In a Vase on Monday: All the Cosmos in a Jamjar

My cosmos have been rubbish this year with one (new) variety, Daydream, flowering from mid-June for only a month or so, but the others, all Double Click varieties, sown in February and planted out in early May, are only just beginning to flower. I am guessing this is all weather-related, as the performance of so many things this year seems to be.

For my Monday vase today, therefore, we literally do have all the cosmos in a jamjar! There were no pickable blooms on Double Click Rose Bonbon, and a bare handful of blooms on DC Cranberry and DC Snow Puff, so the latter have been supported by complementary Limonium ‘Rose Light’ and L ‘White’, ably assisted by feathery spikes of seed-sown Stipa tenuissima. Once again I must applaud the performance and staying power of limonium, retaining its colour and health throughout this exceptionally dry summer.

The jamjar was originally just a holding receptacle after I had trimmed the contents, but I decided I liked the ‘country kitchen’ effect, especially after adding the stipa, so didn’t even begin looking for an actual vase. Unable to find the astronomy book that had been envisaged as a prop, I utilised instead a tactile sphere of iron pyrites, looking every bit like a bare and rocky planet or star.

Despite the recent heat in the UK and in many other countries and the flagging gardens we preside over, there is still material to found to pop into jamjars or even vases and share with the rest of us on IAVOM (by leaving the usual links) or just enjoy in your own home.

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38 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: All the Cosmos in a Jamjar

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  2. It has been a tough growing season hasn’t it.
    I have very little thriving in the garden and my 3 water butts (one is a cubic metre IBC) are completely empty. A little rain is forecast today – fingers crossed!
    My post has more prop than flowers, but I had fun!

    In a Vase on Monday: Surreal?

    • Cathy says:

      Crikey! Some of our water butts only hold 100 litres, so your cube holds 10 times that! What is it made of? Do you try and disguise it by planting round it? The originally forecast rain here looks less likely, but tomorrow promises some – I would like a good thunderstorm though, as I haven’t seen one on ages!

      • I would love a thunderstorm too!
        I got the IBC from my son-in-law, he has loads of them on the farm as cleaning fliud for the dairy comes in them. Lots of farmers around here sell them for about Β£20 – 30 each if you go and collect them.
        I have it at the front of my house and don’t disguise it as I like the agricultural/industrial look of it, but you could easily grow things up the metal framework if you wanted to. I will send you some photos.

        • Cathy says:

          It’s a great asset and a bargain too – I do like the look of it but would still want something climbing over it! πŸ˜‰

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  4. Cathy says:

    Your cosmos look really happy in a jar of cold water! πŸ˜‰ It has been such a difficult year, but we can still find flowers to enjoy, which is the main thing. My cosmos were also a disaster and I only have one Cranberries and one Snowpuff plant that survived. Limonium is already on my list for next season! Here is my vase for today Cathy. Have a good week, and hope it rains for you!

  5. What is about cosmos? My mother grew these with ease, the old fashioned huge ones. I can’t grow them at all. I love the country effect and the pyrite globe, very cosmic. You are making me want to try limonium and stipa in my garden if they like dry heat I have a great deal of it! Also in a jamjar this Monday, thank you for hosting.

  6. Heyjude says:

    I stuck to the compact Sonata and Apollo varieties this year (plugs) and they have done fine, I did sow some white ones (not sure which) but kept all of them in pots. If I plant them in the ground they disappear quickly!

    • Cathy says:

      When I first grew cosmos I was a bit taken aback at how tall some of them were but it’s not such an issue in the cutting beds. The DC ones are a reasonable balnce height-wise though

  7. Kris P says:

    For “rubbish,” the Cosmos flowers are very pretty, Cathy. I never got around to sowing my Cosmos seeds and planted plugs only recently. Thus far all the plants are runts with stems not long enough to cut so I guess mine are rubbish too πŸ˜‰ Here’s my post:

  8. Oh I must grow ‘Cranberry Click’ again Cathy – seeing it in your vase today has reminded me what an attractive colour it is. I have only grown ‘Apricotta’ this year and although I won’t grow it again the plants are faring well. The flowers have suffered from scorching in the hot spells but there are loads of flowers still to come. Oh I also have one self-sown ‘Purity’ flower growing in a crack in the paving. No vase from me today as a four lettered word got in the way – r**n πŸ˜‚

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Anna, how envious I am of your r**n!! Is Apricotta an apricot colour? Doesn’t seem an appropriate colour for a cosmos if it is!! 😁 The DC varieties I grow are usually pretty reliable and perhaps they will redeem themselves if they go on flowering for a month or two

      • ‘Apricotta’ is what I would describe as a very pale soft orange colour with a pink eye. The flowers vary though and sometimes the eye covers a larger area. I would love them if there was no pink in the mix πŸ˜‚ Your cosmos could indeed still redeem themselves.

        • Cathy says:

          Mmm, like those pale yellow ones I don’t think Apricotta appeals. And mine have indeed perked up, now looking as they would normally do in June!

  9. Oh, I’m a big fan of Cosmos! And paired with the other plants and blooms in your vase, they look fabulous! Happy vase and bloom day!

  10. Noelle says:

    That’s a pretty good show considering the growing conditions, I wanted to use the term ‘jammy’ as in a jar, and with cranberries, but I think that is not quite the right term. I’ve bowed out this week, as the garden is super parched. We don’t have a house pipe pan, and the garden soil is now thoroughly cracked throughout. I did get the hosepipe out yesterday in an attempt to save some precious plants.

    • Cathy says:

      Ha, that would have been a good reference to base a comment on if ‘Jammy’ had been the right sort of term – you will need to save it for another time (but I won’t promise not to use Jammy for a post title some time!!). Sorry to hear your garden is parched – I am amazed how some things here have survived seemingly unscathed

  11. It has been hard to grow cosmos here too with plants too small and flowers small and few and far between.

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Cosmos performs reasonably well for us here, where the weather is normally as abnormal as yours has been. I mean that it does not mind the arid warmth. I think that it prefers shelter in windier situations though. Also, those that live in cooler or foggier situations get distressed if the weather suddenly becomes arid and warm. We really should grow more of them. In your region, do they naturalize, or self sow to some degree, and if so, do they revert to bright pink and white?

  13. Horticat says:

    Your bunch is fresh and charming in its country jam jar arrangement, Cathy.
    I’ve grown cosmos here only once, but didn’t have much luck with it as we routinely have heatwaves like those you experienced in the UK. Zinnias, however stand up much better to the heat here.

  14. hb says:

    The rich color of ‘Double Click Cranberry’ is luscious. A beautiful arrangement despite your difficult weather.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s a lovely cosmos, so it’s disappointing if it doesn’t do well – or like last year when the seeds were definitely not what they were meant to be!

  15. I love the jam jar. My fondest memories from childhood are the ones when we picked wild flowers and my Mother put them in one of her jelly jars. They were small jars and a lovely shape, made for home made jellies. Perfect for tiny flowers like violets that we picked in a field on our way home from school. Last year I began writing little poems about my own gardens – I call them _Garden Songs_ and I continue writing them this year, too. I put them on my blog every week. I loved the photo of your flowers in that jam jar – and I think it has a lot to say about the flowers it is holding. Thank you for such a nice message today.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it just shows how simple and traditional things like jam jars and wild flowers can bring just as much pleasure as cultivated blooms and posh vases… Good to hear about your poems – I am afraid I have been a bit lax with my poetry recently, or perhaps I just haven’t been inspired…? Will make a point of popping over and having a look at some of yours soon…

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