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Monday, 5 October 2020

IAMOM ~ Glowing Embers

 

The flowers for this week's 'In A Vase On Monday' were picked on Friday afternoon in anticipation of a weekend of extremely wet weather. Saturday indeed saw heavy rain from when I pulled the curtains back to when I went to bed. In the afternoon the wind strengthened and it was absolutely the most dire day you could imagine. Hunkering down was definitely the order of the day. Sunday however defied the weather forecast when the rain stopped and the wind had died down. There was sunshine and blue skies and I had plans. Well I had plans until I went out to throw some odds and ends into the recycling bin and suddenly felt my feet slip from underneath me. I landed on my back. Luckily as I didn't get any warning I did not put my hands out to save myself and managed to keep my head up. Luckily I was saved from any serious injury by my ample posterior. Still I was rather stiff for the rest of the day and still am so have been taking it easy. We think that a wet leaf was the culprit so be careful out there!  My vase contains :

  • Some rudbeckia hirta 'Sahara' flowers - I have already featured these flowers in a couple of vases this year. Grown from seed back in February they have been a joy. They have not needed any support but I did notice on Friday that some of the stems had been toppled over by previous inclement weather earlier in the week so decided to pick some whilst the going was good. I will be leaving the plants in the ground to see if they come through the winter. If things are not looking encouraging the heated propagator will be kickstarted towards the end of February.
  • A flower of dahlia 'Chat Noir' which I have never grown before. How remiss of me as it's a beauty. Apparently it has a long vase life so I shall be checking if that is the case.
  • Finally some stems of the perennial persicaria 'Blackfield' which I used in a vase back in July and which is still going strong. Although I'm not struck on the foliage the length of its flowering time is a winner. Perhaps a stem of persicaria 'Firetail' might have been more appropriate in view of what was to happen to me.
The vase is also a hardy perennial and in a former life before 'IAVOM' was used to store either pens or watercolour paintbrushes in the study.


I am still not sure about new Blogger but am getting there slowly. I've noticed recently though that I'm having some issues on commenting on Wordpress blogs and sometimes have to try a few times before I succeed. Sometimes changing my browser from Chrome to Safari does the trick. I'm wondering whether this is because of the Blogger changes or is a completely unrelated issue. 

As always a big thanks to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' who gets us together every Monday all year round to share our vases.

18 comments:

  1. I hope you didn't sustain any lasting damage from your fall, Anna. Thanks for the reminder that we are entering the slippery time of year.
    I love 'Chat Noir' ... its colour and petal structure are outstanding. The other flowers pick up traces of it nicely.
    Have a good week ahead.

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    1. No serious damage thanks Eliza but still suffering slightly as the day goes on. Thanks for your concern πŸ˜„

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  2. Oh I hope there are not too many bruises coming out...it is such a shock too. Do you need a little tender loving care this week? I should think so. That stone vase posing on your bricks is just right for the photoshoot. I love the curve on those willow leaves. Those rudbekia fooled me into thinking you had some chrysanthemums at first.

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    1. No bruises Noelle but some serious stiffness and as you say a shock. I came down with a real whack! I'm pleases to report that himself administered plenty of tlc. Yes I see what you mean about the lookalike chrysanthemums πŸ˜‚

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  3. A lovely vase Anna! I have nothing to offer on my Blogger blog as I have been shut out - permanently. I have done everything asked of me by Blogger but with no success. I shall try and set up a new blog, same name, therunningwave, but using Wordpress. We shall see. Blogger have generated a huge amount of upset with all their changes. And will they really make much difference, other than to bring my blogging days to a temporary halt after 8 years!

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    1. Thank you Amanda. I'm so sorry to hear that you have had no joy with Blogger but hope to see your new blog up and running soon.

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  4. I’m glad you weren’t too badly injured. Take care. At first glance I thought that you had picked some early chrysanthemums.

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    1. You and Noelle too πŸ˜„ I hadn't noticed the likeness until you both commented on it.

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  5. Ouch! A speedy recovery Anna.
    It is acorns here. There is a sunken concrete area near the kitchen door that I use for some pot storage. I could walk through a lobby to get to it but the quicker way is to jump down. Except that currently the ‘well’, as we call it, is full of fallen acorns. It’s like landing on ball bearings.
    I have to switch from Safari to Firefox to comment on any Blogger blogs. They don’t make it easy for us do they!

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    1. Thanks for your good wishes Jessica. Acorns sound just as diabolical as slippery leaves! As you say these blogging platforms do not make it easy for us mere mortals. I just wish that they would communicate more effectively πŸ˜„

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  6. I love the Rudbeckia/Dahlia combination and wish the former had given me more than just a handful of blooms. I'm sorry the fall ruined your plans, and I hope you're doing better day-by-day. We're still in heatwave territory but our temperatures are expected to come down as the week proceeds. There's even a slim chance of light drizzle here late in the week but I'm not falling for that forecast no matter how many times I hear it repeated.

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    1. Thanks Kris. I wish that your rudbeckia had been more prolific. They are beautiful and long lasting flowers. Hope that you got that drizzle or even better some proper rain.

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  7. No sign of the comment I left yesterday, Anna...have you had some going into Spam recently? I will come back and check in due course and perhaps try and recreate what I originally said... ��

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    1. Oh dear - Blogger must haven't liked what you said Cathy πŸ˜‚

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  8. Hi Anna. That Rudbeckia really is gorgeous. Maybe I should try and grow one... I love the Persicaria too. Hope you are feeling better after your fall... a lesson to us all. I am so often tempted to go out in my slippers even when it is wet but must also watch out. I think we are getting the tail end of your storm right now! I have to read your blog in Chrome, whereas I usually use Safari, so your comment was funny to me. I always copy my comment before pressing Publish as sometimes my words vanish and nothing happens and I have to start all ober again! LOL! Anyway, I usually manage to get through. :-) Have a good week and hope your weather has improved now.

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    1. Thanks Cathy. Do give the rudbeckia a go. I'm also guilty of sometimes going outside in unsuitable footwear but not on this occasion. I was wearing walking boots with a decent grip or so I thought. Yes the copying trick is one that I use these days after commenting on any blog πŸ˜„

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  9. A very apt title for your glowing vase, Anna, had to look twice because Sahara doesn't look at all like other Rudbeckia hirta rather like another dahlia but she's very pretty. We've had lots of rain and now the sun is finally coming out. Hope it shines for you too :)

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  10. 'Sahara' seems to be somewhat of a chameleon Annette πŸ˜‚

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