Surprisingly Summery

What a difference a week makes. This time last week I ventured out into the wilds of ‘Storm Angus’ to grab some foliage for my first attempt at In a Vase on Monday.

This week the sun is shining and it’s a chilly but beautiful late Autumn day. So I was able to take my time and really look at what I have in the garden, rather than just grabbing the first few things I saw and running back inside!

Looking at this little selection, you wouldn’t believe it’s December in three days’ time would you? It makes me think of early summer.


Here we have just three things: Nigella seed heads, Salvia farinacea’Victoria’ and Erigeron’Stallone’.



Thank you to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for providing the inspiration to go out on a cold day and enjoy the tail-end of the year in my garden. Why not give it a go and join in with In a Vase on Monday; you might be surprised what you find.


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathy says:

    I am glad you revised your link as I was trying to fathom out why I couldn’t reach you! I shall go back into the original comment and change it for you in a little while. Picking for a vase at this time of year really makes us notice what’s available in our gardens and realise that just a few sprigs of something still looks pretty in a vase – or lots of foliage and seedheads and the like as in last week’s vase. I haven’t had much success with nigella and sadly have no seedheads for vases, but I shall keep trying – and this salvia hardy? I am trying to get my head round which ones are reliably so. Thanks for joining in again, Eleanor

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    1. Thanks for visiting Cathy, I’m glad you found me. No, I don’t think the salvia is hardy; it seems it’s often grown as an annual but that sounds like a waste to me! We are due a cold night here and an even colder one tomorrow so I shall be digging it up in the failing light this evening and putting it in my little coldframe next to the house.


      1. Cathy says:

        And daytime temps won’t rise much either…


        1. Indeed! This may just be the changing of the seasons.

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  2. Christina says:

    Your lovely vase does have the quality of spring rather than autumn, which must be an advantage in these dark gloomy days.

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    1. Thanks Christina, it’s certainly nice to have some blooms to look at!

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  3. Your vase would be right at home in Southern California!


    1. Oh yes I can just imagine Kris! We are about to get freezing temperatures here, I expect Autumn/Fall in SoCal is quite different.


  4. Cathy says:

    Wonderful finds for the end of November! You must have a sheltered spot in your garden! 😉


    1. Thank you Cathy. It is a sheltered suburban garden, yes. I did pot the salvia up yesterday though as we had a below-freezing night. I think their season has finally finished!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely vase! That first shot would make a nice photo card.


  6. What a lovely selection of flowers. Erigeron is such a winner for this time of year, as are salvias.


    1. Thank you 😊 I think I appreciate the Erigeron a lot more in a vase than when it’s sprawling on the ground- its a very low growing one and easy to miss!


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