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!

☀️🍁☀️

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 😃

The pink stars on the right of Geranium Rozanne are… wait for it… Aster ‘Pink Star’! 😃 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 (3°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. 😃

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!

 

In a Vase on Monday: September Stars and an Anniversary

I got a message from WordPress the other day to congratulate me on my blogging anniversary. Guess how many years….

Nine!

😃

My goodness, how time flies!

To celebrate I am sharing my vase of asters today for Cathy’s meme (Rambling in the Garden).

The purply pink ones are a novae-angliae aster called Septemberrubin.

The white ones are what they call wild asters here, but are actually Erigeron, growing on the edge of the woods and at the roadsides.

Naturally I had to add a few grasses. After all, it IS September and they are at their peak; Miscanthus, Panicum and Pennisetum.

 

The wonderful September weather is set to change soon, so I am busy outdoors the next few days to make the most of it. Looking forward to some rain though. 😉

Have a good week!

 

 

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!

xx