In a Vase on Monday: Singletons

Today’s starting point was some tithonia blooms that I had been loathe to pick because it would have meant either short stems or losing the potential of other buds; however, Chris of County Gardening assured me that the plants would continue to produce more blooms, so I confidently went ahead.

Adding the jewel-like colours of zinnia and knautia I was beginning to go down the line of precious stones, but then changed tack once I began adding dahlias and realised most of my chosen blooms were single rather than double. Ditching the knautia, the tithonia and zinnias (‘Purple Prince’) were joined instead by dahlias ‘Blue Bayou’, ‘Twyning’s After Eight’ and ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, and Calendula ‘Snow Princess’. An overhead shot gives a better idea of the range of blooms and their colours, not at all clear from the frontal view:

Clutching the posy of singletons tightly in my hand after trimming and stripping the stems, I decided a vase that enclosed them equally tightly would work well, and happened on this very dusty green glass hyacinth vase which seemed to suit the bill – I really need an inventory of vases to remind me of all my options! Emphasising the single nature of the blooms, the prop is five dice all showing the number one (a Yahtzee, when playing the dice game of the same name).

These blooms are amongst the last hurrahs of my autumnal garden, and the coming weeks will no doubt see a reduction in material to choose from – but whatever the month, whatever the weather, there will be something that can be popped into a vase on a Monday and bring me pleasure. Is there something in your garden that could do the same for you? Please consider sharing it with us by leaving links to and from this post.

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14 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Singletons

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, you have a nice range of singletons and the hyacinth vase proved the perfect container. Insects are said to prefer single form flowers so I added a few single dahlias but most of my didn’t live or haven’t bloomed, yet. Hoping our season will last a few more weeks. Caregiving duties are becoming a little more routine and my husband continues to get stronger. Thanks for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Good to know the caregiving is more routine now, Susie, although I suspect it may still be onerous. I shall use this vase again – it is really well balanced and the waisted shape is great for holding stems upright. All my dahlias seem to be at their best now, although some have become top heavy and will need some late staking

  2. I have a candleholder that is very similar to your vase and I forget how many vases I have around as well. The dice are a wonderful prop. I keep meaning to try some Tithonia as they are supposed to be good butterfly plants. Still loving Bishop. Thanks for hosting, your post did not come up in my WordPress reader this morning?

    • Cathy says:

      When I scheduled the post last night I forgot to change the time so it wouldn’t have posted till tonight if I hadn’t realised this morning that it hadn’t posted, so I clicked ‘publish’ then – this might have had something to do with it? The vase would indeed hold a very chunky candle, I think, and having had mixed success with hyacinths in water I don’t use it for them now! It was on a shelf, as opposed to being in my ‘vase cupboard’, and it’s these odd ones I tend to forget about

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  4. Cathy says:

    I love the mix of pinky mauves and orange. I just pulled up the last of my Tithonias except for one small plant that looked like it finally might produce a few buds! Thanks as always for hosting. šŸ˜ƒ Here is my vase for today:

    In a Vase on Monday: ‘Royal Bumble’

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I realised too late that the zinnias were the same colour as Blue Bayou, although it was the first time there were more than just single flowers on the latter, so I wanted to use them while I had the chance. It is the first time I have got tithonia to flower, so will try them again next year – I strated some from seed, but they befell the same fate as my first sowing of zinnias and I didn’t have any more seed but managed to get some postage free ones from Sarah Raven

  5. That’s a colourful collection Cathy.
    \I like the single dahlias as do the pollinators.

    • Cathy says:

      I still prefer the blousier dahlias though, but do appreciate that the bees prefer the plainer ones. Knowing the season will be heading towards its end I want to keep cutting them as much as I can, while I still have the chance!

  6. Cathy, I knocked over a whole cup of coffee bar one sip whilst commenting and an incomplete reply has landed your end so please excuse me. I’ve now lost the track of what else I was intending to say šŸ˜‚ My vase is here :
    Now off to grab some more paper towel and to put the kettle on again!

  7. Kris P says:

    Every year, I kick myself for failing to sow any Tithonia seeds and here I am doing that again. I’m sure you have many happy bees and butterflies. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Not so many butterflies, Kris, but certainly plenty of bees. This year I have learned not to plant the tithonia out too early in future, as they didn’t like the cooler May, nor did the zinnias

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