In a Vase on Monday: October, October!

I originally intended to try and put together today’s vase with 50 items from my garden… since I celebrated my 50th birthday at the weekend. But then my sister gave me this gorgeous vase which deserves better than being crammed full of anything and everything! Still, there is a lot in there…


The small rock on the table is a souvenir picked from the bed of the river Isar in the Bavarian mountains at the weekend. 🙂

The vase is the Portmeirion Enchanted Tree jug, and the tree is full of different birds, with a hare and deer at the base…


I really love it, and I filled it with all the loveliest flowers I could find, which included an unexpected Buddleia flower…


The Verbena bonariensis is also flowering still, and I love this purple and orange combination with sunflower Earth Walker…


The Persicaria Firetail is still attracting the bees, even on a chilly cloudy day…


And the Scabiosa ochroleuca below is also still producing a few flowers. I hope it sets lots of seeds!


I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme and hope you will also take a look at her vase today, as well as all the others linking in from around the globe.


Oh, and this last little vase was also put together with some leftover bits and pieces. That is a lovely Cactus Zinnia at the centre, with some Asters, Roses, Leadwort and Cosmos, and some Hypericum berries picking up the pinky orange colours nicely.


Have a great week everyone, and a special hello and thank you to my sister for the vase!


61 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: October, October!

  1. Happy birthday, Cathy! Hope you had a lovely birthday weekend celebrating. This is a gorgeous, vibrant birthday bunch of flowers in a gorgeous birthday jug. x

  2. Well if you can contemplate a vase with 50 things from your garden in it then you could cope with any vase challenge I come up with, I am sure!! Hope you had a very lovely birhday – 50s is a lovely decade to be passing through. You have collected a lovely range of material to fill your birthday vase and it seems to hark back to summer too – thanks for sharing

  3. Hi Cathy, wellcome in the 50ies and Happy Birthday to you! The vase is beautiful from the form and decor and from the filling. May the upcoming years be similar!

  4. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday Cathy! I hope that your special day was filled with both flowers and fun. You must have been delighted with your gift from your sister. You’ve filled it beautifully.

    • Thanks Anna! It was a wonderful day – we went to the mountains for a long weekend and despite some grey weather we managed a few hikes and a long drive through some amazing countryside! 🙂

    • Thank you Helen. I have trained myself to remember the names of plants so I can talk to my Mum (also a keen gardener) about them, the botanical name being the link between English and German. But at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what they are called! 😉 Thanks for visiting!

  5. Happy Birthday Cathy, I hope you had a lovely day. Your sisters’ present of a new vase couldn’t be betterl and you’ve filled it with a multitude of colourful blooms.

  6. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Cathy! The pitcher is such a perfect present, and you certainly have it filled with a wealth of flowers 🙂

  7. I love the vase, too, Cathy. It’s very distinctive and you chose your flowers well! I almost gasped at the idea you at first thought of gathering 50 blooms. That helps me really understand the scale of your beautiful garden. It is truly breathtaking. And a very happy belated birthday. Your sister’s gift certainly is well placed. 🙂

  8. What a gorgeous vase! And the arrangement is equally lovely. I like the idea of 50 items in a vase. It’s never too late…you’ll be 50 all year. 🙂

    I hope you enjoyed your birthday away.

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