This week I decided to fill my vase with little golden bells of Clematis tangutica and leave it at that. I cut this clematis back each year, but by the end of the summer it is sprawling everywhere. Still, it makes quite a nice picture with Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’.
Having picked the flowers I thought how nice they would look in my favourite white vase with a frill of the white Solanum jasminoides with its prominent yellow stamens picking up the yellow of the clematis. I then couldn’t resist popping in a flower or two of the white Anemone x hybrida ‘Andrea Atkinson’.
And then the lovely Colchicum autumnale ‘Album’ has yellow stamens too, so I had to add a couple of these beauties.
My favourite aster is ‘Little Carlow’ and that has yellow stamens too which I thought would go well. And anyway, why not have stars as well as bells? I went to a fascinating talk by the plants woman, Marina Christopher on Saturday. She said that when bees have pollinated the flowers of this aster the stamens turn from yellow to red. I looked at mine and indeed the stamens were all red. I grow a lot of asters, but none of them are so full of bees as this beauty. It is absolutely buzzing.
If you only have room for one aster (we have to call it Symphyotrichum now) I would recommend this one. It is absolutely gorgeous and I cannot think why I only have one. I want to fill my garden with it.
To carry on the lilac theme I used a lilac-tinged Solanum laxum ‘Creche ar Pape’.
So that is my vase this Monday.
Cathy who hosts this meme has picked some nerines for her vase. I have to say, I don’t think I could bring myself to cut mine. I obsessively count the buds and flowers in each of my pots. But they do look lovely in a vase. Do go and see.