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Monday 5 September 2022

IAVOM ~ Damson Days

This week's vase is definitely a pick and plonk effort as I'm somewhat lacking in energy. I suppose it was inevitable sooner or later that the dreaded virus would catch up with us and it well and truly did. Most fortunately neither of us has had to take to our beds or seek medical help but it has certainly stopped us in our tracks for a good few days. The most noticeable symptom is that we have both lost our sense of smell for now which is most disconcerting. I believe that it can take a good while to return.

Anyway despite this one seasonal activity just had to place yesterday and that was the damson jam making. We're not big jam eaters but enjoy the occasional slice of granary toast adorned with a spread of damson jam. We now have four jars of deliciousness to last us through the next year plus one jar still unopened from last year's batch. All stones were surgically removed from the fruit by himself before stewing as if you have never had the experience of biting into a damson stone it's not to be recommended.

In my vase this week are :

  • Dahlia 'La Recoleta' - she is the same delicious colour as the damson jam and is apparently very good for cutting. I've not grown her before and as these are the first flowers I've cut I will have to wait to see how they fare in a vase.
  • Dahlia 'Copperboy', also known as Sturm 807 which again I've not grown before. I made the mistake of faffing about with the flowers once they were in the vase. I should know better than this  as one of these dahlias was waning rather than waxing so some of the petals fell off in the process as you can see.
  • Rudbeckia hirta 'Sahara' - this half hardy perennial has now become a must have on my seed sowing list each year. It is sometimes erratic in germination but worth the cosseting it receives. I never seem to have enough of the merlot shades that the packet of this mix promises. I might sow from more than one packet and different seed company next year or perhaps also sow some rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy' for some deep red colour.
  • Astrantia 'Gill Richardson' - from a most welcome second flush. I'm hoping to save some seeds from this plant. They don't produce come but I think that some attractive seedlings might arise. Apparently seedlings with green leaves should be removed to maximise the chance of new plants emerging true to form.
  • Some dangling greenery of in the shape humulus lupus aureus or to give it its common name golden hop. This grows over an arch and I've mentioned before is one of the banes of himself's life as he had to pass underneath it with the lawnmower. If you've not come close up and personal with this climber before the texture of the leaves is like velcro! Himself now takes the longer route to our excuse for a lawn. 
Thanks as always to our lovely hostess Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for enabling us to enjoy each other's vases each Monday. Off now to top up that green bin of garden waste before it gets emptied tomorrow.


  1. That dangling hop is a great asset to the vase, if not to Himself! I was reminded of some plants' desires to spread today when brushing pass uncinia rubra with bare legs, thus collecting seeds for wider distribution! WEll done for the jam making - we are still without the Aga so my tomato chutney making is still on hold and I have damsons left from last year which really should be jammed before we pick this year's crop!. LIke you, we don't get through much jam other than in my cakemaking these days. I am so pleased you have continued success with Sahara - I don't think I shall try again... 😉

  2. The rich, dark dahlia is wonderful, Anna. I somehow failed to grow any dark dramatic dahlias this year. I love the Rudbeckia, which strangely I haven't even seen in nurseries this year.

    I'm sorry you've been afflicted by the virus, especially after successfully avoiding it all this time, but I'm glad you haven't been entirely sidelined by it. Best wishes for a quick turnaround and the return of your sense of smell.

  3. I love the hops Anna, looking very artistic overflowing the vase. And the dark dahlia is also very striking. Wine and beer come to mind!

  4. Our dahlia flowers have been much smaller than usual this year.

  5. Our dahlia flowers are rather small this year as they had very little watering.


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