In a Vase on Monday – Three Salvias

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Frost has wiped out the zinnias and amaranthus in the borders and so today we cleared these areas, ready for planting tulips later in the week. And that is how I found myself bringing home a bunch of blue clary sage plants, with the intention of collecting and saving the seed. But as I picked out the drying seed heads and transferred them to a paper bag (to catch the seed) I noticed that there were still a good number of beautiful blue bracts, so I snipped those off too and put them in a vase.

They were the first of the three salvias that I have used in my vase to celebrate the third anniversary of Cathy’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme. My thanks to Cathy for hosting so successfully, whatever the weather, season or holiday!

When I got home I wandered around the garden searching for something that could form the rest of the contents of a themed vase of ‘Three’ and that was when I noticed the pot of Salvia involucrata sitting in the greenhouse. Who could resist that bearded magenta wonder? It looks a little muppet-like (Animal?)!

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The final salvia I have used is Salvia uliginosa. This plant is now pretty desiccated outside, but luckily I have a protected one. So that makes three Salvias.

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I’ve filled with Dianthus ‘Green Trick to add volume. It is still looking fairly bright green and fluffy, but it has become rather floppy in the trough. I don’t think that it will survive much longer, so I chose to lose a few spikes.

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Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ and blue Clary sage

 Happy Third IAVOM Anniversary Cathy!

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The Three Salvia Vase in sunlight

 

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20 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – Three Salvias

  1. So bright and cheerful! I love salvias… that S. involucrata is quite something!

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful combination of salvias – that pink one really does look like a muppet!

  3. Cathy says:

    Yes, I had to smile at the muppet lookalike – very apt! It was interesting to raed which things had been affected y frost, and that your clary sage still had some perfect blooms. Mine didn’t do well at all this year and certainly didn’t get to a seed producing stage at all. Looking at your vase in the first picture you wouldn’t think it was November at all – thanks for sharing it with us Allison

    • It is remarkable what has made it to November this year. These clary sage were lucky self-seeds, but I have ordered more to make sure from next year. Hope that you have more success next year.

  4. Kris P says:

    That Salvia involucrata DOES look just like a Muppet! The 3 Salvias make a pretty combination but it was the S. uliginosa that drew me at fist sight – the color is heavenly.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    The 3 work well together.

  6. Stunning! I love saliva and this collection offset by the dianthus provides a happy eyeful.

  7. Cathy says:

    Fabulous! The photos in different light settings are all wonderful. Yes, I see the resemblance to Animal, quite clearly! 😉

    • Bless you! Sometimes I think that it is just me. I just about caught the setting sun, but I had to hold the vase and camera up against the hedge to do it. Not ideal, hence the other attempts.

  8. Christina says:

    All the Salvias are looking great. But the Dianthus steals the show for me, it is a really fun plant.

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