In a Vase, on Monday – Hot and Humid

Given how hot it is in much of the eastern part of the country, and how scorching hot it is in the west, it’s hard to fathom that summer is only a week old. Talk about starting with a bang! Also given the heat, it’s pleasantly surprising to see a few peonies still hanging on. I have quite a few of the secondary blooms on the pure white Duchesse de Nemours, and I also discovered this on Saturday – the last of the big double reds with a name I never knew. It’s starting to fade, as you can see in the photos, but better to fade in a vase in my dining room than laying on the ground, being ravaged by slugs and earwigs. They’re all compost in the end anyway, right?

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. I’ve used the big red peony to anchor a few other colours and textures: a white Ranunculus ‘Sfumato,’ an orange Echinacea, the burgundy red Snapdragon (or Antirrhinum as European gardeners for some reason insist on calling it) and the violet blue Nigella ‘Midnight.’ The vase is a small glass milk or cream bottle ‘loaned’ by a neighbour at the start of the year…I really like it…


  1. Goodness! The heat has been horrid in some places, but particularly the Pacific Northwest! Such weather would not be so bad here. I can not imagine it up north, where they are neither accustomed to it, nor set up to deal with it.

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  2. Beautiful. The hot colors reflect your weather. That beautiful white Ranunculus β€˜Sfumato’ looks cool as a cucumber though. Hope you stay safe and soon get relief from the heat.

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  3. I do love a mixed bouquet, and this is a pretty one. I confess I smiled at some that didn’t make the vase, too: the marigolds. My mother loved them and plenty plenty, because her inattentive ways couldn’t kill them.

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  4. Most unusual but very welcome to see Echinacea and Paeonia in one vase. You’ve shot the vase beautifully. Here it’s just wet and cool right now but everything grows like hell and I don’t have to water as much which is great. Hope it’ll cool down a bit for you soon.

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  5. This is a lovely summery vase full of things I love! Nigella is a favourite of mine and that dark one really stands out well with the peony and the antirrhinum. (Yes, I am European! LOL!)

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