In a Vase on Monday: Pink September

September is turning out to be beautiful, with warm sunny days and cool misty nights. There seems to be enough moisture in the heavy dews to keep the garden beds going, but as much as I am enjoying this weather, some rain would be very welcome. Nevertheless, the flowers are still coming, so to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme here is a rather pink vase full of what my garden has to offer.

The gorgeous deep pink Aster ‘Septemberrubin’ – a magnet for the bees – is at the centre…

…with Miscanthus, Cosmos Daydream and Purity, Verbena bonariensis, Gaura, Everlasting flowers and a few other bits and bobs.

Maybe you can just see the Echinacea at the front: ‘Green Jewel’, which is quite eyecatching.

And here is a shot of the bouquet with that blue sky in the background again, which we seem to have had more than our fair share of this year. Not complaining though!

Do visit Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) to see her vase. She always finds such fun props to go with her vases too and this week is no exception!

Wishing you all some September sunshine and blue skies!

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In a Vase on Monday: Bye Bye August!

The last week of August has brought us relief from the heat and lots of rain, and the garden is suddenly looking sort of ‘in between’: like summer is over, but autumn hasn’t quite got going. I am dithering about cutting down zucchini and tomato plants, while wrapping up my basil at night as temperatures drop to single digits. The house martins I showed you last week are preparing to fly south. There is a saying here that they will be gone by September 8th, which in the Roman Catholic calendar is ‘Maria Geburt’ – the Birth of the Virgin Mary:

Am Maria Geburt fliegen die Schwalben furt’

And like so many of the old sayings here in Germany, it is still pretty accurate; last year I saw a few stragglers on the 9th but they left within a couple of days as well.

My Monday vase is reflecting the season perfectly this week, all the late summer golds and oranges once again.

The Golden Rod grows wild, just behind the fence, but pieces had been broken in the heavy rain at the weekend so I could easily reach over and pluck a few stems.

I decided to pick one of my sunflowers in the Herb Bed – next to my giant sunflower is another plant with a big stem with multiple flower heads. Not sure what sort though, as they all got mixed up when planting them out.

Then I added a red and a yellow Benary’s Giant zinnia, some Helianthus Lemon Queen, a Tithonia and some Rudbeckia, all from the Sunshine Bed.

Oh and some grasses. This one is Miscanthus Red Chief.

One more picture of the Tithonia… 😜

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. Her vase is so sweet this week!

Have a great week!

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In a Vase on Monday: Getting Carried Away

As many of you reading this will know, Monday is Vase Day! Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden is always a joy, and this week was no exception.

You know when you have a clear idea of what you want? Whether it‘s an item of clothing, a new frying pan, or the flowers you want to highlight in a vase?

And then you see something else you fancy?…

Well, that happened to me this morning. I had my vase ready and wanted a minimalist look. And then I got a bit carried away, snipping a bit of this. And a bit of that. Oh and I must cut some those. And wouldn’t these go nicely…

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So the minimalist idea flew out the window and a new vase was found and I was very pleased in the end that I got carried away!

I won’t include a long list of what I picked, as most of these flowers have been used in the last few vases anyway, but I must point out the Tithonia (the bright orange flower) and thank Jason at Garden in a City for introducing me to these Mexican sunflowers several years ago. Although they have struggled with the drought this year, I would not want to be without them.

I took the photos in front of the barn, as it is one of those unusual windstill days here. A definite hint of autumn is in the air, reflected by the sedum you can see here starting to open, and the grasses used too. Our night time temperature dropped to its lowest since May, only 9°C.

Thank goodness the heat of the dog days is over and the garden can start to take deep gulps of the moist morning air to refresh it.

Have you seen any signs of autumn yet?

Have a happy week!

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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!