In a Vase on Monday: Autumn Joy

Yes, it is autumn. The light is softer, but disappears rapidly in the evenings, the nights are chilly, the mornings damp with heavy dews, and there are cobwebs everywhere! But the air is clear and the temperatures pleasant and it is my favourite time of year. πŸ˜ƒ

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with an assortment of vases today, two of which have the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Herbstfreude) in them. Maybe not as spectacular ingredients as a summer vase, but special nonetheless.

First of all, Autumn Joy with some asters:

At the back is a lovely big blousy blue one called Aster novi belgii ‘Marie Ballard’…

The deep pink one is my treasured ‘Alma Poetschke’…

I also used a couple of other asters whose labels are currently buried beneath the plants! The grass at the back is Eragrostis.

The second vase is somewhat simpler:

…Autumn Joy with some Miscanthus Red Chief, Persicaria Orangefield (but pink!), Gaura, Pennisetum and a Fizzy White Cosmos.

And a third vase is actually more summery, but what joy at finding these flowers in autumn:

…the very last Moon Daisies, Knapweed, Clover and Queen Anne’s Lace which I dashed out to pick on Saturday before they were mown away! Behind that vase you can see below another of the many sunflowers (an ‘Earth Walker’) being floated. πŸ˜ƒ

A chill wind and grey skies meant the photos had to be taken indoors today, but I am certain the sun will return in a day or two and I will be out in the garden as much as possible for the rest of the week. πŸ˜ƒ

Are you also noticing the change in the season?


Wishing you all a sunny week and happy gardening!


31 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Autumn Joy

  1. I love your Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Cathy. Along with Sempervivum, Sedum is a succulent that struggles to survive here. Your asters are beautiful. It still feels more like summer than fall in my part of the world but at least the nighttime temperatures have fallen dramatically – summer and fall are likely continue their game of tug of war well into October.

    • Yes, I suppose sedums need a fair bit of moisture. Our night time temperatures could hit zero Celsius soon, but still I do not envy your heat. I do envy your flowers though! πŸ˜‰

  2. Autumn Joy is a favorite and yours looks spectacular in your autumn vases. Wow, what a great presentation of flowers and grasses. My eye keeps going to the β€˜Earth Walker’–gorgeous color.

  3. Beautiful asters Cathy. I especially like ‘Marie Ballard’ . Asters seemed to feature a fair bit on today’s television coverage from the Chelsea Flower Show. It is definitely feeling autumnal now but we’ve got one final day of summer to enjoy and the forecast is currently looking good πŸ˜‚

    • Yes, I adore that blue aster and it may even overtake Alma on my list of favourite asters! It is a definite blue, rather than purple, which is hard to find. πŸ˜ƒ

  4. Lovely vases — each of them! I enjoyed seeing your various grasses in them, as well as the new season’s flowers. I love seeing the grasses come into bloom.
    Do you find any way to keep Gaura fresh in a vase? I’m debating planting it in my new garden as I know it will probably grow well, but it will need a bit of extra water to keep it going here. Decisions…
    I didn’t know wild Moon Daisies and Queen Anne’s Lace could be in flower so late — I think of them as early- to mid-summer flowers. So nice you were able to use them!
    The weather here is still quite warm, but the days are most certainly shorter, and the light is changing subtly. You are right; it’s a specially beautiful time of year.

    • Grasses are what I choose first, and the flowers fill the gaps. πŸ˜‰ Gaura does not last five minutes. in a vase, unfortunately! But it does well in a dry year and this very damp year it took over the Oval Bed with all the rain making it flop and sprawl. We often get early wild summer flowers return after mowing, and somehow they are even more special then. πŸ˜ƒ

  5. Oh what a lovely collection of vases, making the most of these precious autumn blooms. The asters are lovely – but how nice too to still have those summery blooms in one of the other vases.

    • I do love my asters, but having Moon Daisies in September is also nice! It looks like our temperature may dip to zero this week. Only 4Β°C this morning! Brrr!

      • Gosh, would you expect zero temps in Sept? 8 degrees is our lowest so far and it’s definitely on the cool side when I first get up, but then into the 20s later, so it has meant a lot of poor wardrobe choices!

        • Yes, we have had frost here at our new house in September and this morning it was only 3Β°C! Looks like it may be milder than originally forecast the next few nights though so we probably won’t get a September frost after all this year. Still warm and sunny in the daytime here too. πŸ˜ƒ

  6. In school, we learned about Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ as if it were the only cultivar. Some refer to it simply as Sedum ‘Sutumn Joy’. (I prefer proper nomenclature.) Although I know that there are other cultivars available, I have never seen one. There is some here, and although I assume that it is ‘Autumn Joy’, I sort of wonder if is it something different. It is a delightful perennial, although does not do much more than bloom for us. The foliage does not color well for autumn, and the blackened floral stalks are not appealing against a backdrop of snow, . . . because there is no snow here.

    • Yes, it looks rather bleak in winter, but I have to cut mine back after flowering anyway as it flops and goes all slimy and yukky in our damp autumn weather! I do love seeing the pink shoots in the middle of winter though…. it is a sign of life when most other plants are still dormant. πŸ˜ƒ

  7. Fall is definitely in your garden. Colors are winding down from summer. Love all the asters and the grasses. I finally gave up on Autumn Joy, I think it needs a cold winter to do well. That sunflower is spectacular, love the color. I just bought some dwarf sunflower to try this winter.

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