In a Vase on Monday: Standing Out in the Crowd

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to join her in presenting a vase of things found in our gardens or nearby.

So, here I am again with a rather nice posy for my mantlepiece, photographed in the wet Oval Bed. Yes, we had RAIN! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜€πŸ˜


The Euphorbia always gets so tall, and when it then rains it tends to flop everywhere, so I cut a few straggly bits as a crown. The jewel at the centre, standing out well against the lime green, is the Echinacea I used a couple of weeks ago… Green Envy. I raved about it then and will rave about it now. I simple love it!

The vase I chose because it reminded me of raindrops. πŸ˜ƒ

Wishing you all a week of calm weather, as hurricanes and heatwaves hit the headlines across the world. It is set to warm up again here in a few days, but after this cooler rainy start to the weekΒ we should be able to cope with the heat a bit longer. And we do, after all, need the sun for my tomatoes to ripen!

Happy gardening!

37 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Standing Out in the Crowd

  1. I like the idea of that vase being a ‘raindrop vase’ and the echinacea is indeed stunning! I am pleased that you are pleased you have had rain 😁

    • And it is still raining today, and rather chilly and I am still very happy about it as our trees are finally getting a good drink! πŸ˜ƒ

  2. It’s a gorgeous Echinacea, Cathy, but as much as I admire it, I’m even more envious of your rain. Echinaceas don’t grow well here but at least you can find the plants relatively easily for use as annuals. The same cannot be said for summer rainstorms!

    • We have been smiling ever since it started raining and apart from a brief interlude Monday afternoon the rain clouds haven’t moved off yet. Our trees are looking better already and I have had a chance to relax with less watering necessary. (Just the veg really). Are you likely to get any rain in August? I do hope so Kris. The newer Echinaceas on the market are not as reliable as the old ones, and may not last through the winter, so I will have to wait and see how robust this one will turn out to be. Fingers crossed!

  3. Oh your lovely echinacea stands out like a beacon Cathy. It’s definitely has star quality. I have gently been blowing that rain in your direction – so glad that it finally arrived πŸ˜„

    • πŸ€— Thank you for the rain Anna! πŸ˜‰ The garden and the gardeners have had a chance to breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the cooler weather too… only 13Β°C today after 33Β°C a few days ago!

  4. Congratulations on getting rain. Always a relief after a dry spell. The Echinacea is remarkable and is enhanced by the euphorbia. I realize all my euphorbias are gone and I should try them again. Have a good week.

    • A word of advice Susie – either put in a plant support or choose a shorter Euphorbia than mine! Much of this one has been cut right back as it grew tall in the heat and then flopped in the rain, smothering neighbouring plants! The lime green is so lovely though. πŸ˜ƒ

      • I got so tired of watering I started to harvest it all today but being so hot and sunny I really had to pace myself. I must have planted potatoes too early so they were ready and about 2 quarts of cherry tomatoes and beans and cukes looks like I have some pickles to make tomorrow πŸ™‚ dilly beans too :)I will plant some more lettuce and anything else that will germinate in the heat 90F

        • Great harvest. Same here… fed up with watering but tomatoes are ripening slowly now and have started cutting butternut squash. πŸ˜ƒ Still boiling hot here, but cooler at night thank goodness!

          • Boy some years are a breeze and others we are surly tested πŸ™‚ I have tomatoes and cukes kale and beets and probably a few potatoes I missed in the raised beds. I will look better when the rest have all died back but I just came in from watering my flower gardens so they got an inch of water to make it through the week of 90F’s to continue. It is 8 am and with my cereal consumed and no coffee I am heading out to trim and yank weeds so if we get rain tomorrow I will mow the lawn if not I will let it grow ano0ther week πŸ™‚ and read another book or paint. Stay safe in the heat.

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