In a Vase on Monday: Hello Autumn!

The last day of summer was warm and mostly sunny – perfect for gathering some flowers for a vase to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. πŸ™‚

The first flower I chose was my Aster pringlei ‘Pink Star’ – a tall and airy plant with lots of colour impact in the butterfly bed. The Verbena bonariensis next to it went perfectly. Then I added some Miscanthus and Pennisetum, a Cranberry Cosmos, some silvery Artemisia foliage and a couple of sprigs of pink Gaura.

A second posy of autumny colours was placed on the picnic tableΒ  – we had a delicious barbecue dinner outside early evening, savouring every moment in the knowledge that it may be the last day warm enough to do that this year. The miniature beer glass contained a red zinnia, Tithonia, Chrysopsis, Borage, some yellow Achillea and my favourite Rudbeckia.Β  πŸ™‚ The first picture includes the papery remains of one of the small wasp nests we have had dotted all around the house, barn and garage – in autumn they just drop and are blown about in the wind before simply disintegrating. The wasps are peaceful and have not disturbed us at all, even when eating outside.

Despite the days getting noticeably shorter and the nights much cooler (just above freezing recently with a light frost last week) the garden still has much to offer. I wonder if you are also happy to see the heat of summer fading and the golden autumn days arriving – it is my favourite season and has got off to a good start with some light rain, although a good downpour would be more welcome!

Happy Autumn!


36 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Hello Autumn!

  1. beautiful colors! I’m torn, I love the summer heat and how easy it is to just throw on a big baggy dress for work. But I also love the fall! I am looking forward to sitting around in my cozy sweats with the colder weather. I guess my only gripe is that the days are getting shorter again. Happy Autumn πŸ™‚

  2. Yes, Septemeber is a lovely month and we have had some welcome rain too, but pleasant rain, that you wouldn’t mind gardening in. I like both your contrasting vases, Cathy, the softer cottage garden one and the bright zingy smaller one too

  3. I love Cathy your first vase, it is magnificent as the flowers so divine it has. Asters, Verbena bonariensis, Cranberry Cosmos, Artemisia are the ones I like most of all, but they are all wonderful. Your second mini vase is adorable and I love it. Red Zinnia, Rudbeckia, Borage and Yellow Achillea are my favorites, but I love all the flowers, and more if they have accompanied an outdoor barbecue for dinner at your picnic table. I’m glad that the wasps didn’t bother you all summer. In the countryside is where you enjoy the change of the seasons. Here in Madrid you see that the light goes before, but nothing more. Next year, God willing, I will spend a good season in my country house and enjoy Nature. Have a great week. Greetings from Margarita x

  4. Great color combos in these two arrangements, Cathy. Burgundy is a favorite fall color, lovely tucked amidst your pink aster. The primary colors of the second are quite cheering.
    Happy autumn days ahead!

    • Thanks Eliza. A few leaves are turning yellow and brown, but I think it will be a while before autumn gets into full swing and I will savour every moment! πŸ™‚

  5. The first vase offers a nice welcome to the new season while the second is a beautiful toast to summer, Cathy!. While our days are noticeably shorter in Southern California too, summer isn’t in any hurry to move along, although the possibility of rain is in the forecast for Saturday. I’m not betting on it, though.

  6. From last week’s remnants of summer to full-on fall! You did it, Cathy! I love the arrangement in the glass mug. That reminds me of the kind of bouquets I would quickly pull together when my children were young and at home. We had some drinking glasses very much like what you’re showing here, and I often used them as a vase. Very sweet bouquets, Cathy!

    • Thanks Debra! πŸ™‚ The glass is rather old and originally contained mustard – they changed the design some years later but sadly the company has since stopped selling their product in reusable drinking glasses. Crazy, what with all the pressure to recycle everything these days! It is slowly starting to look like autumn here, with leaves starting to change colour.

  7. A most happy autumn to you to Cathy! Kris has taken the words out of my mouth when it comes to your two vases πŸ™‚ I have noted the name of your aster. The last days of summer were beautiful here too although it got windier during the weekend. Wind and rain since yesterday. I like early autumn but spring remains my favourite season.

    • The Tithonia lasted surprisingly well – 2 or 3 days before it started to droop. πŸ™‚ I shall pick a few more tomorrow as a storm is coming our way and I don’t know if the plants are still sturdy enough to withstand the wind. The zinnias have been amazing and are still producing loads of flowers. πŸ™‚

  8. Asters are rad! We lack them here. Fleabane in native in some spots, and grows like a weed, but is not the same thing. I do happen to like autumn, not because I dislike late summer, but because autumn is such a pretty time here. Redwoods are somehow happier and more dynamic with breezier weather.

  9. Your weather in Germany has been lovely…the best in all the years we have been traveling here. Glad the flowers escaped the frost your your pretty vases.

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