greentapestry : IAVOM ~ Simply Red

Monday, 30 August 2021

IAVOM ~ Simply Red

Well maybe some shades of russet and yellow too. It's time for 'In A Vase On Monday' and as summer slowly drifts away my flowers seem to reflect the subtles change in the air. This week's vase contains:

  • Dara carrota 'Purple Kisses' - a hardy annual which will soon be sown again in readiness for next year
  • Dahlias 'Chat Noir' and 'Senior's Hope' - the latter is new to me this year and I'm still making my mind up about it. I'm absolutely sold on 'Chat Noir' which I planted for the first time last year. i didn't lift the tubers last year and started from scratch again this spring. It hasn't been the best of years for dahlias which have suffered from all the wet weather we have had. They have provided the molluscs with much in the way to nibble and laugh about.
  • A single stem of rudbeckia 'Sahara' which was sown back in March/April. Germination of these proved very hit and miss this spring with the result of later than usual flowers. So far this hasn't lasted more than a couple of years in the garden so I will sow again next spring. The seed mix results in a variety of colours - soft reds, oranges and yellows.
  • A sparkly champagne moment in the shape of a couple of stems of panicum capillare 'Sparkling Fountain'. This is a beautiful grass which was sown from seed back in April I think. I've planted in pots with companions but must try it directly in the garden next year as well to see how it fares. A couple of self-sown seedlings from last year's plants have appeared growing in cracks in the patio but as yet there are no signs of sparkle and whether they will get there in time remains to be seen.

As always a huge thank you to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for enabling us to share our blooms each and every Monday.


  1. I am intrigued to read that Sahara can last a couple of years in the garden a s I just assumed they (the couple I have, that is!) would go the same way as my other rudbeckia, although perhpas I have not given some of them a chance by pulling them out later in the season. Your panicul looks gorgeous, even if not sparkly, and again it is something I have tried unsuccessfully to grow. At Dorthy Clive there were some pots that used annual grasses amongst the other annuals and I had already decided to do that myself next year. With the dahlias too you have ended up with a winning combination in your little milk bottle

  2. I love the details of colour on some of the petals. With your choice of grasses and special blooms, I bet you keep on looking on your arrangement.

  3. I also went red this week, Anna ;) I wish I had Rudbeckia 'Sahara' in my garden - I had the seeds on hand so I've only myself to blame for missing out on them this year. I love the Panicum grass as well, a plant I tried to grow from seed last year without luck.

  4. Glorious rich colours Anna! We are inching towards all these rich warm autumny colours now aren't we. I do love them! So glowing and lovely! A

  5. Just my cup of tea...or vase rather :D Love the colours, shapes and frothiness of the Panicum. Most of my dahlias were eaten by the slugs too. As I mulch them the slugs have a hell of a good time hiding in the mulch when the new shoots come up in spring. Happy late summer days!

  6. Gorgeous colours Anna. And Panicum is one of my new favourites. ;-)


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