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!

In Vase on Monday: Dazzlers

The sunlight has been quite dazzling recently, as have the white flowers in and around my garden. I decided to combine them in a vase, joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme.

I had forgotten how prickly Cleome can be, and the strong smell of the Feverfew Fleabane surprised me too… maybe because it was cut early in the day?

The Gaura were smothered in bees and other small pollinators when I cut them, which was pleasing to see.

Cosmos Purity needs a bit longer to get going as usual, producing loads of (pretty) foliage but few flowers. Still, I cut a couple.

The Echinacea is Baby Swan White, which is possibly actually E. White Swan as it has turned out to be much taller and larger than it should be!

A Scabiosa ochroleuca was permitted to join the rest, despite not being really white but more cream. A sprig of Queen Ann’s Lace was added and finally a couple of sprigs of Artemisia Silver Queen, which I should use more often as a filler as it is such a thug it needs cutting back constantly!

We had another fantastic blue sky to the north this morning, but it is getting very warm again. This vase is nice and refreshing to look at indoors. 😃

Wishing you all blue skies and sunshine (and some kind of refreshment too 😉) this last week of July!


In a Vase on Monday: The Sunhat Party 😃

I’m joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again today for her Monday meme and have put together a collection of Echinacea, or cone flowers, known by the delightful name of ‘Sunhats’ (Sonnenhut) in German. 😃

I now have quite a collection of different sorts of Echinacea, with a couple yet to flower.

Left: Pica Bella, Centre top: Baby Swan White, Right: Sunseekers Yellow, Centre bottom: Green Envy

Today I picked:

  • Baby Swan White (about 60 cm tall!)
  • Green Envy: a new one and I am in love with those green petals which are tinged with pink from the inside outwards as they develop 💕
  • Pica Bella (deep pink)
  • Flamethrower (hot orange)
  • Sunseekers Yellow

Green Envy


They are partying with some Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’, some pink Gypsophilia, a bit of Verbena bonariensis and a red Snapdragon, some Euphorbia, Artemisia and a yellow Zinnia which I think is supposed to be a giant one but isn‘t.

This year I grew some Everlasting Flowers for the first time and snipped a couple as decoration for my sunhat. If any of you have grown them before I would love to know how to harvest them best, so any tips are welcome!

Do you have any sunhats? Flowery or otherwise?! 😉

Have a lovely week!


In a Vase on Monday: Colour!

Monday has come round once more and I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme. And this week I was spoilt for choice. There is so much colour in the garden now!😃


The backdrop for my collection of flowers is my amazing butternut squash plants, which already have tiny pale green fruit forming. And the giant zucchini is one I missed somehow, hiding under some neighbouring tomato foliage. I have been keeping a tab on how many zucchini I have picked so far and in July alone this is the seventeenth. I think I will be making soup again soon… 😉

Back to the vases… first a tiny vase crammed full of blue borage flowers, and then my main vase, where my lovely orange Snapdragons ‘Orange Wonder’ were the starting point.

They have a peachy tinge which combines two of my favourite colours, pink and orange. 😃 I added some golden Euphorbia and some bright yellow Hypericum, as well as some of the dark-leafed Hypericum ‘Miracle Night’. And the first Echinacea ‘Flamethrower’ to open…

There is also a spike of purple Buddleia (‘Royal Red’ – not really red at all, but maroon at the nearest)…

… and a stem of Salvia pratensis in a rich shade of blue…

I was, however, also tempted to pick a stem of the the Sanguisorba ‘Weihanstephan’ with its amazing pink fluffy flowers.

Aren’t they gorgeous? Or perhaps a matter of taste?

So that meant I needed another vase and more pink!

The Cosmos are just beginning to flower – on the left is one ‘Antiquity’ and on the right ‘Daydream’. A big spike of the pink buddleia ‘Pink Delight’ complemented these rosy hues well, and then a little creamy white for highlights seemed right, in the form of Cephalaria gigantea and Scabiosa ochroleuca. They look strikingly similar except for their size. I‘m afraid the Scabiosa is hiding on this photo but was on the left in the first picture of the Sanguisorba.

(I think I actually prefer the Sanguisorba in the flower bed than in a vase 😉)

I do hope you have lots of lovely colour in your gardens this week. Why not share and make a vase for Cathy’s meme too?

Have a wonderful week! 🌻😎🦋