In a Vase on Monday: My Summer Garden

My Monday vase is certainly not as bright and sunny as our hostess Cathy’s (do go and visit her today at Rambling in the Garden), but it does give you a pretty good idea of what my garden looks like at this time of year.

A cutting garden would be lovely for Dahlias, sunflowers and other annuals, but the snails and slugs limit me to using containers for my summer annuals which then get baked in the heat and drowned in the rain. So I have limited them to a minimum this summer and only the Queen Ann’s Lace (Daucus carota) is in pots along with some Scabiosa and a few Cosmos. (Yes, the slugs love the Daucus leaves and have even devoured a few Scabiosa seedlings!)

The other plants I have used this week are all in the garden, or from the wilder edges of the garden! Red Knautia, white, red and cream Scabious, Persicaria ‘Firetail’, Teucrium hircanicum, Feverfew, Perovskia, Succisella inflexa ‘Frosted Pearls’, and some Anemone flowers and buds.

The red Persicaria had too little rain early on to develop nice strong stems, so it is looking a bit floppy this year. Hopefully the (torrential) rain we had yesterday will give it a boost.

Fortunately I put this vase together before the storm hit on Sunday evening… the Perovskia is prostrate, but no real damage was done.

Thanks to Cathy, and hope you all have a good week!


50 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: My Summer Garden

  1. If your garden looks anything like your vase it is looking lovely this year. A shame about the slugs and snails, I’m lucky here that they don’t do much damage, they don’t like the dry earth.

    • Thank you Christina! We were spared from the snails for a few weeks early summer when it was so dry, but they came back very hungry once we got rain!

  2. Your arrangement this week says ‘Summer’ to me– lazy, warm days in the garden meadow. I’m impressed the Teucrium is still on and happy to see the Persicaria once again.
    I’m still out every night gathering dozens of snails and slugs…a Sisyphean task if there ever was one!

  3. Such a lovely mix Christina. Interesting you grow your annuals in pots to avoid the slugs and snails. That must be so much more work for you but looking at this lot I believe it’s worth it.

  4. I am sorry you have to limit the annnuals you try to grow but you have to be practical – you have still amassed a lovely collection of blooms for IAVOM though! Good to see them all – like Eliza, I am so pleased to have persicaria blooming once more and I am sure you are too. Thanks for sharing

    • I always think of you when I see my Red Dragon, which is also flowering now! I took a cutting which rooted well, but can you believe the snails suddemly took a liking to it! It is now in a safer spot!

      • Interstingly, my Red Dragon is not as leafy this year – I did wonder last year whether I should split it but the crown is as tough as old boots and it wouldn’t be an easy task!!

        • I wonder if our winters have kept mine in check… Mine dies back completely in winter and has hardly got any larger over the past couple of years. How old is yours now?

          • Oh mine dies back too – just collapses once it gets to a certain time of year. It will be about 13 or 14 years old now. Admittedly I didn’t stake it at all this year so it is sprawling more than it sometimes does

  5. Your summer survivors make a lovely ensemble, Cathy. I hope this week brings you hospitable weather. Raccoons are good for clearing our slugs and snails – it’s their only redeeming characteristic. It’s too bad I can’t send you one or two! 😉

    • Oh yes, send me a raccoon! I suppose they also eat plants though, or dig things up…. I’m afraid our weather is anything but hospitable this week Kris! Torrential rain, thunderstorms, humidity and high temperatures. Hope it cools down soon. This summer has been so hot so far.

  6. What a beautifully shaped arrangement and so much to look at. So many pretty things. Slugs will stop at nothing. I’ve just found an eaten Echeveria and I’ve never seen that before. Ours are back with a vengeance now that we have had so much rain.

    • Same here Alison. We had a very dry early summer and I thought we would have fewer slugs and snails, but when it rained they all moved back in and brought their mates! 😉

    • Thank you Brian. I would be fighting a losing battle as we live next to the woods and they seem to sense there are tasty morsels in the garden! There are literally hundreds in the garden on a damp morning!

  7. Your vase reminds me of summer meadows too, it’s a beautifully airy arrangement. The persicaria here suffered from the drought early in the season too, just as you describe. Perhaps I should have chopped it back by a third in late May? I hope yours picks up with the rain, Cathy, it looks great in your vase.

  8. Cathy, your bouquet is beautiful. Cosmos and Scabiosa are very beautiful. Knautia in red did not know her and I love it. I’m sorry that for snails and slugs you can not have more cut flowers. Greetings from Margarita.

  9. Your vase has such a lovely, meadowy look to it! I never cease to admire the effect of your knautia 🙂

  10. I was so interested to read that you’ve used containers for your cutting flowers! Just this summer, really for the first time, I used many containers for flowers. I have taken my garden so much further into succulents and drought tolerant landscaping, but I was missing flowers! So far it has been very rewarding. I love cosmos, and see that you’ve added that to your Monday vase. I must remember that they would do well in a container and I will add them to my container groupings! Beautiful vase, once again, Cathy.

    • I have used various containers over the years, but this year finally got the materials right: plastic containers inside terracotta pots! It prevents valuable moisture from evaporating! I stuck to low-growing plants this year, but will definitely grow Tithonia and Ricinus again next summer as both did fine in large pots. 🙂

  11. A nice variety and arranged with light and movement. Its always a battle with the elements and the small creatures…you have arrived at a very good place if you can post such an attractive arrangement.

    • Thank Noelle. There have been no new additions to the actual garden this year, but some of the container grown Scabiosa will be planted out late summer. They have got to a good size and shouldn’t appeal to the slugs now!

  12. Those slugs and snails are voracious, aren’t they. I have had two light snail years, the first due to drought and this past year they probably drowned in the heavy rains. I’m enjoying the mini-vacation. 🙂 I know they’ll be back. Your vase is beautiful, as is that gorgeous blue sky behind it. Sorry to hear about the heavy, damaging rains.

    • I used to wonder where the snails all hide when it gets hot and dry, but have found quite a few this summer that have buried themselves just an inch or so and thus seem to survive! We have had more rain, so it is perfect for the garden and wildlife now. 🙂

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