In a Vase on Monday: Remembering Summer

A mild and dry day today meant I could finally get my last planting finished… got all my bulbs in! ๐Ÿ˜œ And my new Moon Bed is ready for its layer of wood chippings as soon as the ground dries up a bit.ย (I’ll show a picture of that when it’s complete).ย I also tidied up some bedraggled and mildewy plants and picked a few blooms for a vase…

Now doesn’t that remind you of summer?!

(Big sigh)

I used the round vase my sister gave many moons ago… I always think of using this vase when we have a full moon, especially a blue moon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I didn’t have many blue flowers for a blue moon theme, but my white Aster ‘Schneetanne’ was a good start, Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ also has moon-like qualities, and the blue Scabiosa does actually look blue in a certain light, but I’d say mauve is more accurate to describe it.

The pink at the back is my first pink Chrysanthemum to open… they do add some summery colour late in the season. A purply pink one is also nearly open, so it might appear in a vase next week!

I also added some catmint and red Polygonum spikes. It is a lovely ground cover variety, Polygonum affine ย ‘Darjeeling Red’, which flowers all summer and autumn and has pretty foliage too.

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Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. It is such a lovely way to record what is in the garden and connect with other gardens across the world.

As many of us in Europe enter a new phase of lockdowns to varying degrees, I hope you have something good to read or a few projects to keep your spirits up. My thoughts are with you all.

Good luck!

30 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Remembering Summer

    • Thanks Eliza. That is the Stipa tenuissima… one of the few grasses which isn’t cut back at all and looks fabulous through the winter and spring months too. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  1. I love your ‘blue moon’ vase, what an original idea. I never really came out of the first lockdown so nothing’s changed here. Every day is groundhog day.

    • I went into a shop (like Boots in the UK) to stock up on toiletries last week and apart from two coffees in a street cafe that is all I have done all year too except for my supermarket trips!

  2. Your sister’s vase is gorgeous – to look at, and to handle too I would think – and I like the way you thought of moon-style blooms you could add to it. I have a very scruffy Darjeeling Red which I have recently moved – good to hear you say yours has flowered all summer. Glad to hear you had a good day getting on with garden tasks – likewise here with leaf collecting!

    • What I love about that vase is the very narrow opening which means the stems stand up on their own. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It was 17ยฐC this afternoon! Hasn’t been that warm for about three weeks, so it was really nice as colder temperatures are on the way!

    • The only motivation I need really is warmth. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can stand cooler and damp weather, but as soon as the north wind starts blowing the garden gets neglected!

    • Yes, I have some good books to read and piles of wool for crochet projects galore. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ But in November we still have some work to do – some red oak are on order and a couple of amber trees too. So we have a lot of holes to dig….. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Congratulations on getting your bulbs planted! I haven’t even received all mine yet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Your summery arrangement is lovely, as is the vase itself. Summer hasn’t entirely left here – we’re still waiting for fall’s arrival despite what the calendar says.

    • We sometimes get frosts as early as September but have only had two very light ones so far and the garden is still going strong after all the rain we have had!

  4. I love your vase and the reminders that summer isn’t completely gone from our gardens. Not yet! I do envy your accomplishment with the bulbs! I have a big job still ahead of me. I’m trying to gauge our climate to the best opportunity. We are experiencing some big “mood shifts” in weather. It’s beautiful autumn weather today and later this week back up into summer heat. In our zone we can plant the bulbs throughout November, but I have a feeling if I don’t get to it I might end up procrastinating too long. You inspire me!

    • Oh I know how you feel Debra and I often put off bulb planting until it is icy cold and gloomy. Got it all done in sunshine this year, albeit in very damp ground. Enjoy your warm summery spell before autumn finally arrives!

  5. Lovely vase Cathy and it truly does remind me of summer. I’m surprised at the number of varieties that you still have left this late in the year. I’m down to roses and clary sage.
    I didn’t realize you were all in lock down again. I’m sorry, but I suppose it will happen here eventually too since our numbers are going up. I personally think the Covid numbers will skyrocket when all the college kids come home for Thanksgiving. That’s usually when the regular flu season starts. The kids are very lax with precautions in college and are spreading the virus quite rapidly amongst themselves. I’m hoping we won’t go into lockdown until after Christmas as I don’t know if the economy will survive it. At least during winter a lockdown might be more tolerable since it’s too cold to go out anyways. I may just go into hibernation and not emerge until spring.

    • My garden looks best in May and early June and then in October, with plenty of grasses to lighten up the beds and plenty of late flowering asters too. Autumn is my favourite season so I think my plant choices have been influenced by that! Hibernation sounds a good idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We are very worried about the economy here too Cindy. And all the mental health problems that the stress and fear will cause long-term. We must sit it out and make sure our freedom is not completely robbed at the same time. Take care!

  6. Cathy the vase that your sister gave you is beautiful and very special, I love it. I love all the flowers and how you combine the colors. I really like the white Aster. The anemone “Honorine Jobert” is divine. Polygonum with its red color gives a very special touch. It’s a divine blue moon arrangement, I love it. My thoughts are with you, Cathy, as are my spirits. If you are confined at home, do not go down, have hope and think positive. Do not get carried away by stress or depression. Cheer up with your gardening books! And you are lucky to live in the country and to be able to go out to your wonderful garden. Take good care of yourself and stay safe. Hugs. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xx๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒผ

    • Thank you for your lovely comment again Margarita! My thoughts are with you too and I hope you are well and also not depressed by everything that is happening around us. Sending you postive thoughts and wishing you strength! xx

    • Thank you Anna. The Moon Bed is actually only a half moon and will be predominantly blue and white. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ With some cream and silvery foliage, and grasses of course! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. It is delightful, but reminds me of a new beginning of autumn rather than the end of summer. I suppose the flowers are rather summer. The vase though, is beyond autumn, and actually sort of wintry, with silhouettes of bare trees.

    • Well, all these flowers have succumbed to the damp or frost now, and the only fresh-looking flowers left are the Chrysanths and, strangely enough, those Californian poppies still!

      • California poppies live in harsh situations, so will bloom when they can, between dry heat and frost. Although they can bloom through summer if watered (or in a rainier climate), they are at their best before the rain ends in spring, or after the rain starts in autumn. That is why they are so Colorful in the Mojave Desert as winter or summer ends, but not during summer or the middle of winter.

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