In a Vase on Monday: Daisy, Daisy…

What amazing weather we are having this September! Almost all month it has been warm and sunny (albeit with some very chilly nights) and until today (some welcome light rain) I have been enjoying some pottering about. My garlic is planted. (The first time I have grown it). And some Salvia cuttings have been taken. (Another first for me). The tomatoes are over, runner beans almost finished too, but the zucchini… Well, I have kept a tab on my five plants all summer and they have produced 187 zucchini so far! Yes, 187! 😄 Will they make it to 200? Possibly, as four plants are still producing! (We have a freezer full of soup 🤪).

The Michaelmas Daisies are the highlight in my flower garden at the moment, so the perfect choice for my vase this week. The butterflies and bees (and the gardener) are in their element. 🦋🐝👩🏼‍🌾

The deep pink aster is Alma Poetschke. The blue at the front (looks lilac in the photo) is my new favourite ‘Marie Ballard’. Then there is an Ashvi, September Ruby, Lovely Pink, Mönch, and a few other unnamed ones.

Oh, but wait… something else has crept into the vase. Salvia azurea. Such a beautiful true blue. Makes me realise that the asters are not actually as blue as I thought.

Planted this spring it was a teeny weeny sickly looking thing. Yet it has done so well!

I am hoping it will survive the winter here.


Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme, which has turned my Mondays around. 😀

There are still a few asters to open yet, so October will be colourful too.

And here is a bonus vase, picked mid-week…

Hope you can enjoy the last few days of September in your gardens. 🌻


46 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Daisy, Daisy…

  1. This is just perfect! The asters are all just completely scrumptious and I am trying very hard not to envy them! I always think of this group of flowers as Michaelmas daisies because that’s what my grandmother called them. She had a good range of colours like you. I just love your vase Cathy, it’s made my day. It’s gorgeous (and so is the other one – especially that brown sunflower!) Amanda

  2. Glad your September has been so enjoyable. Your vase of daisies is joyous. Love the deep rosy one of the right and I noticed that salvia right away. I have one similar and the bees adore it. The bonus vase is beautifully arranged. The large flower on left offsets the handle of the pitcher on the right, bringing in perfect balance. Happy gardening.

    • Thank you Susie. I do love asters and there are so many different shades. And I am rather taken by that salvia which adds a bit of sparkle to the Moon Bed. 😃

  3. Both vases are beautiful– and perfect for September’s transition month. The first one is just a beautiful combination of colors and textured and I love the pitcher. Adorable! 🙂

  4. A beautiful pair of vases this week, wonderfully autumnal! I agree, the weather this month has been exceptionally good here as well. So nice to be out and about! Have a great week ahead.

  5. What a glorious mix, Cathy, and I love the variation in size as well as colour – that darker Alma Poetschke is such a glorious colour – and in your pretty hare jug too! And such a pretty jug for your mid-week sunny daisy collection too. Thanks for sharing both

  6. How I love your asters! The range of colors is glorious. I’m regrettably pulling out my native aster as, struggling with the impacts of our severe drought, more than half the area the area it occupied looked like it had been torched, making me sad rather than glad. I hope your pretty Salvia makes it through winter in your climate.

    • You would love it here in September, although it can be dull and chilly too. Today is grey and drizzly, but the forecast is for three more days of really warm sunshine so you know where I will be! 😉👩🏼‍🌾 (Pulling up zucchini plants. I can’t face another single zucchini! LOL!)

  7. Cathy, your cover photo made me smile happily even before I looked at the rest of the post. It’s such a lovely take on autumn flowers and sunny autumn days. I’m glad you’re getting some good weather there now, and it sounds like you’re making the most of it (along with the zucchini!)
    I’ve not done well with garlic on the rare occasions I’ve tried to grow it, but I love growing flower bulbs, so why not garlic bulbs? Will look forward to hearing any advice…! At any rate I expect the rabbits will leave it alone! 😉

    • 😉 Well, I will have to keep you posted on the garlic. I am a novice when it comes to the vegetable plot and my luck with the zucchini is pure chance, but I followed the instructions sent with my garlic bulbs that I ordered from a specialist. Now I have to wait until next July before I can harvest it though!

    • Thank you Allison. think I got two names mixed up…. ‘Lovely’ is the pink one with tiny weeny flowers and ‘Pink Star’ is the larger pink flower, both on the left. 😃 I have so many on my wishlist but will have to cut it down!

  8. Oh both are gorgeous vases although my favourite is the first. Such colour from those asters. My salvia cuttings are rooted now and hopefully will come through the winter. It sounds as if you are getting the vegetable gardening bug now. Fingers crossed for the garlic. I’m still deciding whether to order some cloves and plant in a container. Will you be planting quite as many zucchini next year? 😂

    • 🤣 Well there were only five zucchini plants and they never produced so much for as long when I used to grow them in containers, but I will definitely reduce the number next year! I am up to my ears in them still…. just cut another eleven, albeit small ones, as we may get frost at the weekend. So the grand total to date is 205! 😮

  9. My goodness but your zucchini were prolific! I am truly envious, Cathy. Mine didn’t do very well at all. I have never taken salvia cuttings and I hope you’ll be able to share how they do. You have a number of interesting gardening projects in play. I love the fall colors in your midweek arrangement. 🙂

    • Hi Debra. Yes, the zucchini plants were amazing, but I cut them down today… apart from not being able to face another single zucchini ever again (well, for a few weeks perhaps!) we may get a frost tonight. Final total: 211! 🤣 I only gave them some liquid feed a couple of times, but they loved our warm damp summer! The Salvias are looking like they are all taking root really quickly, so fingers crossed. 😃 I just found a couple of videos on youtube on how to do it so thought I’d give it a try!

  10. Haha, funny how you hit us with the orange at the end! Both vases are excellent, and I do love the asters. I thought Alma was enough for me, but seeing your other colors has me thinking again 😉
    We have many wild ones in bloom now, the roadsides home from work could be a botanizing adventure!

    • Must be a wonderful sight at the roadsides. 😃 Can’t believe you only have one sort of aster Frank… I can recommend a few! 😉 Can’t beleive it is October already. Have a great weekend.

  11. Loved the beautiful fall colors in your vase. So nice that your garden turned out so prolific this year…the count on the zucchini is amazing.

  12. Beautiful heart-warming vases, Cathy, such a glow 🙂 Can’t get over your courgette harvest! Think one must have several plants to secure pollination. I planted two but lost one to mildew. Bumper crop of chilis though which will keep us warm in winter 😉 .

    • And I didn’t get a single butternut squash, just flowers and no fruit, and they were next to the zucchinis…. Enjoy your chillis. I am allergic to chillis and paprika!

  13. Cathy I’m sorry I haven’t written in so long, but my depression is very strong and I don’t feel like reaching for the computer. Your photos of your vases have made me smile. I love the Michaelmas Daisies and your Asters collection with their divine colors. The azure sage is a real beauty. I love your jug with the hare and it looks divine with the flowers, they form a magnificent, adorable, wonderful, happy set: I love it. Your extra vase is an explosion of life and color: I love it. I’m very happy for your zucchini: that you get to 200 !!! I hope you are in good health. Take care of yourself. My best wishes. Happy week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

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