In a Vase on Monday: Taking Phyllis’ Fancy

With the demise of the dahlias and any lingering blooms in the cutting beds, finding blooms for a Monday vase has suddenly got a lot harder – not that we need fresh blooms, as we showed in last week’s challenge. Late flowering Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ has conveniently plugged a small gap, however, and provided stems for this week’s vase, accompanied by a sprig of adjacent fluffy seed heads of wood aster Eurybia divaricata. Phyllis doesn’t take too kindly to winter, and although I did manage to keep a heavily-mulched plant alive over last winter, she still hasn’t grown any quicker or flowered earlier than one from a cutting – and usually begins flowering at the end of August or at the latest early September, not November as was the case this year. The wood aster is probably the nearest I will get to successful asters in my garden, and she has flowered well, so I am happy with that.

I don’t know if lemon curd would take Phyllis’ fancy, but it certainly takes mine, with that combination of tartness and sweetness and the perfect ‘mouthfeel’, an important quality when considering taste; with a good quality dark chocolate (Aldi’s 85% is my current choice) a close contender, it is definitely my Number One taste…homemade of course!

We saw some great vases last week without fresh blooms, and I am pleased that everyone chose to accept the challenge which really opens our eyes to the wider possibilities within our gardens. Thank you to everyone who joined in or commented, or perhaps just chose to read, and shared the 8th anniversary of the IAVOM meme. As promised, the names of all those who commented went into a metaphorical hat and blogging friend Sandra of Wild Daffodil, who passed through recently, pulled out the winning name: Kris P. Let me have your address please Kris, and I will post the book out to you – and thanks to Sandra for dropping in* and allowing me to share the garden with her, as well as carrying out the important task of selecting the winner… I love meeting fellow bloggers!

If you would like to join in with IAVOM this week or any other, just leave links to and from the week’s IAVOM post…see you soon!

*also bringing me a glorious jamjar of blooms from her garden which may well feature in IAVOM in due course

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29 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Taking Phyllis’ Fancy

  1. pbmgarden says:

    A lovely salvia, Cathy, and that lemon curd looks divine. So great when garden bloggers (or gardeners in general) meet up. Nice you and Sandra had a chance to connect. Congrats to Kris!

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    • Cathy says:

      I have found the salvia a little underwhelming actually, although the flowers are pretty when they come, but there’s only a few of them and they come so late! Just had a slice of Victoria sandwich cake today, filled with emon curd instead of jam… 😊

  2. That Aldi chocolate is my favorite as well. I think you recommended it to me! This is a sweet tribute to the end of the season and I like the pottery vase. A friend makes vanilla cheesecake with lemon curd topping – divine. Happy Monday and thanks for hosting.

  3. Kris P says:

    I think the crazy fluctuations in weather conditions have posed challenges to gardeners all over the world, Cathy, but I’m glad Phyllis has at least graced you with some blooms even as conditions turn colder. Thank you for the book offer but you don’t need to go to the cost and trouble of sending it to the US. Please take another drawing and pass the book to someone closer at hand. Here’s my post this week, another IAVOM/Bloom Day mash-up:

  4. Noelle says:

    I am very sorry that I missed last week, I spent most of the morning in hospital having some investigations but am happy to say that the big C is no longer in the frame. I shall spend some happy moments this week looking back on all your efforts. Let us hope your Phyllis comes through the winter and graces you will blooms again next year. I too have a Salvia, but a different type:

  5. Chloris says:

    Thanks to you I have Phyllis Fancy still blooming away in various parts of my garden. It is a firm favourite.
    Here is my offering this week

    • Cathy says:

      Good to know Phyllis has done well for you – when did yours start flowering, and have your plants managed to bulk up?

      • Chloris says:

        They always start flowering quite late. Last year’s plant was enormous but it didn’t survive the frosts. These are smaller, grown from cuttings and getting a bit potbound before I planted them out

        • Cathy says:

          Mine have never been anywhere near enormous, although certainly tall – I made sure I pinched them out in the early stages this year, and they hve been a better shape as well as shorter

  6. I love Phyllis with the wood aster in the inkwell, accompanied by the homemade lemon curd. Cathy the scene is adorable. I’m very glad that you got together physically with Sandra, another blogger: it’s great that we get to know each other and the bloggers see each other face to face. Cathy take good care of yourself and the golfer. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Margarita. It is always a pleasure to meet fellow bloggers

      • Cathy would be nice to meet you, but we’re about two thousand miles apart. If I lived in the UK I would love to meet you because you are a fascinating person. And of course a very large planter. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  7. Cathy says:

    A lovely Salvia. Such a shame she needs so long to flower. I agree that dark chocolate and citrus flavours are a wonderful combination, and as always you found a great prop for your vase! Here is my vase for today… Chrysanths again! Thanks Cathy. πŸ˜ƒ

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    • Cathy says:

      I first saw Phyllis on another blog, and now I have been able to share her with other bloggers! I wasn’t really thinking of combining these top two favourite tastes of mine, but yes, I agree they can combine well

  8. Anna says:

    Mmmmmmm – lemon curd – most yummy indeed but harder to come by these days. Do you make your own Cathy? I enjoyed watching the cutting of ‘Phyllis’ cutting that you kindly sent to me come into flower – she is a most subtle colour and I like the scent of the foliage. She didn’t put on much growth but I maybe not the best of summers for salvias. I’m glad that you mentioned that she isn’t a big fan of winter. I have already taken her into the greenhouse and hope that I can keep her ticking over through the winter.

    • Cathy says:

      I wouldn’t dream of anything other than making it myself, Anna! πŸ˜²πŸ˜‰ When all it contains is lemons, butter and sugar, it would be a shame for it to be adulterated with whatever might be commercially added to it…πŸ˜‰ Glad to hear that your Phyllis cutting has grown for you – mine have not had an especially good year, although I have ket pinching them out to encourage bushiness instead of height. One was from a cutting and one overwintered with a mulch. I have some healthy cuttings if you need a replacement next year

  9. Wow, that’s really special! I enjoy the simplicity of it–the blooms, the foliage, the seedheads, and the vase, itself. Magical stuff. πŸ™‚

  10. tonytomeo says:

    Salvias of all sorts are popular here because several are cultivars of native species that perform well in chaparral climates. Those that want more watering are also popular just because they are related. It is interesting that they are popular in other regions as well.

  11. Cathy – how wonderful it was to meet up! And to have a chance to spend time with you in your garden was a joy and a delight – I have the photos ready for a blog post, but being rather busy for the next few days, who knows on what Monday the post will appear – but appear it surely will.
    Meetting bloggers after some years of communicating through our blogs is really very special – we already know so much about each other and that we have similar interests – I love it!
    Thank you for taking me round the garden and sharing so much of the history of how things have developed, your garden is a gem. An especial thank you for your hospitality and the delicious cake. πŸ™‚ ❀

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