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.
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, 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!
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.
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)!
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.
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.