In a Vase on Monday: Daisy, Daisy

The generosity of Cosmos ‘Dazzler’ and Anemone japonica (probably ‘Honorine Jobert’) are at the heart of this vase, hence the ‘Daisy, Daisy’ of the title; plans for using the prop of a card reproducing a vintage bicycle advert were scotched when I remembered that the card, bought over 20 years ago and never used, had finally been utilised as a birthday card earlier in the month. Scratching my head for inspiration produced nothing, not even dandruff, so a double page spread of cosmos from a seed catalogue was brought into service as a poor substitute. A quick perusal suggests that I ought to be more discerning when I choose my cosmos varieties in future – with heights ranging from 12″ to 48+”, I needn’t be intimidated by cosmos peering down at me as Dazzler has done this year…

Joining these two daisies (‘Asteraceae, Asteraceae’ doesn’t have quite the same ring) and bringing vertical contrast are sprigs of star Persicaria bloomer ‘Blackfield’ and spikes of Heuchera ‘Kassandra’, all tied in a posy with pink string and popped into one of my larger Caithness Glass vases. Some of the anemones were already losing their petals but the central bosses that remain are equally attractive and I often leave them to stand throughout the winter, even creating a vase with them in the early days of IAVOM.

Whether it be blooms or seedheads, twigs or foliage, fruit or vegetables, perhaps there is something you can bring in from your own garden to pop into a vase or jamjar or place on a dish or plate to admire and bring you pleasure? We would be happy to share your delight so please consider including links to and from this post so we can do so.

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59 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Daisy, Daisy

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Aren’t Cosmos fab! Lovely. I’m in today

    • Cathy says:

      I still find them more manageable in the cutting beds although with the overhauled borders perhaps I will have more success adding some annuals to them – particularly some of the less tall varieties

  3. Alison C says:

    I love daisies in all their forms and they look happy all toghether here in a pink vase. It’s good to look at things in different ways and enjoy the beauty of all the different stages. Especially seed heads at this time of year. I have grown ‘Cupcakes’ this year which have been beautiful. ‘Xanthos’ which have barely reached my knees – too dry I think. and ‘Rubinato’ which are a gorgeous dark colour and fades gracefully. I’ll be interested to see what you choose for next year. I think I’ll try ‘Snow Puffs’.

    • Cathy says:

      Oops – just managed to lose what I was writing about the different cosmos I have grown 😦 Click Cranberries and Snow Puff and Fizzy Rose Picotee although the Click ones are never as fuzzy as the illustrations!

  4. A most attractive vase Cathy and as you suggest the centres of the anemones are most attractive in their own right. I smiled at the thought of ‘Dazzler’ towering over you. I only grew ‘Purity’ this year and one of the three plants has produced pink flowers! All have flowered very late in the day. Your post title made me think of my dear Dad who would have been 91 yesterday were he still with us. He sang ‘Daisy, Daisy’ regularly when he was shaving. My vase this week also has some persicaria ‘Blackfield’ in it and a daisy too :

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely, lovely! I adore cosmos and have only ever grown unnamed ones, but none in recent years. They make fall more interesting. The anemone is a great companion. Thanks for hosting Cathy!

  6. Joanna says:

    Your arrangement is so pretty and I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into one of your seed catalogs, too! The pink tint of the vase is so delicate and perfect for those flowers. And the idea of the title ‘Asteraceae, Asteraceae’ made me laugh! 🙂
    Choices are very limited here after last week’s freeze, but I did find something in the fields…

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  8. Cathy says:

    Lovely as always – and thanks again for emphasising the importance of the right cosmos choice! I wish I’d see the anemones used with only the boss in the middle – must do a search back when I get the time. I am on a flying visit today – but here is my vase…
    Have a good week

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – and worth seeking out varieties that suit, rather than just getting those more readily available perhaps…?

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  10. Karen gimson says:

    So beautiful Cathy. I love the colours, and the pretty vase. Here’s mine this week

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Karen – most of my CG vases are smaller than this so this is a very useful size (and it doesn’t matter that there is a tiny chip on the rim!)

  11. Cathy says:

    Where would we be without Cosmos for those extra splashes of colour! So pretty with the anemone too. We have had a frost here already, but the rockery must have been sheltered enough to shrug it off as I found plenty for a vase or two this week…

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – we escaped a frost here but there were 3 days when temps were only 2 or 3 degrees, so they are getting closer!

  12. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I must get some of these planted next year. They make such beautiful vases.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Another beautiful arrangement, Cathy. I’m enjoying the daisies that come with this time of year. Just when you think the garden will die down for winter we get asters – such a bonus. My cosmos is still putting on a good show too. I’ve spotted a lovely yellow variety in your catalogue – I’m now on a mission to search out the seed. My vase today isn’t too different to yours – here’s the link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth – that yellow one is Xanthos which is fairly widely available I believe (this catalogue is Plants of Distinction but I buy most of my seeds from eBay – much cheaper). When I have grown Xanthos it was more of a wishy-washy yellow

      • Elizabeth says:

        Thanks Cathy, I did a search earlier and discovered that this cosmos is morel lemon than butter yellow but I think I’ll still get some seeds from eBay and give them a trial. You might have seen my vase on sale in a Tourist Information shop which is where I bought it. It is made by The Tain Pottery, here’s the link:

        • Cathy says:

          Ah yes, Tain Pottery, we visited their factory shop when we did the Inverness 500 – and we have two TP porrige bowls which is why the styling of the thistles looked especially familiar. Thanks for the link – I am very tempted, and will have a further look at their website, as I regretted not buying spare porridge bowls when we visited.

  14. I love Anemone seedheads, so I am all for bringing them in late in the year. Your bouquet is lovely and I am glad you used the catalog as I had no idea there were so many Cosmos choices. My offerings are here:

  15. I think there is a Cosmo conspiracy to sell the best ones in the UK. Never see such variety here. I love the combination of similar yet different flowers. I did not realize that Anemones had such attractive seedheads. Here is my vase

    • Cathy says:

      That’s strange, that you don’t see as much variety in the US – I wonder why that is? The anemone seedheads can add structure to a border over winter if they are left as they grow quite tall here (3-4 feet often)

      • I think gardening is more ingrained in your culture. I had a bit of a trial finding Sensation Mix Cosmos in bulk, we seeded a field of them for a client. Anemones are another thing I could never grow!

        • Cathy says:

          That’s an interesting point – it is certainly engrained here, but I don’t know enough about US gardens to know how it compares. We certainly have a more equitable climate for gardening. Can you import seeds from abroad?

          • I think gardeners cross all societal areas. I was always astonished at the variety of people on garden tours. I am from the Southeastern US, more temperate than many places and a deep garden culture – my grandfather was a peach farmer, there I could buy a much greater variety of plant material – where I live now the market is much smaller in terms of population and interest. That said, I doubt there are many places in the US that meet the gardening culture found in the UK. I think most of the seeds come from within the US. I will have to pay more attention, locally grown is becoming a real issue here.

          • Cathy says:

            That’s interesting to read – thank you for sharing this

  16. Peter Herpst says:

    I’ve been practicing the “I’m half crazy” part of the song for years:) Such pretty soft colors & a perfect vase. Your collection is impressive!

  17. Amanda says:

    I love cosmos and your arrangement reminds of the pink cosmos I grew in my previous garden. I love your idea of a vase on Monday and have just started the same on my blog today. Hope you enjoy my posy as much as I have enjoyed yours.

  18. Kris P says:

    I love daisies in all their forms. I wish I’d tried growing cosmos again this year. I bought seeds but was dissuaded from planting them by memories of last year’s crop being incinerated by our summer heat. I do have few Japanese anemones this year, through, and coincidentally I used these in my vases this week too. Thanks for hosting, Cathy! Here’s my post:

  19. Ali says:

    I love the way the Japanese anemone’s anthers stick out. Every year I think I need some in my garden, but never seem to find a space!

    • Cathy says:

      And they can be thuggish, so if you do squueze some in make sure they are in the right place as you will never be able to get rid of them completely. And I am sure I put some white ones in my blue & white border but they came up pink… 😉 So, thoroughly dependable, but with a mind of their own, which I am sure we can relate to life as well!

  20. Noelle says:

    Those are so fresh and lovely Cathy, and make a lovely arrangement. My vase in the shadow in comparison:

  21. rickii says:

    Must find a spot to tuck in some cosmos next year…as well as a few other annuals to brighten things up.

  22. Cathy is a magnificent vase. The Cosmos I like very much are very beautiful and their different colors are beautiful. The anemone japonica that protrudes is divine. The vase is fantastic and looks great with the flowers. The set is wonderful. I liked the detail of the seed catalog opened by the page of the Cosmos: it is one of my favorite flowers because of the color they have and they are not difficult to grow. Have a nice week. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Maragarita – do you have cosmos in your own garden? Have a good week yourself

      • Cathy I had Cosmos in my garden four years ago, when I was in better health, and I liked them very much, they were beautiful and they were continually flourishing. For next year I want to put them back, with permission from my hip and my leg clear. But I think we’re going to beat the Cosmos and me. Greetings from Margarita.

        • Cathy says:

          I hope this means that you think your hip and leg will be better enough for you to grow cosmos again – things got a bit confused in the translation. Take care Margarita

  23. smallsunnygarden says:

    I have to laugh about your re-perusal of the gardening catalogue! It sounds like something I would do… 😉 I love your combination of cosmos and anemones – what a perfect blend! Especially with the Caithness glass…
    Our weather has just now become autumnal – by desert standards, which means that a rose has at last appeared in today’s vase! Along with other seasonal blooms…:

  24. tonytomeo says:

    I SO tried to get just one good picture of a good Japanese anemone flower today, but could not. There are only a few flowers, and they are all pretty tired. There are still a few buds left. They happen to be pink. I would prefer white, but I am pleased with these just because of what they are.

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  26. you know I’d love your vase this week Cathy – lovely pinks and whites. It’s reminded me to order some cosmos seeds as they grew well in my garden a couple of years ago. I’m a day late with my vase but it was our 1st wedding anniversary at the weekend 🙂 I wrote about our wedding and my bouquet, though my vase this week has lavender and eucalyptus. Love Bec 🙂
    here it is:

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