In a Vase on Monday: Indian Summer

in a vase on MondayA very hastily plonked together vase as I was taking them to a friend’s 70th birthday party and was running a bit late.

I am thrilled with this clump of Alstroemerias, variety Indian Summer, which I bought at the Rare Plant Fair back in June. Not that they are rare, but they are beautiful and are the only plant of the three I bought that have survived.

They have such long stems and you pull them up rather like pulling rhubarb, instead of cutting them.

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They are growing very happily in my new border – I wonder if they will survive the winter, when that border gets very wet. I have mounded up the soil, in the hope that their roots will be kept out of the swamp.

I love this group of colours together: the hot pink pelargonium; the alstroemerias; the bright pink argyranthemum, which has been the star of the show since May – what an amazing plant; the purple toadflax, much loved by the bees; the deep bronze heuchera leaves, just peeping through, back right; and behind them the red achillea.

This video was taken a couple of weeks ago

You can see the beginnings of this border here .

Pop across to Cathy’s post to see what other gardeners are putting in vases today.

37 responses to “In a Vase on Monday: Indian Summer

  1. You have continued your artistry into the garden Sandra. Wonderful colours.

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  2. After admiring your Alstromerias, I went to your link to read about your side border. What an effort and well done. Yes what a huge area you have, I can just imagine your creative juices were well exercised….

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  3. Shame only one plant survived. Such a good colour. Lovely to hear the birdsong and bees on your video

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  4. That is just gorgeous color! It is looking wonderful, Sandra!

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  5. Wow! It looks amazing! Next you need a bee hive for your lovely bees! Did you chop all that wood? *wink*

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    • The bees do love the toadflax! My neighbours pull it out as a weed, so I think the bees come to me for a banquet!
      The wood – ha ha! no – but I will move it all and stack it – a job I love to do.

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  6. Your border looks fabulous, Sandra! I added ‘Indian Summer’ to one of my borders last year and it’s one of my favorite Alstroemerias. Our dry summers are hard on it but I expect it’ll pick up once the rain returns.

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    • I do hope your Indian Summer survives, mine has the opposite problem it is, as I write, being drenched with the pouring rain. I like to think of all those Indian Summer alstroemerias all round the world coping with their different situations – we are all connected. 🙂

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  7. That’s a wonderful alstroemeria, Sandra, esp. for autumn. Hope it makes it through the winter for you. Your long border is filling in nicely and with all that wood, looks like you’ll be warm this winter. 🙂

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  8. Murtagh's Meadow

    The vase picks up the flower colour perfectly:)

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  9. They are a beautiful flower – love the cheerful vase too. 😉 And the border looks fabulous with all that colour! 🙂

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  10. ps your long border is filling out beautifully!

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    • I’m so thrilled with it – my greatest gardening success ever! I’m nervous about all this rain we are having already though and wondering if I should lift some of the plants and put them in pots – what a faff!

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  11. I had Indian Summer once, and enjoyed it briefly before I lost it! It looks lovely in its temporary vase and I am sure your friend will have enjoyed it too 🙂

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  12. What a gorgeous view!

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  13. Hasty but pretty! I’m sure your friend was pleased.

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  14. What a beautiful border. I love the sound of your happy bees.

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  15. This doesn’t looked plonked at all. Very lovely. I like the color of the alstroemeria–you found the perfect vase for it.

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  16. The alstroemeria look lovely both in the vase and in the garden. I hope they survive – do you know why the other two plants didn’t?

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    • The perennial, scented snapdrapon was doing really well and then suddenly just died – I think it was because I said it sounded too good to be true! It wanted to prove me right.
      The quaking grass might just have gone into hibernation – I’ll have to wait and see if it pops up again.

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