In a Vase on Monday: For the First Time In Forever

When starting picking for today’s vase, I realised that the first three things picked had never been used in a vase before so allowed this to dictate the underlying theme – the title could perhaps have been ‘Vase Virgins’, but sadly this has only just occurred to me so it isn’t (and I am not quite sure what prop I would have used for this alternative title)!

The starting point was the clutch of Osteospermum ‘3D Double Lemon Ice’, bought as plug plants for summer residency of the snowdrop border but only lately coming into flower. Using white annuals in this border has worked quite well and I shall repeat this plan, but with some variation in the annuals chosen. Bellis perennis, nemesia and petunia are dead certs but, pretty though it is, this osteospermum will not be making the cut. Still at this end of the garden, the shrub border yielded Fuchsia magellicana, gorgeous stems of Miscanthus ‘Ferner Osten’ and late blooms of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’. One of my cornus has lost all its leaves already, but Midwinter Fire is still fully clothed.

Persicaria ‘Inverleith’ was plucked from its streamside spot (reinforcing an awareness that persicaria is up there as one of my very favourite perennials these days), before moving on up the garden and picking another grass, Pennisetum ‘Hameln’, along with Sedum ‘Munstead Red’, Salvias ‘Hot Lips’ and ‘Phyllis Fancy’ and plumbago Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, with a strand of Rhodochiton atrosanguineus to complete the collection. ‘Phyllis Fancy’ is now awash with buds, having spent all year building up to a height of nearly 6 feet and gaining a bulging six-pack at the same time, thoughts of flowering being beyond its remit until now. Having only arrived this time last year (in a 9cm pot), it probably spent last winter in the greenhouse so I am unsure yet how hardy he will prove to be, but there are already a handful of rooted cuttings as a safeguard. Likewise, rhodochiton is new to me, this one brought by blogging friend Anna of Green TapestryΒ  for my plant stall on open days, and although I read that they can be overwintered, is it worth trying or should I just treat it as an annual? Its flowers are quite bizarre, aren’t they?

The blooms were tied together in a posy to keep them together as they were popped into this small cuboid glass vase and surrounded with tiny pebbles. Do you recognise the prop? If you have daughters or granddaughters of a certain age you will know that this character is Anna from the film ‘Frozen’, where she sings the song of the vase’s title. I have to confess to having never seen the film but know the song from the choir I belonged to before I found my favoured barbershop group; however, having played Frozen pairs (pelmanism) and completed Frozen jigsaws several times with the Poppet on visits I am now at least familiar with the characters too!

As the end of October draws nearer I am aware that we are approaching another IAVOM anniversary so watch out for a themed week and a giveaway in three weeks time. In the meantime keep sharing your Monday vases, created from the offerings of your garden, by leaving links to and from this post – but more importantly enjoy them for themselves.



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54 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: For the First Time In Forever

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  2. I have not seen a rhodochiton before – yes extraordinary! A lovely vase.
    My garden is all topsy turvy again this year, with a few flowers only now showing themselves after hiding from the heat in early summer – nasturtiums suddenly in full glorious bloom and the bulbs are already peeping through the soil.
    Here’s my not IAVOM:

    • Cathy says:

      It was the damper weather that seemed to encourage things here, Sandra – although thinking about it I don’t think I have had any nasturtiums in bloom this year which is an oddity! And bulbs – gosh!

  3. jenanita01 says:

    Unusual, but delightful…

  4. Oh it’s most fortunate that you didn’t use that alternative title Cathy – it may well have attracted some undesirable visitors to comment πŸ™‚ The rhodochiton might overwinter under cover if kept dry and frost free. You have nothing to loose if you try and if you don’t have any joy I will be growing them again next year from seed. Maybe a swap for a salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ cutting? πŸ™‚ I love the colours of the rhodochtion flowers and their dangly form. What a shame about the lateness of the osteospernum with a mouthful of a name as it’s a real good looker. My vase this week is somewhat unoriginally mainly dahlias :

    • Cathy says:

      Haha – I remember in the early days when I had a sudden spike in views from non-gardening people and I realised it must have been due to the title! I shall certainly save you a Phyllis Fancy and must take more cuttings as they are not always keen to root. She is just SO tall! I am conscious that our remaining dahlia time might be limited but there are so many blooms on mine still so I daresay it will be dahlias for me next week too!

  5. Patsi says:

    Very creative. Don’t know all that you used but I’m loving the way you think.

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Your vase is just gorgeous Cathy–very strong design. The rhodochiton is interesting and adds rich color. Too bad the Osteospermum β€˜3D Double Lemon Ice’ didn’t meet your expectations but it works well in your vase today. Have a great week and thanks for hosting. Looking forward to another IAVOM anniversary.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I was pleased with how well the different shades of the grassed and blooms colemented each other. I trust you are going to show a whole year of vases on our anniversary, as usual!

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  8. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Cathy
    I managed to get Rhodochition to overwinter a while back – and, as GreenTapestry says, you have nothing to loose! Here’s mine

  9. Wow, I have never seen a number of your vase components. Wonderful and intriguing. Rhodochition is fascinating and what a color. I hope it lives! Thank you for hosting. Here is my vase

  10. Alison C says:

    What an interesting collection and some beautiful dark colours brightened by the pop of white. I’ve never seen Frozen but you can’t escape knowing about it, can you? The Rhodochiton is intriguing. Interesting to see if you can overwinter it. No time for a post from me today but here is a link to my Instagram photo of Cosmos. I’ve just cut some of these to enjoy before they are struck down.

  11. I have never seen the rhodochiton but now I must research it because it is intriguing. And that color…love it. Well, weather here in Minnesota, USA is acting up again and it seems that we only had about a week of fall before it went into winter. But surprisingly, a few smaller flowers fought the frost and little snow we had, so I am sharing them today! Thank you hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Winter is knocking at your door already?! Glad you could still find some blooms though. I like the pinkish hues in my vase and was pleased how the random selection blended together

  12. Amanda says:

    Love the maroons and magentas in your arrangement this week! It’s a completely different colour palette from my garden, which is still very summery! I can’t imagine it’s going to last like this for much longer! I really need to be putting in things for next spring but can’t possibly turn out my pots just yet. The geraniums, and a few petunias, are still going strong and looking lovely.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda – it made a change not to have brash dahlias in my vase today! I emptied out some of my pots a couple of weeks ago – the ones I forgot to water! – but others are still going strong

  13. Goodness you have some exotics there Cathy. Really interesting. I was organised yesterday and put mine together

  14. So true that one needs children or grandchildren to know all these movie characters. And you belong to a barbershop group! As always, I am amazed at the great variety still blooming in your garden. We are definitely on the downswing in my area. Even had a little snow flurries on Saturday. Not quite ready for that. Here’s my offering:

    • Cathy says:

      Snow flurries, gosh! It is hard to believe how close it is to November now, but there is still plenty of colour around although not in swathes ps I love my barbershop singing!

  15. What a gorgeous vase….love the deep plum-purples and green. Yes that rhodochiton flower is unusual and I can’t get over all the flowers you still have blooming. It has been awhile again since I have posted on my blog and joined here, but I have a vase of a few flowers left before the frost and freeze. Frozen is a perfect movie to describe our weather right now….the movie was wonderful!

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  17. Cathy says:

    The Persicaria really is lovely and I do like seeing it in vases. A lovely mix again Cathy. Still so much in flower! I’m afraid I don’t know the film at all though. I have also been disappointed with Osteospermums which I had in pots this summer. I bought them in spring as small plants. They did flower, but only one or two blooms a week! Here is my small vase for today…
    Have a good week Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I shall be looking out for more persicaria I think! Your osteospermum seem to have done as well as mine ie not much!

  18. Peter Herpst says:

    A delightful debut for these beauties. I’ve only grown rhodochiton as an annual but if you have space in the greenhouse, it might be interesting to overwinter it. My vase is here:

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  20. Christina says:

    Amazing that new flowers are blooming this late into October, Cathy. I love this arrangement, all the colours and foliage work perfectly together. I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to post but needed vases for the imminent arrival of more guests. I’m glad I found time to share a new kind of arrangement. Here’s my link

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Cathy, I’m loving the purples/maroons in your vase today – it couldn’t be more different from mine, that’s for sure. The rhodochiton is new to me – it’s unusual flowers are very eye-catching. The name of the persicaria variety, Inverleith, takes me back to Edinburgh where I grew up – I wonder if there is any connection. Here’s the link for my offering for today:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth – and when were you living in Edinburgh? I was born there and we moved away in 1963 (makes me sound ancient…!) Must see if I can find out why it was named Inverleith as I too assumed there was a connection with the place

  22. Kris P says:

    I’m sorry that the Osteospermum was a poor – or at least slow – bloomer for you, Cathy. They do well here where they’re short-lived perennials but then I suspect our climate is far closer to that of their native South Africa than yours. They’re “selective” about when they bloom even here, however. The Rhodochiton is a cool plant I’ve never seen before. I’m showing off the last of my dahlias and zinnias as the plants are headed for the compost heap this week:

    • Cathy says:

      It may not have been sunny enough for the osteospermum, Kris, as the bed is in partial shade – interesting that they are selective in their flowering for you too. What a shame that your dahlias and zinnias are on their way out – I am sure we will be getting frosts here in the not too distant future and I shall miss their colour, but nevertheless I quite look forward to getting the cutting beds clear and tidy and ready for another year

  23. LisaDay says:

    Ha! First Time in Forever was likely the better choice then. I am not sure what the alternative picture could be either, although I am sure the numbers would have gone up. Ha, ha, ha.

  24. Chloris says:

    Lovely selection Cathy. I bought a lovely new persicaria at Beth Chatto’s on Sunday, it is called Pink Elephant. When it has bulked up I will send you a bit.
    Your lovely Rhodochiton will get seedheads behind some of the flowers. They will plump up and eventually look like little bottoms. Sow the seeds straightaway when they ripen, if you wait until the spring they will lose viability. I have found bought seeds rarely germinate. If you have any extra seeds, I would love some. I haven’t grown it for several years.

    • Cathy says:

      Seedheads like little bottoms – lovely πŸ™‚ Thanks for the info and I will definitely look out for the little bottoms and if I successfully save some I will send some your way. I am ahread of you on pink elephants though, as I bought my own in the spring – from Claire Austin, where I have bought many of my new plants. Thank you anyway

  25. tonytomeo says:

    Osteospermum!? I never would have thought that osteospermum would become so versatile. That is not how I remember it from the 1980s. I normally dislike modern cultivars, and I am none too keen on osteospermum either, but modern cultivars of osteospermum are rather interesting.

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