In a vase on Monday. 28.09.20

19 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday. 28.09.20”

  1. Cathy, I love your generous mixed bouquet. The zinnias are wonderful and the Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’ and Achillea ‘Pomegranate’ add peachy color that works well with the lime. Glad you had a good tomato harvest (my own was dismal. Thank goodness for farmers’s markets.) and happy you saved the Spode. Have a good week.

  2. Hi Cathy. Your vase is glorious! I love all that colour with the blue sage setting off those golden reds and oranges and pinks. It is interesting to hear you have also had difficulty getting Achillea to grow for you, Like you, the wild one is profuse…maybe the worst weed I have! But all the special ones I have planted have struggled. Pomegranite flowered briefly and then looked as if it was dying. I have dug it up and divided the root, which looks fine if a bit small, and it is sprouting new leaves in the new spots I planted it in. We will see… We had a good tomato harvest too and I froze loads of tomato sauce and sauce. Is that header photo this year? If so, you have real autumn colour already! Happy gardening Cathy!

    1. Thanks so much – I had a big computer melt-down on the day of my post, so apologies for not replying. Interesting to get your achillea experience. I thought I was the only one! Ashamed to say that the header is from last year. Must try to be more current!

    1. Thanks so much – sorry not to have visited around the other vases … I had a huge computer melt-down on the very evening that I posted!

  3. There may be similarities with our vases, but yours definitely has an autumnal feel which mine didn’t. I am pleased you have had success with zinnias too and I wonder what varieties you will grow next year? My Benary Giant Lime didn’t do a lot. I have limited success with achilleas too, and have just taken out some also-rans that didn’t justify their place in a border. Hope all is well with you both. It must have been tough for you clearing the house, although perhaps the three year gap made it easier

    1. I’m just coming out of a huge computer melt-down which happened directly after my post, Cathy. So sorry for the delay in replying. My zinnias did not do well at all. I still haven’t managed to juggle the planting times for annuals here. Too early, possible frost. Just a smidgeon later and they’ll die of thirst! Yes – I was so grateful for that 3 year gap. There were a lot of tears, but not as wretched as they might have been in 2017.

      1. Oh how we take our internet for granted! I have always felt sorry for those who have to clear a parent’s house when the house is a council one, as they usually have to do it within a week. At least when it’s owner occupied you have more flexibility – still hard even after 3 years, I guess. My sisters have always said they would take the contents of my Mum’s house outside and burn them ( she does have a lot of ‘junk’, but when it came to it I don’t think a bonfire will really be an option!)

      2. So true – I think the books are the hardest. We have a massive library here. If I die first, am advising the BV not to buy any wood that year, just burn the books one by one! (English books in France not greatly sought after!)

      3. Strangely, despite both parents being well read there are not large numbers of books at my Mum’s house, possibly becuase for many years they would have been a luxury they couldn’t afford. Here too we have large numbers whch I have tried to cull a little, but most I want to keep anyway – and I still like to be able to access physical reference books as well as Google!

  4. Ha! I always have problems identifying many of my Zinnias too as I also mix up my seeds. Your collection is colorful and makes a robust collection. I wish I could say I did as well as you did in the tomato department but rats have stolen most of mine this year so I’ll need a better strategy if I try to grow them again next year. Good catch on the teacup rescue!

  5. Ammi visagna baffled me for a minute. I do not know the name, but thought I recognized the bloom as wild carrot, which is naturalized here (which is why I do not grow Ammi visagna). Ammi visagna is a bolder bloom.

      1. I have never seen any of them grown intentionally, perhaps because they look so much like naturalized species outside of refined landscapes.

      2. We grow them for cut flower in Europe. I also allow wild carrot to self-sow in the garden because it’s so pretty and likes my soil. There’s a seed strain of wild carrot with purple flowers here. I couldn’t live without umbellifers in my wildish garden!

  6. A very colourful and uplifting bouquet, Cathy! Yes, it’s been a great year for tomatoes, even we made some ‘coulis’ to freeze. Hope your garden is giving you pleasure and that you’re coping with the current madness in the world, France especially. I must admit I struggle 😉 Happy autumn days

    1. Thanks Annette. Had a computer melt-down, so slow to reply. The garden’s a mess at the moment because I had to go away. I got some grass cut last week, so things are looking up a little!

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