In a Vase on Monday – Scorchio*


Today’s BBC chart for 4 o’clock

It’s hot. It’s been yet another worryingly record-breaking day for late August Bank Holiday temperatures in the UK, particularly in southern of England, so my vase today reflects the colours of our current weather map:


There has been lots of sunshine and clear blue skies, but nevertheless, there are signs that the seasons are beginning to change.


First sign that autumn is on its way … cobwebs across doorways

Then, the rose hips are colouring up nicely, so I’ve made use of their shiny, red spheres around the neck of the jug.


Rosa glauca hips are already plump and red.

Plus, the pennisetum grasses are fluffing up well. Here I’ve used P. macrourum (tightly packed and long and thin) and P. thunbergii (much shorter, but longer haired).


Pheasant tail grass (Anemanthele lessoniana) is beginning to trip me up as I walk up the path, wrapping its tough airy flower-heads about my ankles. I’ve taken my revenge by adding some of them to the vase!


Helenium ‘Helena Red Shades’ takes us through the full range of colours on today’s weather chart.


And Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Nights’ seems like an appropriate ingredient for the vase too.


Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

A couple of stalks of Japanese anemone and Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ complete the arrangement.


Today’s ‘Scorchio’ vase

Hope that you’ve been enjoying the amazing Bank Holiday weather.

I am joining Cathy for her weekly floral meme In a Vase on Monday. To see other beautiful vases please click through to her post and check out the comment section.

*Scorchio was brought to common parlance by The Fast Show



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13 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – Scorchio*

  1. pbmgarden says:

    The rose hips are great with the hellenium. Hope it cools off soon. We’re having a little break.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, the UK weather is insane this summer. I like the way you shake it off by creating a a beautiful bouquet. Maybe the autumn colors will call in the cooling winds?

  3. Kris P says:

    The spiders here have been busy too, much earlier than usual which I hope means an early fall and the return to consistently cooler temperatures. Today’s temperature was about 87F (31C), which actually isn’t bad by our standards for summer but we’d still like to put the season behind us. Your vase is beautiful. I adore Japanese anemones and, although I inherited some with the garden, the flowers are sparse here; however, they’re taking off in my local botanic garden (5 miles away), which I count as another sign that fall is on its way. My ‘Sweet Autumn Clematis’ has buds too – another sign!

  4. Cathy says:

    What a great interpretation, Allison! Thanks for introducing me to some new pennisetum as well. I haven’t noticed rose hips here yet but am aware of an increase in spider activity!

  5. Pazlo says:

    Nothing short of stunning!


  6. AlisonC says:

    Beautiful seasonal colours. The season is definitely changing though the temperatures tell a different story. I wouldn’t mind if it cooled down a little.

  7. Chloris says:

    I quite like scorchio for a short time now and then. Lovely seasonal flowers

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