In a Vase on Monday: Flowers from the Sunshine Bed

Today was one of those chilly and grey autumn days, damp and drizzly, where the best place to be is in the kitchen with the oven on, making soup and baking bread. πŸ˜ƒ

But it was also a Monday, and since I missed posting a vase last Monday I really wanted to participate in Cathy’s meme this week. So in between rainshowers I collected some flowers from my Sunshine Bed (which is living up to its name even in October). β˜€οΈ

Here are a couple of photos taken last week, before the latest rain. The Β mice/voles are very active in this bed, but I have realised that I have lost fewer plants to them than to the slugs and snails in my last garden!

On the left is the very tall Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine’. I wasn’t sure about this plant at first, as it just looks tall and weedy for so long before flowering. But the pale lemon flowers, the dark green of the foliage and the reddish stems create quite a lovely result after much else has gone over.

Another star in this bed at the moment is the Chrysopsis. I grew this in my last garden too and it is so lovely to have some sunshine yellow going on into November.

The orange Chrysanthemum ‘Indian Summer’ has also not disappointed. One succumbed to the mammals, but this one has survived and is very visible from the house even on a foggy day like today.

In the last few days a cloud of white snowflakes has appeared on the right of the bed… this Aster in my vase is called ‘Schneetanne’ and has tiny white flowers. A wonderful sight in the October garden!

A few grasses and some Alchemilla mollis are fillers, along with a golden stem of Euphorbia called ‘Goldturm’, an Echinacea seedhead, and the very last Tithonia.

Such a shame October is coming to an end. It has been wet here, but as glorious as always!

Do visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she has found for her vase today.

And have a great week!








36 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Flowers from the Sunshine Bed

  1. Lovely Cathy, such warm sunny colors to cheer our day. Your soup and bread look so yummy on these cloudy, rainy days. We’ve not had many, and we need the rain, so I am cherishing them all. I have been thinking a lot about your potato soup you shared earlier this year, and I need to make it again. It was so tasty, and would be perfect with a nice loaf of crusty bread. Do you have any good bread recipes?

    • Hi Cindy. I do have a bread recipe on my recipes page, but am constantly changing what I use! I look online and then adapt. πŸ˜‰ Will try some rye flour next time and I have bought a special spice mix for bread too. This loaf had wild garlic in it. πŸ˜ƒ

  2. Delicious looking bread and soup! The perfect thing for a cold, rainy day just like it is here today. I think we’ve seen the last of the warmth that was with us these past few weeks. Chilly days ahead!
    So nice that you still have flowers to pick in your garden. Your vase makes a lovely centerpiece. I like the Chrysopsis, looks like a good one for late fall color as well as C. ‘Indian Summer’… it’s a beauty!

  3. We have that dreary day today brrr here in NH.

    I have garlic I just planted up 4 inches not sure what to do 😦 and tons of yummy dill, lemon balm roses and peas and spinach all of which may be covered with snow come Friday morning. Yours are lovely ❀

  4. Your Sunshine Bed is well-named, Cathy! I’d be thrilled to have a bed dominated by that same bright yellow color in my garden at the moment. The Helianthus is a joy, as is the Chrysanthemum. Your arrangement manages to convey the same warmth and comfort as your first shot of the soup and freshly baked bread.

  5. Mmm, that bread and soup look tempting – such pleasure to be gained from such a simple meal…Good to have some sunshine too, from your sunshine bed and your vase. I love the effect of the aster and grasses and foliage amongst the yellows, but it is the marmalade chrysanthemum that stands out for me – what a glorious density of coliur it has! I purchased a similar hardy chrysanthemum this year which has just begun flowering but it came as a rooted cutting and is stil a very insubstantial plant but should make an impact when it is bigger. Thanks for sharing Cathy

    • They do take a year or two to get going. My pink ones are still not open fully but the weather should improve a bit soon and they might be tempted out!

  6. Pleased I’m not the only one who as interested in the bread and soup as the flowers. Must be lovely to have some autumn flowers. Alas a week of strong gales and rain has obliterated the last few flowers in the garden.

    • The rain has been doing its best to finish off my last flowers too. Thankfully we haven’t had the gales though! I am afraid I have been unable to comment on your blog, but am pleased to see you have started posting again. πŸ˜ƒ

  7. How lovely to have a spot of Sunshine, those colours do stand out at this time of year. Is that pumpkin soup? Looks delicious, sure is the season for good bread and soup.

    • Hi Noelle. Yes, butternut to be precise. I had lots of rather small butternuts on my container plants this year, and after admiring them for a few weeks I have started processing them into tasty autumn dishes! πŸ˜‰

  8. I love the idea of having a sunshine bed! The flowers are definitely cheery and you arrange them so sweetly. As beautiful as all of those yellow flowers are, I am particular to that bread and soup! What a beauty they are. πŸ™‚

  9. Your vase sings of sunshine, Cathy. Chrysanthemum β€˜Indian Summer’ is beautiful. Your bread and soup look amazing–must have been delicious too. It’s hard to believe another month is nearly done.

    • Hi Susie. Yes, October whizzed by, didn’t it! It was rather wet here. We are in a ‘soft’ lockdown from tomorrow, so I hope the weather improves for more outdoor activity! πŸ˜ƒ

  10. A very uplifting post (the two pennies from the Chinese proverb – one for bread and the other for a flower!) And a light, bright and uplifting vase! What a great idea, the sunshine bed. ‘Sheila’s Sunshine’ is perfect. Thank you!

  11. Now I am feeling hungry! It looks delicious. Your vase is indeed a piece of sunshine and I really like the glowing looks of C. β€˜Indian Summer’ and I am not usually keen on that whole genus.

    • Same here. I always shunned Chrysanths in the past, but in the right setting I think they can add extra colour and interest to the late autumn garden. I have some pink ones yet to open fully, so am looking forward to that this month!

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