In a Vase on Monday: Summer Whimsy

With a hot summer weekend behind us I am enjoying a cool breeze this evening – all the windows have been thrown open to let some cool air circulate. Ahh, lovely! My vase today is also airy, with the aptly named Gaura ‘Cool Breeze’ floating above the arrangement, along with the Calamagrostis.


I actually started off with a sprig of Physocarpus. This is a shrub I only discovered last year and I am very impressed. I think this one is ‘Lady in Red’, and she really is a star. Not for the flowers (which are also pretty) but for the deep red foliage which lights up the ‘Edge border for most of the year. Then I added spikes of Heuchera flowers, Linaria, Calamagrostis and Verbena bonariensis.

At the base, some perennial sweet peas in pink and purple, and some matching Scabiosa. Oh, and a bit of pink Lychnis. I had forgotten how much I love that vivid deep pink. Hope it produces some seedlings this year!

The sweet peas don’t smell, but they do flower for a long time in our hot summers and cover the obelisks intended for clematis – I do have some clematis, but it struggles a bit here.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. Do visit her and see the other vases this Monday from gardens across the globe!

Happy Summer!



34 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Summer Whimsy

  1. Oh what an interesting vase this is Cathy – I kept checking back at the text and then at the photo to see what everything was πŸ‘ You will be pleased to hear that I have some linaria just beginning to bloom – thanks for the seeds! And I have been admiring the grasses in my new grass bed that are coming into flower, so it is lovely to see you using them in a vase today. I too love lychnis – such a good do-er, and every garden should have some of the pink version! Is your gaura hardy? It doesn’t seem to last more than a season here although I have found it easy to grow from seed. Thanks for sharing today.

    • Oh, I’m glad the Linaria is flowering Cathy. I still have both colours but the purple seems to be dominant. My Gaura has amazingly turned out to be hardy here so far, although I have lost a couple over the years in the old garden. Here they seed around like mad, so if a plant or two dies, I always have small plants to fill gaps. I even kept some through the winter in pots in the cold frame. πŸ˜ƒ

      • I suspect the purple will prove to be dominant here too, but in the meantime I am thrilled to have the pink version. I have some gaura left from the plant stall so will be able to plant some more out here when I have time – they grew easily from seed

  2. Your airy arrangement is wonderful, Cathy. I does a great job conjuring that breeze you enjoyed last evening. It also highlights the delicate blooms like those of the Gaura that get lost in over-stuffed arrangements.

    • Gauras are a bit difficult to fit into arrangements because of their height, so I decided it had to be a tall vase today! The temperature has dropped by about 15Β°C within the last few hours and it is heavenly! πŸ˜€

  3. Lovely Cathy. So light and natural-looking. We must have pretty similar soil as all the plants you show do well in my garden. I also liked your Salvia vase last week but my comment got lost and I never got round to rewriting it. Salvias do well here and the Sclarea is a reliable self-seeder. I have at least 6 of them flowering this year. Two that I really love are Amistad, Cerro Potosi and So Cool Pale Blue. Oops that’s three!

    • Hi Judith. How annoying that your comment got lost last week. That happens to me occasionally too… one of the unsolved mysteries of blogging. I also think our gardens must be similar as you have many plants that I also grow. Good to hear the Salvia sclarea reseeds. I must look for some different varieties to grow next year, as they seem to like it here! πŸ˜€

      • Light and summery like a nice salad! I love Gaura, it lasts a short time here, so I am enjoying yours from afar. The sweet peas must add a wonderful fragrance and I like the pink/purple color combination.

          • You made me remember I had those perennial sweet peas once. I kept going out to smell the flowers and couldn’t figure out what the big deal was about the fragrance. then, I figured it out.

  4. Perennial pea! Ha! Have you used it before? I saw it somewhere. They do not last long here, since humidity is so minimal. Unfortunately, it is a persistent weed where it is not wanted. I have collected seed to plant where I ‘do’ want it, but it will not cooperate. However, I successfully dug the roots of white perennial pea, because they are my favorite, and now that I know I can do it, I will also dig some of the typical bright purplish pink sort, and might even get a light pink specimen.

    • Yes, in my first garden I had a perennial pea growing through an ugly old Berberis shrub with a Clematis tangutica. Glorious! The Berberis was there when we moved and right on the border to the neighbour’s, so I didn’t have the heart to cut it down immediately. It did eventually go though! I have white and pink perennial peas, and the purple one is annannual one I think. They get a bit untidy, but that suits my garden! LOL!

      • Seed is available, but I was intent on growing what was already here. I only recently learned about a red variety that is available as seed, but still, I will not purchase seed. Besides, the red is not so ‘traditional’. I mean, it sort of looks odd in red.

          • Pastel? That common pink is bright, like stylish for 1985! The ‘halfway’ pink is more of a pastel, but is also uncommon. Although I am not so keen on that bright pink, I like it because it is what is common. I like the white because . . . . well, because it is white. Hey, it happens to be a good white!

  5. Oh such beautiful colours in your vase this week Cathy. I love your scabious. Linaria seeds with abandon here – the purple more than the pink but both are so pretty. I hope that your hot weather hasn’t been too humid and that you’ve been able to enjoy it.

    • Thank you Anna. The purple Linaria is stronger in my garden too. The heat was terrible but last night it cooled down considerably and we can breathe again!

  6. Whimsical, light and airy–it’s perfect. I should take a cue from you and move my obelisk to hold up my perennial sweet pea. The obelisk was supposed to support 3 clematis but it’s completely empty. I can’t get them to grow well.

    • I have the same problem with clematis Susie and the peas are a good alternative. I am trying a hops plant on one of them this year too. πŸ˜€

  7. Looking at your arrangement makes me feel like I’ve gone for a Summer stroll through the countryside, Cathy πŸ™‚ Love your use of all the grass heads – such materials are often overlooked, but transform into something special when placed in a vase just so πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Horticat! I love grasses and plan to post about some summer ones soon. I think almost all my vases have at least a sprig or two in them!

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