In a Vase on Monday: Single But Happy

Many blooms in the garden are increasingly on borrowed time, partly in the knowledge that we could have frosts at any time (although this didn’t happen until early in November in the last two years) and partly because annuals have been doing their thing since June and have every right to feel exhausted.

Accordingly, I didn’t look any further than the cutting beds for today’s vase, choosing single dahlias ‘Twynings After Eight’ and ‘Happy Single Juliet’, aided and abetted by clary sage Salvia viridis in ‘white’ and ‘Pink Sundae’ versions, with a flowering stem of grass Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’. The increasingly tatty clary was cut back some weeks ago and has now rewarded me with fresh stems, a big asset to many vases and posies. Today’s vase is a mottled pink Caithness Glass example, a chip in the rim invisible to the casual observer.

The search for a suitable prop began and was proving fruitless until I chanced upon this little drawing by four year old The Tinker, probably done a few months ago on one of my Grannie Thursdays. The subject is certainly happy, no doubt due to a particularly effective brand of mascara…

We have learned over the years of IAVOM that we don’t need live blooms for our Monday vases and that there is a range of material we can pop into them whatever the season: what could be in yours today? Please share your vase or jamjar with the rest of us if you like, by leaving the usual links to and from this post.

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30 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Single But Happy

  1. the running wave says:

    What a pretty vase today Cathy! I love the title of your post too! Good fun, and also The Tinker’s drawing – there is a real air of happiness in all of it! I do love clary. Every time I see it – usually in IAVOM vases I think I should grow some myself, and then the thought goes out of my head. My little vase this week is mostly very summery, but the infant garden is still in good fettle so I am just embracing it in a small way! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda – do give clary a try: it is such an easy annual to grow. I am so pleased your ‘infant garden’ is coming along 👍

  2. pbmgarden says:

    Your dahlias are very pretty. The clary sage is a good foil and the Caithness glass is just the right container to tie everything together. I feel that sense that the garden’s flowers are on borrowed time. Enjoy while we can, right?

    In A Vase On Monday – October Messenger

  3. Noelle M says:

    I am sure we won’t hang on to winter, as we hang on the Summer or Autumn. You really demonstrate that with planning early in the year, and choice of plants to grow, a good variety of cheerful blooms can still be cut in October. The pink and white melange makes a pretty posy. Those childhood scribbles are ‘grannies’s treasures’.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, there are still a number of annuals in bloom, so a number of choices for vase…and yet winter has its treasures too…

  4. I like single varieties of many flowers, and pollinators often prefer them. Our dahlias are also still going strong – next year I hope to try one of the singles, perhaps a Tonka.

  5. Pretty Dahlias and I love that vase, chipped or not. I always think they are Cosmos at first, then no some much prettier and beefier than Cosmos. Fall has definitely arrived. Thank you for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Many of my Caithness Glasses are chipped, but no so you would notivce when they have blooms in them!! More petals to these than cosmos? I am trying to visualise them…

  6. bcparkison says:

    And the art work is a keeper.

  7. Kris P says:

    Happy indeed. I love that white dahlia – and the art work! My dahlias are going strong at last and may continue to do so into November if I leave them in place. We don’t get freezes here but mildew and the need to clear my cutting garden for cool season plants usually has me pulling them out sooner than that. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      The white dahlia has gloriously dark stems and leaves, hence its name, I guess – do you have After Eight chocolates in the US? Wafer thin, with a soft mint fondant filling, covered in dark chocolate

  8. Anna says:

    You wouldn’t think that the first frost could potentially be on the immediate horizon when you look at your vase of flowers Cathy. It speaks of summer not early autumn. Clary sage is definitely going on my seed list for next year – probably a blue shade. Those fluttering eyelashes should soon entice a partner and as for chinks in rims you can always hide them at the back 😂 My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I agree it has a summery look to it. I haven’t tried cutting the clary back before but it did eventually give them a new lease of life. And yes, there have been many chips hidden at the back of rims over the years!! 😁

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  10. Adorable! Both drawing and vase. I love single dahlias, but I’ve not seen Juliet before. She’s a great colour.
    My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      She was from Peter Nyssen although nit sure if she is available there any more. Very similar to Bishop of Canterbury, or at least my B of C which I am not convinced is the real thing!

  11. smallsunnygarden says:

    The dahlias have certainly done their share, and the combination with the Caithness vase is perfect. And of course, the art! I expect I will have to add some dahlias for cutting here eventually, though I may opt to grow them in containers for the sake of watering. There’s a large, open patio area that desperately needs potted plants on it! 😉
    I’m back to foraging today, as I had a special wildflower available:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – and it is worth taking your time planning the garden, if you are confident that this is the right place for you

  12. Annette says:

    A lovely cheerful vase and an art work to treasure. Happy October days to you both 🙂

  13. Cathy says:

    Lovely vase Cathy. Have a great week. 😃

  14. Debra says:

    So lovely and sweet! That you still have such lovely blooms this late in the season is impressive to me! 🙂

  15. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, that is some . . . fancy mascara!
    Those dahlias look almost like Japanese anemones! Well, the pink is brighter, but still, the floral form is similar.

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