In a Vase on Monday: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

A mixed day, in fact, as a sunny morning yesterday gave way to a sudden short but heavy shower when I was in the greenhouse, then again as I prepared to photograph this vase, as you can see from the spots on the green felt fabric backdrop. These cheerful blooms, however, injected their own sunshine into the day, regardless of the weather.

It has been a struggle to reach the sunflowers this year, in the far corner of the cutting beds, without precariously stretching over dahlias and rudbeckia – and most of them were beyond my reach heightwise, anyway. Towards the end of their season, I decided there was much to be gained from cutting them down – not least the content of today’s vase, but beginning to clear the way to foreshorten this cutting bed and allow for all 3 water butts that previously served the greenhouse to be linked together now that the greenhouse is extended. The sunflower ‘stumps’ (many beyond the strength of my secateurs) reminded me of those fossilised forests that are sometimes revealed when water levels in reservoirs are low! We now need to work out how much of the cutting bed needs to be lost to allow access to the water butts when they are all in place – but it can wait till the long-flowering Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ has finished strutting its stuff.

A few of these rudbeckia blooms have infiltrated the bunch of their sunflower neighbours, joining ‘Vanilla Ice’, ‘Earth Walker’, ‘Italian White’ and ‘Ruby Eclipse’ in today’s vase, my spotty yellow jug. I am thrilled to be finally seeing the deep red of Earth Walker and the russet two-tone Ruby Eclipse at close quarters, instead of squinting a couple of feet above eye level! The dangly Vanilla Ice (or Italian White; it’s hard to say which) in the main photograph really was dangling like that, so for ‘dangly’ now read ‘artistically placed’! Lastly, and possibly reflecting the dottiness of the jug, we have some dotty Golden Hornet crab apples, currently smothering the small tree in the shrub border.

The Irish Eyes in last week’s vase still looks as fresh as the proverbial daisy (rudbeckia?) and it would be wonderful if all today’s blooms lasted as well this week, continuing to Bring me Sunshine… What will be bringing you sunshine in your Monday vases today? See what you can find in your garden or forage locally to pop in a vase and bring you pleasure during the week – and do share it with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.

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67 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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  2. Christina says:

    The colours seem very reminiscent of autumn Cathy; I’m half in denial that it is autumn and half relieved that summer is over. Here’s my link:
    I too have begun a new project which will curtail my posts I think.

    • Cathy says:

      I can appreciate your dilemma, Christina. Mine is not as weather related as yours might be – I am enjoying the September blooms but have got increasing urges to tidy the borders up!! I am intrigued by thoughts of what your project might be…

  3. Anna says:

    Oh that is a vase packed full of sunshine and cheer Cathy. I’m glad that you didn’t topple over into the sunflower patch when you picked them and that you can now see their beauty close at close quarters. I remain most jealous of anybody who can grow sunflowers. Similar weather here to yesterday despite the Met Office’s 5% prediction of rain but I donned my wetsuit and ventured forth to pick. My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Teehee – trying to imagine you in a wetsuit, Anna! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Dry here so far. I always start my sunflowers off inside, planting them out when they are perhaps 12″ tall – with the bottle collars, as I have mentioned before. I do hope you have success with them sometime – or do you feel it is just not worth the effort?

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  5. Rich September Sunshine in a vase – lovely and warming.
    My garden forage:

  6. pbmgarden says:

    The jug is the perfect container for your sunshiny flowers and the result is one big smile. Love the intensity of the Earth Walker. Thank you for hosting Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – and I have o missed being able to access these sunflowers easily during the year so I shall have to reconsider my planting out plan when the time comes next year. And for my dahlias too, which have swamped shorter things next to them – I think I need a dedicated dahlia bed!

  7. This is the perfect transition arrangement for September– a little bit of summer with the bold colors of fall. Love the pitcher– reminds me of a Polish pottery I used to have. Thank you for hosting, Cathy!

    I’m sharing some of dahlias but this time it’s more about the little vases and the story behin them. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, you are right, although that wasn’t in my mind when I did it. I must check the underside of the jug later – it came from an antique fair but was not a lot of money, I don’t think

  8. Alison C says:

    Beautifully arranged and photographed. The sun really is peeping out here so I hope you get that too. Your vase is showcases the Autumn colours, is very cheerful and none of us can resist a pretty jug. I love all those colours. I never remember how much things grow during June, July, August so am always losing things in the jungle. I ‘m sure you’ll work out how to fit everything in.
    I’m trying to hang on to summer:

  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Cheerful no matter the weather, there’s something about daisy faces that warms the heart. With the equinox this week, your arrangement ushers in autumn with a smile. That jug is one of my favorites, too.
    My vase: Thanks, Cathy!

  10. You have here a jug of autumn, with splashes of sunshine and the promise of more rusty colors to come. Happy in a Vase on Monday.

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  12. Joanna says:

    So nice and cheerful for a rainy day! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that dark sunflower! Is that Earthwalker?
    There are a few sunflowers in my vase this week, too!

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  14. Cathy says:

    Mmm, a lovely mix of summer and autumn all in one. I love the darker sunflowers and also grew Earthwalker last summer. Beautifully presented as always Cathy! Here are my vases for this week…

  15. Cath says:

    The warm colours in your vase give me a lovely feeling of warmth to keep me going through this wet cold haily Spring.

    • Cathy says:

      Glad to know it is warming you up a bit – here I popped the central heating on yesterday for an hours or so for the first time since early spring ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Strangely enough it has been dry and hot here now for a few weeks after being cold and wet for much of summer…..we are both looking at sunny blooms today….and the song that goes with your title is now swimming thru my head! I’ll take sunshine as I know it will cool down soon enough. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – sorry about the ‘earworm’ which of course I had too all the time I was creating the vase ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you are now able to enjoy some sunshine, albeit belatedly

  17. Linda Brazill says:

    My blooms are winding down and not nearly as dramatic and expressive as your bouquet today. But it is nice to still have flowers at this time of year. Wish we had had your rain shower. Very dry here and today’s rainy forecast has faded.

    • Cathy says:

      One of the joys of the cutting beds is the longevity of blooms there Linda – still packed with colour whereas the rest of the garden is winding down. It has been showery for a week or two here, but with sunshine inbetween – not unpleasant at all. Hope you get some rain yoursef – but not too much!

  18. A lovely array of sunshine in your vase today. The jug is a perfect container, I like Earthwalker and haven’t seen it here. Are you collecting rainwater? Here is my vase

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks, and yes, we do collect rainwater, not that we need much of it at the moment! We have 9 ‘water butts’, but two are waiting to be reconnected by the greenhouse following the work we were doing there. 4 are 100 litres, 4 are 150 litres and the other is probably 200 litres. I have emailed you the cake recipe today…

  19. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Rain arrived yesterday along with cold and windy weather, a reminder that summer is coming to an end. Your sunny and warm arrangement brings some welcome sunshine and warmth to this cloudy, wet day. I cheated today and posted a beautiful arrangement created by Dan Hinkley for the thirtieth birthday of Heronswood.

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  22. Sam says:

    A gorgeous, sunny collection that goes very well with your lovely jug, Cathy. Here’s my contribution:
    Thank you. Have a lovely week. Sam x

  23. jenmac13 says:

    Its great to see those sunshine colours Cathy.
    I love your sunflower patch, and will take heed of your sunflower tips, as I only managed to grow one this year! Its in a vase with roses and aster…

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jen – the sunflower ‘tips’ are what worked for me, hope they do for you too. I have to confess I never direct sow anything – apart from the occasional extra climbing French bean

  24. Kris P says:

    I’d be so happy to see a sudden rainstorm here but it seems I may have to wait until November for that. I had some of the same difficulty with my sunflowers this year – giving them regular doses of water gave the seeds the boost they needed to stretch for the skies. I pulled the last of mine this past weekend too, leaving some big holes in my cutting garden. I wish I had your cheery Rudbeckia to fill the gap! Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Here’s hoping you get your rain before November, Kris!! I am really pleased with this rudbeckia and will look out other varieties next year too – this has been flowering since June

  25. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Finally we have rain after more than 100 days without — very unusual — but maybe the new normal for the Pacific Northwest USA. Thanks for providing sunshine in a vase!

  26. That’s definitely an autumnal color scheme, quite lovely even though I’m in denial about the time of year. My IAVOM is a little unusual….

    • Cathy says:

      It wasn’t intentionally autumnal, Loree ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here, I have mixed feelings about the change of season – the blooms still flowering are lovely but I have urges to be clearing up the beds!!

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  28. jenhumm116 says:

    Lovely autumnal blooms Cathy.

    Here’s mine, a bit ‘boxed in’, but what can you do…

  29. Peggy Riccio says:

    Love the arrangement, very stylized! My persian carpet zinnias are autumn like as well

  30. Chloris says:

    I love your sunflowers, and the spotty jug too. My sunflowers are shamefully still sitting in their packets so I will just have to enjoy yours.

  31. Sally says:

    What’s the expression… late and a dollar short….That’s me! So glad I joined in. Your arrangement is amazing. The colors of Fall so uplifting!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sally – don’t worry about not posting on Monday. With the time difference Monday means different things to different bloggers anyway!

  32. johnvic8 says:

    I’m a bit slow in getting my vase out this week. Yours is lovely.

  33. Kim says:

    I really like those beautiful Autumn colors!!! So nice and warming. Thanks for sharing:)

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  35. Every year I am envious of other people’s sunflowers, and I think next year will definitely be the year I give them a shot myself. The unusual coloured ones (like rust coloured or lemon-yellow) are especially beautiful, and they always look so damned cheerful! It has been especially cold of late, so it’s wonderful to see so much summer in a vase. Apologies for mine being so late. I have absolutely no excuse to offer other than ridiculous ones like it’s being too cold to go outside.

    • Cathy says:

      Don’t worry, I will not be rapping your knuckles over it ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are so many pretty sunflowers to try – and I forgot about dwarf ones this year so have ordered seeds of those for next year before I forget. Hope you have success with them next year ๐Ÿ™‚ (and that you warm up a bit soon!)

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