In a Vase on Monday: The Sunhat Party ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Iโ€™m joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again today for her Monday meme and have put together a collection of Echinacea, or cone flowers, known by the delightful name of ‘Sunhats’ (Sonnenhut) in German. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I now have quite a collection of different sorts of Echinacea, with a couple yet to flower.

Left: Pica Bella, Centre top: Baby Swan White, Right: Sunseekers Yellow, Centre bottom: Green Envy

Today I picked:

  • Baby Swan White (about 60 cm tall!)
  • Green Envy: a new one and I am in love with those green petals which are tinged with pink from the inside outwards as they develop ๐Ÿ’•
  • Pica Bella (deep pink)
  • Flamethrower (hot orange)
  • Sunseekers Yellow

Green Envy


They are partying with some Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’, some pink Gypsophilia, a bit of Verbena bonariensis and a red Snapdragon, some Euphorbia, Artemisia and a yellow Zinnia which I think is supposed to be a giant one but isnโ€˜t.

This year I grew some Everlasting Flowers for the first time and snipped a couple as decoration for my sunhat. If any of you have grown them before I would love to know how to harvest them best, so any tips are welcome!

Do you have any sunhats? Flowery or otherwise?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a lovely week!


52 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: The Sunhat Party ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  1. Lovely arrangement Cathy! I was anxious to see your ‘Green Envy’, and was surprised to see it has pink/purple in it. I was thinking it would be more like my green zinnias. I have seen echinacea that are all green, but I don’t have any. I do have a very large variety of them, and they are all in bloom now, which seems a little early. I try to keep a close eye on mine as they get a weevil who cuts the stems and leaves the flower heads dangling. Easy buggers to catch though. Just cut off the dangling flower over a jar or dish of hot soapy water, and they float out of the flower head and drown. Hope you don’t have them there. They seem to be moving through the neighborhood here, one house at a time.

    • Hi Cindy. Thank goodness we donโ€˜t have those bugs here. How frustrating when something nibbles at flowers. I have a bug here this sera that is eating my buddleia leaves and some plants are really suffering. ๐Ÿ™ The Green Envy starts off green, but then slowly develops this pinky purple flush from the centre outwards. It is so fascinating! I have another new green one this year called Green Jewel and as soon as it opens I will report on that one too. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  2. Such a beautiful summer bouquet! I have a variety of sunhats that I wear religiously, but no echinacea in this garden since some have disappeared. After seeing yours, I may need t try again, Cathy.

    • I never had any luck with Echinacea in my old garden due to slugs and snails, so I am enjoying growing them here and would certainly recommend at least one of the strong old sorts in any garden. I am not sure how long some of these newer varieties will last, but we will see! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Glad to hear you wear a sunhat too. We must take care of our skin. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Lovely selection you’ve created there, Cathy. ‘Green Envy’ is well named. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the pink Gypsophila, too. The two together in a vase would be delightful.
    Sun hats are must for me. I’ve been through many over the years. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ๐Ÿ˜ƒ This is one of my older and less practical sunhats, nice for an afternoon out but useless in the garden where I wear either a cap or a huge floppy one!

  4. Cathy, what a delightful display and post. It’s so cheering! I’ve not grown any of these flowers, but if they’ll grow here, I would love to have them in my garden. Sadly, I’m running out of dirt! I hope you are doing well.

    • I am afraid I donโ€˜t know if they grow in your climate. You could look in other peopleโ€˜s gardens to see if any are around! ๐Ÿ˜œ (I love looking over the garden walls and fences of other people! )

  5. Aw, what a delightful name for them! The ‘fillers’ you have included really set your echinacea off. I really like the Green Envy – perhaps with my new determination not to cram too much in my borders perhaps I should try again and see if they respond in different circumstances. I have found with my helichrysum that it is best to pick them in bud to preserve them – then they seem to just open normally, whereas if you pick them already open they just keep on and on opening – but that is just my observation. I have grown 3 colours of them this year and they are just so easy and trouble-free. The little mat thingy under the vase is perfect – a great prop. ps my summer hat came from Aldi and was such a good find (navy and doesn’t object to being gently squashed for easy carrying. Not sure what it’s made of)

    • Thank you for the tip on the Helichrysums. I think I picked one too late and it has opened completely. I shall save some for decoration in winter to remind me of summer days. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ My plants got very tall, which I wasnโ€˜t expecting. Good to hear everyone is wearing sunhats. A shame we donโ€˜t have an Aldi near us as I keep hearing of bargains people find there!

      • I keot meaning to check out an ‘official’ tip, but there is a perfect bloom sitting on a kitchen shelf that was picked in bud, partially opened inside and still perfect after 2 years. It was probably picked for a vase in the first place. Mine are all pretty tall too

        • Thanks Cathy! I have been experimenting and it seems to work for me best too, picking them early before they open too much. I have no idea what I shall do with them. Perhaps just leave them on a kitchen shelf like you, to remind of summer in the middle of winter! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  6. Lovely collection, Cathy! Where would we be without flowers especially in times like these ;). Recently I wrote a plant portrait about Echinacea and that quite a few of the newer varieties aren’t very reliable. I wonder what your experience is? Green envy is definitely very special. Think my pallida have disappeared, they don’t seen to like competition. I’d like to give paradoxa a try which is a bit similar. At the moment it’s very hot and dry so things are beginning to struggle a bit. Thankfully it’s been a fairly wind-less summer so far which helps. Take care xx

    • Hi Annette. Yes, I have tried many of the newer varieties in the past, but nothing survived in the old garden anyway as Echinacea are very tasty to snails when just sending out their fresh shoots in spring! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We have no snails here… yet! So I am enjoying being able to keep them, and will give them some mulch over winter as extra protection. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I have a pallida too this year and love it. If it still looks so healthy next year I will plant more. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Thankfully it hasnโ€˜t been as hot and dry as the last two years so my new plants stand a better chance of getting establiished. I am very stingy about watering as my long-term philosoohy really is the survival of the fittest!

  7. Lovely creation Cathy. I love coneflowers but actually didn’t realize how many I’m missing out on. Green Envy is great and Flamethrower–who knew? I shared the name โ€˜Sunhatsโ€™ with my husband who studied German. He appreciated that you gave the German.

    • Apparently the newer varieties are not as reliable, but there are so many gorgeous ones to choose from these days! I love them for flowering over such a long period in summer, and the bees love them too. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  8. I think “sunhat” is the perfect name for Echinacea. They’re available to sale here, and in fact I purchased two plants at my local garden center today after dithering over the decision for some time. They’re very short-lived here (possibly due to my stingy watering practices), although ‘White Swan’ once hung on two years. I’ve looked for that variety but, with low stock in my local garden center, I wasn’t able to get it. I purchased ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ today and will be putting the plants in a pot where I can better attend to their water requirements.

    • I had Cheyenne Spirit in a pot one year and it was gorgeous! They never survived the following spring in my old garden when the slugs and snails demolished any fresh shoots in sight! So I have better chances here. Hope the slugs donโ€˜t discover my new garden for a while! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Good luck with yours Kris.

  9. What a lovely collection. I love echinacea too but I can’t keep the lovely new hybrids going. I am trying again this year with the vibrant Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’.

    • I saw that one at the garden centre yesterday – lovely bright colour. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I bought one called Julia, also a bright orange. Itโ€˜s worth a try and adds colour for this summer at least. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  10. Cathy your echinacea collection is formidable, magnificent: I love it. They are all divine flowers, I do not know which one I like the most: I love them all. It is a wonderful vase, I love it. Your summer hat is very pretty with that flower. I have a straw hat with a narrow red and white gingham belt. Sorry to have been absent for so long but my mother’s operation has not gone well at all. The falls have been removed, that is very simple. But the malignant glaucoma that he had was very advanced and he sees poorly with the eye: he sees double. They have left it too long for the Covid-19: they had signed the consent of the operation of the right eye on March 5 and they have operated on July 6. Have if double vision disappears, because you have headaches, eyes and are dizzy throughout the day. I also drop it in the eye every x hours. I hope you are well Cathy and that you enjoy your beautiful garden very much. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xx

    • Hello Margarita. I am sorry to hear about your Motherโ€˜s eye oopration. I fear there will be many similar cases all over the world. All the best to you both and best wishes. xx

      • Cathy thank you very much for your kind words with my dear Mother. On July 28 we went to her Ophthalmologist and Surgeon and she said that the operation went very well but that she had widespread malignant glaucoma. He has sent it to a specialist Ophthalmologist is Strabismus and Surgeon to see what he can do with the double vision of my dear Mother. I keep putting drops in her eye every day. Thanks again. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xx

  11. Lovely! And new to me, some friends here developed the Big Sky series Rudbeckias – though I think I love them all. The Green Envy is neat, a little chartreuse is a wonderful thing. I never wear a hat, too much hair! Lots of sunscreen, though.

  12. Sunhat: what a great imaginative name in German.

    Echinacea angustifolia has been reported in the wild in my county in central Texas but it’s rare and I don’t recall if I’ve ever seen it that way; mostly I see planted specimens of various species of it.

    Last summer in the field in Ohio where the Wright Brothers perfected their aircraft I found a good stand of Echinacea purpurea:

  13. Everlasting flowers were the main cut flower crop in the fields behind my Pa’s home in Montara . . . but I have no idea of how they were harvested. I just remember they were bundled like all other cut flowers and taken away for processing. The few that I picked got hung upside down in small bundles. If the bundles were too big, the flowers did not hang vertically. Ideally, they might be best hung individually. However, for crafts and such, they typically lack stems.

  14. They are all beauties Cathy. I would love to grow them but all my attempts so far have met with disaster even with plants bought in the summer. The slugs and snails get to them in the following spring before they can get going again ๐Ÿ˜ข One day!

    • I had the same problem in my old garden Anna. So I am enjoying a snail-free area for growing them. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Perhaps you could try them in pots with copper tape around the rim?

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