In a Vase on Monday – a surprise

Mid-November; what is there in the cut flower borders that is in good enough condition to place in a vase to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for the weekly opportunity to share a vase of flowers from our gardens.

I knew there were still some Zinnias, their foliage is now horrible but there were still plenty of blooms; many past their best through lack of cutting them on my part, for today’s vase I chose the white ones, Zinnia ‘Polar Bear’.

Zinnia 'Polar Bear', Cosmos 'White Purity', Three different white Chysanthemums

Zinnia ‘Polar Bear’, Cosmos ‘White Purity’, Three different white Chysanthemums

Green Chrysanthemum was needed instead of foliage

Green Chrysanthemum was needed instead of foliage

But the surprise this week is that the Acidanthera callianthus (Gladiolus murielae) that were a gift from friends in June 2014 have flowered!!!  This is a flower I admire; I managed to grow it once when I lived in England and I’ve failed with it several times here.  For sure I would consider it a flower of late summer (August) but I suppose it was just far too hot then; November seems far too late but I am very happy to them whenever they wish to flower.

The surprise this week Acidanthera callianthus or Gladiolus murielae

The surprise this week Acidanthera callianthus or Gladiolus murielae

In a vase on Monday, another white theme

In a vase on Monday, another white theme

With thanks to Cathy for hosting; what have you found to pick today, do share your vase with us all.

47 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – a surprise

  1. I have some ‘Acidanthera callianthus or Gladiolus murielae’ they come up each year in August but do not flower. I’m wondering if they are just not mature enough yet, or if the ground is not well drained enough for them. They are such delicate flowers dancing at the end of their elegant stems.

  2. There’s lots of lovely stuff to pick in your garden. Here each week I find myself thinking there’s nothing and then I find plenty especially when relying on foliage to pad it out. I guess it will stop in January until the bulbs come through.

    • Yes; there are still lots of good seed-heads too at the moment, I like using the flowers while there are some but an arrangement of some fruits and berries would be more seasonal.

  3. That’s beautiful Christina. The Gladioli is the icing on the cake, so to speak! I thought that was the famous ‘Green Envy’ zinnia at first, but the green Chrysanth is quite striking too. Frosty here too, but the clear skies mean we can see the moon (and a little sunshine too!).

    • There’s high cloud here today, no sun at all! It might clear tonight to see the moon. I have ‘Green Envy’ too but it isn’t very prolific – I’ll plant more of them next year.

  4. Here, the gladioli is called Peacock Orchid…a fitting name I think. I first saw it at Sissinghurst on a September visit and grew the bulbs the very next year in South Carolina. They bloomed in June! And I thought I was going to have a fall plant…lol.

  5. Lovely to still see cosmos and zinnias, I so miss mine! This is a pretty vase and the acidanthera offer nice pizzazz. I attempted to grow them this year, but only got foliage before it was knocked down by frost. I dug them up and hope to try again next year. Hope springs eternal, esp. in the garden.

  6. You do like your white vases – but what a great selection for a mid November one! The acidanthera were a great find and look really striking with the other blooms. I didn’t realise they would be as tall as this, or have you cut the stems of the others shorter? Oh, and have you had a go at creating your own silver vase yet?

  7. Christina, how wonderful that the Gladiolos murielae have bloomed now! They are beautiful and delicate. It is a pleasure to see Cosmos and Zinnias at this point. Chrysanthemums are precious. Greetings from Margarita. Your garden is unpredictable. Greetings from Margarita.

  8. It’s a great combination, Christina. If I could find Chrysanthemums as pretty as those in your garden, I might well try growing them, even though the plants have a hard time with our summers. I did try growing that Acidanthera years ago but, after one 3 of the 12 bulbs bloomed the first year and none the next, I tossed them out – given your experience, perhaps I should have waited!

    • I don’t think the Acidanthera are easy Kris, you probably did the right thing. Given how wet out autumn has been this year, it might indicate that that is what they need!

  9. I love your white arrangement, so pretty. I can never get Acidanthera to bloom more than once. A friend of mine keeps them warm by her Aga once the foliage has died down. I don’ t see why that would work but hers flowered again this year. I love your white chrysanthemum.

  10. Those acidanthera are stunning Christina! Mine flowered back in early September whilst we were away on holiday, although last year I planted the bulbs very late and had them flowering in the greenhouse in November – perhaps I should try successional planting next year. Can you leave your bulbs in the ground?

    • Yes I leave the Acidanthera in the ground, I also leave all the gladioli in the ground and so far we haven’t had a winter than has been hard enough to kill them although we have been promised a cold, long winter this year which I’m not looking forward to.

        • It is decidedly colder than other years with more rain here, often winter doesn’t truly start until after Christmas. I feel so sorry for the poor people living in tents in the mountains because they are too afraid to return to their homes for fears of more eathquakes.

  11. What a beautiful combination. I love the white and green theme. I am looking at seeds at the moment and am searching for the polar bear zinnia. So pretty. I’m growing the acidanthera too. I’ve just pulled all the bulbs up to over- winter in the poly tunnel. I was delighted to see that every bulb has produced some new fat baby bulbs underneath. A bonus for next summer.

  12. Beautiful! Interesting that your Acidanthera are coming on so late. I have them mixed with other gladioli, but it looks like some of them will start to bud soon, which would be very early compared to yours. Perhaps blooming is triggered by a ‘rainy season’ rather than by temperature or light.

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