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Monday 17 August 2020

IAVOM ~ Desert Sands

The run of very hot, sunny and humid weather has come to an abrupt end with some very heavy rain last night which snapped off some dahlia flowers and has knocked an ornamental grass for six. Fortunately thinking that it might be wet today I had picked most of my in 'A Vase On Monday' contents yesterday evening. In the vase this week are :

  • More of the lovely rudbeckia hirta 'Sahara' flowers which are now becoming a firm favourite. I have them growing in the garden this year rather than at the allotment which has worked out well. They were sown in late winter in a heated propagator. I passed some surplus plants to a friend who is equally enamoured so next year I will be growing for the both of us. I have already purchased seed for next year having read that one of the major seed companies has indicated that there may be shortages with seed supplies next spring! 
  • A new to me hardy perennial in the shape of achillea millefolium 'Salmon Beauty'. The blooms are now fading. This is one of my few plant purchases of 2020 and was bought from the nursery at Arley Hall. We made a trip there last month and struck gold. We had the double herbaceous border there to ourselves for at least ten minutes. I will have to write a post about this visit soon before it becomes a distant memory. 
  • Finally some foliage - cuttings a of a dark leaved physocarpus probably 'Diablo'. Most of them decided to turn their backs to the camera so you are seeing the green reverse of the leaves.

Thanks as always to our lovely hostess Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' who is also showcasing another delightful rudbeckia in her vase today.

I started this post off in the new Blogger format but when I was unable to see a preview I once again reverted to the familiar format. However I think that this ceases to become useable in the next few days a prospect that I'm not looking forward to. I predict stamping of feet and curses ahead. 


  1. There is a preview in the new format, Anna it’s top right on the post when open for editing. You need to enable pop ups too.

  2. Many thanks Sue. I could see the preview icon but nothing happened except for a box popping up at the bottom of the screen saying something like ' Preview Preparing'. I haven't to my knowledge enabled pop ups so maybe that could be the problem. Will have to post again soon to see if that does the trick 😄

    1. that is it ... wait a moment ... and the preview opens. Each time you edit ... a fresh preview opens.

  3. I love Rudbeckia 'Sahara' too. I purchased 3 plants by mail order earlier this summer and wish I'd gotten more. I'll have to try growing them from seed next year myself. It looked like you had a Zinnia in the mix in your arrangement too but I didn't see mention of it - am I imagining things?

  4. Oh, now there's a warning Anna, about possible seed shortages �� - thank you, definitely noted. And thanks for emphasising again what a great plant this rudbeckia is - I will not forget this time round!! What a great effect it makes in your vase, and its vase fellows work well alongside. Glad to hear you had a good visit to Arley Hall - we visited an NGS garden soon after some started opening, but haven't made it anywhere else yet although I feel I am in desperate need of garden visiting! Thanks for sharing your vase today ps WordPress have changed their formatting a couple of times but fortunately you can still access the old editor which still seems more user-freindly to me!

  5. As always your vase is lovely - and, of course, I love your choice of Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sahara’. You’ve set the alarm bells ringing though - I should maybe get my seed order ready if there’s even the slightest chance that there might be shortage. Thanks for the warning.

  6. Yes this arrangement certainly showcases the Rudbeckia beautifully.

  7. I just saw that Rudbeckia on anothr blog and find it most attractive... such pretty shades of yellow and peach. :-) A timely warning about seed shortages thank you... I do usually order early but will mark it on m ycalendar so I don‘t forget!

  8. Lovely colours, you can't beat rudbeckias and Sahara is a beauty.


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