In a Vase on Monday: Pink Serenade

Anemone ‘Serenade’ is flowering, so before it gets spoilt by the rain (Ha Ha! Note the sarcasm!) I picked a couple of them for today’s vase.

I decided to stay with the pink theme. Pink vase, pink Scabiosa, pink Cosmos and pink Knapweed.

Along with the Knapweed, the only thing growing in the open ‘grass’ is the Queen Anne’s Lace, so I added some of that and some Calamagrostis, Deschampsia and Stipa.


The upturned log I have placed the vase on is cracking and will probably fall apart soon, but it has made the yard look rustic over the past two years. πŸ˜ƒ

I am linking in to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Cathy invites us to join her in sharing a vase of flowers from in or around our gardens each Monday. So pop over for an idea of what is flowering around the globe. πŸ˜ƒ

Have a good week, and if you are waiting for rain I do hope you see some.


47 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Pink Serenade

  1. Your deep pink anemone is lovely, I have ‘Pamina’ which is a similar colour and comes in both single and double flowers. It’s not so happy with the dry weather though!

    • I have seen Pamina on sale… really pretty. This one got a bit of watering last week when I realised it was in bud and wilting. The woodchip mulch on that bed helps a lot and at least keeps the roots relatively cool.

    • I have got used to the brown expanse beyond the yard now and the fields harvested a. month early are standing empty as it is too dry to sow. Can’t even get the potatoes harvested as the ground is too hard! I saw a youtube video of Pennsylvania yesterday and it immediately struck me how green it is there!

  2. Beautiful shades of pink Cathy. Your grass looks sad but no doubt will recover when it has some wet stuff. I hate to say it but we have actually had some rain today. It has been very dry and hot summer here but further south and most of Europe are in more dire straits 😒

    • Good you got some rain Anna. Our ‘grass’ is actually mainly weeds like clover and plaintain, so it should grow back really quickly. Even the morning dew helps.

  3. Your blooms look really fresh too, Cathy, especially with the contrast of the parched grass in the background! How long has your Queen Anne’s Lace been flowering? Doesn’t it start in early summer? Thanks for sharing your pinks today πŸ‘

  4. Cathy has arrived first with just the very words I would have used regarding the vase and the parched grass. The pink selection goes beautifully in the vase.

  5. I adore that Japanese anemone, Cathy. Your lawn looks like what lawns in my area should look like if the fools around here would stop wasting precious irrigation water trying to keep them pristine green during our long hot, dry summers. My husband and I pulled all our lawn out in stages after we moved in but, even with our worsening “megadrought,” we’re surrounded by green lawns that never belonged in our Mediterranean climate to start with. Sorry about the rant – you can tell I’m frustrated 😦

      • I understand your frustration Kris. We got irritated with neighbours in the past who chopped down their hedges and trees and replaced everything with huge concrete blocks, grasses and laurel shrubs. Nothing else! I have always found it strange when I have seen the lawn sprinkler systems in films in the US. Such a waste of water!

      • Yes, Centaurea cyanus reverts to blue as it naturalizes. Since it is not naturalized here, much of it blooms with other less natural colors in home gardens, including purplish pink like your Centaurea jacea. Even though I know it is a weed in some regions, I still like it, particularly the common blue sort. I think that it excels at blue. Of course, your Centaurea jacea is very pretty also, and excels at its particular purplish pink.

  6. pretty in pink! I love the vase and its contents. I wish Queen Anne’s Lace was around here it is a favorite. I was just saying to my husband that I don’t remember a year when almost everyone on IAVOM was not getting rain. I am getting worried about this winter. My lawn looks worse than yours! We got a bit of rain, so there is hope.

    • Mine are a bit later this year, possibly because it was so hot. They usually open the last days od July or early August. There is a hint of autumn in the air this morning though….

  7. Love the anemone combined with the dried blonde seed heads, Cathy. It does look dry in the background – do your lawns usually dry off like that in summer in your part of the world, or is it due to the extreme weather you’ve had over there? Here we have lots of lawn (not my choice, we are renting) but I let it brown off every year too.

    • It isn’t usually this bad, although the grass does tend to get scorched most years. The heat but especially the hot drying winds have caused a lot of damage this summer simply because we haven’t had any rain in between. Fingers crossed for some at the end of the week.

  8. Oh dear, your lawn looks as bad as ours! Anemone has never been doing well with our hot and dry summers but refuses to die off completely. Like you I will start to cut back the (many) dead bits and hopefully it’ll look a bit neater afterwards. Sadly I’ve also lost a Malus ‘Evereste’. After the initial shock and pain of losing quite a lot of plants, I’ve started to feel a little better and make plans for new plantings which will definitely not need any watering. Your vase is delightful. Keep your chin up πŸ™‚

    • I have also made a list of plants that have survived this drought and they will be filling the gaps! Keep smiling and happy gardening Annette! 😘

    • The rain they forecast here for Friday is now a 50% chance of a light shower so I am not holding my breath. Just had a panic and watered the fruit trees with our bucket system: 20-Liter-buckets with a tiny weeny hole in the bottom and a half closed lid on top, placed at the base of the tree. Works better than a watering can or hose.

  9. This summer has been upside down the world over. Drought, flooding, drought, repeat. I’ve just seen footage in The Guardian of flooding at Victoria station! Yesterday we had *seconds* of drizzle, followed by a hot, humid, miserable day. The dry here continues. Thanks for sharing pics of your lovely vase.

  10. Yes, I caught your sarcasm. And I feel your frustration. Your garden is still delivering beauty despite the dry conditions, and the pink and white is perky and cheery. They seem to be adapting well, and I suppose that’s the name of the game for us all!

  11. Oh my gosh your lawn absolutely does look worse than mine! There was rain just a few miles North and then later a few miles South of here, and of course not a drop fell in this garden… i bet you’re very familiar with that story…

    • There hasn’t been any rain at all in most of Germany until recently, but again, passing us by! Keeping our fingers crossed some might fall later today….

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