In a Vase on Monday: Daisy, Daisy…

What amazing weather we are having this September! Almost all month it has been warm and sunny (albeit with some very chilly nights) and until today (some welcome light rain) I have been enjoying some pottering about. My garlic is planted. (The first time I have grown it). And some Salvia cuttings have been taken. (Another first for me). The tomatoes are over, runner beans almost finished too, but the zucchini… Well, I have kept a tab on my five plants all summer and they have produced 187 zucchini so far! Yes, 187! 😄 Will they make it to 200? Possibly, as four plants are still producing! (We have a freezer full of soup 🤪).

The Michaelmas Daisies are the highlight in my flower garden at the moment, so the perfect choice for my vase this week. The butterflies and bees (and the gardener) are in their element. 🦋🐝👩🏼‍🌾

The deep pink aster is Alma Poetschke. The blue at the front (looks lilac in the photo) is my new favourite ‘Marie Ballard’. Then there is an Ashvi, September Ruby, Lovely Pink, Mönch, and a few other unnamed ones.

Oh, but wait… something else has crept into the vase. Salvia azurea. Such a beautiful true blue. Makes me realise that the asters are not actually as blue as I thought.

Planted this spring it was a teeny weeny sickly looking thing. Yet it has done so well!

I am hoping it will survive the winter here.


Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme, which has turned my Mondays around. 😀

There are still a few asters to open yet, so October will be colourful too.

And here is a bonus vase, picked mid-week…

Hope you can enjoy the last few days of September in your gardens. 🌻


In a Vase on Monday: Autumn Joy

Yes, it is autumn. The light is softer, but disappears rapidly in the evenings, the nights are chilly, the mornings damp with heavy dews, and there are cobwebs everywhere! But the air is clear and the temperatures pleasant and it is my favourite time of year. 😃

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with an assortment of vases today, two of which have the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Herbstfreude) in them. Maybe not as spectacular ingredients as a summer vase, but special nonetheless.

First of all, Autumn Joy with some asters:

At the back is a lovely big blousy blue one called Aster novi belgii ‘Marie Ballard’…

The deep pink one is my treasured ‘Alma Poetschke’…

I also used a couple of other asters whose labels are currently buried beneath the plants! The grass at the back is Eragrostis.

The second vase is somewhat simpler:

…Autumn Joy with some Miscanthus Red Chief, Persicaria Orangefield (but pink!), Gaura, Pennisetum and a Fizzy White Cosmos.

And a third vase is actually more summery, but what joy at finding these flowers in autumn:

…the very last Moon Daisies, Knapweed, Clover and Queen Anne’s Lace which I dashed out to pick on Saturday before they were mown away! Behind that vase you can see below another of the many sunflowers (an ‘Earth Walker’) being floated. 😃

A chill wind and grey skies meant the photos had to be taken indoors today, but I am certain the sun will return in a day or two and I will be out in the garden as much as possible for the rest of the week. 😃

Are you also noticing the change in the season?


Wishing you all a sunny week and happy gardening!


In a Vase on Sunday: A Happy Bunch

 A mixed bunch of sunny flowers and grasses seemed just right today, as I try and hang on to summer and bring lots of summery and late summer flowers indoors. And it turned out to be such a happy vaseful of sunshine that I decided to dedicate it to all those who don’t have any sunshine or flowers today, and also to my friend Elisabeth, whose old doggie crossed the rainbow bridge to doggie heaven recently. I hope this will brighten her day too.


The sunflowers and Tithonia are still producing flowers, despite chilly nights. The Asters have started showing their shiny faces and sparkle in the morning dew. We have rosehips galore (as well as loads of other berries, which may feature in another vase soon). All my Miscanthus are now in full swing, and a few late Larkspur, Cosmos, Geraniums, Scabiosa and Knautia also made it into the vase. And see that blue sky again? 😃😃😃

Thanks as always to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this meme.

Wishing you all a sunny week!