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: 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!

 

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

Β 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. πŸ˜ƒΒ 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. πŸ˜‰ 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? πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ»πŸ˜ƒ

Have you ever grown such a tall sunflower? πŸ˜ƒ

Have a lovely week!