In a vase on Monday – homage

It feels good to be back posting a vase on Monday for Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Today my vase has turned out to be an homage to my fellow bloggers who have inspired and encouraged me with growing flowers to cut for the house and/or have been generous enough to share plants with me.  So this is a thank you vase to you all.

In a vase on Monday – Homage

Green Chrysanthemum

This very useful green Chrysanthemum was given to me by my Italian gardening Lidia.  She is amazingly knowledgeable about all plants and is known to her friends as WikiLidia!

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis, my first plants here were given to me by some very good gardeners who have been very generous with their plants including a large number of bearded Irises, thank you Guys!

Gomphrena globosa

I first saw Gomphrena on Kris’s Late to the Garden Party‘s blog; She gardens in extremely difficult conditions in Los Angeles; Kris has made a virtue out of her hot, drought conditions and is an inspiration to anyone trying to garden in these conditions.  I have seen that Chiltern Seeds sell several different varieties of Gomphrena which I will be adding to the Cut flower beds next year.

Knautia macedonia

Lidia (above) gave me my first plants of Kautia grown from seed that slipped into her pocket while visiting a garden festival in Germany; sadly the first plants were removed in error and Liz at the Blooming Garden very kindly gave me some seeds from her plants, these are now thriving in the cut flower beds and provide blooms for much of the summer (including November)!

Pennisetum Karlie

Kate at Barnhouse garden is a real inspiration when it comes to grasses; she hasn’t been posting for a while but I do hope she will be back soon; I know that she grows Karlie and has given great information about growing it on her blog.

Salvia horninum , the Clary sage

I mentioned yesterday that I was inspired to grow this after seeing it on Cathy our hostess at Rambling in the garden‘s posts last year.  This vase also includes Leonotris leonurus; not the usual orange but a white variety grown by Cathy from seed and generously given to me when we met this past May on the very hot Monday before Chelsea.  She had packaged it so carefully, it arrived home with me and I planted it out.  Then I’m ashamed to admit I forgot where I had planted it; then when I saw it growing well I almost thought it was a weed but luckily I decided to wait and see and a few weeks ago I recognised the plant as Leonotris.  The plant is now growing very well and I took some cuttings this morning after I had picked the stems for this vase, just in case this winter is as cold as has been predicted.

I couldn’t imagine posting this homage without mentioning Susie at pbmgarden.  Suzie has truly been an inspiration in how to create a beautiful vase.  I am surprised every week by her ability to arrange her flowers in such a skilled and stunning way.  Her comments on my vases have always been very encouraging and helpful and I have learned so much from her.  When we met a couple of years ago , it was as if we had always known each other and I now count her as a valued friend.

So this has turned out to be a rather long post.  Thank you to each of you who contacted me when I didn’t post for a couple of weeks; your kindness and support have helped me through a difficult patch in my life.  Thank you, my true blogging friends.


50 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – homage

  1. Christina, I am honored to be mentioned in this tribute. Such a sweet reminder of the rewards of garden blogging and the value of friendship. Your vase as ever is beautiful in its bounty. I love the cluster of white flowers near the rim of the vase, the dots of color carefully balanced throughout and the rhythm of the grasses. Have a great week.

  2. Oh what a lovely homage to your blogging friends, Christina – and how well it highlight how generous everyone is. I am of course thrilled to see the leonitis in your vase – mine didn’t flower this year but I have dug them up to overwinter them inside and am just debating whether to cut them back or wait and see if they die down (they are 3-4ft tall). Any suggestions? I have wondered whether to try some gomphrena from seed but I suspect they may be bordeline in the UK and not worth the effort and space. I have some of Liz’s scabious too, also still flowering! Thanks for sharing today and lovely of course to have you amongst us again.

    • I’m not sure what to recommend for your Leonitis. I was really surprised that my orange one did actually come back from it’s roots after dying right back last winter; the previous year it had stood all winter and I think it even flowered. My white one has only just thrown up three flowering stems but the plant (s) look very healthy. As my soil is so free draining I will leave them in the ground but as I said, I took some cuttings as it would be sad to lose it now.

        • Yes, but there is much more light here and in the ground they are in very free draining soil. If yours were the same size as mine, they probably didn’t have enough time to flower for you but next year with a bigger root system already in place they might do better for you.

          • Yes, I hope so. The other ones that were kept in pots and put on the plant stall are much much smaller, because they had less room to spread, I guess. They could do with being repotted I suppose, but I will leave that till spring.

  3. This is such a special vase Christina….so many of us are influenced and inspired by our fellow bloggers. I know, as I have said before, you inspire me. I hope all is well with you.


  4. I wish that I had read this post before ripping out four large Leonotis leonurus this morning. They had budded up in the end, but not flowered. I could have taken cuttings!!! So, to learning, sharing, encouraging … all benefits of blogging. A lovely homage Christine.

    • Even the buds of the Leonotis are quite attractive, and if you let the ones with colour slowing dry in a vase they keep their colour and flowers like an everlasting flower. I discovered that by accident a couple of Christmases ago.

  5. A white flowering Leonotis – WOW! Although Gomphrenas are common here, I can’t remember seeing the white-flowered form here and must look for that too. I’m very glad to find you joining back in with IAVOM, Christina, especially as you’re the one who led me to the meme in the first place. The garden is a healing place and celebrating its joys with others is part of the mix. Best wishes.

    • Cathy found the seed of the white flowering leonotis and very generously gave me a couple small plants. I’m hoping they’ll be as hardy as the usual orange ones and over-winter in the garden. The cuttings are insurance! I’ve seen a couple of zanily coloured Gomphrenas in the catalogue di I’m looking forward to trying them next year. Thank you for your good wishes.

  6. This is a lovely post Christina. Your vase is really beautiful, even more so as many of the flowers have stories and friendships attached. I envy you that green Chrysanthemum (and I am not usually keen on Chrysanths) and I envy you that glorious sunshine too! Hope you are feeling better now.

  7. What a beautiful vase and a beautiful idea. It’s good to know you have so many supportive friends who care about you as well as sharing all the gardening knowledge. I have learnt plenty over the last year.

  8. A heartwarming tribute. I’m so sorry to hear you have had a difficult time recently. I’m just catching up now, things have not been too easy here with mum and my eldest daughter both suddenly needing emergency operations which were scheduled to be on the same day- at different hospitals across the city. In the end I had to sit by my daughter as she was the poorliest of the two. I still feel terrible for not being there for my mum. Luckily both are recovering well and I can breathe again. Keep in touch and I’m sending a friendly hug your way. I have always enjoyed our chats on here and have learned a lot from your posts. Best wishes karen x

  9. A lovely arrangement and what a lovely tribute. Blogging friendsips are life-enhancing and it is a joyful thing to share our gardens with like -minded friends.
    I am sorry things have been difficult for you lately. I noticed your absence but thought that you were probably away on holiday. I hope things are better now. Hugs x

  10. Christina thanks to you for being part of this community of bloggers gardeners. You were the first one I met and I learned a lot from you until I met the rest of the bloggers, of whom I have also learned a lot. Your bouquet of flowers is beautiful and full of stories and flowers of friendship. White Leonotis are beautiful like Verbena bonariensis and Kautia. I’m glad you’re feeling better: if you need to talk, you have my email for whenever you want. Have a happy week. Greetings from Margarita.

  11. Blogging gardeners are a special group, for sure. Getting to ‘know’ people the world over, sharing ideas, along with support and encouragement… it adds so much to our lives. Meeting in person and sharing plants strengthens the bond. It is a blessing!

  12. Oh a lovely heartfelt post Christina. I am still struggling to comment here hence my late reply as I can’t do so via Blogger and I then get in a pickle trying to remember my WordPress password. I’m sorry to pick up that you’ve being going through some difficult days I hope that that whatever is troubling you is becoming easier to live with. Sending love and hugs your way. Take care xxx

    • Thank you for your hugs! I am feeling much better now and will be able to work through the problems I have. I have trouble sometimes commenting on blogger posts and know that sometimes I don’t comment because I know it will take more time (silly really!).

  13. How lovely Christina. I have met three blogging friends and it really does help bring the community to life. I too have been missing Kate’s grassy posts and pleased to read her response here.

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