greentapestry : In A Vase On Monday ~ Dripping

Monday, 18 September 2017

In A Vase On Monday ~ Dripping

We seem to be positively dripping towards the autumn solstice here - day after day where rain appears in some form or another. My flowers were picked and photographed yesterday between the rain showers and downpours that were not initially forecast.  I thought that I should get ahead whilst I had the chance in case today turns out to be a case of more of the same.

In my 'In A Vase On Monday' today are some of my late summer favourites namely :

  • A very pink penstemon, name unknown ( possibly 'Apple Blossom' ) which seems to have two flowering flushes each year. It is both reliable, easy going and pest free. What's not to like apart from the colour maybe? 
  • Eurybia divaricata (formerly aster divaraticus) - a woodland plant which has attractive wiry ebony stems topped with clouds of little white daisies. As the flowers age the tips of the petals take on a lilac-mauve shade.
  • Lysimachia barystachys, aka white loosestrife - this hardy perennial is a newcomer to the fold as I only purchased the plant earlier this summer at the RHS Tatton Flower Show. I came across it on the brilliant Plant Heritage stand, which I wish I had discovered earlier in the day as my hands were pretty full by then. So far so good. Apparently it has good autumn foliage so I'm looking forward to seeing the leaves change colour.
  • Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail' - this is a moisture lover which sends out glowing red tapers of tiny fluffy flowers from mid summer to early autumn above lance shaped leaves.
  • Leycesteria formosa, aka the Himalayan honeysuckle or pheasant berry. This is a deciduous shrub, which has attractive stems and pendulous flowers with bracts, which eventually give way to deep purple berries. This year it seems to be positively dripping with flower and ahead of itself. In previous years it has shown colour as late as mid November but I think that it will give up the ghost before then this year. It is particularly recommended for partial shade or woodland gardens and seems to be one of those unsung easygoing shrubs that apart from pruning just gets on and does it own thing. My shrub is a good few years old and I can no longer remember how I came by it. It does have a tendency to self seed but it can be also propagated either by softwood cuttings. If you try sowing seed from your own shrub be prepared for really sticky fingers as you open up the ripened berries and try to extract the seed. It's great fun. 

Finally not actually in the vase but lurking by it some stems of cosmos bipinnatus 'Pysche White', which I've grown at the allotment this year. I usually grow 'Purity' but thought that I would have a change this year. They just didn't look right in the vase but I thought it was a shame to leave them out. Picked in yesterday's damp gloom they were still a major source of attraction for honey bees. 

A quick peek has revealed that our hostess Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' is sharing enough sunny goodness with us today to dispel any rain day blues. I'm looking forward to seeing what other flowers are starring in vases this week.


  1. What pastel loveliness, Anna, and with the suggestion that they favour woodland habitats I am wondering how the leycesteria and 'aster' (grr!) might do in my woodland edge border. What do you think? I especially need to give some attention to the near end of it. You have a really intersting mix today Anna, so thanks for sharing it and I do hope that today (Monday) proves to be a little drier for you

  2. Beautiful! Your use of Leycesteria formosa is delightful; I may have to borrow that idea.

  3. What a gorgeous grouping. Everything drooping a bit to suggest rain but the colors sing out beautiful weather.

  4. I absolutely adore the pinks in your vase as many have faded here!

  5. Your vase is so pretty in pink with the berries dripping down the side. I hope you've had bit of sun today. We've had a little.

  6. What a gorgeous Penstemon! Lovely pinky reds all together Anna, and those asters are so pretty! :) Hope your rain leaves off soon.

  7. This is the second time I've seen that 'Psyche white' cosmos and I think I'm falling in love with it. The magenta and mauve blooms of your arrangement are perfect with that green vase too. I finally saw the first flowers on my own Leycestria earlier this summer and I hope I'll someday have blooms as wonderful as yours too - I'm pushing my zone with that plant.

  8. Leycestria with penstemon - beautiful!

  9. What a pretty arrangement. I usually grow Purity too but I think Pysche White is a lovely alternative for a change, I haven't come across that variety before.


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