In a Vase on Monday: Colour!

Monday has come round once more and I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme. And this week I was spoilt for choice. There is so much colour in the garden now!πŸ˜ƒ


The backdrop for my collection of flowers is my amazing butternut squash plants, which already have tiny pale green fruit forming. And the giant zucchini is one I missed somehow, hiding under some neighbouring tomato foliage. I have been keeping a tab on how many zucchini I have picked so far and in July alone this is the seventeenth. I think I will be making soup again soon… πŸ˜‰

Back to the vases… first a tiny vase crammed full of blue borage flowers, and then my main vase, where my lovely orange Snapdragons ‘Orange Wonder’ were the starting point.

They have a peachy tinge which combines two of my favourite colours, pink and orange. πŸ˜ƒ I added some golden Euphorbia and some bright yellow Hypericum, as well as some of the dark-leafed Hypericum ‘Miracle Night’. And the first Echinacea ‘Flamethrower’ to open…

There is also a spike of purple Buddleia (‘Royal Red’ – not really red at all, but maroon at the nearest)…

… and a stem of Salvia pratensis in a rich shade of blue…

I was, however, also tempted to pick a stem of the the Sanguisorba ‘Weihanstephan’ with its amazing pink fluffy flowers.

Aren’t they gorgeous? Or perhaps a matter of taste?

So that meant I needed another vase and more pink!

The Cosmos are just beginning to flower – on the left is one ‘Antiquity’ and on the right ‘Daydream’. A big spike of the pink buddleia ‘Pink Delight’ complemented these rosy hues well, and then a little creamy white for highlights seemed right, in the form of Cephalaria gigantea and Scabiosa ochroleuca. They look strikingly similar except for their size. Iβ€˜m afraid the Scabiosa is hiding on this photo but was on the left in the first picture of the Sanguisorba.

(I think I actually prefer the Sanguisorba in the flower bed than in a vase πŸ˜‰)

I do hope you have lots of lovely colour in your gardens this week. Why not share and make a vase for Cathy’s meme too?

Have a wonderful week! πŸŒ»πŸ˜ŽπŸ¦‹

28 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Colour!

    • Thanks Sandra. The butterfly is cut out of thin wood of which there are a front and a back, and inside are three giant glass tubes, like big test tubes, that hold the water. It was a cheap product, but so effective! πŸ˜ƒ

  1. Such beautiful vibrant colors Cathy and they all look so lovely mixed together. They are the perfect way to start a Monday work day and I thank you for giving me a smile so early in the morning here. Your photos are beautiful!!!

  2. Imaginative color studies Cathy! That gorgeous Snapdragon was a great starting point and you found such perfect companions. You seem to be have a great gardening year. Love the miniature borage vase.

  3. Love the sanguisorba Cathy, and it is on my list for when a space occurs in the garden. Well done on the courgettes.

  4. I love seeing your fabulous vases being photographed in your garden. The light is just right. Something I have never managed to achieve when I have tried that! What a glorious array of colours, shapes, textures. And I love your butterfly vase. I used to use a vase that shape when I dressed the building where I worked in Edinburgh with flowers every Monday morning. It was a black glass narrow rectangular vase, similar shape, and I loved it because the flowers arranged themselves and always looked good! Nice to have been reminded of that vase! Thank you. Amanda

    • I am so glad my vase could trigger a nice memory Amanda! This vase is actually three large tubes between two layers of wood, where the butterfly is cut out. But has the same effect as a rectangular one. πŸ˜ƒ

  5. So much to look at Cathy, and I agree with Amanda about the backdrops. So many pretties and I rather like the sanguisorba in the chunky rectangular vase. You have reminded me that my cephalaria hasn’t flowered for a couple of years, although it is at least in the land of the living

    • Thanks Eliza. The Flamethrower was the first cone flower to open, but now there are several different and new ones opening, so there may be some others in a vase next week…. πŸ˜‰

  6. Is it summer color madness today? I love it and your Zucchini looks magnificent. Are Snapdragons summer flowers there? Everytime I see your Cosmos I think I must have some. Are they sown in the ground??

    • Yes, Snapdragons are not terribly hardy, but if we are lucky they might self seed and come up again the next year. In the UK they often overwinter without problems, but not here in Bavaria. I sow my Cosmos in the ground as well as in pots to plant out. The ones I grew in pots are mostly flowering now but the ones sown in the beds were chewed by my hares and will need a bit a longer to form buds! LOL!

  7. Such warming colours Cathy and a a most aptly named echinacea. I’m sure that eating all those courgettes is no great hardship πŸ˜„ I love your butterfly vase.

    • My Man of Many Talents was a bit sceptical about the courgettes at first, but the soup went down well and he loved the way I stuffed the last lot with a creamy mushroomy pasta filling! πŸ˜ƒ

  8. What a mix of summer blooms you have, Cathy! I love Sanguisorba but that’s another genus that shuns coastal southern California. Your third vase with the butterflies is beautiful and very intriguing. Does it have a narrow width?

    • Hi Kris. The vase is actually three tubes in between two layers of wood with the butterfly cutout. It is quite handy and I should use it more often!

    • I like the Daydream Cismos, but my old favourite Cranberries Double Click is still to flower. (It got given the Chelsea chop by some hares! )

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