In a Vase on Monday – A summer birthday party


Today’s vase is in-your-face bright and cheerful, ‘cos we are celebrating the birth of our first grandchild. Born at the weekend, she’s a healthy weight, with a shock of thick, dark hair, eyes wide open and a ready smile. Sadly, we can’t visit for a while, but in the meantime we’ve broken out the bubbly, clinked glasses … and we now have an exuberant vase as well!

I am joining Cathy (@ramblinginthegarden) for her weekly celebration of our floral treasures, presented on Monday, in a vase (or something that functions in that capacity).


My colourful components are:

Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Nights’

Lychnis coronaria

Verbena ‘Brampton’

Crocosmia (inherited)

Penstemon ‘Raven’

Achemilla mollis

With the vase brought indoors, I am enjoying the way the dark wiry stems of the heliopsis and verbena shoot randomly outwards, making the whole thing look like exploding fireworks, with fizzes of colour at the tips.


See, even today’s rain can’t put a dampener on things, there’s too much to be thankful for.

Have a good week!


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14 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – A summer birthday party

  1. Chloris says:

    Congratulations, what a wonderful event to celebrate with your floral fireworks.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Congratulations, so exciting! Love the colorful, celebratory vase – in the last photo it looks like it is reaching out to give a hug. πŸ™‚

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Congratulations. Hope you can see the new little one soon. Beautiful flowers especially Penstemon β€˜Raven’.

  4. Cathy says:

    Congratulations – a special event for all of you! My first was miles away but the other two are local and one has a birthday this week too πŸ™‚ I agree with you about the heliopsis and verbena, flashing out from the rest – a great celebratory display! Sadly crocosmia is one of the things that doesn’t flower for me – but it used to, so I am wondering if it is a shade issue… Hope you can see the new addition soon Allison

    • Thanks Cathy. We have now managed a distanced visit, so we are feel more connected as a family.
      Not sure about your crocosmia, ‘cos mine never gets direct sunlight. I know it likes exposed cliff tops though, so you are probably right … or drainage?

      • Cathy says:

        And yet it grows well enough for my Mum in very shallow soil over slate in the Inner Hebrides – bizarre really 😁

  5. Kris P says:

    Fireworks seem entirely appropriate under the circumstances. Congratulations! I hope you get to see your granddaughter in person sometime soon.

  6. Cathy says:

    Congratulations! And the vase really sparkles with those gorgeous colours. πŸ˜ƒ Hope you can see your new grandchild soon.

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