In a Vase on Monday: Maybe…

Well, my vase for today as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden is not at all what I intended. But maybe it will do!


A giant flower of Scabiosa caucasica ‘Perfection Blue’ was just so appealing, and you can see just how large it is as I added two of the normal sized Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’.

The red Achillea ‘Pomegranite’ had been beckoning for attention, so I used that at the base with some silvery Senecio leaves. For some height I added the lovely long stem of my pink Gaura lindheimeri ‘Lillipop Pink’ (which managed it through the winter ๐Ÿ˜ƒ !)


…ย with some still pale Polygonum/Bistorta affinis ‘Darjeeling Red’ and this pretty Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Pink Tanna’…

All in all a nice arrangement, but the orange snapdragons I had intended to use might have gone better with my choice of vase. Oh well, there is always next week!

Why not pop over to Cathyโ€˜s website and see what everyone has found for a vase today.

Have a lovely week!




32 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Maybe…

  1. I love your large Scabiosa! I didn’t know the blossoms came that large. Mine are so small. And the Gaura are so pretty. I bought 3 plants after reading deer don’t like them. But withing 24 hours, they were eaten down and pulled out of the ground, and I never was able to see them bloom. So, I will enjoy yours. Lovely combination of summer color! The summer flowers are so much more colorful than the spring flowers. When I look out over my gardens, I really need that pop of color to endure this heat. Hope you are getting a break from the heat and some rain too.

    • Oh, such a shame the deer ate your Gaura Cindy. ๐Ÿ™ I am so happy I can grow it. It isnโ€˜t terribly hardy so may not last a very cold winter. I have some white ones too I grew from seed this spring. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
      We have been so lucky so far with only bursts of heat and then cooler showery days in between.

  2. I’m sure your snapdragons are lovely but I think you chose well today. I’ve admired scabiosa for years and can’t get it to grow here. Scabiosa caucasica โ€˜Perfection Blueโ€™ is amazing and makes me want to try again.

  3. The three taller components reminded me of those fancy metal garden stakes with a flower or bird on the end that bob about in the wind! I was pleased to see them as not only are my persicaria all coming into flower but I actually have a sanguisorba AND a gaura in flower for the first time ever!! Do I need to lift the gaura to overwinter it, do you think? Pink Tanna is especially pretty and I was intrigued at the relative size of your scabious. Look forward to seeing your antirrhinum another time! Thanks for sharing

    • I have been lucky with Gaura so far and as long as they are in well drained soil with a bit of mulch on them they seem to survive our winters. The one in the old garden only lasted a few years but I was more than happy with that. I have planted several in the new bed, so we will see how they fare this winter… The big Scabious really is gorgeous. I grew it from seed and it is doing well in its second year. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • That’s interesting to know – I grew mine from seed and it was easy to to grow, flowering within 12 months, so I shall prepared to do so again

  4. The blue and red flowers mesh well, especially under the tempering influence of the gray foliage. I’m hoping that the two Scabiosa I planted a month ago will produce blooms the size of your larger specimen – a bunny ate one of the plants to the ground so I may have to wait awhile and then summer’s heat is always a problem. I love the Polygonum, yet another plant that won’t grow in my climate.

    • I hope the Scabiosa manage to flower for you Kris. Anither one I grow is the pale cream one ‘Ochroleuca’. It is a very tough sort that loves hot dry spots, so that one might do well in your climate. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  5. I love the large Scabiosa (wish there was a more palatable name for it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I have a tough time growing them… for some reason, they rarely return the following spring. A bit of a Goldilocks plant, it seems. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Pincushion flowers! Or widowโ€˜s caps. But I prefer the first. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I think they like warm dry spots as the wild ones always seem to be in full sun and on well-drained soil here. I persevered with trying to grow Californian poppies for years and finally succeeded, so give the scabious another go Eliza! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. My vases rarely turn out as I intended..that is part of the fun for me. And the ephemeral nature of the beast. The Scabiosa is lovely. We call it Pincushion Flower! Really love the grey foliage.

    • Yes, pincushions or I have also heard them called widowโ€˜s cap. The strange thing was I had really planned my vase this week and then I got distracted by that lovely blue scabious! ๐Ÿ˜œ

  7. Your vase of flowers look as if they are reaching for the sky Cathy and I don’t blame them with a fabulous blue sky like that! Scabiosa caucasica โ€˜Perfection Blueโ€™ looks as if it is on steroids compared to the little ‘un. I will look out for it ๐Ÿ˜„

    • There have been lovely patches of blue sky the last few days as a bit of cooler fresher air has come our way. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I grew the big blue scabiosa from seed, trying the white one too which didnโ€˜t survive. It is in its second year now and doing well. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  8. As blue as the sky..your scabious is superb, as is your little arrangement. It reminds me of a fascinator with long feathery plumes.

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