In a Vase on Monday: Sunny Days in September

IMG_5885September is a month tucked somewhere between summer and autumn, and in the garden there is a similar transition going on. There can be rainy days, there can be sunny days, but whether rainy or sunny there is certainly something special about the quality of light at this time of year – a softer light, a light that imbues all colour with a magical tone. Very lovely.

IMG_5884My vase celebrates the sunnier days of September – the sunrises, the sunsets and the period in between – with blooms still at their sunniest but highlighted by signs that summer is on the wane and the garden will soon be in autumnal decline. So we have a clutch of sunflowers, the ‘Ruby Eclipse’ imposter and ‘Earth Walker’, Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ (of course) and ‘Chim Chiminee’ and what I am now wondering might be ‘Rustic Dwarf’ from a previous year’s sowing, Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ and a single bloom of Dahlia ‘Procyon’. Supporting the blooms are spent stems of Crocosmia ‘Canary Bird’, hips from climbing rose ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ and a sprig of ‘Golden Hornet’ crab apples.

The vase was a jug picked up recently at a car boot sale, bought with two other vases from a lady who was downsizing and selling, amongst other things, her collection of vases from when she was actively flower arranging (hmm, I wonder, will this be me several years down the line…? But no, we will still be rattling around here in our dotage…). I love it partly for the colour, a yellow ochre that fades into a gorgeous green and thus perfect for display in our kitchen, but also for its tactile matte finish. Props were appropriate for those sunny days in September, sun lotion and sunglasses.

I had no qualms whatsoever about my choices today, regardless of whether they have been used recently or not, as they summed up this month so well. What represents your garden this Monday morning I wonder? Please share it with us by posting a vase and including links to and from this post – or just enjoy everyone else’s.


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67 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Sunny Days in September

  1. Cath says:

    That’s absolutely stunning. I love the last photo especially. That rich orange shading into purple an then the really rich dark purple in the centre of each flower. My garden is in Spring, but with traces of the old year still there.

  2. Beautiful transitional vase – still with lots of sunny yellow.

  3. Hannah says:

    The yellow sunflowers with twisty petals are marvelous, and the red sunflowers have lovely shading. I really want to add more sunflowers to my garden next year. The crabapples and rose hips add a nice fruitful summery touch. I like the matt yellow and green of the vase. My link for this week is

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Hannah – the twisted petals are on the Rudbeckia Chim Chiminee – they eventually unroll and the flowers gradually change colour. I shall grow them next year too as well as Cherry Brandy.

  4. Ann Edwards Photography says:

    I agree that September is a month of transition – we have had a mix of weather here recently too. Ruby Eclipse is my favourite sunflower, so lovely to see it partnered with other hot summer colours. Here is my link

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ann – my Ruby Eclipse were grown from seed I saved from last year’s flowers but they haven’t come true so I shall buy fresh seed for next year

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  6. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous colours – especially the Rudbeckia. Like jewels. ๐Ÿ™‚ We have sunshine today too – here’s my vase, and thanks for hosting as always!

  7. Brian Skeys says:

    Thanks for the sunshine Cathy, we could do with it here today, some friends are over from America they are coming to see the garden this afternoon,it is pouring with rain!

  8. Great way to celebrate the September sun, thanks for this explosion of colour, Cathy! Splendid weather here, too, this is my vase:

  9. Helene says:

    Oh, what a beautiful vase of sunflowers! It says autumn to me like no other flowers โ€“ and as I have no sunflowers this year since I moved house it makes me remember how much I appreciate having these giants in the gardenโ€ฆ.soon I will be planting seeds again!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Helene – most of the sunflowers I used those time were smaller heads from side shoots. Overall they have been flowering for months! Yes, great to be sowing seeds again…

  10. pbmgarden says:

    Such a bright, colorful tribute to this in-between, transitional time. I love your richly colored flowers Cathy. The vase is a great find. Although the weather is still very hot, I’ve moved on with my vase:
    Thanks for hosting. Susie

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – many of my recent vase finds have been bought because they were cheap and useful, but I loved this jug in its own right regardless of it’s paltry ยฃ1 price!

  11. Cathy a beautiful variety of flowers and plant material that screams September and almost autumn. It has been hot and dry here for almost 2 weeks with temps in the 80s. Just yesterday we had rain and temps only in the 40s at night and 60s during the day.

    This week I too am using flowers I have used before as my small cutting garden is producing and I want to use them often.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – these blooms just begged to used again! Mind you, I was noticing later today how attractive a very ordinary sedum (probably autumn Joy) was, so perhaps I will go all pink next week!

  12. Sunny to be sure! My vase this week is so subdued it looks like I must be depressed compared to all your bright colors.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, surely not – less bright but not depressed, I trust ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, I did consider whether to reword my invitation to post something ‘representative’ of their garden for that sort of reason ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. The colours are definitely perfect for this time of year, as is the addition of rose hips and the spent seed heads of crocosmia. I think the latter make a great addition to vases at this time of year – one often overlooked. As for the props, have they been used at all this year? Not needed for my holiday, sad to say!

    • Cathy says:

      Parkdirektor Riggers is great for hips and I like these subtler Canary Bird seedheads (I have taken most of my Lucifer out and cut the remainder down before it seeded around). Sorry about your wet holiday – hope you enjoyed it despite that. I do actually wear sunglasses all year round, especially in the car, but the sun cream has been used only sparingly!

    • Noelle says:

      I prefer the seed heads to the flowers on most crocosmias!

  14. Hi Cathy, that is s great vase full, I bet it looks fab on the centre of your table. I especially like seeing the different daisy shapes together. Really cheery. By contrast my vase is rather pink, let me know what you think.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Dorris – I know it’s recognised that a lot of blooms with fiery colours flower later in the year, but it does seem that many late summer blooms are also daisy shaped – is this Nature’s way of making it easier for insects later in the season do you think? I am thinking I might try for a pink vase next week so I shall be interested to see what you have in yours…

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  16. Christina says:

    That’s very special Cathy, like Cath I love that last image. Your Ruby Eclipse really is amazing, I will have to try harder with some next year. the deep pinks, oranges and yellows should shout at each other but they don’t – they are perfect together. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – I did toy with including my single pink zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ and single tithonia but decided their colour was too solid compared to the the variation in colour of all the others.

  17. homeslip says:

    A lovely sunny vase on a wet afternoon, thanks Cathy. I am fIrmly in denial about summer’s end, although on a day like today we need all the sunshine we can muster and your vase of flowers do the job brilliantly.
    Here is my pinkish (yet again) contribution:

  18. johnvic8 says:

    The combination of colors is magnificent, and I love your vase. My garden is slowing down considerably right now, but there is enough color for

  19. Noelle says:

    So pleased you are focusing on the sunny side of the month Cathy. Lovely to think you are using vases which others have loved, and so hopefully it will be the same with ours in due course. My pink and mauve coloured rained on version of the month is here:

  20. Eliza Waters says:

    So vibrant and happy a design, Cathy, I love it! We are in-between seasons as fall edges in on cool nights, but the days are warm and sunny. We’ll take them as long as it lasts!
    Here’s my vase this week:

  21. You captured September quite well, in words (“September is a month tucked somewhere between summer and autumn”) and flowers. My creation this Monday is similarly September themed. Seedpods from clean up of a toasted Crocosmia and a cut stem from a favorite plant that I’m not seeing as much as I would like, since my time on the patio is dwindling.

  22. Kris P says:

    I love that yellow sunflower! The crabapples are a nice touch too. I’ve been wishing I had something similar – guavas and persimmons don’t fit the spec for a vase. My vase this week wasn’t what I expected when I started out:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – and if you want to include a guava or persimmon in your vase then why not?! There was a picture in the Sunday papers of the new Shadow Agricultural Minister (who is a vegan) receiving a bouquet of vegetables!

  23. Anna says:

    How fabulous Cathy – there’s so much vibrant warmth and colour in that vase. I did apply some sun protection on Saturday at the allotment but today saw the more autumnal and definitely wetter side of September. I’m sure that the lady who was selling the vases would be delighted to see that they have ended up with a loving and talented custodian. My almost didn’t make it today vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – yes, it does seem to glow when I look at it and is a reminder of the joy to be had in bringing blooms inside. I did explain to the lady I bought the vases from what I would be using them for and she did make a note of the blog – so Welcome! to her if she is reading this and thank you for this lovely jug!

  24. Brian Skeys says:

    Hi Cathy, I have been inspired to post a ‘In a Vase on Monday’ today.
    The sunshine did come this afternoon in time for our visitors.
    The link to ‘Our’ vase is here:

  25. jenhumm116 says:

    Such a lovely sunny vase to brighten today’s gloom. I’m just back from holiday and all this rain and chill has come as a terrible shock!
    Here’s mine, a bit out of date, but not dissimilar in colour to yours.

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  27. rickii says:

    I’m sure the boot sale lady was happy to pass on the tradition (and her treasures) to you. Did you chat about your ‘In a Vase’ meme? The use of the crabapples is such an unexpected and brilliant touch. Here’s mine:

    • Cathy says:

      She was as delighted to find out how I was going to use them as I was to buy them, rickii – and after categorically stating I was NOT going to buy vases at this car boot sale I was drawn to the jug and then saw the other two…

  28. So pretty Cathy. The rosehips are a real treat in this bouquet. The crabapples as well.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susan – the rosehips were always going to be in the vase, but the crab apples were an afterthought and included after passing them when I walked back to the house with the other material

  29. A very creative arrangement, Cathy, it just cries out ‘fiesta’ to me and is a perfect way to celebrate September.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    We were of the same mind this week it would seem, Cathy. The colours of the flowers you’ve chosen are much the same as mine … perfect for September. Love the story of your vase. I think the lady will be delighted to know that here treasured vases will continue to be used for many years to come. After yesterday’s mixed weather – it rained while I was taking the photographs of my vase – we have glorious sunshine today so I’m off out to tackle the tangle that is the woodland area this afternoon. Almost forgot, here’s the link for my vase –

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth. Damp mornings here this week, but sunnier afternoons – not unpleasant though. Off to see your September vase now!

  31. I realize you popped over to my blog before I got my new vase up. So good of you. Happy Vase filling on Tuesday for me.

  32. Amy says:

    The pitcher’s colours must combine well with any number of flowers… and fruits! It was the crabapples that first caught my eye in this one ๐Ÿ™‚ though the Rudbeckia, sunflowers, and all the rest are wonderful in all their sunny brilliance. No mystery about my vase this week – the only question was when I would manage to post it! – I’m just thrilled to be able to put this one together…

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  34. Julie says:

    I expect you had given up on me this week Cathy – but here I am catching up. Your vase really is a late summer beauty this week and I love your new vessel. It is sad to think of the previous owner parting with a collection of vases that must have given her so much pleasure – I am hoping that flower arranging will be a part of my life until the end, but I guess you never know what life has in store for you. At least those vases will not be going to waste in your hands. My contribution this week is at:

  35. The joyful colors and wonderful mix of shapes in your bouquet are such fun to look at, so enjoyable.

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