In a Vase on Monday: Getting Carried Away

As many of you reading this will know, Monday is Vase Day! Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden is always a joy, and this week was no exception.

You know when you have a clear idea of what you want? Whether itβ€˜s an item of clothing, a new frying pan, or the flowers you want to highlight in a vase?

And then you see something else you fancy?…

Well, that happened to me this morning. I had my vase ready and wanted a minimalist look. And then I got a bit carried away, snipping a bit of this. And a bit of that. Oh and I must cut some those. And wouldn’t these go nicely…


So the minimalist idea flew out the window and a new vase was found and I was very pleased in the end that I got carried away!

I won’t include a long list of what I picked, as most of these flowers have been used in the last few vases anyway, but I must point out the Tithonia (the bright orange flower) and thank Jason at Garden in a City for introducing me to these Mexican sunflowers several years ago. Although they have struggled with the drought this year, I would not want to be without them.

I took the photos in front of the barn, as it is one of those unusual windstill days here. A definite hint of autumn is in the air, reflected by the sedum you can see here starting to open, and the grasses used too. Our night time temperature dropped to its lowest since May, only 9Β°C.

Thank goodness the heat of the dog days is over and the garden can start to take deep gulps of the moist morning air to refresh it.

Have you seen any signs of autumn yet?

Have a happy week!



29 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Getting Carried Away

  1. A lovely cheerful vase Cathy!!! We are still in the midst of a heat wave and no rain for a long time, so I am a little jealous of your milder temps. This has been a very long and hot, dry summer, stressful on all the garden. I too am looking forward to the cooler air and hopefully rain, that fall brings. It is just around the corner, and will hopefully make my flowers look as happy as your vase does.
    Have a wonderful week.

    • You always leave such lovely comments Cindy. Thank you! I hope your temperatures drop soon too. I know how you are suffering… only a few days ago it was still so hot and humid here, even at night, but I think the cooler nights are here to stay now. Have a great week!

  2. With flowers I think it’s imperative to indulge yourself, Cathy, and your resulting vase is wonderful. Nice images too. Inspired by Jason’s orange flowers I bought Tithonia seeds last year but never got them going sadly. Yours have a gorgeous richness. Enjoy the week. Yes, autumn is signaling its presence.

    • The Tithonia didn’t do as well this year, but I do think sometimes the seed isn’t as good as it should be. I will try again next year though. πŸ˜ƒ (I am starting to think about next year already and summer isn’t over yet! LOL!)

  3. Your vase reflects a perfect summer garden. I thought I recognized the Mexican sunflower. I have been growing them for several years and for me they usually get really tall and bend over. But I like the bright colors that I can spot from the house.

    • Yes, it was decidedly chilly last night again, and misty too. I love this time of year – now that the heat has gone I can relax and enjoy the garden again!

  4. That’s getting carried away in a good way though! What a glorious assortment you have shared with us, reminding me that I should try tithonia again. Your actual container is great too – is it an integral lid on the dish? Do the stems stand up OK in it? Your circular photo looks really effective

    • Thank you Cathy. The container has a removable lid with lots of small holes in it, big enough to stuff two or three stems into, which helps keep things upright. I have to keep stems fairly short though unless I use a frog with it, which I have done in the past.

  5. I love it. It’s hard to resist a rainbow. I do the same with food, especially salads.
    Yes, we’ve had a couple of misty starts to the day recently, but it’s the colouring up the rose hips that brought it home to me that autumn is on its way.

  6. Sometimes it’s good to allow your inner muse to take charge, Cathy! It’s a lovely, vibrant arrangement and a wonderful nod to summer. My asters have been blooming since June so they obviously have no clue about when the fall season starts but my sweet autumn clematis is also producing its first blooms so maybe we’re headed in that direction, even if it’s only nominally cooler here.

    • Some of my asters start flowering early when it is very hot, but I do always view them as an autumn plant. I suppose your seasonal changes are more subtle.

  7. I love a abundant display, especially a summer vase. Beautiful. We grow Tithtonia here as a butterfly plant. I am glad someone is seeing signs of fall, I am waiting, breathlessly!!

    • I wonder when your autumn will begin and how it makes itself noticeable. We have cooler nights and morning mists right now, and the days are also much shorter already.

      • Fall is subtle, there are very few deciduous trees that have leaves that change color. Red Maples started to turn already and some fruit. We can get cooler days in late September, so there is at least another month of Summer..

        • Autumn is my favourite season…. I would never cope with the heat and humidity you get for such a long stretch. The fruits you can grow are a major advantage of your climate though! πŸ˜‰

  8. Oh that is a lovely gathering of getting “carried away” summery bits and pieces Cathy. There are hints of autumn in the air too although so far our night time temperatures have stayed in double figures. Not for much longer though I think. I do like the grass in the background. Which one is it?

    • Thanks Anna. Well, if you look at the top photo, the feathery grass on the left is Miscanthus Federweisser, the two darker plumes in the middle are Calamagrostis Karl Foerster, and the pinkish one on the right is Miscanthus Red Chief. πŸ˜ƒ

  9. Oh what a gorgeous joyous mix from your garden. I love the Mexican sunflower. Yesterday’s rain and gale force winds here were ghastly but it was still mild, so not quite autumnal, yet.

    • We usualy get some cooler days at the end of August, but by September it is clearly autumn. Our first frost last year was the earliest ever recorded for this region in the middle of September, but hopefully it will be a bit later this year!

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