In a vase on Monday. Two for the Price of One.

I have been absent from the blogging world for a while, partly because I have had a dodgy internet connection which is now sorted, but mainly because I have been working long hours on new projects which I will show you later.

But first to make up for the my absence I have two vases today. The first which I will call ‘Frothy coffee’ is made up of two of my favourite dahlias. One is the beautifully named cactus dahlia ‘Messenger from the Moon’ or Tsuki Yori No Shisha’. The other is the dinner plate ‘Café au Lait’ which is such a gorgeous colour. Frosts are forecast for this week so this is probably the end of the dahlias for this year. I have also used the cowslip yellow Clematis rhederiana which is sometimes known as ‘Virgin’s Bower’. It is a delightful clematis with clusters of nodding, scented bell-like flowers. It blooms for weeks on end. Its only vice is the fact that in one season it grows huge and it is scaling the rose and wisteria arches in my secret garden. So today I have been ruthlessly cutting it back.

Dahlia ‘Tsuki Yori No Shisha’
Dahlia ‘Café au Lait’

Outside in the garden autumn is showing its russet hues everywhere and it is beautiful. But for my second vase I am hanging on to the fresh colours of summer for one more week.

I have used four of my salvias. On the right is the aptly named Salvia leucantha ‘Purple Velvet’ and the flowers do look as if they are made of velvet. By the end of the summer this makes a huge bush, but it is not hardy so I take plenty of cuttings.

Salvia leucantha ‘Purple Velvet’

On the left are the spikes of beautiful Salvia leucantha ‘Phyllis Fancy’ which also makes a huge bush. This is special as it was a present from our lovely Cathy from Rambling in the Garden who gets us all finding flowers to put in a vase on Monday. Thank you Cathy, I have been enjoying gorgeous Phyllis.

Salvia leucantha ‘Phyllis Fancy’

The other salvia I used is not quite the right colour because it is a rather intense blue rather than violet like the others. But it is quite unusual and I thought you might like to see it. It is called Salvia corrugata which is appropriate as it has corrugated leaves. It comes from South America so it is not hardy.

Salvia corrugata

The deep purple salvia in the photo above is called ‘Nachtvlinder’ which is the German for moth. It doesn’t look anything like a moth, but never mind it is a pretty name. This salvia seems relatively hardy in my garden and I now have big bushes of it.

The pretty white chrysanthemum in the next photo is called ‘Edelweiss’ It is quite rare. I am getting very keen on chrysanthemums as they carry the garden into November so prettily. I now have a good collection of different colours thanks to Suffolk Plant Heritage. But more of these another day.

The Japanese anemone is called ‘Andrea Atkinson’. It is very similar to the ubiquitous ‘Honorine Jobert’ but I think it is better. It blooms from late summer well into autumn.

The white Michaelmas daisy or symphyotrichum as we now have to call it is Symphyotrichum ericioides ‘Snow Flurry’.

The lovely potato vine is the two-toned white and violet Solanum laxum ‘Creche du Pape’, or this is what everyone seems to call it now. Its proper name is ‘Creche ar Pape’ which sounds ungrammatical but it is named after a place in Brittany.

I have missed writing about my special October blooms and now we are into November. I will try and catch up with fruits, flowers and gorgeous leaves very soon. And it is high time I invited you into the greenhouse again where the nerines have been delighting me for several weeks now and still look good. And after weeks of hard work I now have much more garden to enjoy and to share with you as yet again I have pushed back on elastic boundaries and that’s it now, if I go any further I shall be in my neighbours’ gardens. Actually, that is a thought, the people on the left probably wouldn’t notice. But then I mustn’t be greedy. I have masses more space now. I will show you soon.

And of course I am looking forward to catching up with what everyone else has been doing in their gardens whilst I was busy. Until then, thank you Cathy for your lovely meme In a Vase on Monday. Next week it will be her 7th anniversary, so don’t miss it.

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37 Responses to In a vase on Monday. Two for the Price of One.

  1. Cathy says:

    How lovely to catch up, Chloris, after your internet frustrations, and I am pleased to see you have elastic boundaries too – not sure that I can stretch ours much further sadly, although we have at least created some vertical planting space in the last week or two…perhaps the only way is up😉 Your messenger form the moon is gorgeous although must be huge as it overshadows Cafe au Lait. Hearing what you say about Clematis rhederiana’s rampant habit I wonder if that might work well in the new vertical space – is it a Gp 3? It looks great in a vase too, along with the dahlias, and your salvia mix looks stunning with the white contrasts

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you, the internet problem drove me scatty, it was intermittent, so sometimes it was there and sometimes not. Awful if you rely on it for zoom pilates and garden meetings, not to mention blogging. Anyway, the new router seems to have solved it.
      Clematis rehderiana is lovely and blooms for ages, but it grows vast in a season so needs a lot of space. It is Group 3.

      • Cathy says:

        Good to know the router has solved your internet issues. Being able to access fibre was a saviour for us, as we were ‘at the end of the line’ from the exchange before. In theory we still are of course, and it’s still the same wires from the junction box at the bottom of the hill, but it works well which is what matters! Still might look into the clematis for my new structure – how long have you had yours? The area at the side of the house is shady at the base, but will be sunnier higher, which would suit clematis

      • Chloris says:

        I have a seedling I can send you, I think they come true from seed. I can’t post it yet, the plague has hit the village and nearest town, Hadleigh quite badly, but I promise I won’t forget as soon as I dare venture into the P.O.

      • Cathy says:

        Oh no, the plague is upon you! I do know someone who has been contacted by Test and Trace, but apart from that no-one I know has been personally affected. The local paper published numbers in the different parts of our immediate area yesterday, as numbers are rising, including in some of the villages, but ours wasn’t mentioned. No doubt you are continuing to keep a very low profile. I am of course very tempted by your seedling offer, but despite Laura’s small stature I genuinely haven’t anywhere it could gom unless I replaced Golden Hornet with it!! So thanks, but reluctantly no thanks

      • Chloris says:

        Sorry, I meant a seedling of Clematis rhederiana.

      • Cathy says:

        Oh well, that’s a different matter – yes please, whenever you manage to return to a life as we used to know it 😊

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful Dahlias, Liz, and I love vase #2 with the Salvias and white Solanum, a delectable combination.

  3. Blue and white always for me life my spirits. Thank you for sharing your late summer flowers with me.

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Each item in your vases is a treasure! Love the salvias and your second white vase. Is that milk glass?

  5. Squealing with delight…love it Salviia and Dahlias, gorgeous. Hope you are back in cyberland…

  6. Kris P says:

    I found it impossible to select a favorite between these two arrangements, Chloris. I’ve coveted Dahlia ‘Tsuki Yori No Shisha’ for some time now but I’ve come up empty on sources for the tubers here. Your Salvia leucantha looks wonderfully dense, which is something I’m unable to say for mine, although I suspect mine simply wants more water here than it’s been getting. I was even more envious of the white aster, which is also something I haven’t been able to find here. Well done, on all counts. I look forward to your updates now that you’ve back online.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Kris, yes my internet connection is fully restored now. I wonder if you would find the dahlia listed under its English name, ‘Messenger from the Moon’. I love salvias , but some of them come into bloom so late that they don’t have long before the first frost.

  7. Noelle M says:

    I shall be coming back to this post for a plant by plant read…in the meantime, may I say that those arrangements are just perfect, beautiful and calm, and the white vase a beautiful form and catches the light nicely.

  8. Wow, that sounds very exciting! Beautiful vases as usual, full of goodies. I have missed you and wondered what high jinx you have been up to. Looking forward to finding out. x

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Gill. I have had my boundaries extended considerably by having trees and shrubs cut down by nifty tree surgeons. I did gulp rather when I found how much more garden I have.

  9. Heyjude says:

    Gorgeous flowers. The white solanum is very attractive. And I look forward to seeing your new space. And greenhouse.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Jude. The solanum is white deliicately tinged with lilac. I am going to write a greenhouse post soon. I have been waiting for a dull day but so far November has been fabulous.

  10. Both of your vases are wonderful and it would be hard to pick one. I thought I recognized your purple velvet. We call it Mexican Sage here and it usually makes it through the winter.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you. We don’t often have the same flowers. The salvia comes into bloom late here and then it is killed by frost. Fortunately, it is easy from cuttings.

  11. Cathy says:

    Your dahlias are deliciously creamy Chloris and I think the cactus one may have won me over to try growing it myself. The name is so enticing too, as I have just created a new bed called the Moon Bed. I also love those Salvias and admired Phyllis on Cathy’s blog too. When I finally get a greenhouse one day I shall grow the non-hardy sort and take masses of cuttings. 😉 Look forward to seeing the latest changes you have made soon. 😃

    • Chloris says:

      Oh well, if you have a moon bed you definitely need this dahlia. I can thoroughly reccomend it, it’s fabulous. I do hope you get your greenhouse, it’s a happy place to linger in on cold winter days.

  12. 🍁Such gorgeous dahlias 🍂

  13. snowbird says:

    Good to see you back! What beautiful vases, I’m always surprised by how much you have in bloom throughout the year. Looking forward to hearing about your new projects and having a peek in the garden. Good to hear your internet is sorted now, it’s a right pain when it goes down isn’t it?xxx

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Dina. Yes, I had an intermittent internet fault which was a pain. I got behind with my blogging and missed my zoom pilates. Anyway, back to normal now.
      I do try to have lovely plants to enjoy all year round.
      I have some seeds waiting to be posted to you, you’ll get them soon. Tree peonies need to be sown straightaway and the dahlias in April.

  14. Veronica says:

    Beaautiful compositions and arrangements . I too have several salvias in my Gatley garden but I had not thought of making flower arrangements with them . if they are not hardy what should I do with them ?

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Veronica, lovely to hear from you. Salvias are very easy from cuttings and you could keep them on a window sill. Next year I will give you some more if you like them.

  15. Okay, young lady: it’s not fair that you should be so talented at BOTH growing beautiful flowers and arranging them. What beauties you’ve shared here. Thank you!

  16. Chloris says:

    Thank you Cynthia. That’s a sweet thing to say. But actually I’m not a skilled flower arranger, I just plonk them in a vase.

  17. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my; plenty of white. Even ‘Cafe au Lait’ looks lighter than it should. That cultivar seems to be variable. It is a different color in different gardens.

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