In a Vase on Monday. Ghosts of Summer.

I have got a bit behind with blogging as we have been to beautiful Bruges for a pre- Christmas jolly.


And then we came back to this…

I was hoping to find ten blooms for December and  something pretty for a  vase on Monday.  But  that’s not really an option at the moment.

But never mind, I grew some flowers for drying in my cutting bed this year. So we are not entirely flowerless.

I used Helipterum roseum and the lovely white Helipterum ‘Pierrot’ which has white flowers with yellow and black centres. I also used Helichrysum bracteatum.  I wish I had grown more of these in separate colours now. I also dried a few flowers of Centaurea americana ‘Aloha Blanca’ which you can see in the above picture. The funny buff -coloured thing peeping out on the left was an experiment to dry Bupleurum longifolium ‘Bronze Beauty’. And I have kept some of the Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ from a previous vase. The container with dried chestnut leaves is from last year.

I am sorry to offer you withered flowers today but I am not ready for Christmas bling yet. I prefer to hang on to my little ghosts of summer for a while longer.

Cathy, our indomitable hostess for this meme has picked some of her precious snowdrops for her vase today. Do go and see.

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30 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Ghosts of Summer.

  1. Christina says:

    Snap! I used everlasting flowers today. I wouldn’t describe yours as ghosts – they are far to joyful and colourful for that! You seem to have found some different seed to me, do let me know where you ordered from (although I’ve just received an order from Chiltern Seeds so won’t be ordering for a while).

    • Chloris says:

      My seeds came from Chilterns too, at least I think they did. I tend to have several seed orders here there and everywhere. When I look at different catalogues I can never resist buying yet more seeds.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Helipterum! Wow! I have not seen that in a while. It used to grow on a farm just east of my Pa’s house in Montara.

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Your wintry garden scene is lovely. Clever of you for planning ahead and planting everlastings. They look nice and the use of the leaves at the base is a great idea. Glad you had a nice get-away too.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Susie. I used to grow loads of flowers for drying but that was years ago. I thought I would try a few again this year and now I wish that I had grown more.

  4. Cathy says:

    Oh you and Christina have both whetted our appetites for these next year, Chloris – I need to go through both your lists and pick out what to try for myself. The bupleurum you sent hasn’t germinated yet but I followed online instuctions about chilling, etc – any other advice? Should I still be hopeful it will germinate?

  5. Dried flowers are the rage today, I see. You ‘Pierrot’ is very striking. I like those little buff balls too, but can’t make out what they are. I remember that scene from Bruges with a few dozen more people on the bridge. Late autumn/early winter is such a good time for travel. We had hoped to visit the Regent Street angels this month, but hurricane Irma thought we should have a new roof instead. Enjoy your snow while it lasts…mud can’t be far behind.

    • Chloris says:

      The little buff balls are Centaurea americana ‘Aloha Blanca’. I grew them for the first time this year and I was delighted with them.
      What a pity you missed your trip but a new roof is more important. Bruges was lovely and going in winter is one way to beat the crowds.

  6. Cathy says:

    ‘Little ghosts of summer’ is an excellent way to describe these pretty dried flowers. They are a great alternative to real flowers. Hope you enjoyed the market in Bruges!

  7. Kris P says:

    Lovely ghosts! You and Christina have me wondering why I don’t grow more flowers for drying myself. I realize you may not see it as such but your wintry garden looks beautiful to me, Of course, at the moment, I’m envious of precipitation in any form.

    • Chloris says:

      But you always have so many fresh flowers in your garden, we need to dry them to get us through the lean months.
      I am not keen on snow, I suppose it is pretty but I like colour. A monochrome world is not for me and I hate not being able to grub in the garden.
      I hope you get some rain soon. Those fires are terrifying.

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    You and Christina are running parallel today and inspiring the rest of us to try growing some everlastings next summer. They really can light up a room when there is little coming from the garden.

  9. The dry flowers look amazing, I thought they were fresh for a minute. I am not keen on snow, either but it is pretty to look at!

  10. mrsdaffodil says:

    News of your snowfall reached us here in Canada, where we seem to be a bit obsessed with weather. I’m not a fan of snow, either and we do manage to get through some winters without it, living on the southwest corner of the country. How clever of you to have dried flowers in reserve! I just might borrow a page from your book.

  11. Noelle says:

    How nice to be able to go back to the future…remembering flowers grown and harvested in the summer, and realizing g that soon it will be the growing season again. An arrangement that will last for weeks…clever you.

  12. I’ve never even heard of Helipterum – very nice! One of these days I will visit Bruges, it’s on my list.

  13. bittster says:

    You always have excellent excuses for any lapses in your blogging. The garden looks beautiful in the snow. I don’t recall ever seeing it like that, I always assumed your winter only amounted to four days of frost and then spring rolls around. Amazing how fresh a few of the flowers look. I’ve always liked naturally dried ones, the ones which need special treatment always make me feel a little uncomfortable, even though they can also be just as amazing.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, life keeps getting in the way of blogging.
      Our winters are nothing like yours but sometimes we can get cold spells that go on for ages.
      These flowers are easy, I just hang them up in the shed to dry.

  14. Bruge, how wonderful! I love everlasting flowers, they are a joy to grow and then keep on giving. As long as you catch them in time, otherwise you get an amazing explosion of seed. Or is that just me? 🙂

  15. snowbird says:

    Oh, you lucky thing getting to visit Bruges, I have never been but would love to go.
    That snow is so pretty, it is so transforming when pristine like that, I hope you ran all around it. Love those dried flowers, as if you would ever be without flowers!xxx

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