Every Monday, Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. I wanted to take possibly the last opportunity to include Verbena bonariensis in my vase – it’s an annual that I had seen over the past few years featured in quite a few European gardening blogs, and I also wanted to try and showcase Bronze Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ – something I tried to grow this year because it is said to attract swallowtail butterflies. It hasn’t done that well – taking a long time to germinate and then growing very slowly; I only have a half dozen plants and they are no taller than eight inches (about 20 cm). But, seeing as our late summer drought shows no sign of ending (although we did have a ml or two of rain this morning) and, since the rain barrels are all but empty, the annuals in the garden are starting to quickly wither and fade away. Such is life.
Here’s my vase this week: a return to Ikebana, with a ladder of the smallest Zinnia blooms I could find, backed by a few sprigs of fennel and a single branching Verbena sticking up and out. Have a great day everyone!