In a Vase on Monday: Advent Sunshine

Well, after a cold blast last week our temperatures are much milder again now. And although much has now shrivelled and died back in the garden there are still a few surprises. So I am pleased to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again with a Monday vase.

These treasures were found in the Herb Bed, exposed to the icy wind and cold.

Echinacea ‘Flame Thrower’ and Hypericum ‘Miracle Night’

Both were placed in a small pot which a friend gave me for storing dried herbs and spices, but I immediately saw its potential as a vase!

I wonder if you have any surprises left in your gardens after the first signs of winter?

Have a good week, whatever the weather!






35 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Advent Sunshine

  1. Cathy Echinacea and Hypericum are two ice survivors that I love. They are a wonderful couple in your vase. I’m glad you have better weather. It snows here in the mountains and it rains in Madrid with cold. Have a great week. Greetings from Margarita.

  2. We had a blast of cold weather a week ago, courtesy of what the press called a “bomb cyclone,” but I expect our version of cold is is much different from yours. The Echinacea is well-named as the petals do look like flames. The ability of plants to adapt to extreme condition (at least for a time) never ceases to amaze me.

    • I have no idea how cold it gets in your part of the world Kris. It was -6°C here and below freezing for about 48 hours. But in January or February we often get a really cold spell down to -14°C or more.

  3. That’s a very pretty hypericum. I’ve made a note of it. We have been iterating, temperature-wise, between 3 and -3 deg C at night for the last few weeks. So sadly, there’s not much left to pick.

    • We have had another very frosty night and daytime temperatures below zero and the Echinacea still looks pretty! 🙂 The label said to protect it in winter, so I wonder if it will survive longer cold periods. We will see!

  4. Despite the cold damage, your bouquet is still beautifully composed, Cathy. We had a heavy rain followed by near freezing cold, and oh boy the damage! We needed the rain, but the quick cold snap, although very brief, took me by surprise. I didn’t do anything to prepare, and we’ll be paying for it come spring. I guess we just do the best we can. 🙂

    • I had no idea it can get cold enough to do damage to the garden in your climate zone! I do hope it will turn out to be minimal and will only mean slightly fewer flowers or fruits in spring. Rain is good for you though! We had a sprinkling of snow yesterday but it is much milder here now and rather wet. 🙂

  5. I was always amazed at what would sometimes survive the cold temperatures when we lived up north. I’m sure it was a nice surprise to see what resisted your cold weather to create your little vase. This is a time of the year when I think back to our wonderful travels in Germany to celebrate the holiday season there. Fröhliche Weihnachten Cathy.

  6. Wow, today will be almost 50F but not sure if after the 2 foot of snow that we received I will find anything so beautiful in my gardens.

    Wishing you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.

    • I would say this dark-leafed one is used more as an ornamental plant than a ‘herb’. But many people in Germany do drink tea with Hypericum. It is said to be relaxing and good for those suffering from insomnia or depression. I have no idea how to prepare it myself and imagine it isn’t particularly tasty! 😉

      • Flavor is overrated, at least for the species that is naturalized here. Perhaps the Hypericum perforatum that is grown specifically for herbal and medicinal applications has better flavor.

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