In a Vase on Monday. Hello Possums!

This week I am channelling Dame Edna with a vase of gladdies. I have  only grown the dainty dwarf ones before because the big ones are too stiff and gawky for the flowerbed and let’s be honest they are really a bit naff, specially the giant ones. But I bought a few really cheap packets of corms at the supermarket for the cutting bed.  And I really like them in a vase. This one is called Gladiolus ‘Fiorentina’. I picked all these flowers and there are plenty of buds to come.


The roses are not from the garden, they were a gift from my lovely friend, Kitty. I rarely buy flowers so it is a treat to receive a gift like this. These roses have been in a vase for over a week and they are still fresh and beautiful. I pulled off the withered leaves and new leaves are growing.  Shop-bought roses usually remind me of furled up umbrellas but these are really pretty. No scent but still lovely. I am going to try and strike a cutting from one of them.


On the table I have my flower brick with mostly white and blue flowers.

The white flowers are Achillea ptarmica. I am not a great fan of achilleas but this one is very useful for flower arranging. It flops around in the garden but I leave it in a corner of the garden for picking. It is a bit like gypsophila but with bigger flowers.


The foliage is from Pittospermum tenufolium ”Elizabeth’. I  used two blue flowers, the pale blue is the’Ugly-nose Salvia ulignosa and the fluffy one is the perennial tall growing Ageratum corymbosum. Actually it is not perennial in the garden because it can’t take frost but it is easy from cuttings. There is a bit of purple Agastache ‘Black Adder’ and pink spikes of Persicaria amplexicaulis. The fluffy heads are from Pennisetum villosum.

Thank you Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for encouraging bloggers to put flowers in a Vase on Monday. Do go and see how creative so many bloggers are with arrangements of flowers from their gardens.

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37 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Hello Possums!

  1. Those are some very pretty flowers from the supermarket. I guess you never know what you will get.

  2. Very lovely vases! I especially love the pink one, as they are my favorite color when it comes to flowers.

    • Chloris says:

      I seem to have used quite a lot of pink today. I have another vase with pink cosmos which I didn’t show as everybody has cosmos, such an easy annual.

  3. Kris P says:

    I’ve never been a fan of gladiolas either (they make me think of funerals) but I’ve begun to warm up to them as I imagine their usefulness in vases. Yours are beautiful. And, I noted a relatively rare coincidence in the fact that we’re both growing the same Achillea. This is the first season for mine but so far it’s handling our (admittedly tame) summer well.

    • Chloris says:

      The achillea was here in the garden when we came and I was going to dig it up as it droops about so. I’m glad I kept it though as it is great for vases. Gladdies are too, I shall grow more in the cutting garden next year.

  4. Cathy says:

    As I mentioned on another blog today, these bigger gladioli are for more acceptable in a vase than in a border – yours look pretty with these gifted roses. And I always love to see your flower brick – good to see your ageratum…I made a note of it when you showed it before but haven’t been able to source it so if you could spare a cutting of that too I would be very happy (but don’t worry if you can’t). Thanks for joining in today

  5. AlisonC says:

    I’m never sure about gladiolus either. Yours are very pretty though. Having said that, last year I had some which I’d grown from a cheap packet of bulbs as a trial. This spring I dug them up (huge bulbs) to move them and piled them into a large pot and I’ve never seen them since. No-one admits to moving them. It’s a mystery. I do need more August colour so perhaps gladiolus would fit the bill.
    Beautiful fluffy grasses which look very tactile.

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Both are beautiful, Chloris – the pink roses and glads in the white pitcher are so cheering, just seeing them gladdens the heart.

  7. Cathy says:

    Both lovely vases. (I do like the ‘brick’). Those gladioli are very pretty and a change from the bright colours we see in our flower fields here.

  8. I tried that Achillea when further north..very floppy, looks great in the vase. I love the glads with the Roses. Tried Aldi glads this year – got one flower, not a stalk, one flower. Hot pink. Yours look a lot better.

  9. pbmgarden says:

    I adore the way that Achillea accents your vase. Lovely. The Gladiolus is very pretty too. I am really fond of them in a sizes.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, the achillea is useful although it looks untidy in the garden. I think I shall grow more gladdies in the cutting garden next year, I really like them in a vase.

  10. Oh that’s a most attractive glad Chloris and a perfect companion for the rose. I hope that you are successful with striking a cutting. The flower brick and its contents are delightful.

  11. I really like all the pinks in one vase. Beautiful.

  12. homeslip says:

    No, I don’t think you have quite convinced me about gladiolus – 18 years of seeing them grown at my allotment site will take a lot of purging, and as a cyclist yourself you will know that gifted gladdies would never make it home by bike. But I did buy Salvia Uliginosa at East Lambrook last month where we had a very pleasant wander around and a cup of tea on our way home from the furthest corner of Cornwall. Hadn’t visited East Lambtook for about 10 years but I used to know the garden well so it was very interesting. I will look out for Achilllea ptarmica. Achillea love my greensand and I inherited the pale gold one and bought at Parham’s garden weekend last year a silvery pink one – can’t remember its unusual name but it is still looking fresh alongside molinia and the pale pink Rose you identified for me and now my from seed guara are flowering and all the rabbit nibbled plants have recovered it is all looking rather lovely. Talking of happy achillea my still uncut meadow is sprinkled with fresh white yarrow. Year two of meadow-making and it is still looking good and absolutely smothered in butterflies. I did sow yellow rattle seed last year but sparingly because it is very expensive but this year fellow meadow makers have been presenting me with bags of various seed so next year … I cannot wait. Call it beginner’s luck, but the meadow has exceeded all my expectations and has been a fabulous way of dealing with half an acre of amenity grass. (Btw Parham, which provides all my garden inspiration for gardening on greensand is getting two new gardeners next month, a young husband and wife team who have only been gardening professionally for a few years. The husband has been working at Sissinghurst and the wife has been leading a team at a large private Tom Stuart Smith garden in Kent so exciting times ahead!)

    • Chloris says:

      It sounds as if your meadow is a great success, how lovely. They are quite tricky to get right. I haven’t been to East Lambrook for years, what a treat for you.

  13. Lovely. The last one especially.

  14. Very pretty, Chloris. You, your flowers and arrangements are such stars!

  15. Florentina is really pretty despite its size and works so well with the roses. Gorgeous

    • Chloris says:

      It is a gorgeous colour. Sometimes it is good to look at flowers with new ideas and forget your prejudices. I have never tried gladdies in a vase before but I am really enjoying them.

  16. snowbird says:

    They are both lovely! Good luck with the rose cutting!xxx

  17. tonytomeo says:

    Is ‘naff’ bad? Tall gladiolus are among my favorite flowers. They used to be a main cut flower crop in coastal Alameda County (on the coast of San Francisco Bay).

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