In a Vase on Monday: Water off a Duck’s Back

The Dog Days are here and the garden is now taking on its shabby look for high summer. But a few stars have been shining on regardless of the hot winds and strong sun, taking it all like the proverbial ‘water off a duck’s back’! So I decided to highlight these in my vase this week. If you are new to this blog, I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden every Monday for this lovely meme, where we all find something from our gardens to share in a vase.

My little duck was given to me some years ago by a sales lady in a gift card shop, from her window display… such a kind gesture. 😃

First off, the Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’ which has appeared a couple of times recently on my blog. It is so blue, such a tough little plant and the bees love it. 😃

Perovskia. It doesn’t matter what the weather, this shrub comes back stronger by the year. The only thing you can do to hurt it here is to cut it back too hard before it has started showing new shoots in spring. (Or give it too much water and shade perhaps!) I used the stalwart P. ‘Blue Spire’.

Euphorbias. The tall Euphorbia seguieriana tends to flop, but I forgive it for the citrusy zing it adds to the garden. It refreshes and energizes just by looking at it. 😃 One stem I used here is Euphorbia cornigera ‘Goldener Turm’ which is still standing tall.

Gaura. The sun may singe flowers, but since they open new flowers on their long flower stalks daily this isn’t a problem. And they look lovely waving in a breeze/strong wind!

Echinacea. The only thing that might stop these flowering is the slugs in spring. But some of mine seem resistant to them too. The white one is ‘Fragrant Angel’ and is my tallest, at about a meter high. I also added a small pink E. ‘Pica Bella’.

Scabiosa. I cut them back after the initial flowering and they carry on flowering intermittently through the summer. Another bee magnet.

The grasses. I added a few stems of Calamagrostis, one of my favourite grasses at this time of year. With its defiant upright stance it faces the wind and sun like a real warrior. This one is C. Waldenbuch which has slightly paler seedheads than others.

Finally, I added some Daucus carota/Queen Anne’s Lace, which is growing wild absolutely everywhere this year, clearly enjoying the sunny weather.

Which plants take the summer heat or drought like water off a duck’s back in your garden? Do share!

And have a great week!

33 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Water off a Duck’s Back

    • Thanks Linda. Good luck with the Gaura. They self seed in my garden, so even if one doesn’t make it through the winter I always have a few back-ups! 😉

  1. What a soft and floaty array of summer flowers in your vase Cathy. I wish that I dare risk growing euphorbia. That variety might tempt me. I think that the dog days may have arrived slightly early this year. Such a sweet little duck – the generous sales assistant must have known that you would provide it with a good home and it’s own pond too.

  2. I love the tall spikes of Perovskia and the grasses and how they extend the arrangement. The echinops really does stand out but liks nicely with the perovskia and looks great next to the yellow-green of the euphoria. Glad to know you have some stalwarts to enjoy, regardless of the weather

  3. I love the chartreuse color of the Euphorbia mixed with the purple Echinops. Although I tried growing Echinops before without success, there seems to be no reason it shouldn’t like it here so I’m committed to see if I can get it established in my garden in the coming year.

    • I can’t think why it wouldn’t like your garden either Kris, so I hope you can get one established. I think our damp year last year helped mine settle in but they actually don’t like too much moisture. 😃

  4. Pretty and I love the mix. I had Euphorbias for years and love seeing them again. My dog nearly slept through (nearly) her dinnertime today, that is how I knew the dog days are here. I think they end August 11?

  5. So much prettiness in your vase this week, Cathy! Those echinops are very special indeed. Do you get multiple flushes of blooms from them, or just a single show? The lilac placemat underneath really brings out all the colours of your arrangement. Beautiful.

    • The Echinops start flowering in June and the colour gets deeper. I think they will start fading again in August. They should remain standing until autumn when I will cut them back to make the plant stronger for next year. 😃

  6. Ah, nice coneflower. I tried to grow my first from seed this year, within a landscape at work; but a crew of volunteers helped with the weeding, and, . . . well, it did not go so well for the coneflower.

  7. Your lovely bouquet doesn’t look tired at all, Cathy, but I know what you’re describing as the Dog days of Summer. They’re upon me as well! I was actually thinking about that this morning as I did some hand watering and noticed how stressed the garden is right now. I had to remind myself it is indeed almost August. This summer has gone by so quickly. I have never put my Scabiosa in an arrangement but I sure will now! 🙂

    • I can imagine your summers must be pretty stressful for your garden too. Yes, nearly August already, but I am looking forward to it and the flowers and grasses that are still to flower. 😃

  8. This is a beautiful bouquet even more so as it features tough and pretty plants. The duck is cute. I drew one yesterday at the drawing workshop which was fun. Our garden has never looked so sad. The heat waves and droughts are taking their toll. Sometimes I’m dreaming about my next (and last) garden: a big pool surrounded by succulents, sounds bliss to me 😉 . Wishing you both and Anouk a good week xx

    • Thanks Annette. My garden looks sad too… frazzled and windswept. This wind has been so damaging, we have trees that look like it’s October. Even my Miscanthus is singed. A pool and succulents sounds wonderful. I think my next garden will be Stipa tenuissima and nothing else. LOL! Hope you all have a good week too. Hugs. 🤗

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