In a Vase on Monday: Still Summer?

Well, after another very cold night (3Β°C) I can definitely answer the question in my title: summer is over!

But looking at this vase of Cosmos picked yesterday you wouldn’t think it. πŸ˜ƒ

It is vases like these that make me so glad I can join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme and share the prettiness with you all.

We have finally had some real rainfall and what with the misty mornings and cool nights the Cosmos are looking a bit bedraggled and are sadly going over. But these were salvaged along with some Verbena bonariensis and the last stem of an Everlasting Flower, all picked from the Oval Bed.

It looks like today could be slightly warmer, so I will be making the most of a dry day outdoors and hope you can do the same sometime this week.

Happy gardening!


46 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Still Summer?

  1. Such loveliness in all my favorite garden colors. Looks more like spring than fall and that is what I wish it was. But the cold is coming and we will be close this week to the temps you’re having. It seems a little too early yet for that cold, but we take what we get when it comes to weather. Maybe it’s time to pull out and make your yummy potato soup recipe πŸ™‚
    Have a lovely week Cathy!

    • Ooh yes, potato soup season is coming! I love autumn as the summer heat always wears me out. And I must admit there is an awful lot that I look forward to as the days get cooler… warm pullovers, frosty mornings, crisp air and I can start walking again too. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ Have a great week Cindy!

  2. Gorgeous colours there, and I love cosmos. We have a row in the veg plot and they are still standing despite all the terrible storms we have had the last few weeks, I used to grow straw flowers for winter decorations. I’ve seen a pretty pale pink one in a seed catalogue. I’ll add it to my (growing) seed list, have a lovely week Cathy xx

    • Hi Karen. It was the first time I had grown straw flowers and I was a bit surprised at how tall they got! This one was called Silvery Rose and there were pale pink and dark pink flowers. They were about a metre high in the end. My remaining Cosmos are all at an angle after some strong wind and rain last week, so their days are numbered. They have been lovely though. πŸ˜ƒ Have a good week Karen. xx

      • Thank you Cathy. They are tall! I’m not sure I’ve got room for them in that case. But they do last a long time. I’ll have to dig over a new bed! Hope you are having a good week. Karen x

    • I have to admit that I am enjoying the cooler weather Amanda! The Cosmos in the vase are fading already. The Verbena is something I rarely pick as I desperately want it to seed around so leave as much as possible standing! πŸ˜ƒ

  3. So beautiful! Your arrangement is freshly as springtime. Cosmos bloom here in late summer/early autumn so these seem right on time. The pureness of the white ones is remarkable. Wow, you really are headed into some cold weather already. Have a great week.

  4. So pretty, Cathy! Cindy is right – a real spring-like quality to your vase. I went off cosmos a year or so ago, but you (and others – probably Cathy at Rambling!) have encouraged me back in 2020!

    • I can understand that, as I also went off Cosmos a few years ago after having a disastrous season; slugs and snails, and then just oodles of foliage and no flowers… But this has been a fairly good year and the Double Click series are a firm favourite, as well as Daydream which I grew for the first time this year. πŸ˜ƒ

    • Hi Eliza. I grew the everlasting flowers for the first time this year and was quite taken by them. Except I planted them in the wrong place as I didn’t expect them to get so tall! I cut quite a few to save, but with my two left hands they will probably just remain on my mantlepiece rather than be worked into a wreath or something! πŸ˜‰

  5. It’s a joyful arrangement, Cathy! I love Cosmos, especially the white-flowered variety. My own is starting to go over too, although I can’t blame cold temperatures for that. They’re slowly developing mildew, a combination of the return of our morning marine layer (which is good) and the continuing heat (which is not). Your arrangement also reminds me that I “need” to try growing those straw flowers.

    • Thanks Kris! I think it was the rain and mists last week that have made my cosmos start to fade, so they obviously don’t like humidity. I have found mine stand up to any amount of heat and drought though. The straw flowers were fascinating as I had never grown them before. They grew quite tall and were covered in pale and dark pink flowers throughout the summer. Using them in a vase was great, and I cut lots of buds to keep as decoration. πŸ˜ƒ Do try them, and I will look forward to seeing them in your arrangements too! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Alys. The Cosmos do vary from year to year and I always put it down to the seed. I may manage another summery vase yet, but autumn is definitely marching on and we actually have a few yellow leaves on the trees now. πŸ˜ƒ Take care Alys. xx

  6. Such a collection of perfect delicate blooms in the colours of sugared almonds, reminds me of antique bonbon dishes scattered with beautiful ‘dragees’.

  7. Definitely not summer here Cathy but it the season is definitely still lingering in that vase full of soft pastel shades. The everlasting flower seems to be shining. Your napkin/place setting is just the perfect finishing touch.

  8. Your description of the warm pullovers, frosty mornings, crisp air reminds me of why we love Germany in the fall. Your vase is beautiful with all the shades of purple.

  9. Ah, the white cosmos! Seriously, that is one flower that happens to excel in white! I happen to like the ‘everlasting’ too. It was the main cut flower crop in the fields behind my Pa’s home in Montara when I was a kid.

    • The white cosmos is still flowering even though it is reallya cool at night now. And I still have some Californian poppies in flower too! They kept on flowering intermittently all summer! πŸ˜ƒ

      • California poppy can do that if it gets water. The individual plants may not last long, but they can replace themselves efficiently. They are opportunists, so even though their natural season is very brief, they know how to take advantage of a good situation.

  10. I’m late checking out your vase, Cathy, but although it’s Saturday your vase gives me much pleasure especially in this horrible weather. Don’t know how to get the head gardener out from behind the oven for our walk 🀣. Love cosmos and the everlasting look very pretty too. Ought to give them a try as they’re so drought-tolerant. Enjoy your weekend xx

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