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!

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Cheerful Tuesday: Under the Plum Tree

I ran out of time yesterday to cut flowers for the Monday meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’ hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. But when we arrived at our friendsβ€˜ garden for an afternoon visit (in glorious September sunshine πŸ˜ƒ) they had this on their garden table beneath a tree laden with ripe plums.

We had a lovely afternoon and I was able to pick some plums for a crumble today. πŸ˜‰

The flowers were picked from a strip of wild flowers sown by the farmer on the edges of his field… a project sponsored by the government (EU?) to attract pollinators.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

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: Bye Bye August!

The last week of August has brought us relief from the heat and lots of rain, and the garden is suddenly looking sort of ‘in between’: like summer is over, but autumn hasn’t quite got going. I am dithering about cutting down zucchini and tomato plants, while wrapping up my basil at night as temperatures drop to single digits. The house martins I showed you last week are preparing to fly south. There is a saying here that they will be gone by September 8th, which in the Roman Catholic calendar is ‘Maria Geburt’ – the Birth of the Virgin Mary:

Am Maria Geburt fliegen die Schwalben furt’

And like so many of the old sayings here in Germany, it is still pretty accurate; last year I saw a few stragglers on the 9th but they left within a couple of days as well.

My Monday vase is reflecting the season perfectly this week, all the late summer golds and oranges once again.

The Golden Rod grows wild, just behind the fence, but pieces had been broken in the heavy rain at the weekend so I could easily reach over and pluck a few stems.

I decided to pick one of my sunflowers in the Herb Bed – next to my giant sunflower is another plant with a big stem with multiple flower heads. Not sure what sort though, as they all got mixed up when planting them out.

Then I added a red and a yellow Benary’s Giant zinnia, some Helianthus Lemon Queen, a Tithonia and some Rudbeckia, all from the Sunshine Bed.

Oh and some grasses. This one is Miscanthus Red Chief.

One more picture of the Tithonia… 😜

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. Her vase is so sweet this week!

Have a great week!

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