In a Vase on Monday: Midsummer Glory

On Mondays I usually join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with a vase full of bits and bobs from my garden. Today is no exception and since the summer solstice is just hours away I decided to make a special midsummer arrangement.

The orange day lily is the focal point, surrounded by the slightly burnt, fluffy, caramel-coloured Aruncus flower. These grow side by side in the garden and make a gorgeous combination.

The other star this week is the white Astrantia which seems to have finally established itself, flowering for the second year now.

Another white (well, perhaps creamy white) flower which is attracting the bees this week is the lovely Cephalaria gigantea. This is like a giant Scabiosa, and it really is a giant, swaying at the top of my rockery just asking to be visited by the pollinators. πŸ™‚

The foliage is from Epimediums, both large and small, and the frothy crown around the base of my turquoise vase is of course Alchemilla mollis – a florist’s dream I imagine!

I also added a couple of grasses and, for good luck, some St John’s Wort which is flowering bang on time for St John’s Day on the 24th.

More sunshine is forecast for this week – I hope for you too.

Now go and visit our lovely host to see what she has in her vase this week, and to click on all the links for other vases around the world this Monday!


38 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Midsummer Glory

  1. I do not see the Saint John’s wort. Is it a specie of Hypericum. (Well, you know how common names are.) Saint John’s wort in an invasive exotic here, but less invasive types are still grown in home gardens; although they are susceptible to rust.

    • Yes, Hypericum perforatum – it grows wild here so I can imagine it may be invasive if not a native. And it seems to be hiding in all of my photos, but it is just about visible as a yellow blur in the third picture below the Astrantia! πŸ˜‰

      • Well, I sort of see the blur. I was thinking that you had some new fangled hypericum that looked like a daylily or something. I have never seen the native hypericm here; only the invasive exotic. I do not remember the name.

  2. I especially like the last 2 photos which show the shape of the vase itself and just how much you have included in it – the alchemilla round the base really sets it all off. I like to see the couldn’t-care-less form of the aruncus, just doing its own thing, and its slightly odd colour is a good link between the day lily and the brighter greens. Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you Cathy. The Aruncus went from its beautiful bud stage to the singed stage very rapidly this year and I am very happy with that as I am not keen on its fluffiness when fully in flower!

  3. Oh now that’s a lovely celebratory vase Cathy. I like the orange day lily. My day lilies are on the point of flowering any day now πŸ™‚ A happy summer solstice to you.

  4. That’s a lovely celebration of mid-summer Cathy. I don’t pick my Hemerocallis as they blu flower for a day πŸ˜‰. Love the shape of your vase.

  5. Cathy your vase is magnificent, a live at the beginning of Summer! I love your orange day lily and the candy colored Auruncus. I like the white Astrantia a lot. The Alchemilla mollis is divine. And the San Juan grass you already have for the Summer Solstice. I love your bouquet and your vase, they are beautiful and refreshing. Here we were on Wednesday of last week with cold and today we are at 30ΒΊ Centigrades and so we will continue! Summer has arrived. I have published my first vase in the Cathy meme, if you want to see it the link is I am very happy to have published it. Every time I have flowers, I will publish a vase. But do not expect anything good! Have a nice week. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  6. Very pretty, Cathy, ganz Ton in Ton, and you know I’m intrigued by the view through the gap behind the vase as up to now I thought the garden is rather enclosed. A little PS on your comment 10 days ago regarding time: I’ve learnt one thing in life (maybe not just one πŸ˜‰ ) and that’s that time doesn’t just fall in our lap. We have to make and find time for things (and people, of course) that mean something to us. When you do you’ll find there’s actually time out there πŸ™‚ I try to do that regularly now to be able to live my creativity more and it makes me feel sooo good! Best xx

    • Hi Annette. The end of the garden is more open, with just a hedge and fence between us and the meadow beyond. The hedge is very tall though as we haven’t cut it this year yet! I know what you mean about time, but we have been very busy with our country house which will be our main home this summer. Time well spent. πŸ™‚ We had lots of trees and shrubs planted around the periphery, as the ‘garden’ was just agricultural fields last year which we are changing to ‘green land’ and the trees need constant watering this summer. (Ironic when I think of your book! πŸ™‚ ) We will map out the house garden and veg plot in the autumn and I hope I might even be able to do some planting. πŸ™‚

      • wow, Country house, I’m impressed and even more intrigued! have you shared anything in your blog? I’d love to hear more πŸ™‚ is this for weekends and holidays? is it nearby? good luck with the project – time well spent is right!

        • I have only mentioned it in passing. We will be there most of the summer and if we like it we will possibly move here full time and our other house will become the ‘weekend house’! It’s less than an hour away, near Regensburg. πŸ™‚

  7. Your vase reminds me of summers in New Hampshire. I had orange day lilies that grew wild all around the orchard. I transplanted some to line a wall that was part of our vegetable garden. They were very cheery when I was weeding in the garden.

    • Ah, nice memories for you. πŸ™‚ The orange day lilies are over now Karen, but I have some yellow ones that are still producing the odd flower, despite the heat!

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