In a Vase on Monday – Survivors

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We’ve just returned from France where melting temperatures, 38 deg C plus, have tested my capacity to move during the day. So it was with considerable relief that we are now chez-nous and back to sweltering in a mere 30 degrees. My kind neighbours had been drafted to water whatever they felt able to, before leaving to go on holiday themselves. Happily, the majority of things have survived, though many of the vegetables have stopped producing or gone to seed. A lot of the plants in the nursery area are now crispy round the edges. Most will resurrect, but are done flowering for this year.

It was therefore a bit of a challenge to pull together a vase-worth of flowers for Cathy’s (@Rambling in the Garden) weekly meme, but it is good to be forced into creativity. Here then, are some holiday survivors:


Of necessity, there is no colour scheme, but the flowers that made it through the water deprivation have tended to the hot end of the spectrum. Tagetes patula ‘Cinnabar’ has positively romped away in the sunshine, so that was my starting material. I’ve been deadheading the geraniums, so I took one head of those too. There are also a couple of cosmos ‘Dazzler’ flowers to up the zing factor.

Although annual ‘bunny tail’ grass, Lagurus ovata, was still bulking up when we left, it has been checked by drought and has lost its fresh look. Happily, it works just as well dried though.


Lagurus ovata

Splashes of purple are provided by Salvia greggi ‘Emperor’, Teucrium hircanicum and Sweet Pea ‘Cupani’.


Salvia greggi ‘Emperor’ adds some lovely rich purple tones

Pale contrast comes from leaves of Senecio greyii and marsh mallow, Althaea officinalis.


Mossy green heads of Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ adds some texture. I am pleased to say that this is their third year of flowering, so they have been well worth the initial outlay. Sadly, it is also probably their last display, since the flowering spikes are now very sparse.


On the other side of the vase I’ve added one of the dolly mixture zinnias grown from seed saved from my Mum’s front door tub display from last year. I hated them when I first saw them, but they’ve grown on me since!


Don’t forget to hop across to Cathy’s blog now to check the beautiful arrangements linked through the comment section.


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18 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – Survivors

  1. Christina says:

    You will understand that I had to smile at your description of the heat. Here all summers usually have daytime temperatures of 35 degrees plus, last year it was 40 for most of the summer. The only solution is to rise early and stop working at 10 am. I love your colourful vase. Enjoy your slightly cooler temperatures

  2. Love the bold-colored flowers and you’ve combined them beautifully with supporting characters for a stunning display. Very eye catching!

  3. pbmgarden says:

    This is just beautiful.

  4. Lovely and great so much survived the heat

  5. really bright, zingy colours – and the grass is awesome – would look great in an arrangement anytime of year I think. I like the bottles/vases too. i’ve seen lots of zinnia’s in vases this summer so I think I’ll have to have a go growing them next year. I hope your garden recovers a bit from the heat. I’ve got dianthus, lavender and sweetpeas I(not happy with the heat) in my vase today – It’s been 26+ for weeks in Manchester and no rain 😦 love bec xx

  6. Sam says:

    I love the colour combination of your little bottles – absolutely beautiful. How lovely to have all these blooming for your return. Hope you had a lovely holiday.

    • Thanks, we had a great time in the Dordogne. Since we knew the area fairly well we didn’t feel obliged to do too much, which helped. It’s always fun with a river to kayak on! Those vases have lasted forever too.

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    It is always hard leaving one’s garden, esp. when the weather is adverse. Your survivors are looking vibrant, however. The bunny’s tail are sweet!

    • You are right of course. It was not helped by 3 months of negligible rain. That has all changed now. We are cooler and wet and the flowers are loving it … wait till I start complaining about blight next!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        We’ve had weeks of wet, humid weather and there’s a lot of mold out there right now, anything wooly is mush. Weather these days seems to run to extremes.

  8. Kris P says:

    I’m sorry to hear that your holiday was marred by heat. It seems to be the uninvited guest everywhere this year though, doesn’t it? At least you had some lovely flowers to greet you when you returned home.

    • Can’t complain too much since we went to France looking for sunshine and we had a pool to cool off in! Back home we’ve had rain now and everything is picking up marvellously.

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