In a Vase on Monday: Spot the Difference!

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again by gathering materials from my garden for a vase, in order to share them with you all.

I’m afraid the pink rose in the background was trying to grab all the attention while I took the photos!

Can you see what the difference is in the next picture?

The dwarf Buddleia is doing a fine job of attracting the butterflies, mostly Peacocks, but also this Silver-washed fritillary…

It is hot, humid and windy here, and heavy showers have flattened some of my grasses, so I picked a big bunch of these (Sporobolus?), stuck in a stray Buddleia stem, and a Melica ciliata that was swaying over the pathway, and framed it all with some rather healthy looking Hellebore foliage. (Wish it looked that good in winter!)

At the front I added a reddish pink Daucus carota ‘Dara’ flower.

Everything was placed in a flower frog in a new vase, which I picked up on a whim on a brief trip to the florist this morning. I love the colour and the glaze, as well as the shape. 🙂


Daucus carota ‘Dara’, grown from seed this spring – it’s a slow germinator, but worth the wait!

Having just looked at Cathy’s own lovely vase today I think we must have been on a similar wavelength as the shape of our vases is very similar. Do go and visit her and see what beautiful arrangements are being created around the world for her meme this Monday!

50 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Spot the Difference!

    • Thanks Cath. A couple of the red Daucus came up white/pale pink, so I don’t know what will happen if they set seed. I don’t mind whatever colour they come up though, as I just love those flowers!

  1. Yes, I am with you on that shape and style of vase, Cathy! I have never seen one of the butterflies before and wonder if they are native to the UK too…? Your dark Daucus is lovely and even with a mixed packet mine have all been white – do they self seed true to colour? Thanks or sharing today ps I know what you mean about hellebore leaves!!

    • According to Wilipedia this butterfly is rare but slowly coming back in the UK. We see hundreds here in the woods as they adore the wild Eupatorium and the thistles that grow there. The German name is lovely: ‘Kaisermantel’, which translates as Emperor’s cloak. 🙂 A few of the Daucus are white or paler than this one, so I am not sure what colour seedlings would turn out next year…

  2. This vase is a great shape. Your arrangement accentuates it perfectly. Of course the butterfly put it’s stamp of approval on this arrangement too.

  3. Just beautiful, Cathy, and how nice of the fritillary to pose for a photograph. The grass is delightful and so is the Daucus, looks very similar to my Ammi ‘Black Knight’. Have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Annette. The butterflies are all being very obliging, barely taking any notice of us at all. I have never grown Ammi, but perhaps I should try that too next time. 🙂

    • I felt a bit mean cutting off that buddleia stem, but it had been bent by the wind and might not have lasted the day. There’s plenty to keep the butterflies happy anyway! 🙂

  4. Now that’s quite a trick! I’m lucky to catch a glimpse of a butterfly out of the corner of my eye when I wander through the garden but I rarely catch a photo, much less have one grace a bouquet I’ve cut. It’s clearly the stamp of approval from a certified expert!

    • We have got so many butterflies at the moment Kris! It is wonderful just watching them flitting greedily from one flower to the next! 🙂

  5. I love the contrast in textures between the grasses and the Hellebore leaves. A wonderful use of Hellebore leaves! It is interesting to me how early you have grasses. I never had plumes until September at the earliest and grew mostly Miscanthus.

    • My miscanthus also flowers much later, but the other grasses have all been in flower for about a month now: Calamagrostis, Melica, Sporobolus, Briza and many more wild ones in the wild bits of ‘lawn’ which we haven’t mown.

  6. The grasses appear to sparkle in the sunlight, with the added bonus of a butterfly. I wish my Daucus had turned out that colour, it was from bought seed, alll white. Although they still are attractive flowers, especially to the pollinators.

  7. What fun to have a butterfly visit your arrangement this week, Cathy. It looks like you got the stamp of approval from nature. Your weather sounds uncomfortable at best. We’ll all be counting the days till autumn at this rate. Your blue container is lovely, too.

    • You know Alys, there have been many moments where I have thought back longingly to our frosty winter! LOL! I love sunlight, but without the heat. Thank goodness the temperature has dropped a little today! I have been wondering where the ideal climate would be for me… maybe Iceland? Or Russia? Or Scandinavia perhaps?! 🙂 🙂

    • I suppose when upright it is about 150 or maybe even 170 cm tall, Allison. But unfortunately it does tend to flop and I forgot to put in a support again before the ground got too hard! It got a bit squashed in the rains recently too, but is such a beauty.

  8. That’s such a lovely selection of material, Cathy – not least the butterfly! 😉 I love that Sporobolus and the way it sets off the Daucus!

    • I think the grass looks even better in a vase than in the garden right now! Maybe I’ll just pick a lot more and see if it will dry nicely….

  9. Oh what rich pickings Cathy and I do like your new vase 🙂 Humid and windy always takes the edge of enjoying being outside. I hope that it is calmer and fresher by now.

    • Thanks Anna. It is a lot cooler today and the sun is hiding mostly behind the clouds – thank goodness for this breather as the next heatwave rolls in next week apparently!

  10. I absolutely love your arrangement Cathy, it shows off the textures of the grasses and the Daucus perfectly. I hope you won’t be offended if I say it made me think of a pineapple! I wonder whether that was the inspiration you had in mind!

  11. I see what you mean about the pink rose catching all the attention, but I think it made a gorgeous photo! Your grasses are so pretty and not at all ordinary! I don’t tend to think about grasses in my arrangements and I need to plant a few more for just that purpose, I think! It’s a beautiful vase!

    • Thank you! I have grown to appreciate grasses more and more Debra, as they never fail, need little water and create movement in the garden. There must be some lovely natives you could choose too.

  12. How funny, I had a Queen Annes Lace come up in the garden with a pink tint to it. I was so impressed with the color but am now seeing them all over. I guess they’re not as rare as I thought! Yours is particularly dark, I like it.
    Beautiful vase!

    • I keep seeing pink-tinged ones too, and had never noticed it before! A lot of mine have turned out more pink than dark red though and a couple of white ones have turned up at the bottom of the garden too. 🙂

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