing a single view of your gardens through the seasons. I have very much enjoyed seeing the changes – both dramatic and slight – in your weekly photos. It has certainly been a useful exercise for me once again, and I hope for you as well.

And, of course, also many thanks to the rest of you for visiting!


In a Vase on Monday: Three’s a Crowd?

I spent most of Sunday tidying up some shelves to make space for my increasing collection of vases, so now I can see just how many I have got! On the other hand, the number of flowers available this week is noticeably smaller. However, I salvaged some of the last colourful blooms for three small vases, all of which I inherited from a lovely lady who loved her flowers as much as me. πŸ™‚


Β This is the last of those gorgeous cactus zinnias, along with countless other bits and pieces. The Golden Euonymus produced some lovely berries. And the fern at the back has developed a lovely toffee colour. Persicaria, Pennisetum, Feverfew and the golden Buddleia round off the autumn colours.


The second vase is almost summery…


The last of the Fairy Rose, Cosmos Candy Stripe, Buddleia, a sprig of Miscanthus and look at that Geranium and fresh Aquilegia foliage!


The third vase was actually just an attempt to rescue the last rosebuds, which will certainly not open now as the days grow shorter and dimmer.


Along with some fresh poppy leaves which often appear in autumn, I added some Verbena bonariensis, a few grasses and that silvery green plant I can never remember the name of…


I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again, for her wonderful Monday meme. Do visit her to see what she and other contributors have found for their vases this week. πŸ™‚

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The Tuesday View: 18th October 2016

I started planting some bulbs this morning, but the drizzly weather got the better of me by lunchtime today. 😦

The autumn light is lovely though, and the rockery is looking so colourful still.


I think little has changed in the past week, except for some tidying up. The Perovskia was trimmed to give the Persicaria Blackfield beneath it some air, an old lavender plant was removed and another Calamagrostis acutiflora (‘Waldenbuch’) put in its place, and the peony foliage that has already flopped was chopped back to stop some ground cover Sedums getting smothered.


The Ricinus I planted out in the rockery is still going strong, and the colours fit in much better with the autumn reds and pinks.


Please feel free to join me with a weekly shot of one single view of your garden. I have enjoyed following the changes closely and hope to continue for a few weeks yet.

To close for today, a couple of shots of the Acer, which is possibly at its peak now and looks stunning even in the rain!



I think I will give up on bulb planting for today… after all, we still have time, don’t we? πŸ˜‰ I shall spend the afternoon in the warm kitchen making pumpkin soup instead!

Have a great week!

In a Vase on Monday: Six in One

I received a lovely gift last week – a vase that is in fact six vases, filled with flowers from my friend’s garden. It has since been refreshed with some extras from my own garden and is looking very colourful as a table decoration!


It is divided into two chambers, each with three ‘vases’, which makes filling and topping up easier than six individual ones. And it seems to be dancing, as not every vase is standing flat.

The contents are much the same as my smaller vase last week: Cosmos Xanthos, Purity, Double Click and Candy Stripe. Cactus Zinnia…


… Geraniums, Asters, Roses, Sedums and Feverfew. Teucrium, Lavender, Pennisetum, Linaria, Japanese Anemone and Leadwort.


And a lovely blue Pincushion flower from my friend’s garden…


As we are now in the middle of October I suspect the number of flowers will gradually dwindle from now on, but for now I am more than happy with what I can find for my Monday vase. Thanks to our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, for this inspiring meme. πŸ™‚


The Tuesday View: 11th October 2016

It’s another grey day this week. The sun tried hard to break through the clouds, but failed miserably, with rain later this afternoon. I took my photo of the view at about 2.30pm, while it was still a bit brighter…tuesdayview11th2

Thank goodness for the colour on such a drab day! There is more paling foliage this week, but the golden Euonymus and Persicaria Firetail brighten up this area, and several Geraniums are still flowering in the foreground.

Buried below the sagging Perovskia a brave little Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ is flowering again. This one is nowhere near as strong as Firetail, but it is also a lot younger so perhaps it will catch its big brother up one day.


At the back of this view you can also see the Japanese maple turning a lovely burnt orange… when the sun shines I will have to get some prettier pictures of it to share.


I am also pleased with the autumn colour of the dwarf standard Lilac tree ‘Palibin’ planted last year. It is in front of the tall pink rose at the top of the rockery, just behind the spiky Crocosmia foliage. The flowers were short-lived, but the foliage is at least nice all summer too.

Perhaps you would like to join me in following a single view of your garden through the seasons, posting a photo each Tuesday. It has been a very useful and fun exercise again this year, as I observe what works, what struggles and where the gaps are for new ideas. πŸ™‚ Thanks to all those who have joined in so far!