In a Vase on Monday: Bee Magnet

As is often the case at this time of year, choosing the contents of my Monday vase was not easy but in the end I deliberately avoided the more predictable options and chose blooms which are all bee magnets, being careful to ensure I was not cutting stems with buzzy visitors!

Star of the show is the oreganum O ‘Rosenkuppel’, now beginning to bulk up after a slow start. accompanied by the Succisella pratensis I featured on Saturday, an unnamed sedum that is probably S ‘Autumn Joy’ and Verbena rigida, accompanied by the delicate airy seedheads of Amenanthele lessonia. This verbena is new to me this year and I am not sure how hardy it will prove to be, but do have cuttings in the hydropod as a back up. The stems are in a small purple vase which unusually is not Caithness Glass but a lighter and probably cheaper alterative, possible IKEA. Sadly I have no bees, real or otherwise, to use as a prop (but will ensure one is added to my prop collection soon!), although a hoverfly did visit the vase when it was being photographed, but I do have a magnet!

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40 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Bee Magnet

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  2. Annette says:

    A lovely combo which reminds me a of a firework. I was just filming my Heptacodium this morning, like the plants you’ve chosen it’s such an insect magnet. Sunny greetings to you and the Golfer, I hope you’re both well:

  3. Cathy says:

    That is a lovely theme Cathy, and a pretty mix. I love the Verbena rigida, but I think it would not be hardy enough here. Good to hear you have plenty of bees too! Here is my link. Have a good week!

    In a Vase on Monday: September Sparkle

  4. Angie says:

    Love this combo of shapes but also variations of purple. This year I was all about the purples (which is odd, since I’ve never been particular to that color), but I was just drawn to it. This week I went with flowers again— what it’s mostly growing in my garden right now. My garden has just struggled so bad all summer with the most insane weather we’ve had.

  5. The aerial shot is really effective, and shows off your ‘Autumn Joy!’ Mine is also blooming and, if I were to cut some, it would have to be in the early hours before the sun was up, otherwise I’d also be risking the wrath of a gazillion bees!

  6. This is a prelude to autumnal tapestry colors, I love the tones of purple and often have to wait to cut flowers until the bees go elsewhere. I am not familiar with V.rigida though it looks like bonariensis which is used in butterfly gardens here. Another one to look up from you. Happy Monday and thanks for hosting.

  7. Kris P says:

    Your bee magnets look lovely in combination. The ornamental oregano in my own garden is long gone for the season, although I’ve noticed that a culinary variety has popped up among the gravel of my cutting garden but there it’s the African blue basil that the bees are swarming. I have dahlias again this week:

    • Cathy says:

      I am really pleased with this ornamental oregano, which has flowered for ages. African blue basil sound intriguing although not something that is likely to grow here!!

  8. Noelle M says:

    I like the various elements of your vase this week, and it was the lack of a prop that got me fired. I had been washed out, and just seeing your arrangment has motivated me. The grass in yours gives the whole a light airy look too. I am following my leader this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle – I was really pleased with the effect of the amenanthele (anemanthele? Can never remember) although the stems were realy long and also very fine, hence the broken one. Glad you felt motivated 👍

  9. I love all the flowers in your vase and the violet color palette is divine on your bee magnets. Ornamental Oregano and Stiff Verbena are my favorites, but they’re all wonderful – I love them. It’s a lovely, magnificent vase – I’m so glad you have so many bees. Cathy I have not written in so long because I feel very bad, I have not picked up the computer. Cathy I hope you and the golfer are in good health and in good spirits. Take good care of both of you. Have a great week. With best wishes. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Margarita, it is always good to hear from you, and I am sorry to hear things have ben tough for you at the moment. How is the flat decoration going?

      • Thank you Cathy for your kind words. At the moment and because of the strong heat that she does, except for three days of truce due to torrential rains, we are delaying the painting of the house until the temperatures are bearable. Thank you very much for remembering, you are a good friend. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

        • Cathy says:

          I wondered what the weather had been like for you

          • Cathy thank you for your concern. Cathy I can’t stand the heat so high and it makes my body very bad in every way. After 34ºC I no longer feel well and I can’t do anything. This summer we had a lot of heat in Madrid, on average 38ºC and with waves of 40ºC. I get dizzy, my head hurts, I don’t feel like doing anything, my whole body hurts, my ankles swell because my circulation is bad … my dear Mother is worse off. We spent the whole afternoon next to the fan at a cold temperature in the living room resting after napping to rest our legs. Luckily the weather has already changed and it is 28ºC. Cathy Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

          • Cathy says:

            Oh dear, not good for you at all, Margarita 🙄

          • Cathy thank you very much. That is why we have the country house, where my dear parents and I were from the end of April or the beginning of May until the beginning of October. So we did not suffer from the heat of Madrid and we were very happy enjoying the garden and the much cooler climate that we have there. My dear Father passed away and then the Covid came and everything has turned upside down. But that’s life. And we have to continue living, we have no other choice. Cathy have a happy week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  10. smallsunnygarden says:

    I can imagine this makes the bees quite happy! It’s a lovely and, yes, unexpected, array of flowers for September.:) I love that you’ve used the oregano blooms, as I think the flowers from herbs are easily overlooked but quite special in their own way.
    I finally have had a chance to put up my first vase from the new garden-to-be:

    • Cathy says:

      I tried not to use things from the cutting beds this time, Amy. Glad to know you have been able to put a vase together and hope things are working out for you and your sister and you are both beginning to feel at home in your new location

  11. pbmgarden says:

    A charming arrangement in a lovely blend of colors. I read about this verbena after seeing yours as it is new to me and very appealing. Sorry I’m late but here’s a tardy Tuesday vase. Thanks for hosting Cathy.

    In A Vase On Monday – Hue And Form

    • Cathy says:

      Thans Susie – in hindsight I could have cut the sedum a bit shorter, but I suppose we are rarely satisfied with our creations although I am sure your Tardy Tuesday vase will be as delightful as always! 😁

  12. the running wave says:

    Such a lovely mix in your vase Cathy! I do love the verbena. I have some verbena bonariensis in the infant garden and it’s doing really well. The other bee magnets in your vase are great too. I love the grass – so airy and delicate. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda, sounds as if your garden is beginning to take shape. Have you tried tinkering with WordPress recently or are you too busy with other things?

      • the running wave says:

        Been a bit busy really. The summer has flown by but I really would like to pick up the blog again. I must spend some time looking at it and trying to sort out whatever the issues were. It was so long ago I can’t remember! I love seeing everyone’s vases at the start of the week. I miss being part of that! A

  13. tonytomeo says:

    Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ was the only cultivar of that species we learned in school. After all these years, I am not aware of any other cultivar.
    I do not know what to think of that oregano. It certainly is pretty, and it seems to be popular. I still think of it as an herb though. Mine is wild, so I do not know exactly what it is. I suppose that I should eventually get a garden variety.

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t know when other species started to become available, Tony, but I suspect relatively recently. Perhaps this oregano was originally ‘just’ a herb and someone decided it was pretty enough to grow as an ornamental too…?

  14. Anna says:

    Oh a most pretty vase indeed. The origanum sounds and looks most desirable indeed Cathy. I had an unnamed variety at the allotment which was a real bee magnet although it did self seed in abundance. It’s so important to plant for bees which are struggling in this age of global warming 😢 Do you use the hydropod for all your cuttings now?

    • Cathy says:

      I would be quite happy if this one self-seeded Anna (or perhaps I should qualify that…)! I haven’t tried the hydropod for thing like sedums, and I don’t suppose it would help with woodier cuttings but periscaria, penstemon, salvia, verbena are all doing well. I have just potted some up so have space for more now, so may experiment with others…. Hope you are both well

      • Anna says:

        Thanks Cathy. I must do some serious research into the hydropod – it must be fascinating as well as most helpful to see the roots develop. We’ve just had a week away in Wales near Cardigan and are fine thank you. It was so good to see the sea again 😂 Hope that all is well with you too xxx

        • Cathy says:

          Especially if you are normally prone to prodding around in a pot to see if roots are developing 😁 Glad you have had a good week away – we have just come back from another o/n stop!

  15. I meant to comment on Monday, but got side tracked buying some oreganum, Oops! Lovely vase though and now I must also investigate succisella.

    • Cathy says:

      The succisella probably didn’t start flowering till a month ago but should go on awhile yet – but the oreganum has been flowering for ages

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