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. πŸ˜ƒ

The pink stars on the right of Geranium Rozanne are… wait for it… Aster ‘Pink Star’! πŸ˜ƒ 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!

In a Vase on Monday: Harvest Festival πŸŽπŸŒ»πŸ

We harvested our first ever apples on Saturday.

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Some of the trees in our orchards are yet to bear fruit, but we were nonetheless able to harvest all this…

Four different kinds of apple and two pears.

Unfortunately, when the gardeners were planting the trees the labels all got removed! So we will spend the next few years trying to match up the trees to those listed on the delivery note. πŸ˜‰

As it is Monday, I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for another Monday vase. The choice of colours for this week reflects harvest time too. We had such terribly strong wind again on Saturday that I decided to cut a few of the remaining flowers from the Sunshine Bed and Herb Bed.

Sunflower Earth Walker

Tithonia

Chrysopsis

Red Zinnia

Echinacea Flame Thrower and Yellow Zinnia

I also used some Helianthus Sheila’s Sunshine and Lemon Queen, some Antirrhinums and a few grasses.

This extra vase was stuffed with pieces of my lovely tall Aster ‘Septemberrubin’ (September Ruby) that had been broken off in the storm… I need a taller support for that aster as it grew beyond expectation to about 160cm. Wonderful!

Have you been able to harvest anything from your gardens this week?

Happy October gardening!

In a Vase on Monday: Still Summer?

Well, after another very cold night (3Β°C) I can definitely answer the question in my title: summer is over!

But looking at this vase of Cosmos picked yesterday you wouldn’t think it. πŸ˜ƒ

It is vases like these that make me so glad I can join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme and share the prettiness with you all.

We have finally had some real rainfall and what with the misty mornings and cool nights the Cosmos are looking a bit bedraggled and are sadly going over. But these were salvaged along with some Verbena bonariensis and the last stem of an Everlasting Flower, all picked from the Oval Bed.

It looks like today could be slightly warmer, so I will be making the most of a dry day outdoors and hope you can do the same sometime this week.

Happy gardening!

 

In a Vase on Monday: September Stars and an Anniversary

I got a message from WordPress the other day to congratulate me on my blogging anniversary. Guess how many years….

Nine!

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My goodness, how time flies!

To celebrate I am sharing my vase of asters today for Cathy’s meme (Rambling in the Garden).

The purply pink ones are a novae-angliae aster calledΒ Septemberrubin.

The white ones are what they call wild asters here, but are actually Erigeron, growing on the edge of the woods and at the roadsides.

Naturally I had to add a few grasses. After all, it IS September and they are at their peak; Miscanthus, Panicum and Pennisetum.

 

The wonderful September weather is set to change soon, so I am busy outdoors the next few days to make the most of it. Looking forward to some rain though. πŸ˜‰

Have a good week!