In a Vase on Monday: Hidden Gold

At the end of November, with a light sprinkling of snow, the idea of creating a vase with items from my garden would, just a few years ago, have been far from my mind. But then Cathy at Rambling in the Garden came up with her Monday meme and so, here is my contribution for this week. 😃

At a first glance, these grasses and seedheads look rather drab. But when I turned the light on to get some better photos this afternoon, I found hidden gold. 😉

See what I mean?


By the way, the little elk is Elvin. He is packed away after Christmas every year with all the other decorations and it is a happy reunion when I open up my boxes of bits and pieces! And the doiley is one I crocheted a couple of years ago. 😃

Do visit Cathy to see what she has found on an icy Monday in November. And have a lovely week!


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!


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!



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.


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

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. 😃


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!