In a Vase on Monday: Pink, Purple, Red & Coral … in November!

Pink Hesperanthus (schizostylis)

Pink Hesperanthus (schizostylis)

Hello there!  I am so looking forward to this week’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme!  My weekend included one whole entire day that had no scheduled activities.  woohoo!  That meant garden time for me.  To top off that great schedule, the weather was incredible on Saturday; very mild and beautifully sunny!

Geranium

Geranium

I worked until I was physically exhausted and could do no more.  There is always so much to do in a garden!  I would not call it work though because I enjoy all of it.  But it certainly does take time and effort.  Lots of effort.

Knautia macedonica "Red Knight"

Knautia macedonica “Red Knight”

After my hard working day, I was so happy to take some time and gather flowers.  At that stage though, I had to move quickly to catch the setting sun in my pictures.  My collection includes Hesperantha, Erysimum Bowles’ Mauve, Geranium, and  Knautia Macedonica ‘Red Knight’.

Erysimum Bowles' mauve

Erysimum Bowles’ mauve

I grouped the erysimum bowles’ Mauve all together.  The individual flowers were rather   wimpy looking on their own.  The group of them look almost substantial!

Geranium

Geranium

The geranium are two lovely shades.  We were scheduled to have a very hard frost on Saturday night (which we did have), so there days are seriously numbered.  They are from last year, though, so they have had a great long life.

Evening sunlight

Evening sunlight

I just love the evening sunlight…

In a Vase on Monday...

In a Vase on Monday…

This cute little arrangement fits nicely on our kitchen table.  I don’t have any pictures of that to show you, ’cause my kitchen is a bit of a disaster at the moment 😉

November in the garden...

November in the garden…

The vase I bought at a charity shop in Switzerland 18 years ago.  It is a very simple piece of pottery.  I last used it to hold an arrangement of barley, with the raffia tied in front.  It was for a special friend who really appreciated it.  But when she was done with it, she gave me back the little vase. So now I have it with memories of my friend too.

A different view

A different view

Remember, you can see other “In a Vase on Monday” posts at: Cathy’s blog http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com .

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a good week!
Dana

In a Vase on Monday: A Summer look (Still)

Didn't expect this

Didn’t expect this summer look at the very end of October!

It is Monday!  Just barely so, but you are getting used to me by now, aren’t you?  I know some people would have had their “In a Vase on Monday” meme done and dusted by now, but sometimes I just need a little bit more time.  Good things come to those who wait, right?   🙂

dahlias, roses, wild yarrow, lavender

dahlias, roses, wild yarrow, lavender, campanula & hesperantha (schizostylis)

I had been making my arrangements on the weekends (the only way I could possibly get them posted on the blog at a decent hour on a Monday!).  But alas, this week it was left until today.  Today was an unsettled weather day, looking rather dull with a very light mist of a rain most of the day. That is, until I went outside to cut some flowers.  Then down came the rain! Ha!  That’ll teach me to not put things off! Maybe.

Some pink Schizostylis/Hesperantha that is the same colour as the roses

Some pink Schizostylis/Hesperantha that is the same colour as the roses

I have to say that I didn’t really have anything in mind when I went outside to cut flowers.  I went outside just to see what was on offer. The roses I was originally going to use were blown away completely just this weekend.  These roses seem to be a little bit more hardy.  The stems had six or more blooms all clustered together.  They are fabulous at our front gate.  Coming from New York, it took a while for me to adjust to the “fall colours” here.  At home you would see so much burgundy, yellow, orange, and red in gardens.  But certainly not pink!  Here you can still see so many summer colours even at the end of October.  The only “fall” look comes from foliage, really.

I had to clear our hutch!

I had to clear our hutch

No sun in sight for my picture taking. Plus, I left it a bit late.  So I had to clear our kitchen hutch. I love it when it is all cleared, but it is so hard to keep it that way!  I’m sure my husband won’t recognise it…

The flowers that didn't make the cut...

The flowers that didn’t make the cut…

The Salsa Red Echinacea and red Schizostylis (Hesperantha) didn’t seem to fit in with the other colours.  They look quite nice on their own, though.

A pink, purple, and yellow look

A pink, purple, white, and yellow look

Up close

Up close

I still find it surprising when I can manage to make an arrangement just from items from my garden.  That.Is.Neat.

Stickley kitchen hutch as a backdrop for my flowers :-)

Stickley kitchen hutch as a backdrop for my flowers 🙂

Do you see the hydrangea sitting on top of the hutch?  I should have taken a better picture of it, as it is a very pretty blue and burgundy mix.  I see a wreath creation in its future.  But more immediate, I think my next project will be to make a festive tea cosy to replace the roses cosy.  Since the cosy is on display where it lives on my hutch, I think it might be nice to change things up a bit.

I just need a few more hours in each day!

I’m joining Rambling in the Garden for Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme if you’d like to stop by and see some other vases! You can click here: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/in-a-vase-on-monday-collection-of-compositae/

Happy Monday!
Dana

In a Vase on Monday: Roses & Ivy with a helping of Blackberries

In a Vase on Monday; Roses & Ivy & other lovely stuff

In a Vase on Monday; Roses & Ivy & other lovely stuff

Honestly, I never would have thought I could produce so many varied arrangements from materials gathered in my own garden!  I am so glad to have been challenged to look at everything in the garden as potential “In a Vase on Monday” material.

Hydrangea just barely visible

A single pink Hydrangea flower is just barely visible in the centre

I do have to say that I make my arrangements on the weekend. My life is way too crazy to do it on a Monday (do you know that feeling???).   I’ve been lucky so far, always having some form of sun to photograph with.  Can I just say that I love the sun?  I’ve lived in some cities where the sun didn’t always come out as often as I would like.  Let’s just say that those cities aren’t known as sunny locations: Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Dublin, Zurich, even Poughkeepsie where I’m originally from.  All are great places to live and probably the reasons why I so appreciate seeing the sun when I do!

Ivy. Isn't it lovely?

Ivy. Isn’t it lovely?

I digress.  Back to flowers.  I had it in my head that I wanted to use my ivy.  This is the same ivy that I have spent countless hours removing from my hawthorne trees and ditch wall!  It is completely invasive!  I do remember that when I lived in Zurich I noted the greens used by florists were so lovely. It was indeed this very same type of ivy that was used to make the most amazing arrangements.  So I might just keep a little bit of it.  I’m sure the ivy itself will have more say about it staying than my actually doing something about it. 🙂

Ivy, roses, snapdragon, schizostylis (or rather: Hesperantha), Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Ivy, roses, snapdragon, schizostylis (or rather: Hesperantha), Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

What to add to the greens?  The snapdragons have had a good run. Those in the arrangement are a lovely fuchsia colour, although they are very near the end of their lives.  I’m still a little shy of cutting fully beautiful flowers when they can be enjoyed outside. I feel less guilty if they are nearly done anyway.

Snapdragon  in the evening sunlight

Snapdragon in the late afternoon sunlight

an awkward view of the roses

an awkward view of the roses

The roses are my climbing roses. I don’t have the variety, since I was sent the wrong type when I originally ordererd them.  It was a dead giveaway since these guys have thorns and I ordered thornless…  Nevertheless, their blooms are lovely from June through until late fall.

Schizostylis (new name Hesperantha)

Schizostylis (new name Hesperantha) members of the Iris family

O.K., so I posted a picture of these guys, see pink flowers above and below,  on my Facebook page (have you clicked on my Facebook “LIKE” button yet? 🙂  ) and someone commented that this plant has just had their name changed. What? Really? Seems there was some confusion about Hesperantha having corms versus Schizostylis having a short rhizome. Honestly, I read the article and I still think mine are Schizostylis.  I might just use both names to cover all of the bases.

Schizostylis (new name Hesperantha)

Schizostylis (new name Hesperantha)

It is a banner year for wild blackberries in our yard! They are everywhere. Those brambles live in the same area as the ivy, and I have also spent countless hours trying to get rid of them! They are unruly, have terrible thorns, and are invasive. Ah well, but while they are still here we at least get to enjoy their fruit. I do like having some fruit in the arrangement. Just something different.

blackberries galore..

blackberries galore..

What I really liked about this arrangement was all the different items, just a few of each, that worked together.  Well, they do in my eyes!  It is a rather messy, maybe I’ll say free flowing (?),  arrangement.

a little messy looking

a little messy looking

I’m sure I mentioned in an earlier post that my father-in-law grew my snapdragon from seed for me.  This one variety, which has a really nice multi-tone colour,  has variegated leaves.  It didn’t make the main vase, but is sitting nicely in its own Irish pottery vase.

snapdragon with variegated leaves

snapdragon with variegated leaves

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

One last view

One last view

Thank you, Cathy, of Rambling in the Garden, for hosting “In a Vase on Monday”!  You can visit her vase, and many links to others by visiting her page here: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/in-a-vase-on-monday-stars-from-another-galaxy/   (that one isn’t working, so please try here: http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com)

Have you thought about making a vase yet? 🙂
Dana

 

Sharing from the garden…

Daffodil Double Poet White

Daffodil Double Poet White given to me by a dear friend

Time. It is something that I always want more of.  With a recent change in my schedule, my time in the garden has been cutback dramatically. I’ve been enjoying late evenings in the garden watering the more needy flowers during a bit of a dry spell. A common expression here is “when the weather is good, there is nowhere in the world as nice as Ireland”! I have to say that feels so true these days of sunny and warm, but not hot, weather!

View of our fruit garden from the deck

The garden doing well with the good weather

I had the chance to catch-up with my dear friend Susan this week. We hadn’t seen each other in ages and it was so nice to have some time together. After catching up on how our families are doing, we spent a lot of time talking about plants! We are planning a mini garden tour among a few of our friends. Last year when we did something similar our hostess shared a bunch of different plants with us. I made out very well!

Schizostylis

Schizostylis (given to me by that same dear friend)

Schizostylis

Schizostylis

My ditch wall garden was pretty much filled with gifted plants!  I have a few pictures from early spring and now.  It is amazing how everything fills in and really comes to life.

Ditch wall garden in March

Ditch wall garden in March

Ditch wall garden at the end of June

Ditch wall garden at the end of June

That is some difference, isn’t it?!  Here are a few pictures of some of the gifted plants, too. The first is of Monkshood.  It is very pretty, and (very) poisonous.  I didn’t know what it was when I got it, otherwise I’m not sure I would have planted it.  Thankfully, my kids, and my cat, aren’t interested in eating plants.

Monkshood (poisonous plant)

Monkshood (poisonous plant)

Monkshood

Monkshood

Monkshood closeup

Monkshood closeup

I’m not sure how I managed it, but I ended up with 4 different plants from our last “tour”!

Dogwood

Dogwood and primrose

The red stems on this dogwood really stood out this past winter.  The primrose is just starting to wake up in the above picture.  I have a better picture here:

primrose

primrose

Seriously, aren’t they fabulous?  They really brightened up the garden in late winter/early spring!

I think we should be doing some plant sharing this time, too. Some of the plants that Susan has shared with me over the past few years have grown and thrived. This year we have so many babies!!!

Dusty Miller babies

Dusty Miller babies … lots of ’em!

Dusty Miller Lychnis Coronaria

Dusty Miller Lychnis Coronaria

Dusty Miller Lychnis Coronaria

Dusty Miller Lychnis Coronaria

Dusty Miller Lychnis Coronaria

Dusty Miller Lychnis Coronaria

When I lived in New York, every year just before our kids were finished school in June we would get together with a bunch of friends for lunch and a plant swap.  It was always something to look forward to!  (Thank you Ellen A. for always hosting and having lots of plants to share!)

Now it is my turn to share the bounty. It is lovely to think of friends as you see the plants they have given you come into bloom. Have you shared any plants lately?

To all of my American friends and family I wish you a Happy 4th of July!

Share the love of gardening!
Dana