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?)!
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.
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.
Happy Third IAVOM Anniversary Cathy!