In a Vase on Monday: October Posy

I decided midweek to pick some of the prettiest flowers I could find for a posy to place on the table… a few days later it was refreshed and added to, ready to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme. πŸ˜ƒ

The pink stars on the right of Geranium Rozanne are… wait for it… Aster ‘Pink Star’! πŸ˜ƒ The larger pale pink daisy-like flower in the centre is something I discovered this year: Arctanthemum arctica. Similar to a Margerite or a Chrysanthemum, it flowers from the end of September and is about 40 cm high. Apparently it is also called Arctic Daisy. It looks wonderful in the Oval Bed and the white version has been ordered for my new bed (which is mostly planted up and will be the subject of a future post.) Above you can also see the pretty white Dianthus arenarius which flowers on and off all summer.

Geranium Rozanne is amazing…

Some of the Double Click Cranberry Cosmos are still looking pretty, so I added one to the posy, along with some Antirrhinum, Salvia, Polygonum and Gypsophila.

The pink flower in the middle is the last of my Echinacea Pink Double Delight. And it really was a delight. I wonder if it will return next year…

I shall start bulb planting today. I would really like to wait a bit, but we had our first frost last night and I want to get the beds finished before it gets so damp and cold that my fingers go numb!

What gardening jobs will you be tackling this week?


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Have a lovely week, and hope you get some good gardening weather!

38 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: October Posy

  1. What a beautiful arrangement. We will be planting garlic this week about 1200 bulbs. We plan to have them planted before things really cool down on Thursday. Have a great week.

  2. A lovely collection of blooms. I love the dianthus amongst the pinks. The echinacea has been a good performer for you it seems and is a beautiful color. Do hope it comes back. Have a wonderful week.

  3. A most charming posy, Cathy, it’ll be interesting to see how the arctic daisy develops. She’s very pretty. I must say I’m not at all well organised with my bulbs this year and must place my order with Gewiehs soon. I’m pleased to say that Mme. Alfred CarriΓ¨re has been sorted out, so that’s something. As I don’t cut back anything until the end of winter it’s mostly about enjoying at the moment. Have a good week xx

    • I am very taken by the arctic daisy Annette. It was planted in spring in the oval bed – full sun and dry ground – and given NO extra water all summer. And looks fresh as… a daisy! πŸ˜‰ I am enjoying working in the garden right now, even in rain showers, and am making the most of the milder weather. πŸ˜ƒ

  4. Lovely posy Cathy! I haven’t been picking many flowers lately to bring in. They don’t last as long in the house, and I can’t bear to shorten their lives since it is such a long time until spring. I guess I’m trying to hang on to every last bloom for as long as I can. I will most likely cut some before the first frost comes, but until then, I guess I’ll enjoy your visions of loveliness. Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

  5. Such a pretty little posy and I love the blue/green vase, Cathy. So you’ve joined us on the frosted garden front. Are you sad? It always takes me a few days to adjust. πŸ˜‰
    I’ve been planting bulbs a bit at a time. I always get carried away ordering them in summer, not thinking of all the work entailed in getting them in the ground. Poco a poco! (Spanish for ‘bit by bit.’)

    • Hi Eliza. Well, the frost was only very light and when I walked around the barden I could hardly see any damage. So still some summer flowers surviving and then of course I still have my asters and chrysanths that stand up to quite a bit of frost before they finally flop. I do the same with my bulbs… the tulips go in last in the hope the mice might leave them alone then. And some of my late order still haven’t been delivered… Happy planting Eliza!

  6. Nice vase, of mixed beauties, including that Dianthus. I am going to order a few species Tulip Bulbs…then decide where to plant them. That may be the wrong way round!

    • Ha ha! I have always done my bulb shopping like that…. until this year. I have had more time for planning and choosing exactly what I want. I even wrote it all down when I ordered the bulbs so I would remember what I had in mind! Have fun selecting yours Noelle. πŸ˜‰

  7. Pretty as a picture Cathy, and really quite summery. Certainly a very welcome sight on a cold, wet and grey day here on Scotland’s east coast! Lovely – thank you! Amanda

    • You’re welcome Amanda. I sometimes moan about our climate, especially the hot summers, but we do have lovely autumns most years so I count myself lucky. πŸ˜ƒ

  8. What a sweet little posy, Cathy – the colours work so well together and the arctanthemum is a lovely find, one to look out for I think! Sorry to hear you have had a frost – it was quite a shock to hear you talking about the possibility of numb fingers soon, but I suppose that time will come here too…!

    • The frost fortunately was light and hardly damaged anything. I think the garden is on the right side of the house! πŸ˜ƒ But we do get such biting winds in winter (and spring) and I don’t fancy bulb planting or pot washing when it gets icy. I wonder if it is age that has made me less ‘hardy’! πŸ˜‰

  9. Very pretty! I love Geranium ‘Rozanne’, which liked more former garden but hates my current one. I had to look up Arctanthemum even though anything with “arctic” in its name would be unlikely to grow here, which proved to be correct. Best wishes with the bulb planting. I spent last week clearing out a section of my moderate front slope but as the heat has returned today and is expected to remain through next weekend, I’ll be focused on more mundane indoor activities this week.

    • Hi Kris. I love this time of year when the heat has finally gone and I can get lots done outside. Making the most of it, even in the rain today! I hope you get cooler weather more suited to gardening again soon. πŸ˜ƒ

  10. Cathy your bouquet of flowers is wonderful, magnificent. I love all your flowers, but especially the Geranium “Rozanne”, the Actanthemum artica and the echinacea which I hope will return next year. I’m really sorry about the frost, I hope it didn’t cause too much damage. May you plant lots of bulbs and they will all bloom next year! Happy gardening and good weather to enjoy it. Stay safe and secure. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xxπŸ˜€

  11. Rosanne seems to be a popular geranium. I can see why. I would just prefer a more appealing name. (‘Barr’s Purple’ crocus, although quite pretty, might be a companion plant that would make it even less appealing.)
    I still have not done a vase. My gardening work has involved cutting trees down. (There will be a lot of that after the fire.) I do not work with flowers much.

    • Okay, if you can ignore the name(!) Rozanne is quite spectacular as it flowers non-stop until the frost blackens it. It will even try and climb into surrounding plants and spreads from the one root so is not at all invasive.

  12. Oh a lovely vase Cathy – all my favourite colours and more reminiscent of summer than this time of year. A box of bulbs arrived from Peter Nyssen yesterday afternoon so I’m determined to start making inroads into them today. Hope that your bulb planting is going well.

    • Hi Anna. Pinks and purples are so lovely aren’t they. My bulb planting has been interrupted by constant rain showers all week, but next week looks more promising. πŸ˜ƒ At least I have made a start!

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