In a Vase on Monday: Recycling

This Monday meme, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, encourages us to use materials from our gardens to put in a vase.

Well, the vase is new today, but the materials are the same as last week – just trimmed down a little. The asters still look good, and the sedums last well until their stems just fall apart. One Persicaria stem and a couple of yellow Achillea also lasted well enough to reuse.

And the photos are taken outdoors at the corners of my two brand new flower beds!

This one below will be the ‘butterfly bed’, with a focus on flowers for pollinators, but with some grasses too. The first lot of plants have been ordered and I am hoping the wonderful golden October weather will continue once they arrive in a week or so.

And the second bed will be home to more grasses, but primarily herbs. The soil here at our country house is very well-drained and sandy (a good layer of rich topsoil has been added for planting). The position is south-west and exposed to strong sun and wind. This could be a real challenge!

Thanks to Cathy and all the other Monday vase creators who welcome the week by sharing their beautiful and cheerful arrangements!

46 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Recycling

  1. I love the shot of yellow interspersed in the arrangement. It makes it so exciting. Your flower bed screams fun in the sun. Good luck with your planting.

  2. Cathy your vase is magnificent. The Asters are divine. The stem of Persicaria I like a lot like the yellow Achillea and the Sedum. I really like the vase you have, it looks like alabaster it’s beautiful and it goes great with the flowers. What larger flower beds! I hope you have a great weather and enjoy planting your new plants. Have a good week. Greetings from Margarita.

  3. How exciting to have new planting space – it wil be fun for us too to watch them develop from bare soil. And your recycled vase is still pretty, a most fetching rounded pop of colour

  4. I’m rather impressed you were able to carry over the flowers to another week. They held up really well. And lovely to know that you have even more gardening space all ready to go. I’ll enjoy seeing how that develops. Have a wonderful week, Cathy.

  5. A pollinator garden and a herb garden – two of my favorite things! πŸ™‚ Herbs have been such a godsend here, as most are from the Mediterranean and somehow manage to grow well in our even hotter and drier conditions. So looking forward to seeing what you grow there!
    I’m in awe of your asters, so colorful and lasting so well!

    • Herbs seem to withstand wind, sun, drought and poor soil, and can be so useful too! The pollinator garden will include lots of lavender at first. It will interesting to see how cold it gets here in winter as the garden really is very exposed… we will see!

  6. Color is also coming on strong here but the temps mean the snow is not far from us either snow in many parts of USA and Canada but I am ready πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Cathy, I’ve been thinking of you a lot over the past months. It was an amazing summer for “non-gardeners” but for the rest…alas, what can I say. Hope the Aster I sent you is doing well. I chopped off a piece to plant it opposite the other one when I dug up yours and it’s such a beauty –all this without any watering {we didn’t get rain for over 3 months!)– so I’ve decided to plant more bits in other parts. It’s almost as tall as I am and so healthy. So glad that autumn is here and we’ve had some rain too so my poor parched plot begins to turn green again. Wishing you happy autumn days and good luck with the new garden…so curious and hope you’ll share some images soon πŸ™‚

    • Hi Annette, have been thinking of you too. What a summer! Yes, we have had only a few drops since early July after a dry spring too. Glad you have had some rain at last… we are finally supposed to get some in a few days, but we will see! The aster you sent me looks amazing, despite the drought, but mine isn’t very tall – only about 70cm perhaps. I shall chop a piece off it next year to plant in my new garden. πŸ™‚ (I must take photos of the newly planted beds tomorrow!) If you ever come anywhere near Regensburg you must visit us! πŸ™‚

      • I’d love to meet you some day, Cathy, you’re equally welcome to call when you’re in my part of the world. So glad the Aster has survived. I keep my fingers crossed for (more) rain. The cooler temperatures certainly help. Looking forward to seeing the new garden take shape – will you move there eventually or will you keep both places? Have a fab week πŸ™‚ xx

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