In a Vase on Monday: Glorious Globes

This Monday, after a week off, I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again for her weekly vase meme. And I decided to choose a global theme today – literally!


After all the hot and harsh winds over the past few weeks, with no rain in sight, the flower beds are literally disintegrating. But this has meant structure is playing more of a role, and I have noticed a lot of round shapes in both flowers and seedheads.

Firstly an Allium seedhead and the fresh Allium ‘Millenium’ which is the latest flowering one I have found. I also added a Nigella seedhead (slightly oval), and a sedum – also much rounder in form before actually flowering.

And the Echinops of course – a perfect globe. The orange seed heads of Gaillardia too.

Then the Succisella inflexa ‘Frosted Pearl’ (which is very drought tolerant) and the seedhead of Scabiosa perfecta.

(The grass I added is my current favourite: Deschampsia ‘Schottland’. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but have slowly fallen in love with it!)

The Scabiosa close up is quite remarkableโ€ฆ

Naturally I used a globe shaped vase and found a prop to match tooโ€ฆ.

This ‘marble’ came from the Kugelmรผhle (‘Marble Mill’) near Berchtesgaden in the German Alps, right on the border to Austria. Founded in the seventeenth century, this mill ground stones to perfect globes, which were sold as marbles – toys for children – exported via Rotterdam and London to all over the world. There were in fact many such mills in the region in past centuries. This particular mill is still working, and is a lovely spot for a walk in a shady ravine on a hot summer’s day. And there is of course a beer garden for a refreshing drink too! Aah, nice memories of holidays in the mountains!

Have a good week, and stay cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

46 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Glorious Globes

  1. The title of post ,and all those lovely globes of flowers make up for an interesting read this hot and dry Monday. The marble stone is very interesting, here we have eggs carved in stone, but the marble shape is far more attractive in my opinion.

  2. Your post made me think Cathy that I’ve not really got any globe shaped plants in the garden at the moment apart from alliums and a ‘Billy Buttons’ ( I can’t remember it’s proper name) given on to me by a friend. I gave grown the scabious before and appreciated the seed heads more than the flowers. A beautiful vase and marble. I’m sure that as this week progresses I would be more than happy to down a glass of cool weissbier ๐Ÿ™‚ If only there was a German beer garden in easy reach.

    • Hi Anna. I would prefer some of the dark beer they brew at a local monastery. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Scabiosa seedheads are lovely. With the current weather continuing, I suspect I will only have seedheads of most summer flowers left soon!

  3. This is glorious Cathy, and using the globular vase just emphasises the shape further, especially with the texture of it. You have put together a great selection of little globes, and I remember your Kugelmรผhle marble from before – the perfect prop!

  4. That is cool that you used the dried Allium bloom! If I enjoyed floral design and grew more than the two Allium that I got from Tangly Cottage Garden, I might do the same. A very long time ago, my neighbor took a bunch of the deadheaded lily of the Nile bloom. They were not as delicate as Allium, but were appealing nonetheless. They were dried, deprived of their seed capsules, and added to other dried flowers, such as New Zealand flax, cattail and pampas grass. I suppose that they could also work well with fresh flowers, like your Allium.

  5. You did a great job sticking to your theme, Cathy! That’s a great idea. With the exception of the dahlias and zinnias in my well-watered cutting garden, the flowers in the rest of my garden are also rapidly disintegrating, even if this summer hasn’t been as bad as some. I really need to try Echinops…

    • Thank you Kris. I think I need to have an area in the garden that gets watered too, like your cutting garden, and the rest will have to fend for itself. I am planning on replacing plants that don’t make it with some grasses and Perovskia, which seems to withstand any amount of heat and wind!

  6. Considering the heat, wind, and lack of rain, your gardens are still providing you with lots of interesting material to use for your vase display. So clever to go with the globe theme.

    • Yes, I must consider myself lucky to have anything at all I can use for vases. The garden is planned to be pretty drought tolerant so a few things are still pretty and pleasing the bees and butterflies. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Take care Karen. ๐Ÿค—

  7. You really inspire me to see the beauty in every season, Cathy. I have been wondering what kind of arrangements I might be able to count on in my new “native” bed. Most of the flowering plants are more subtle and have almost a “weedy” appearance at certain stages. But I think they’re quite nice in their own way and I plan to work with them in arrangements. I love what you did here!

    • Thanks Debra! Grasses and seedheads are so versatile and I often find I am using them even when there are other flowers. And this vase has lasted so well – almost a week now and it looks almost as good as day one! I am hoping some of the Echinops will last for drying too. I shall look forward to seeing a vase from your new garden plants one day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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