In a Vase on Monday: Top Ten for September

This week I am joining not only Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme, but also – for the first time – Chloris at The Blooming Garden for her series of posts where she encourages us to choose our favourite ten blooms each month.

Ten favourites in various vases!

ย First of all this lovely Helianthus has outdone itself this year…

It was here when we came, but rarely did anything but produce a flower or two. Finally it is flowering profusely, but spreading profusely too!

I have combined it in this vase with my favourite Miscanthus, ‘Adagio’. I would highly recommend this dwarf variety which got established very quickly in my rockery and is a pretty focal point for much of the year.

Next, the Persicaria ‘Firetail’

It got off to a slow start in July, after a very dry spring and early summer, but has recovered magnificently. The leaves are also very pretty and although it is rather tall it never flops, even after heavy rain or wind.

The rose behind it is one my sister gave me several years ago…

It didn’t do well so I moved it, and this year it seems to have settled in at last and has flowered a second time. It smells lovely. Sorry, no name – I call it ‘Susan’. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up is my beloved Sedum. These flowers make us think of my partner’s grandmother, as she loved them so much. In fact some of them came from her garden, so again, I have no idea what sort they are.

However, this next sedum, which is in a patio pot, is Sedum cauticola ‘Robustum’…

It fills the edges of pots nicely with its dark stems and foliage, and then the flowers are an added bonus in September and October.

Another Miscanthus, possibly ‘Flamingo’ with a slightly pink tinge, is in the next vase, along with my currently favourite Japanese Anemone ‘Serenade’ and the white Scabiosa I sowed this spring – I think they are ‘Snowmaiden’.

Last but not least, the Cosmos I have been raving about for the past few weeks – Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’

Thank you to our two lovely hosts!

P.S. An extra vase for my Mum, who is feeling under the weather, and for Dad too, as they had to cancel a much-looked-forward-to short break in the south of England. xx

Sunflowers from the flower field


48 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Top Ten for September

  1. Lots to love there, Cathy. That white scabiosa looks interesting – will it last hrough the winter? I am never sure with scabious. Hope your Mum feels better soon

    • Thanks Cathy. I’m not sure about the Scabious either, but it will be planted out soon and left to go to seed, so I shall just have to keep my fingers crossed! Hope it will be a mild winter and they may stand a chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wow what a collection and your house must look fantastic. The sunflowers look so cheerful in your lovely jug. I’ve been looking at Cosmos seeds trying to choose for next year. These Double Click are certainly a contender.

    • Hi Alison. Yes, it was worth putting them all together just so I could spread them around the house! I would recommend the Cranberry cosmos. The only disadvantage is that the double flowers get quite heavy when wet and bend so you can’t really see the flower. Still, I will definitely grow them again!

  3. Hope your mum feels better soon….and oh what flowers….looks like my garden which has gone through such extremes this year….now hot and dry for weeks in September. Especially love the grasses added to some of the vases.

  4. You did a great job combining the 2 memes, Cathy. While my favorite of this week’s vases is the sunflower vase containing the cheerful sunflowers, I love that apricot rose and the ‘Double Click’ cosmos too. I hope your mom feels better soon.

    • Thank you Kris. I shall tell my Mum to read all these kind comments I’ve had and that should help perk her up a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Several farmers near us have sown out soil improvers and bee food on some of their land which will then be plowed in late winter, which means we should be seeing sunflowers flowering until the frosts spoil them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I like them all and loved the MIscanthus when I could grow them! I also love unnamed passalongs like your Sedum, cherished for where they hail from and their flowers. But, I will be searching for those Cosmos seed shortly.

  6. Thank you for joining in and sharing your favourite September plants Cathy. I love your floral tray and your cheery sunflower vase I loved last time I saw it. Your favourite blooms are gorgeous. The apricot rose is gorgeous and I agree the cosmos is a winner.

    • The apricot rose was intended to replace a beautiful one I lost, probably due to some novice pruning followed by a hard winter, many years ago… I do hope this one will be as lovely one day.

  7. Cathy, I’m way behind reading blogs lately but glad I took time this morning. This is such a joyous post it will carry me through the day. You certainly have plenty of blooms still brightening up the garden. The white scabiosa caught my eye–just lovely. The vase of sunflowers is dessert after the main floral feast. (Love the new header too).

  8. Cathy beautiful flowers from your garden. How well combined! I love the white Sacabiosa and the Japanese Anemone “Serenade”. What a beautiful detail for your parents that beautiful vase of sunflowers. Greetings from Margarita.

  9. Cathy, I enjoyed your tour. What a nice idea featuring flowers from your garden. I’m so impressed, too, with the color and variety. I love that you call the rose “Susan”. That made me smile. I’m sorry to hear that your mum isn’t well and what a shame to have to cancel plans. Your sunflowers are a lovely tribute. xo

  10. What a great new meme to follow, Cathy. I think the Persicaria and Cosmos are my favorites, but the rose is gorgeous, too. I hope your Mum is feeling much better by now! It’s a shame plans needed to be canceled, and I hope they can still make special travel arrangements. Your flower arrangements were certainly beautiful!

    • Thank you Debra. I am sure my Mum will be fit enough for a planned family get-together on the East coast of England in October at least… my parents’ diamond wedding anniversary! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. That’s a vase packed with September beauties Cathy and how clever of you to combine it with Chloris’s meme. I presume that ‘Susan’ must be your sister’s name ๐Ÿ™‚ Her flowers are a most attractive shade. I hope that your Mum is recovering and that your parents can have a break before long.

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