In a Vase on Monday: Airy Fairy

No doubt I have used this title before in a previous post, but it suited the lighter and more delicate stems of the contents of this Monday’s vase, a contrast to the chunkier and more dominant dahlias and zinnias that have filled many late summer and early autumn vases.

It was the blooms of Pelargonium ‘Copthorne’ in the Coop that took me in this particular direction but, having picked a range of other delicate stems the pelargonium suddenly seemed indelicate in comparison, and a single stem was retained only because it reflected the colours of Argyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink’, a pot of which was reblooming after being cut back a few weeks ago. Joining these two are Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ and ‘Red Dragon’, larkspur Consolida ‘Dark Blue’, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, a single bud of Rosa ‘Susan Williams-Ellis, bunnytails grass Lagurus ovatus and some summer flowering jasmine that never flowers.

Plonked into a cheap glass vase, and accompanied by my Traditional Wood Wooden Classic Push Up Press Puppet Toy’, another airy fairy, the vase has more than just a suggestion of summer to it. Of its contents, only the larkspur has come from the cutting beds, the occupants of which are mostly well past their best, and I am working up to cutting everything down, instantly putting an end to some of summer’s memories. The garden, however, will continue producing blooms and foliage whatever the season, providing material for vases throughout the year.

Has your garden provided material for a vase today? If so and if you would like to share it with us, please leave links to and from this post in the usual way.

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33 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Airy Fairy

  1. the running wave says:

    What beautiful colours in your vase Cathy! I really love them. A cool and pretty collection of blooms, with a little of summer still there! I am still in summery mode this week – can’t let go! Have a good week. Amanda

  2. Mrs. Gumboots in Japan says:

    Oh! That’s really lovely! Just love the color!

  3. Beautiful colour from your garden today, and the overhead shot, showcasing the asymmetrical arrangement, really implies a twirly movement – perfect for autumn breezes!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chris, I need to remember about this jasmine foliage, which is tucked against a post behind a bench, as it makes a good twirly addition!

  4. pbmgarden says:

    This is just lovely, Cathy. The colors are so rich and the greenery off to the sides adds balance. Hope you have a good week.

    In A Vase On Monday – Dahlias In Textured Vase

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – all of the jasmine foliage seemed to curl like this, probably because it was sprawling on the ground and then reachng for the sky

  5. I love the airiness of this. And three plants I don’t know. It seems strange to me to have Larkspur this time of year. It is a very early spring plant here. The fairy prop is wonderful. Thank you for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      I am not sure how normal it is for the larkspur to be flowering in October in the UK, but to me it is the length of flowering season I find remarkable, especially as I haven’t ended up cutting them very often. I did try to remember to deadhead them every so often though

  6. Angie says:

    I love the airy feeling of the flowers you have chosen, as well as the color. Normally I am not a purple flowers person, but this year, I was drawn to that, and actually had a whole bed planted with nothing but purple flowers. And the little toy is so cute! The cutest flower fairy. 🙂

    Angie ~

    • Cathy says:

      How intriguing to go from being anti-purple to a whole bed ot it… perhaps I will have a bed of yellow flowers one day… and perhaps pigs will fly…!

  7. Kris P says:

    I was astounded to see the larkspur as, like sweet peas, that’s a spring bloomer here. It’s reminded me that I have to get seeds soon. I love the pink ‘Grandaisy’ too – so far I’ve only seen the yellow variety offered here. I’ve still got dahlias:

    Thanks for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Another blogger recently mentioned they were autumn sowing larkspur, so I am giving that a try for the first time, Germination is the main difficulty I have with them

      • Kris P says:

        I’ve learned that larkspur seeds need cold to germinate well. That’s probably easier to provide in your climate than mine. My seeds will be spending a few weeks in the refrigerator before I sow them 😉

  8. Anna says:

    Oh I do like the intense colour of that larkspur Cathy! When did you sow your bunny’s tails? Mine have long since hopped off into the green bin. No vase from me today as I got distracted by the pruner snapper we bought at the garden centre this morning and just had to try out 😂

    • Cathy says:

      A pruner snapper? Sounds lije a vicious dog! 😁 The bunnies were sown in January although I may have sown some the previous autumn too – and have recently sown some for next year. I wonder if some may have self-seeded?

      • Anna says:

        Thanks Cathy. I asked as although I didn’t sow any bunnies this year they have usually petered out by the end of summer. Will probably sow again come spring. As you say though self-seeding may have well occured 😄 My new toy is definitely a snapper but doesn’t share any other similarities with the canine species.

  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Such a pretty colour combination!

  10. Cathy says:

    Lovely collection today Cathy. Love the pink daisy and the larkspur. 😃

  11. Cathy forgives me for not writing in so long, but my depression is very bad and I don’t feel like reaching for the computer. Cathy I love your vase and its colors and of course all the divine flowers. Larkspur is rare to see at this time: it is wonderful and I love it. I love how the flowers are so well distributed: in the photo from above it looks great. I love your wooden fairy hugging a flower, and she’s also a moving toy – she’s adorable. Cathy I hope everyone is in good health. Take good care of the golfer and you. Best wishes for this week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you so much, Margarita, but I am so very sorry to hear how depressed you have been. What do do you think might help lift the depression?

      • Thank you very much Cathy for your concern. It would help me if my dear Father were alive: but that is impossible. So I have to keep fighting to live with his death and try with all my might to get out. Perhaps it would have helped me to spend the summer until the end of September in the country house by the garden. But it has been impossible this year, things have become complicated and we can no longer go because my dear Mother has many appointments with doctors and a quick getaway is not worth it: it is already very cold there to enjoy a garden that will be a jungle. Thanks again Cathy for your kind words as a friend. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Yes, that larkspur really is nice. I really should grow it, since it is less demanding than bulkier delphiniums. You know, I have never grown it.

    • Cathy says:

      So will you try it?

      • tonytomeo says:

        Like so many flowers, I should have tried it last year, either in my own garden, or in the landscapes at work. It is a long story, but we did not try much more than maintenance at work last year, and the garden was abandoned. Delphiniums are exquisite in other gardens, but look too refined for our landscapes. I mean they are just a bit too big and bold. Larkspur fits the style better. They happen to look great in white, which is not only my favorite color, but is also the only color allowed in the particular landscape at work into which I would like to install them. However, they also excel at blue. Since I can not decide on a particular shade of blue (which is more variable than white!), I might like a common mix for my own garden, which incidentally includes pinks as well. A ‘mix’ is rather risque for me!

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