Monday, 21 December 2015

In A Vase On Monday ~ Lime Green


This week's vase for 'A Vase On Monday' is a small posy of chrysanthemum 'Anastasia Green', which has finally flowered after much, much waiting or so it seems. It is one of a collection of five varieties of rooted chrysanthemum cuttings which I bought earlier this year from 'Sarah Raven'.


'Anastasia Green' is a half hardy perennial which is recommended as being a good chrysanthemum to grow in a sunny porch, conservatory or in a greenhouse. I wish I had access to the first two but don't, so my plants have been lurking in the greenhouse for some time in anticipation of the frosts that we've not had as yet. They are straggly and gangly creatures which are getting in the way. I could forgive them if they were more floriferous but they have not produced much in the way of flower. 

Growing chrysanthemums is a first for me and I think that I need to do more research into both varieties and cultivation. Just round the corner from here is a garden which has a fabulous pink variety in numbers in the borders growing at the base of a short wall. They flower their socks off each autumn and are obviously happy and hardy. Maybe one day I might come across the gardener of the household to ask its name. I also think that I didn't perhaps give my plants enough tlc or sunshine. The allotment would probably be a more suitable home. I would like to try again as their late autumn flowering is a huge plus, so it's back to the drawing board over the winter. Any recommendations would be most welcome especially hardy varieties.

In case you are wondering the garlic jar has absolutely no relevance - it just happened to be there. The little vase is one of a cheap collection of four decorated differently coloured vases that came from Lidl. It's ideal for just holding a few flowers.

Thanks as always to the lovely Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for hosting a weekly get together of vases from all over. I'm looking forward to seeing what other flowers are playing starring roles today on this last day of autumn (in the northern hemisphere).

13 comments:

  1. I like it because I like green flowers but I think greenhouse chrysanthemums are more trouble than they are worth. The outdoor ones are good value though. Remind me to send you some bits of a couple of good ones next year.
    I think a couple of my comments on previous posts have gone into a black hole, or maybe your spam. I mentioned on one of them how I bought the book The Essence of the Garden because I saw you were reading it. I am really enjoying it.she has such a way with words and beautiful descriptions.

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  2. And it was her! I see you are just as underwhelmed as me with your chrysanthemums - straggly and gangly creatures which are getting in the way sums up my greenhouse ones exactly! We both need educating on how to give them TLC I think...but at least your bloom looks as lovely in a vase as mine do :) Thanks for sharing

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  3. Chrysanthemums can be quite tricky flowers to get right - especially the late flowering varieties. They need regular feeding, potting on and pinching out to produce the best flowers. Every year I question why I am bothering, but once they are blooming in the greenhouse I am always very happy and glad I made the effort. That said my flowers are disappointing this year as I had to neglect them throughout the autumn when I was out of action with my knee.

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  4. A beautiful vase with these stunning chrysanthemums....I have never had luck growing mums but I love the color of this one.

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  5. It is a lovely color - perfect that it came in time for Christmas!

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  6. Spare and gangly they may be in your greenhouse but they're pretty and seasonally appropriate in your green vase, Anna! Mums don't do well here at all and are most often sold as temporary houseplants, which is too bad as the flowers can be stunning.

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  7. I like your vase very much, Anna!The colour and the shape of that mum is simply gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

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  8. I love Green, and this is the freshest of arrangements. I guess your neighbour will be more than happy to offer you some cuttings next year...its just a matter of asking..and you could take a bit of some other plant which you think would suit their garden. Happy Christmas Anna.

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  9. It's a fabulous colour. I've never grown chrysanthemums myself but as you know, my vases are always full of them in autumn as Mick's uncle grows them. They're something I've never fancied growing, I've heard too much about the care they need and I know they'd end up neglected but I do think they're wondeful flowers.

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  10. Our chrysanthemums own started out life as pot mums. Once they had finished flowering they were planted outside for spring and summer and then potted up and taken into a cold greenhouse for winter as I don't know how hardy they actually are. I don't disbud them and so they grow as spray chrysanthemums rather than having large flowers. One disadvantage of having them at the allotment is that if you don't visit very regularly in winter you can miss the flowers as we have done with some of ours.

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  11. I'm sure it'll do better next year. Lucky thing that the weather was so mild and it had the chance to flower at all. Love the colour, so refreshing! Merry christmas, dear Anna, and I look forward to your thoughts and pics in the new year :)

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  12. Beautiful colour - Ive never tried to grow chrysanthemums as I always thought they'd need more care than I could give them, but I am tempted to have a go now.

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  13. It's really pretty Anna - I love the effect with the snow falling too. I have never had much luck with Chrysanths as my garden gets so shady and damp in late autumn. I'm sure this one will do better next year for you as I know they take a couple of years to get established.

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- Anna.