The long view and a vase of flowers

I am a day late posting the long view to link with Heather at Xericstyle on the first of every month.  The view today is lush and full, despite frost almost every day last week the garden still looks more spring-like than autumnal or wintery.  There aren’t any obvious flowers in this view unlike in some other parts of the garden, some of which you can see in the second half of the post about a vase.

The long view

The long view

Crab apple

Crab apple

Nandino domestica, this one's foliage is still very green

Nandino domestica, this one’s foliage is still very green

Nandino domestica with more coloured leaves and Pennisetum villosum

Nandino domestica with more coloured leaves and Pennisetum villosum

Colour is provided by coloured leaves on Nandino domestica and the bright orange-red of the crab apples, there are also red fruits on the Arbutus unedo (Corbezelo, Italian common name or strawberry tree, English common name); we don’t usually eat the fruits, but you do see them for sale in some vegetable shops.

The view out of the garden is still quite green

The view out of the garden is still quite green

I picked the flowers for the weekend so maybe this isn’t allowed by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  I don’t really like robbing the garden of its flowers but I do like having cut flowers in the house, but not for some reason pot plants indoors – I have no idea why that is or why if I do have them, they die when I’m perfectly capable of keeping most things alive in the garden!

Rosa Molineux, Salvia Indigo Spires, white starry Solanum jasminoides Album  and bright button flowers of Knautia

Rosa Molineux, Salvia Indigo Spires, white starry Solanum jasminoides Album and bright button flowers of Knautia

Rosa Molineux, Salvia Indigo Spires, white starry Solanum jasminoides Album  and bright button flowers of Knautia

Rosa Molineux, Salvia Indigo Spires, white starry Solanum jasminoides Album and bright button flowers of Knautia

Rosa Molineux, Salvia Indigo Spires, white starry Solanum jasminoides Album  and bright button flowers of Knautia

Rosa Molineux, Salvia Indigo Spires, white starry Solanum jasminoides Album and bright button flowers of Knautia

In the vase are Rosa Molineux, Salvia Indigo Spires, white starry Solanum jasminoides Album  and bright button flowers of Knautia – these were a surprise as I hadn’t realised they were flowering again; it just shows that by doing something different (in this case looking for some flowers to cut) you find something surprising that you would have missed.  The foliage is provided by some small leaves of Acanthus mollis.

Thanks to Heather and Cathy for hosting these memes, do visit them to see more long views and some pretty flower arrangements.

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39 thoughts on “The long view and a vase of flowers

  1. Hi Christina, your Pennisetum is very striking and the view really does look spring fresh. I know exactly what you mean too when it comes to keeping house plants alive!

  2. I like seeing the longer view of gardens, both this view and your slope Christina, it’s also interesting seeing something of the countryside around your garden, I love the shades of silver and grey plants with the greens, the crap apples and nandino adding warm colour, do the birds eat the fruits?
    your vase of flowers is beautiful, I’m not very good with house plants either, Frances

  3. Your long view is looking super with its different shapes and textures. I’m amazed that you found so many flowers if you’ve been having frost most nights – wonderful.

    • I’m not sure how the blooms are surviving either Pauline; today the Hemerocallis leaves are all yellow whereas last week there were a few flowers so I think it will be more difficult next week.

  4. Very green! The Pennisetum still looks stunning, especially next to the Nandino (a shrub I don’t know), and the crab apple provides some lovely seasonal colour too. Even after frosts you have a lot of flowers for your pretty arrangement. 😀

  5. Your long view is lovely – and I particularly enjoyed/admired reading about the plantings of Perovskia in the Formal Garden. As for your vase – the yellow rose and the salvia really zing, don’t they?

    • Thank you Cathy, yes I liked the contrast of yellow and purple, it is repeated in the garden with other plants the most obvious being the Yellow rose Rimosa on the pillars of the Terrace and Lavender and Perovskia in the formal beds.

  6. What a contrast to my own garden which is now totally bereft of flowers, and bears leaves looking rather sorry for themselves after the frost. I’ve grown Nandino domestica before, it’s a lovely plant. Your garden sits so well within the surrounding countryside too.

  7. Glad to find your blog, and how your garden about 1/2 way between both my late parents’ ancestral homes! The long view from the top speaks to me, especially that it is still growing abundantly in the looks.

  8. Your garden looks very strong. I like your Pennisetum villosum very much. Having cut flowers indoors is a joy, especially when they come from one’s own garden. I get bored with taking care of indoor plants and find that outdoors they are more forgiving.

  9. I’m always impressed by the sky-high view of your garden. It looks great – there are a lot of nice structural elements in your border. The bouquet is beautiful too – I’d be hard-pressed to come up with enough floral material to create a bouquet from my garden right now.

  10. Thanks for joining in Christina, with your vase – the solanum looks lovely with those roses. I always imagined it had smaller flowers than these. Are your knautia usally in flower at this time of year? They are something I really want to try again but aren’t they a bit fussy? Good to see your long view too.I used to have lots of pot plants until I really had time to garden, and then they gradually got neglected and I have none now!

    • No, the Knautia were a surprise; they are not too fussy, they probably like my free draining soil but they are also planted in a bed that is irrigated so had water all summer, I really like them so I hope they don’t dissapear.

  11. Your long view looks really good – the structure shines at this time of year, but with enough colour and texture to make it look a bit like a tapestry. I’ll join the crowd and admit I can’t keep indoor pot plants alive, either. Those roses are an incredible colour – really gold.

  12. I started out my gardening life with houseplants in my college dorm room. Howeve, now they just look like caged birds to me, something that would be much happier outside in its native habitat. I rarely cut flowers but I wish I did because I have a lot, too busy I guess.

    • No, Nandina isn’t invasive here, I’ve seen a couple of seedlings under the parent plant but none have ever survived, not even when I tries potting them up. They are also very slow growing so no, not invasive and not a problem. You should check for your state.

  13. I too adore fresh flowers in the house but never think to have pot plants 🙂 gorgeous flower arrangement. I have a small vase of sweet peas at the moment

  14. Amazing to have such a summery vase of flowers in December. I share your reluctance to cut flowers from the garden, something I am trying to get over, but even when I plant for cutting I am strangeley loath to use them as intended! As for pot plants, yep, me too, useless with house plants of any kind, though I am hoping this doesn’t extend to nurtuting the chilli and pepper plants I am trying to over winter.

    Beautiful long view again, like Jessica I love how garden melts into the landscape beyond, a very strong sense of place despite all those roses!

    • I’m sure you’ll be able to over-winter the chillies the peppers are more tender, I managed to over winter one in the greenhouse last year but to be honest the new plants soon caught up and I didn’t have many peppers from that plant. I think the light levels may be an issue with the pepper too. Good luck!

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