In a Vase on Monday: (N)ice Surprise

The sun came out again today and yet there is still some frost and ice on the trees on the shadow side and the temperature up on our hill barely rose above freezing. So I was absolutely sure I would not find anything but grasses for my vase today.

I was wrong!

My first Hellebore to flower is ‘Diva’, which was in a pot by the front door last year and was planted out in spring. Still shy and not quite open, but with many more buds on it, so I felt this one could be cut in the hope she will survive a few days in a vase.

But the biggest surprise was this Geum bud… will it open I wonder?

The seedhead is also from the Geum, the grass is my favourite Miscanthus ‘Federweisser’ and the foliage is from my Geraniums… I think Rozanne, and from a Heuchera. The red stems are from a young willow and I think they broke off under the weight of the ice (or maybe a hare has had a nibble?!).

So I am very happy to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme, without which I would not have discovered these treasures before our first snow falls! (Supposedly tonight. ☃️)

Thanks to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday. Do visit her to see what she has found in her garden to share today.

Have a great week!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Anastasia

On Mondays Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to join her in sharing material from our gardens. A lovely way to start the week!

This pretty little Chrysanthemum – ‘Anastasia’ – has been flowering beautifully for me since October, despite rain, fog and then frosts. So before it starts looking too shabby around the edges I decided to pick some for today’s vase.

I was late to discover the joy of Chrysanthemums, as some of the big pompom ones can be a bit….. well, overwhelming? But this hardy C. indicum has small button flowers and just when you think the garden is going into hibernation it starts flowering! In addition, when I picked these on Saturday there were still some bees on it, after 4 degrees of frost that night. So, my message for today is to give Chrysanthemums a chance! 😉

Have a good week!

In a Vase on Monday: Seven Years, Seven Grasses

Congratulations go to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden today on the seventh anniversary of her wonderful Monday meme!

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Each week gardeners scattered across the globe join her in putting materials from their gardens in various receptacles and sharing them. It is always a pleasure to have flowers indoors, but this week Cathy has challenged us to create a vase WITHOUT flowers!

Fortunately this is relatively easy for me at this time of year, as my grasses all look gorgeous right now. And there are seedheads still standing too.

I have several different Miscanthus now… above you can see Red Chief and Federweißer. Those small black seedheads are Rudbeckia fulgida from the Sunshine Bed.

Are these fireworks?!…

I saved some of my Allium seedheads earlier in the year, and they still have a slight pinkish tinge to them. Really sparkly in the sunshine.

Whereas this Allium below is completely grey, although I find it just as pretty. Next to it is an Echinacea seedhead. I have plenty of these dotted around and have only removed those that were toppling over.

Here is another one next to some bushy Pennisetum…

Another seedhead I love is this one… Queen Ann’s Lace. Like little stars.

And Scabiosa ochroleuca also has very pretty seedheads.

I also used a sprig of Hypericum for its berries, although they are rather dark. In front is some annual Briza, saved from last year.

I think I have four different Miscanthus in the vase, along with some Panicum, Eragrostis and an unnamed pinkish one which was also saved earlier in the year. All the names are recorded but I can’t recall all of them. I love grasses so much though that more will be added to the garden in the future.

It was fun putting this vase together. I haven’t added any water to it as these will all be dried and saved (except the Hypericum) for future winter fillers!

Many thanks to Cathy for keeping this lovely meme going for so long now. It has brought such joy over the years, and has often given me something to focus on in difficult times. (Especially this year!) I love sharing my vases and seeing other creations from fellow bloggers. Sometimes they are abundant, with masses of gorgeous blooms, sometimes minimal, introducing me to new plants, and always a lovely way to link up with gardeners near and far. 😃

Do visit Cathy today to see her celebratory vase.

And have a good week, especially if you are in a lockdown again like we are. Keep smiling and carry on gardening as long as the weather permits! 😃

 

In a Vase on Monday: Remembering Summer

A mild and dry day today meant I could finally get my last planting finished… got all my bulbs in! 😜 And my new Moon Bed is ready for its layer of wood chippings as soon as the ground dries up a bit. (I’ll show a picture of that when it’s complete). I also tidied up some bedraggled and mildewy plants and picked a few blooms for a vase…

Now doesn’t that remind you of summer?!

(Big sigh)

I used the round vase my sister gave many moons ago… I always think of using this vase when we have a full moon, especially a blue moon. 😉

I didn’t have many blue flowers for a blue moon theme, but my white Aster ‘Schneetanne’ was a good start, Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ also has moon-like qualities, and the blue Scabiosa does actually look blue in a certain light, but I’d say mauve is more accurate to describe it.

The pink at the back is my first pink Chrysanthemum to open… they do add some summery colour late in the season. A purply pink one is also nearly open, so it might appear in a vase next week!

I also added some catmint and red Polygonum spikes. It is a lovely ground cover variety, Polygonum affine  ‘Darjeeling Red’, which flowers all summer and autumn and has pretty foliage too.

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Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. It is such a lovely way to record what is in the garden and connect with other gardens across the world.

As many of us in Europe enter a new phase of lockdowns to varying degrees, I hope you have something good to read or a few projects to keep your spirits up. My thoughts are with you all.

Good luck!

In a Vase on Monday: Flowers from the Sunshine Bed

Today was one of those chilly and grey autumn days, damp and drizzly, where the best place to be is in the kitchen with the oven on, making soup and baking bread. 😃

But it was also a Monday, and since I missed posting a vase last Monday I really wanted to participate in Cathy’s meme this week. So in between rainshowers I collected some flowers from my Sunshine Bed (which is living up to its name even in October). ☀️

Here are a couple of photos taken last week, before the latest rain. The  mice/voles are very active in this bed, but I have realised that I have lost fewer plants to them than to the slugs and snails in my last garden!

On the left is the very tall Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine’. I wasn’t sure about this plant at first, as it just looks tall and weedy for so long before flowering. But the pale lemon flowers, the dark green of the foliage and the reddish stems create quite a lovely result after much else has gone over.

Another star in this bed at the moment is the Chrysopsis. I grew this in my last garden too and it is so lovely to have some sunshine yellow going on into November.

The orange Chrysanthemum ‘Indian Summer’ has also not disappointed. One succumbed to the mammals, but this one has survived and is very visible from the house even on a foggy day like today.

In the last few days a cloud of white snowflakes has appeared on the right of the bed… this Aster in my vase is called ‘Schneetanne’ and has tiny white flowers. A wonderful sight in the October garden!

A few grasses and some Alchemilla mollis are fillers, along with a golden stem of Euphorbia called ‘Goldturm’, an Echinacea seedhead, and the very last Tithonia.

Such a shame October is coming to an end. It has been wet here, but as glorious as always!

Do visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she has found for her vase today.

And have a great week!

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