In a Vase on Monday: Abundance Abounds

IMG_8097It gave me great pleasure to take advantage of the best the garden has to offer in late summer and pick blooms for today’s vase, and with hints of the change in season decided to keep roughly within an autumnal colour palette.

Nearly all of the blooms were picked from the cutting beds: that prolific but unknown single dahlia and Dahlias ‘Karma Naomi’ and a red  ‘Bishop’s Children seedling, a yellow annual dahlia from ‘Dandy Mixed’, sunflowers ‘Italian White’ and ‘Earth Walker’, Rudbeckias ‘Irish Eyes’ and ‘Cherry Brandy’. They were joined by a dahlia from one of the bold borders which has produced nobbut a in the last couple of years and which from its colour I think must be ‘Happy Halloween’, Alstroemeria ‘Callisto’, Crocosmia ‘Canary Bird’, Persicarias ‘Red Dragon’ and ‘Fat Domino’, a few calendula and a handful of spent heuchera stems. A broken stem of Sedum ‘Thunderhead’ supports the redder shades of ‘Naomi’, ‘Fat Domino’, the heuchera stems and the pink streaks on the alstroemeria blooms.

IMG_8101The stoutness of the majority of blooms equated to a stubbornness and refusal to stand up in the chunky rectangular vase; adding pebbles helped, but then it became too hard to IMG_8098push the stems through the pebbles. In the end I removed all the blooms, tied them into a posy and placed them in vase before adding the pebbles and snipping the twine that held the blooms, allowing the stems to relax again. Along with the cooking apple, damsons and tomatoes (Sweet Aperitif) this vase well and truly sums up the abundance of the late summer garden.

During the week, I was able to take advantage of less sutumnally-shaded blooms to create three other posies – one based on yellow rose The Poet’s Wife’ to welcome Elder Daughter and The Poppet who were coming to stay for a couple of days, one with Aster  ‘Milady’, Antirrhinum ‘Admiral’s Purple’ and the foliage of Lavender ‘Spanish Eyes’ as a thank you for a friend giving me a lift and the third, a replacement for Monday’s lilies, with a bog-standard unnamed hydrangea, Sedum ‘Stewed Rhubarb Mountain’, spent stems of Verbena hastata and spent heads of sunflower and inula. I would happily have made several more, given half the chance!

extra.vasesLike many of us participating in this IAVOM meme, creating at least one vase a week has brought such a frissson of excitement into my life, and no sooner has Monday’s creation seen the light of day then I begin looking forward to the next one. Equally exciting  is to see what others have popped into their vases, so if you want to join in and show us what you have been able to cut from your garden or forage nearby to pop into a vase or other container, then include links to and from this post when you add the vase to your own blog so we can share in the pleasure your vase brings you.


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54 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Abundance Abounds

  1. Christina says:

    Just love the look of your case today Cathy. I’m away for a couple of days and in a place with very little internet access, even the telephone has little or no coverage. So my case for this week will appear in a few days. One of the joys of returning home is to see what there is to pick.

  2. Glorious – what a wonderful celebration of the cutting beds et al.

  3. Cath says:

    Gorgeous Dahlias, and the ‘white’ sunflowers really add a nice lift to the more intense colours. I love the deep burgundy flower with flowing petals peeking out under the sunflower. Is that one of the dahlias or Cherry Brandy?

    • Cathy says:

      That’s Karma Naomi – there is a hint of Cherry Brandy to the left of the alstroemeria. I have only had about 2 flowers from CB this year and they have performed very poorly

      • Cath says:

        Oh, I have noticed the Karma Dahlias in your vases. Haven’t seen them here yet. I must get seeds for Irish Eyes – might not do CB if it isn’t working for you.

        • Cathy says:

          The Karma dahlias are meant to have especially long stems, suitable for cutting. I grew Cherry Brandy last year and got a few more flowers but the plants were very straggly and floppy, unlike Irish Eyes. I think I will try a different dark variety next year instead of CB

  4. My vase is empty which is why I so enjoy popping over here to see what is in yours and others. You are so creative as are the other participants.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – I think we are now getting used to the amount of pleasure to be gained from such a simple act as picking flowers and putting them in a vase!

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Wow. “Abundance” deserves to be in the title of your post today Cathy. Nice to see you still are enjoying such a rich variety of flowers and fruits. I’ve found using stones to help hold the stems can be effective, but just as often is frustrating. I tend to break the stems trying to insert them into the stones. Really love the yellow The Poet’s Wife arrangement.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – the majority of dahlias are only just getting into their stride – must compare them with last year. The stones are a mixed blessing and I thought the stems would push through them OK, but mostly they didn’t. Even doing it theway I did it was hard to put the stones round them when the posy was completed as there were so many blooms and I couldn’t get my hands underneath them easily!

  6. Love seeing all your lovely blooms every Monday. Thank you.

  7. Lovely abundance…I am still on a needed break but enjoyed visiting all the floral delights Cathy!

  8. Abundance is putting it mildly. What a luscious array of fall blooms. I am growing my first Dahlia this year and can hardly imagine having such a display, but your grouping certainly suggests I need to add a few more at the very least! My offering for today is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda. After a couple of years I am much more confident with dahlias and plan to use them more in my other borders too, including shorter ones for front of border

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  10. jenhumm116 says:

    Wow, superabundance!
    Here’s mine , similar to last week, but pinker.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jen, and it’s the dahlias that I can be most grateful for, as they promise further abundance with all their buds ps good news…I have ordered some mason bees! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration

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  12. Cathy says:

    I can imagine how gorgeous your garden must look from seeing this vase Cathy! True abundance indeed! Here are my vases this week. Thank you, as always, for hosting!

    • Cathy says:

      The cutting beds are looking good – and the shrub border – but other borders are a bit scruffy, honest! But yes, it is SO worth growing annuals from seed for this prolonged colour and I am a real convert to dahlias

  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful abundance! This is an exciting time of year where we get both food and flowers from our gardens. I’m esp. charmed by your soft yellow arrangement. ❤
    My arrangement this week speaks equally to the abundance theme:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Eliza – I have been giving away pounds and pounds of apples, so there is a bit of superabundance there! I especially liked the Poet’s Wife arrangment too – it had white cornflower and osteospermum as well as Italian White sunflowers and the roses and amaranthus

  14. johnvic8 says:

    Abundance is the perfect word you have chosen for this week’s vase. Wow! So, so lovely.

  15. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Stunning as always, Cathy! Your vase breathes the abundance of the autumnal garden. Your other creations are also gorgeous! My contribution can be found here: Many thanks for hosting this weekly floral frolic!

  16. Kris P says:

    When you said “abundance” you weren’t kidding! What a plethora of flowers you have this week, Cathy. And fruit too! All I have left is persimmons and some ripening guavas, which even the critters won’t eat until they’re truly desperate. Mother Nature gave us a peek at the next season this weekend but summer’s not quite thrown in the towel. Still, this week’s vase is a sign of what we call our second spring:

    Thanks, as always, for hosting!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris. It’s not a huge damson tree so they are all picked and we are trying to give away the apples as fast as they are picked! I wonder what your second spring has got to show for itself…?

  17. A lovely quartet of vases. Abundance personified. I love those Damson Plums, thought they were gigantic blueberries at first glance. I have had the same experience with pebbles, I like those in the vase and the Dahlias are my favorite. Here is my borrowed vase this week.

  18. Abundance indeed, wow! What a beautiful, lush, arrangement. Looking at your intro photo my mind was trying to make the cooking apple into a green tomato, but the foliage wasn’t right, glad you identified it in the text.

  19. smallsunnygarden says:

    That certainly is a beautiful abundance! I love the use of pebbles but have never yet tried them – thanks for explaining how you went about it! I’m sure the tomatoes were enjoyed afterwards?! And each of your other vases is lovely; you obviously do have quite a bit in bloom 🙂 Flowers are not quite so abundant here right now, but a handful are definitely making up for the rest, much to the gardener’s relief 😉
    Here is my contribution this week, glad to be back after having been away from the blog all last…

  20. Annette says:

    Wish I could say that of my desert plot. Beautiful arrangement, enjoy your abundance 🙂

  21. Goodness, what a bountiful vase. You must be thrilled to be able to pick so many gorgeous healthy blooms from the garden and then be able to go back for more. I know what you mean about trying different ways to get stems to stand upright and stay where you put them. My favourite trick is chicken wire, but of course you can’t use that in a clear vase unless you are going for the industrial look, and these pebbles look fantastic. I must remember to raid a beach at the next opportunity because I often avoid glass vases for lack of invisible support. My vase is on the somewhat simple side (again). I frustratingly have very little to pick in the garden at the moment other than sweetpeas, which would take over the world if they could.
    And sorry it’s late… explanation in post!
    Jo x

    • Cathy says:

      And sorry to be for catching up with you – you must be pleased to have lots of sweet peas though despite their takeover bid…!

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  23. rickii says:

    Another simple one from me this week, in stark contrast to your lovely abundance:

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  25. Christina says:

    Hi Cathy, yes I’m feeling much more positive, thank you. The break was wonderful; here’s the vases I created yesterday

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