In a Vase on Monday: Buttons

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme has become a lovely ritual not only providing pleasure, but influencing what I grow and how I see my garden too. I sowed a few mixed Scabiosa in the spring with summer vases in mind, and the waiting has paid off – I am delighted with them all, even if I now don’t know which ones they are as they got mixed up when planting out into my summer containers!

Scabiosa and Knautia always remind me of buttons, and since my button tin was handy… 😉 The larger flower in the middle is a Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’ – I feared it had succumbed to the slugs, but fortunately this plant was one of the survivors and has just started flowering!

Just to the right of the Cosmos in the photo above is my creamy Scabiosa ochroleuca, which has been in the rockery for several years now.

I particularly love this pink scabious, with Daucus carota ‘Dara’.

The Clematis tangutica is producing these gorgeous fluffy seed heads in great quantities now. Just right of this one is a small red Knautia.

A new addition to the garden this summer is this pretty Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’, planted last autumn.

The Scabiosa sown were: Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Tall Double Red’, ‘QIS Formula Mixture’ and ‘Snowmaiden’, and Scabiosa caucasica ‘House’s Hybrids’. Sowing took place much later than usual in early and mid May, as we had frosts right up until the end of May this spring. So the flowers have been late. However, since I grew these precisely for putting in vases, I had no qualms about cutting them. There are plenty more buds! The plants will be planted out in the garden in September where they might drop a few seeds and, hopefully, will appear again next year.

Thanks to Cathy for conceiving and hosting this wonderful meme – go and visit her today and enjoy beautiful and unique vases from around the globe!

52 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Buttons

  1. I love every component of this post. Scabious are one of my favourites, I didn’t realise you could get mixed seeds – I’m definitely on the look out for those – gorgeous vase – and who doesn’t love a button collection! The photos are a feast. ❤

    • Thanks Sandra! I got the seeds from Chiltern Seeds last year, and these were probably the most successful things I sowed myself this spring. 🙂

  2. Such a beautiful collection of button flowers. I can’t seem to keep scabiosa alive in any color. Your colorful collection looks sweet all lined up in this vase.

  3. Such a cute vase, makes me smile, Cathy, and you’ve adorned it with such charming flowers! I’ve noticed by the way that your photography has changed, did you too? Very professional look! Have a great week xx

  4. Oh these are lovely and I am definitely adding some scabious to my next year’s seed list – I grew some from seed from Chloris but will try some of these varieties too. Isn’t Click Cranberries lovely? That’s one I have too. The vase and all its contents is so cute – like Sandra says, I like everything eveything about it

    • I can certainly recommend the Scabiosa Cathy, and yes – the Cranberries Cosmos is really lovely, almost like a dahlia! I will have to grow them again next year!

  5. Cathy a lovely and fun button vase. Beautiful colors. Scabious in all its varieties I love them. The Cosmos “Double Click Cranberres” is very pretty. The photos are great. Greetings from Margarita.

  6. What a great way to show off these pretty blooms, Cathy! I love the addition of the buttons too. (My own button collection languishes in a cabinet where it never sees the light of day.) That cranberry Cosmos is luscious. In fact, the whole group of blooms is yummy-looking and leaves me feeling hungry – and it’s nowhere near lunch time here!

  7. Cathy, I love it when you break out this clever white vase. It’s one of my favorites in your collection. The clever shapes and size are well suited to your colorful collection of blooms. And those buttons! Be still my heart. A lovely, cheerful way to start any week.

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