In a Vase on Monday: Red and Gold

A simple title for a simple vase this week, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with some materials gathered from my garden for a Monday vase.

Even before going out with my garden scissors, I knew which vase I wanted to use today – the bargain red glass bottle found at my local supermarket recently, with golden leaves attached. It just seems perfect for the season!

No blue skies in the background today, but the rain is doing the garden so much good that I will not complain.

I found the ideal flowers to put in it too. Some golden Chrysopsis from the Sunshine Bed and a couple of small sunflowers that are still looking decent.

The red flowers are Gaillardia ‘Burgunder’ and the red spikes are Persicaria ‘Blackfield’, both growing in The ‘Edge. I added a bit of Plumbago foliage as well – the flowers are over but the leaves are such a gorgeous shade of red at this time of year.

Three of these Gaillardia were planted together, but for some reason I also get flowers with yellow rings around the petals. Not sure if that is normal or my plants are trying to revert to their original colour… 🤔 I do prefer the solid red though.

The sun should be back tomorrow for the rest of the week, so this October really will have been golden. 😃

Hope your week will be full of sunshine too, and happy gardening!



33 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Red and Gold

  1. Yes, great bottle! Those gaillardia are really striking – are they fully hardy for you? – and are a perfect match for the bottle. The blooms on your P Blackfield look really chunky compared to mine, but perhaps the scale is a bit misleading. They too works so well with the bottle and the yellow blooms tie in nicely with the centre of the gaillardia, giving a really pleasing result

    • Thanks Cathy. 😃 The Gaillardia are only in their second year, and last winter was relatively mild, so I hope they are established enough to be fully hardy. Blackfield IS very chunky! I don’t know why… the weather? 😜

        • Well, they were bought as Blackfield, but then the Gaillardia were all supposed to be red and two out of three aren’t! So who knows….. Does Fat Domino also have lovely foliage?

          • Not sure about the foliage, and it’s past its best now – it’s noticeably taller than Blackfield. It may just be the context of the photo that made it look chunky, of course!

  2. I am loving this one. Persicaria is another one of those plants I have never seen in the US, not sure why. A wonderful red find at the supermarket and a perfect fall foil for the flowers. Still enjoying your Hornbeams in the background.

    • Thanks Amelia. Strange that Persicarias are not common in the US. There are some lovely varieties available here. The hornbeams are slowly losing their leaves. 😃

        • Fuchsias don’t do well here unless you have a spot that is well shaded and airy. Impatiens are used in summer planting here a lot, but I find they are also high-maintenance getting mildew or white fly. I think the UK has a better climate for both.

  3. Such beautiful colors! It’s college football season and red and gold are University of Southern California colors–that’s what first came to me with your title. The flowers and your vase are really lovely! Fall is lovely where you are. 🙂

  4. Those persicaria are stunning, especially paired with your complementary blooms, Cathy. We don’t see them for sale here very often, but I would love to get my hands on some.

  5. Hi Cathy! Too long without writing on your blog: many things have happened in my life. I have finally been from August to October in my country house!
    Cathy I love the color contrast of your magnificent bouquet: I love it and I love the bottle. I love all flowers. The red Gaillardia is divine like the Persicaria. The golden flowers are adorable. I love the bouquet. I hope you are in good health. Take care of yourself. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita 😘

  6. I wish that our local supermarkets stocked vases like that Cathy – the gold leaves are a lovely seasonal touch. The gaillardia is most eye-catching. I almost bought one this summer at an open garden but put it back for a rudbeckia. Wishing that I hadn’t now after seeing yours 😢

    • This solid red Gaillardia is lovely. I much prefer it to the striped yellow and red ones so a shame some of my plants seem to be confused about their identity! I think Gaillardia are more drought tolerant than Rudbeckia here.

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