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Monday, 3 August 2020

IAVOM ~ Summer Breeze


In today's 'In A Monday Vase' are mainly annuals grown from seed this spring or in once case in late summer 2019 although the odd perennial has sneaked in. The contents are as follows :
  • Rudbeckia hirta 'Sahara' - I grew these for the first time in 2018 and am now would not be without. They were started off in a heated propagator and without label to hand I imagine that they were probably sown in the last week of February. They produce flowers in different soft colours but my favourites are those in this vase.
  • Zinnia - my zinnias have not fared well this year and there is only just the one of them in this vase. I think that is 'Queen Red Lime'. I don't know what it is about zinnias but I have the same ambivalent feelings for them as I do for tulips i.e. love the flowers but not the foliage. Maybe both have antannae and pick up on my feelings as I usually struggle with both.
  • Cosmos - 'Pink Lemonade' - grown from seed sown in April. This cosmos is a relative newcomer and this is a first time for me. The jury is still out on this one. One of the plants is a cuckoo in the nest and I am more taken with that one. You can see it in the photo below. I might save seeds from that and see what transpires with them net year.
  • Ammi visnaga 'Green Mist' - also grown from seed which was sown last September and then overwintered in a cold greenhouse. I love both the flowers and feathery foliage of these. I will sow these again next month along with some other annuals. Unfortunately once planted some of my plants were felled by a mysterious ailment so I hope that lightening doesn't strike twice next year. 
  • Finally a bit of yellow frothiness in the shape of alchemilla mollis - a stalwart and almost trouble free perennial. Well it does self seed everywhere but surely that is my fault for not cutting the old flower heads off quickly enough.
Thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for encouraging us to share our vases each and every Monday which provides me and no doubt other bloggers with much inspiration when I vase hop. I'm hoping that this morning's early and unexpected rain will give rise to a sunny afternoon so that I can head out into the garden soon. The signs at the moment are encouraging. I see some blue sky appearing. Enjoy your Monday!

19 comments:

  1. What a delightful vase with such a lovely range of soft and interesting colour! I love it all! I am with you on zinnias. I have about 3, maybe 4, plants from my original sowing which look as though they MIGHT, some time before Christmas, produce a flower! I might have to buy some bunting to drape in celebration if this does come to pass! Maybe it has just not been a good year for sowing zinnias - certainly not in my part of the world anyway! Too cold this year I think. Amanda The names of your three dahlias are just brilliant, as are the flowers too! And I especially love your purple zinnia! It's really rather lovely and she holds her own amidst those other handsome purples! And yes, I am happy to do a hokey pokey! Probably on my own though - my husband is deaf so the music would pass him by, and the dogs have got too many legs! Have a good week! A https://therunningwave.blogspot.com/2020/08/in-herby-vase-on-monday.html

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    1. I hope that your zinnias get their act together in good time Amanda and put on some flowers for you. I did have a good run for a couple of summers so maybe it could indeed be too cold this year. It certainly was in June and I didn't sow mine until May.

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  2. Not sure how my message to Cathy also ended up in my message to you! Sorry! The wonders of technology! A

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  3. Oh bother! R Sahara was on my wishlist for this year after your previous recpmmendations - but I forgot! It's such a lovely variety. My A visnaga were struck down with something too, and just collapsed �� The overall effect of your vase with the rudbeckia, cosmos and zinnia with the green contrasts is most effective. Hope you got some gardening weather today!

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    1. Oh I will try and remind you nearer the time Cathy to add them to your seed list πŸ˜„

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  4. Beautiful! I planted 3 Rudbeckia 'Sahara' purchased by mail order and wish I'd ordered more, even though it's just now starting to bloom. Rudbeckias aren't generally long-lived here but another R. hirta I've tried performed better than other species so I have high hopes for this one, especially after seeing yours. I also looked up seeds for Ammi visnaga 'Green Mist' and just put it on my wish list with one grower. Thanks Anna!

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    1. I wish I had sown more Kris. It hasn't overwintered with me yet but they are planted in a different spot this year so I will be keeping my eyes out next spring. Oh I hope that you have joy with obtaining the ammi.

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  5. I've never tried to grow zinnias - another one for the to-grow list! - but that vase arrangement is beautiful. All those gorgeous shades!

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment Tonia. Good luck with zinnia sowing in the future.

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  6. That rudbeckia is a lovely colour. I’ll have to search it out.

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    1. They come in a mix of colours Sue but all most attractive πŸ˜„

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  7. Some tricky annuals brought on by a skillful gardener, have come together in a charming arrangement. What an achievement Anna, you must be well pleased.

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    1. Oh thanks for your lovely words Noelle. I'm definitely not a skilled gardener though πŸ˜‚

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  8. I have grown Rudbeckia hirta 'Sahara' from seed too, and next year I think I’ll try ‘Cherokee Sunset’. I love the fabulous rustic appearance of these plants. My Zinnias haven’t done well this year either, and my Ammi visnaga has yet to flower. They were all doing well through spring, but the came to a halt in summer. Perhaps the cold, wet and lack of sunshine played a part this year?

    Your vase is beautiful, and the Cosmos ‘Pink Lemonade’ looks a real winner. I love the colour and it really does look the colour of pink lemonade!

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    1. I will have to look 'Cherokee Sunset' up Catherine. As you say the weather could have knocked things back especially that hot May followed by a cold wet and windy June. The ammi puzzles me more as they were sown in September and sat the winter out in a cold greenhouse. Another one of those never to be solved mysteries I suppose πŸ˜„ I'm still making my mind up about 'Pink Lemonade.

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  9. I love that flower top centre, soft apricot with a gentle pink heart.

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  10. Oh I think that must be cosmos 'Pink Lemonade' Diana πŸ˜„

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  11. So pretty. My problem with zinnias is slugs, they got nearly all of mine this year.

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