In a Vase on Monday: Out of the Mist

There is not much in the way of flowers now, but there are still a few white asters (‘Ashvi’), glowing in the Moon Bed. They are even visible in thick morning fog and at dusk too.  They are very welcome, as we have only had very brief glimpses of the sun and just a hint of the full moon last week. They were therefore the obvious choice for today’s vase, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely Monday meme. 😃

Another obvious choice for me was the tall Iris sibirica and Allium millenium seedheads, which add a ghostly effect.

And the smaller grey seedheads are from the Pycnanthemum, which I grew for the first time in both the Herb and Moon Beds. I am very pleased at how they last. The last seedhead of a Scabiosa perfecta was also saved from some tidying up yesterday.

I then found an intact Echinacea seedhead (most of them have disintegrated or been eaten by the birds), a sprig of Calamagrostis and a couple of late Scabiosa ochroleuca flowers. All in all, along with my ‘moon’ vase as I call it, this little collection brightens a dismal drizzly day.

Thanks to Cathy for hosting. I am especially looking forward to seeing some flowers from warmer climes later today when I visit her blog and see what everyone else has found to share in their vases from around the world.

Have a great week!

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In a Vase on Monday: Mums – and Dads!

Chrysanthemums/Chrysanths/Mums – are in my vase today, still looking very fresh despite some chilly damp weather last week. A few fading Sedums accompany them.
But can you spot the two surprise flowers tucked in?

Yes, a pink and a purple Scabiosa were braving the cold wind in the Oval Bed. I brought them in to enjoy close up.

I chose my title because this vase is for my parents. My Mum is feeling low today and my Dad is fed up too… he has been in hospital and is hoping he can finally go home soon.

Flowers can raise our spirits, and I am glad to be able to share such a cheerful bunch mid-November. Wishing you all a sunny week and thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting!

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In a Vase on Monday: A November Anniversary 2021

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden started up this lovely meme one day in November (!) 8 years ago now, and it has been part of my weekly routine for almost as long (I think I started contributing in the spring of 2014). Mondays are definitely not as drab as they used to be, and there have been weeks where all I have posted has been a vase, keeping this blog ticking over. So we are all celebrating this anniversary with her. Congratulations! And I am rising to the challenge Cathy has given us for today: to create a vase without using any fresh flowers.

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Well, actually, that might have been more of a challenge in June. 😉 But even in November there is still a lot to love in my garden. So here is what I put together for this week, which I hope conforms to the ‘rules’. 😊

The orange Geranium leaves against the pale pink vase rather appealed to me. Pink and orange is one of my favourite colour combinations. 😃 Although they are not dried, they are dry-ish!

Lighting was tricky… it was very dull and grey on Sunday afternoon, with freezing cold drizzle. I had to put a lamp on! Thankfully the sun is peeping through the clouds today.

Some Echinacea seedheads are still standing, and I also picked three Allium  ‘Millennium’ seedheads just before they start to disintegrate. The other additions are the still green Succisella seedheads and a few grasses from previous vases.

I hope you will visit Cathy in the course of today – you will find her latest vase and others linked in the comments section and I am sure you will agree how fascinating and inspiring it is to see what people around the globe are picking from their gardens.

Your Monday will be a little brighter for it! 😃

A big thank you to Cathy! xx

The Garden in November, 2021

The garden is still doing well in November, which somehow surprises me – but perhaps it is always so!

(I managed to get almost all the beds onto this one photo, taken from the terrace – albeit on Sunday 31 st October, so cheating a bit!)

Our first frost this year was October 10th, so a little later than previous years. Since then a few more have followed, so quite a few flowers have gone over now. But there is still loads of colour to cheer up these grey November days. 😃

Let’s start with the Butterfly Bed, sporting the Chrysanthemum ‘Anastasia’ I used in my vase the other day. It takes over from the adjacent pink Aster in mid October and will flower for another 2 or 3 weeks at least.

Another highlight in this bed is the leaves of perennial Geraniums changing colour… I like this unplanned combination with the lime green Euphorbia still looking lush.

At the back of the Butterfly Bed is my lovely ‘Red Chief’ Miscanthus. It isn’t as large as some, but from late October onwards the leaves and seedheads add some drama with their deep pinky red.

Moving across to the Oval Bed, two tall Miscanthus and the now faded Aster ‘September Ruby’ dominate. A mix of ground cover plants will provide winter interest for a month or two. I wonder if we will get much snow this winter….

The Miscanthus on the left is ‘Beth Chatto’, and the other one is ‘Federweißer’ – my favourite. To give you an idea of their size, the Aster is just short of 2 metres. I would recommend both Miscanthus, although my ‘Beth Chatto’ is a little later in gaining size and flowering than my others.

Beyond the Oval Bed is the Moon Bed, which was mostly planted in autumn last year and added to in the spring this year. Almost all the plants were in 9 cm pots, and still managed to put on so much growth, benefitting from the damp summer.

The colour scheme is white, cream and blue, drifting into purple. The white Aster ‘Ashvi’ and the Boltonia ‘Snowbank’, along with Aster ‘Barr’s Blue’ have kept this going into November, so I am pleased they seem to have settled in so well. Looking at it now I find it hard to believe that I could barely see the woodchip mulch only a few weeks ago. White Cosmos, Cleome and Gaura filled the spaces.

This Prickly Poppy, grown from seed, has flowered for months on end.

And naturally there are several grasses in this bed too. The Pennisetum is looking lovely at the moment.

Now a brief look at The ‘Edge, where my sunflowers were in the summer. The seeds were devoured in record time by the birds (and mice?!) and the remains are now on the compost heap. But there is still a lot of colour in this bed from plants like Cornus, Physocarpus and Pyracantha ‘Orange Charmer’.

A small yellow Chrysanthemum also adds some sparkle late in the season. 😃

The Herb Bed is simply glowing with another Pennisetum and my Witch Hazel adding golden hues…

And finally the Sunshine Bed, which is very very dry due to the trees behind it, and yet the Helianthus did well and the Chrysopsis does not seem bothered even now…

November is not such a bad month after all, as long as the sun keeps popping out every now and then! Still, I am glad I have managed to get all my spring bulbs in as it is rather chilly these days.

Hope you have plenty of mild and sunny days ahead now the nights are drawing in. Happy gardening and thanks for reading!

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In a Vase on Monday: November Already?!

Yesterday, the last day of October, was gorgeous…. a perfect blue sky, no wind and warm sunshine (16°C), making us wish for more. Sadly this was probably the last such day this year, with cold wet weather forecast for the coming week.

(Big sigh)

But I took the opportunity to pick some of the last asters and a few of my lovely pink Chrysanths for a vase to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden this week.

(Look at that blue sky!)

The dainty vase was a recent gift from my Mum. 💕

I started off with the pink Chrysanths. They have very pretty small flowers, which makes them very robust against frost, wind and rain (all of which we had in October) and they smell lovely too.

I added some silver foliage (can never remember the name of it) and should have stopped there, but then I just couldn’t resist cutting some of the remaining asters, even though they are past their best. 🤪

The asters are ‘September Ruby’, ‘Barr’s Blue’ and the tiny Aster erocoides ‘Schneetanne’, and the larger white flowers are Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’.


Since I love my grasses so much I popped in a few spikes of Pennisetum and Miscanthus at the end too. The vase is crammed full and I will have to check the water twice a day!

An update on the garden is coming soon. In the meantime, have a great start to the week and happy gardening. 😃