In a Vase on Monday: Rain and Rainbows

Suddenly summer has turned wet, grey and cool. I’ve taken to carrying out daily checks for tomato blight, ‘cos I have a lovely crop just ripening in the raised beds that I don’t want to lose. The downpours have been impressively heavy, sometimes thundery, between hot sunny intervals. So my vase is a mixture of plants responding either positively to the suddenly available moisture or those cut to minimise some damage.


A summer rainbow vase

For instance, the japanese anemones (Honorine Jobert) are currently looking quite lovely against the fir (OK leylandii) trees, but the tansy has been whirled around by the winds and now looks as though it has fallen out of a washing machine. Its limbs were also damaging the surrounding plants, so it has been pruned judiciously.

I’ve included a piece of Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Lady de Ramsey’ in the vase. This was taken from a rooted cutting I saved from Wimpole. I can’t make up my mind whether I like this shrub or not, largely because of the way the flowers fade in patches to a brown mess. So it is sitting in a pot for the time being, gradually getting larger (and probably rooting into the gravel).


Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Lady de Ramsey’

I’ve also cut some Agastache ‘Bolero’, grown from seed this year, which I am really happy with. Last year’s bought pot-grown plant didn’t over winter in the garden, so I am hoping that these have more chance. Even if they don’t, I’ve discovered that they look good in one season.


Agastache ‘Bolero’ grown from seed this year.

Vase fillers are made up from some golden feverfew, a white form of Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Walllis, some spikes of Verbena bonariensis, a couple of sweet peas and Penstemon ‘Andenken an hahn’.

So that is my rainbow bouquet, in spite of the rain. Except, then I decided that the arrangement needed a bit more green and that is how this final photo includes some Dianthus ‘Green Trick’.


Rainbow bouquet v2

Maybe it doesn’t need them, but after being disappointed by Green Trick’s performance in a trough with Erigeron karvinskianus last year, I thought that I would highlight the fact that I have been very pleased that the original plants are once again blooming nicely in the planter this year!

This is my contribution to Cathy’s popular In a Vase on Monday meme. It is worth hopping across to see her/Brian’s perfect dahlias and to check out the vases being put together around the globe.

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18 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Rain and Rainbows

  1. Christina says:

    I remember liking the Dianthus last year and not finding it to buy as seed. Where did yours come from?

    • I think that they are produced through licenced rooted cuttings unfortunately (they don’t set seed), which I guess makes it difficult for you? Mine were originally small plug plants from Sarah Raven.

  2. Kris P says:

    I wish we could get some of that rain! Your flowers all look lovely to me despite their pummeling. I love that Dianthus, which I’ve never seen here.

  3. Cathy says:

    Lovely bunch of colour, and that Green Trick is quite amazing! Glad you included it, as I meant to get some seed last year and forgot. Your flowers certainly don’t look as if they have suffered in your rainy weather. Hope it cheers up and calms down soon! 🙂

  4. You have picked a wonderful rainbow. We are having another downpour here in Donegal today. Happily we have lots of sunshine too. My garden is beckoning for a goid tidy up soon…

  5. Brian Skeys says:

    Your rainbow vase has a real cottage garden look.

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Great rainbow bouquet. I like the Dianthus ‘Green Trick’. Works well here and also in very modern designs.

  7. Cathy says:

    Definitely a real rainbow vase from you this week 🙂 I really like the pink agastache and having acquired a plant of A Liquorice from a plant stall I am now wondering how hardy that one is…

    • Fingers croseed for us both then. I did grow A. ‘Apricot’ (Half-hardy) a few years ago which lasted several years and A ‘Golden jubilee’ (Hardy) which was fine for a few years too.

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Love the array of bright, bold color, Allison. I like the unique buddleia, even if it requires frequent deadheading (why I never bought the white). The dianthus and agastache are lovely as well.

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