Cathy@ramblinginthegarden has hosted In a Vase on Monday for the last 6 years. An astounding endeavour and commitment! Well done and thanks, Cathy. To mark each anniversary a challenge is set. This year’s gauntlet was to restrict the dimensions of the vase to 6 inches.
Luckily, I knew I had some small glass bottles and ink pots in a cupboard, so I thought I would have a go. I was a little worried when I went out in the rain looking for usable flowers, but close to the house there are still pockets of colour. I was also keen to use some Salvia leucantha, which is growing tall in the greenhouse and is very nearly out. I was determined to shoe-horn the almost-ready, sculptural buds into a vase before a hard frost puts paid to its tempting, furry flowers.
I managed my usual trick of continuing to gather blooms until I’d gone through the complete spectrum. There were plenty of flowers for 5 small vases (admittedly six would have been more appropriate).
I particularly like this salt-glazed inkpot, filled with undulating arms of aster ‘Lady in black’, puffy white flowers of Persicaria ‘red dragon’, shocking pink Dianthus carthusianorum, Penstemon ‘Sour grapes’ and a red salvia.
And here are those tactile shoots of Salvia leucantha with Penstemon ‘Raven’, posing in a small glass Campari soda bottle.
I picked these begonias with a view to rooting a few. I am not a big fan (of begonias), but there is no denying their staying power, drought resistance and positive colour contribution.
In another little glass bottle I’ve added Chrysanthemum ‘Little Dorrit’, Chrysanthemum ‘Bruno Bronze’, Salvia leucantha and Salvia ‘Love and wishes’ together. Surprisingly the salvia on the patio have survived several frosts untouched.
The final ink pot contains Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ again and a couple of Salvia greggii, in pink and pale purple (no labels I am afraid).
And the nice thing about these bite-sized vases is that they can be endless shuffled or spread around for a changing display.