In a Vase on Monday: Red, Red Wine

IMG_5828I make no apology for the simplicity of today’s vase – it would have been so easy to cram a vase with more dahlias, sunflowers and several different rudbeckia, but Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ is just so gorgeous at the moment that I felt it a deserved a vase of its own. Sown at the end of February this has been flowering since the end of July and is still getting better and better with the flowering stems more upright than they were in their first stages of growth – definitely one to be recommended and grown again.

IMG_5830Joining it is my old favourite, Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’, which would have won the prize for longevity in a recent vase where it still looked as fresh after a week as it did when it was first picked. I avoid picking the softer stems and as with most vase material I conditioned them in boiling water for about 20-30 seconds before use. I may well have focussed on red blooms and foliage in that recent vase but the combination of these rudbeckia with the distinctively marked foliage of the persicaria is a marriage made in heaven, a union that deserves to be celebrated with red, red wine (sorry Anna…). Kate of Barn House Garden featured ‘Red Dragon’ and other persicarias in a post last week and aptly describes it as ‘sprawling like a bar room brawler’ – it certainly does this in the bar room of my woodland edge border where it can sprawl amongst other foliage to its heart’s content and mine too.

IMG_5831The vase used was a Tutbury Crystal rose bowl (car boot) with glass pebbles successfully holding the stems in place, whilst the contents and title made for the inevitable prop of a glass of the aforesaid beverage in an Edinburgh Crystal wine glass (wedding present). I chanced taking the photograph inside this week, placed on a tall oak plant stand against a wall that would avoid reflections, previous attempts against the tiled fire surround having been aborted.

Thanks for all your kind comments last week and apologies for not being able to reply to them although hopefully I managed to catch up on everybody’s vases. I look forward to seeing and reading about what you have found in your gardens this week or foraged locally to pop in vase – just leave the usual links to and from this post so we can share in your pleasure.


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92 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Red, Red Wine

  1. Wow, what a stunning combination. You’ve inspired me to try this Rudbeckia from seed myself next year, thank you Cathy. Good tip about blanching stems, I always forget to do this but it does make a difference to their vase life. Persicaria root very easily in water, does doing this stop them? Red Dragon looks great in your woodland garden.

  2. Helen Johnstone says:

    Good morning, your arrangement looks autumnal. Here is the link to mine
    Am thinking I might need Red Dragon now!

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  6. jenhumm116 says:

    Oo I miss my Cherry Brandies this year. What was I thinking!
    Here’s mine:

  7. In haste as I’m just off to walk the woods with two little elves before the rain comes in again:

    • Cathy says:

      Are you returning the elves to their sylvan home…? 😉 Damp here now rather than raining, but too damp for the bricklaying I was going to do… 😦

  8. AnnetteM says:

    Wonderful colours in your vase today and another plant for my wish list!
    I actually managed a vase this week:

  9. Anna says:

    An absolutely brilliant earwig Cathy – one that will no doubt haunt me for the rest of the day although I no longer touch the stuff. I think that you made the right call to make that rudbeckia the star of the show this week. I was really pleased to get a freebie packet of ‘Cherry Brandy’ seeds with a certain gardening magazine recently and will sow them next year. Is there any chance that you could spare a bit of your lovely friendly dragon for me sometime in the future? I’ve just posted my ‘vase’ this week but have been a bit naughty with my interpretation :

    • Cathy says:

      Naughty? Tut tut! I am sure it is perfectly acceptable whatever it is, Anna – and I thought I had already sent you some of the Dragon so I apologise and will remedy that ASAP. Good luck with the Cherry Brandy.

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  11. homeslip says:

    R. ‘Cherry Brandy’ is a star, I’m not surprised you let it take centre stage today. I’ve always been a bit afraid of persicaria, but after reading Kate’s post and seeing P. Red Dragon’ here today I think I should try it. I used the big jug for the first time today. Fortunately I am far too poorly to contemplate washing my collection …
    Here’s my link for today:
    Thank you for hosting Cathy, it is such fun joining in.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh sorry you are so poorly and hope the grey dampness of today have not made you feel worse… None of my persicaria are at all invasive – Red Dragon sprawls by this time of year but the clump itself is still small. I could send you some if you like…

  12. Christina says:

    The Rudbeckia definitely deserved a starring role, sadly mine did not grow so well but I will try again next year as I think they are a great colour and texture. Here’s my link for this week.
    Thanks for hosting.

  13. Cathy this is such a stunning red vase and I would have thought there was more in there than the 2 plants….the ‘Red Dragon’ makes for a show stopper in the vase and in your garden with the perfect bloom of red rudbeckia. I grew this red rudbeckia a few years ago, and it is a lovely unusual flower. It was very short lived in my garden but as you say worth it to grow again.

    Here is my vase for the week. A bit of a celebration in fact…..

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – there are so many other things blooming well but I am still pleased I kept it to these two. In the UK seed for this rudbeckia is sold as a HHA but I suspect it might overwinter in a mild year. I shall be sowing more seed next year regardless as I found it so easy to grow. I wonder what your celebration is…?

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  15. Cathy says:

    What a lovely rich red – certainly worthy of its name. I do love the Persicaria. It looks very much at home in that flower bed!
    Here’s my vase this damp Monday:
    Have a good week Cathy!

  16. pbmgarden says:

    Your Rudbeckia certainly deserves a featured vase of its own. Lovely rich wine color. I’ll toast it later! Here’s my vase this week:

  17. Cath says:

    It’s a beautiful Rudbeckia, and all the colours and wallpaper are perfect together.
    I struggle to grow even the yellow Rudbeckia for some reason, but we are both continuing to try. My vase this week is larger, so I had to resort to a new system for bringing it back with me.
    Here’s my link.

    • Cathy says:

      Thnaks Cath. And I have had problems with rudbeckias before too, but it’s one of the things that seems to have suddenly done well for me – I am certainly not complaining!

  18. Very pretty. I agree with the other commenters, it does look autumnal. Mine is not quite in a avase as I have been away all weekend visiting my sister with my mum. Here is mine:

    • Cathy says:

      I can see that now, although there is in fact very little evidence of autumn in the garden yet although I suppose it won’t be long…

  19. Annette says:

    Love it, Cathy, and the dragon is certainly in good company. There’s something passionate looming underneath…a bit scary perhaps and deserving of a short story or novel even.

  20. Noelle says:

    Hope to find a Red Dragon fly into my garden too, or may have to go out to hunt one soon. Love your arrangement, and song theme. This inspired me to go out and pick something from the garden, just as I was going to put my feet up and have a sabbatical week! Raindrops keep falling so here is mine at last

    • Cathy says:

      I will make sure I arrange for a piece of RD for you Noelle and I am collecting various seeds for you too. Sabbatical? Just from the garden though surely – you are not going to sit and twiddle your thimbs? Jam making, bottling, etc?

  21. Hannah says:

    Your Cherry Brandy looks marvelous, so vibrant, worthy of being celebrated alone, and the Red Dragon looks great with it, addition to looking great in your garden. I’m sad that in my dry garden this year they are not as colorful and exuberant. But perhaps next year will be better. I like your
    setting, the flowers in the wallpaper look good with the reds. My link is:

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  23. Kris P says:

    I actually have both Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ and the Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ in my own garden. I love them both, although my plants are water-starved and thus not at their best this year. Maybe El Nino will make a difference next year and I can copy your pretty arrangement. For now, I’m making do with succulents (again):

    • Cathy says:

      There is a lot of talk about El Nino all of a sudden…I wonder what effect it will have on our weather in all the different places we post from…

  24. Cherry brandy is rather brilliant but I did not realise that it is an annual, is it? Your strong dark reds are lovely and a complete contrast to my pastel pink. To take a look

    • Cathy says:

      There was a point earlier in the year when I went back to check as there were conflicting references to it online. The seed is sold as a HHA in the UK but perhaps in a mild winter it will survive – I shall be making sure I have seed for next year anyway.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    I just love this arrangement, Cathy. The combination of the dark red foliage with that gorgeous rudbeckia is fabulous and I love the bowl too. You mentioned that you’d sown the rudbeckia at the end of February, I’m assuming that was inside, outside would be too cold unless, of course, these are seeds that need a chilly before they will germinate successfully. I have some rudbeckia seeds to sow for the coming year, sadly, not your lovely Cherry Brandy variety. Nothing so dramatic in my vase this week – here’s the link:

  26. Eliza Waters says:

    Love this Rudbeckia, Cathy, it is a real winner and pairing it with Persicaria is indeed a match made in heaven! Adding the glass of red wine is brilliant (I’ll be right over… 😉 ).
    Here’s my vase this week:

  27. And you certainly shouldn’t apologise for the simplicity of these amazing colours Cathy. They really are quite striking. One day perhaps I shall try growing this amazibg Rudbeckia. I hope you enjoyed that delicious glass of vino afterwards. Here is mine:

  28. johnvic8 says:

    I love the wine colors. They really make the arrangement. Delightful.
    My offering this week:

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  30. Julie says:

    That Cherry Brandy is stunning Cathy – certainly one for next year. I have grown annual rudbeckia for the first time this year and it is doing very well, so I am planning to expand my range for next summer. My contribution this week is: – better late than never!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – I aim to look out for other rudbeckias too. The Chim Chiminee I grew has been attractive too and changes colour as the petals uncurled.

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  32. Gillian says:

    Your Cherry Brandy is beautiful Cathy. Sorry … my flowers are in a jam jar again.

  33. Hannah says:

    Your Cherry Brandy is marvelously red, after our drought mine are small and darkish. The Red Dragon makes such nice dark foliage to go with it, too, and the crystal vase and red flowers in the wall paper really enhance the flowers too! I wish my Red Dragon would grow like that, it is in a rather dry bed and skimpy. Maybe next year will be wetter. My link is-

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Hannah – just found your comments in my spam hence the delayed response! The Cherry Brandy flowers do seem a little smaller than others, so perhaps that is the norm. I love both it and the Dragon!

      • Hannah says:

        I was wondering what happened. I hope you don’t mind my linking to so many other blog-hops, I thought perhaps the gardeners in the flower photo memes might become interested in flower arranging too, as did I, if they saw your link as well.

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  35. rickii says:

    Cherry Brandy and burgundy are a heady combination…makes me feel a little tipsy (in a good way) just looking at it. Here’s mine:

  36. Wow! This is such a rich combination. I’ve never tried Persicaria in a bouquet before, but I will. Here’s mine:

  37. Amy says:

    Coming in rather late – it just turned Tuesday here 😉 But I think the simplicity of this one is perfect; the rudbeckia is wonderful and super with the persicaria! Wonder whether Cherry Brandy would grow here… though I’ve sworn off summer annuals till I get more structure into the garden! My own post is not so simple, but I suppose it’s a variation on a theme of trumpet flowers…
    I will add that I hope this comment posts successfully; I’ve been having trouble with that lately…!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Amy – and I am afraid this comment went into my spam 😦 so hence the delay in responding. I am pleased I kept it simple as they are both stars and make a happy couple. Now that I have really got stuck into annuals I would highly recommend them for adding bulk to ‘unfinished’ borders – and perhaps if I had done this before I might have been more selective and patient about more permanent plants… 😉

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  39. Love those colours, I’m going to have a look for that rudbeckia over here.

  40. My favourite colours, lovely. Interesting to see your Persicaria in situ in the garden. My newly purchased plant is still in the pot ‘cos I can’t decide where to put it. Thanks

  41. Helene says:

    Beautiful colours, that Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ is now on my whish-list!
    Here is my vase:

  42. I love that Rudbeckia! It’s definitely on next year’s list! All such lovely rich colours – and the complementary glass poking out!

  43. The Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ you included in your bouquet really caught my eye. I am going to search this out and get one in the garden this coming spring…Love your bold color choice for this post.

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