In a Vase on Monday: October Posy

I decided midweek to pick some of the prettiest flowers I could find for a posy to place on the table… a few days later it was refreshed and added to, ready to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme. 😃

The pink stars on the right of Geranium Rozanne are… wait for it… Aster ‘Pink Star’! 😃 The larger pale pink daisy-like flower in the centre is something I discovered this year: Arctanthemum arctica. Similar to a Margerite or a Chrysanthemum, it flowers from the end of September and is about 40 cm high. Apparently it is also called Arctic Daisy. It looks wonderful in the Oval Bed and the white version has been ordered for my new bed (which is mostly planted up and will be the subject of a future post.) Above you can also see the pretty white Dianthus arenarius which flowers on and off all summer.

Geranium Rozanne is amazing…


Some of the Double Click Cranberry Cosmos are still looking pretty, so I added one to the posy, along with some Antirrhinum, Salvia, Polygonum and Gypsophila.

The pink flower in the middle is the last of my Echinacea Pink Double Delight. And it really was a delight. I wonder if it will return next year…

I shall start bulb planting today. I would really like to wait a bit, but we had our first frost last night and I want to get the beds finished before it gets so damp and cold that my fingers go numb!

What gardening jobs will you be tackling this week?

 

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Have a lovely week, and hope you get some good gardening weather!

Garden Tour, Early September 2020

My first video of the garden was early July, and I had planned to do one a month. Well, August was simply too hot to do anything, let alone take photos or make videos. But now the garden has recovered from the heat and temperatures are in the low 20s.

My Geum chiloense Blazing Sunset and the Geranium Rozanne have been flowering non-stop throughout the heat, and now the late summer flowers are beginning to open too.

So here is the garden tour for September. I hope you enjoy it! Click on the link and turn the sound up!

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In a Vase on Monday: Bubblegum

 It’s been another warm and extremely humid day, but I was still happy to cut some flowers for a vase to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme.

I have no idea why, but the flower at the centre of this arrangement reminds me of bubblegum. 😃 Is it just the colour?

The pink Echinacea ‘Pink Double Delight’ is one of several new Echinaceas in the garden this year. I hesitated at buying this one, as it is a bit blousy, but am so pleased I did as it is fun and a lovely bright pink too.

I also used some bubblegum pink Cosmos (‘Daydream’), and the deep pink Cosmos (‘Double Click Cranberries’).

With the purple shades of Verbena bonariensis and the blue Scabiosa ‘Perfection Blue’ I thought silvery foliage would work well (Artemisia ‘Silver Queen’), but added a bit of green too with some fresh geranium leaves… I always hate pruning back my perennial gerniums when they stop flowering in July, but am soon rewarded with fresh new growth and maybe a second show of flowers later in the summer.

As a final touch a sprig of Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’, some Calamagrostis and some Miscanthus ‘Federweisser’.

The sky in the background is not quite as blue as usual. 😉 But we didn’t get any of the thunderstorms forecast. On the left you can see my amazing sunflower… I haven’t measured it yet as it only opened yesterday, but it is much taller than me. Maybe 2.5 metres? 😃🌻😃

Have you ever grown such a tall sunflower? 😃

Have a lovely week!

 

In a Vase on Monday: August Jewels

While I was cutting my flowers this morning for my regular contribution to Cathy‘s lovely meme (see Rambling in the Garden) this poem sprang to mind:

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat…  

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens.

(by Jenny Joseph)

Well, rest assured these flowers are from MY garden! 😉

(I think it was the pinky red Zinnia that made me think of that poem – it looks a bit like an eccentric hat…)

The base holding everything upright is Cosmos foliage. The other contents are the red Zinnia, a double pink Echinacea, Antirrhinum ‘Orange Wonder’, Echinacea ‘Flamethrower’, Verbena bonariensis, Cosmos Double Click Cranberry and Cosmos Daydream, Geranium Rozanne, one Everlasting Flower, a bit of Hypericum, a sprig of Dill, Geum chiloense ‘Blazing Sunset’ and some Scabiosa Butterfly Blue.

It is hot again today. I‘ll be heading for the hammock later. 😃

Have a good week!

In a Vase on Monday: Standing Out in the Crowd

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to join her in presenting a vase of things found in our gardens or nearby.

So, here I am again with a rather nice posy for my mantlepiece, photographed in the wet Oval Bed. Yes, we had RAIN! 😃😀😁

 

The Euphorbia always gets so tall, and when it then rains it tends to flop everywhere, so I cut a few straggly bits as a crown. The jewel at the centre, standing out well against the lime green, is the Echinacea I used a couple of weeks ago… Green Envy. I raved about it then and will rave about it now. I simple love it!

The vase I chose because it reminded me of raindrops. 😃

Wishing you all a week of calm weather, as hurricanes and heatwaves hit the headlines across the world. It is set to warm up again here in a few days, but after this cooler rainy start to the week we should be able to cope with the heat a bit longer. And we do, after all, need the sun for my tomatoes to ripen!

Happy gardening!