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Monday 21 October 2019

Autumn shades In a Vase on Monday

It actually stopped raining for more that 10 minutes this week so I've been able to make progress with jobs in the garden. Lots of cutting back and down but also plans for improving a bed. I'd wanted a path to weave through this bed for easier access, as it's quite large. As always when Mr C gets involved it turns from a job to A Project. 
He says - to get a nice curve on the path we'd need to enlarge the bed, what do you think?
As always, I say - Oh alright then, if you insist. 

Just like that he's out with a rope marking it out. 
The we start digging up turf. 
It comes up nice and easily as it's so damp but not too soggy. 

I have dozens of plants in pots waiting for a new home as well as rooted cuttings. I'd love to get them planted before the winter. 
This bed was the place I put everything which didn't have a home. It'll be good to plant with more thought. 

Oh yes, and here is my vase:

Two kinds of Chrysanthemum. Avignon Pink and Pandion Bronze plus scented geranium foliage (Thank you Amanda at The Running Wave), Abelia and some Michaelmas Daisy. I don't know the variety of these. I've transplanted them from someone else's garden to a place where they can spread about but not run amok as they are liable to. Also grasses Panicum 'Frosted Explosion' (I have seeds if anyone in the UK would like some) and Setaria. 
This is one of my favourite vases - terracotta which I like for autumn colours. 

See what you can find to put In a Vase on Monday and join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. 


  1. Mr C sounds quite resourceful - and look at all the grass you still have...think of all the extra planting opportunities if you took even more turf up!!

    I too love your terracotta vase, such a gorgeous colour and shape - very like some of the pots US blogger Amy makes - and your blooms complement it beautifully. Are your chrysanthemums tender ones? I added some more hardy ones this year but, encouraged by your success in previous years, also one for the g/h which is covered in buds so hopefully it will be worth waiting for

    1. Always resourceful and full of ideas. Yes we have plenty of grass, I'm thinking he just wants less to mow! I have some Chrysanthemums in and some out. I have to go and look them up to see which ones are tender. I move them into pots in January to bring them under cover. They are a fabulous late season treat though grow very tall and fall over.

  2. And I meant to say yes please, I wouldn't mind some Frosted Explosion seed as I suspect that batch I have is no longer viable

  3. Help on those big jobs is always appreciated! Your arrangement is beautiful, as usual. I so wish I could grow Chrysanthemums here but our summer dry conditions aren't hospitable.

    1. Always but it wouldn't be a big job if he wasn't involved! That is a shame but you have many other beautiful things.

  4. This is an ambitious project. Your arrangement looks like a 17th century painting. Beautiful.

    1. Thank you! Not too ambitious. It will just be a bark path and I'll have to do moving and replanting. Wait for updates!

  5. Hi Alison, I am sorry I missed your vase last week - just found it while taking a few moments to browse through some favourite blogs! And lo and behold - the rose geranium! So glad it is doing well for you! I have given some cuttings to a local flower farm, East Lothian Flower Farm, where I will be helping with admin etc in due course. Flowers from the Farm is a great association isn't it!! I am really enjoying all the good things which have been coming my way recently! Amanda x


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