In a Vase on Monday

Fennel, white salvia, golden privet, pale lilac aster and calendula.

This is not a very inspiring vase, but the orange calendula lifts it up. I have to admit gardening has been a struggle for me this year, partly because of the weather and the depressing relentless onslaught of marestail but mainly because of having Sciatica from May onwards – Yikes! What agony!!!

Mercifully it is much easier to live with now. Have you ever had Sciatica? My sympathies if you have – it is grim!

To cheer myself up I ordered some irises from

There was a Sale ….I got a bit carried away.

I bought 3 of  ‘Little Surprise’,  I just love the mix of soft pink, pale lavender, cream and palest green in the flower;

one Bright Flash, a smaller iris with deep rich purple flowers;  and some that were cheaper as they do not have a label. It will be fun to see what they are.

I ordered some irises last year and they were a magnet for slugs in the flower bed so I am going to try some in the waist high growing troughs I have just outside my front door. Hopefully I will be able to keep an eye on them here until they are grown-up enough to face life in the jungle.

I have filled in an old leaky pond and have planted some Siberica Irises and Lythrum Salicaria ‘Blush’ from

The Siberica Irises I chose are 3 of White Swirl  and some mystery mixed colours. I will have to make sure these are well watered until we get some more rain.

I am joining in with Cathy at ‘Rambling in the Garden’ for her ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme.

21 responses to “In a Vase on Monday

  1. Mrs. Gumboots in Japan

    Hello 🍂
    I actually think the vase is very inspiring. It speaks to me of the autumn fields.
    I also suffer from sciatica. Comes and goes – it’s awful. I’m glad to read you are feeling much better. I read your blog and it gives me a virtual gardening experience. 🙂

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  2. A beautiful photo of your exquisite bouquet.

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  3. A cheerful vase and a lovely treat for yourself with those irises.
    Glad to hear you’re not suffering so much now and can get into the garden and do your stuff.

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  4. Going Batty in Wales

    I like the flowers – calendula always look so cheerful. I have had sciatica – horrible! I hope it improves soon. And good luck with the irises – it has been abad year for slugs with me for some reason.

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  5. smallsunnygarden

    Your autumn vase is quite lovely, and the calendula really does brighten everything up!
    Best of luck with your irises! I love them, and they have always grown well for me, but my worst pest has always been rabbits rather than slugs… Fortunately they’re very rabbit-resistant. Your “Little Surprise” sounds lovely.
    I hope your sciatica pain clears up soon!

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  6. krispeterson100

    Your autumnal vase is lovely. I’m sorry to hear of your problems with Sciatica and I hope you’re doing better now. I wish you great success in defeating the slugs to grow a beautiful collection of Iris.

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  7. You have answered my question about the irises! So sorry to hear about your sciatica – I can’t imagine how debilitating it must be…🙄 And your calendula look lovely in that vase, set off by the fennel and privet and other bits. What is the white salvia?

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  8. I love your vase with the cheerful calendula Sandra. So sorry you’ve been dealing with sciatic pain. Wishing continued improvement so your energy can refocus on gardening and other things you enjoy. The irises probably helped a lot. I love irises and can’t wait to see your in flower.

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  9. The calendula really are bright and cheerful! I hope your sciatica will go away completely soon. And good luck with your irises!

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  10. Sorry to hear about your sciatica, must make life difficult. Calendula are such cheerful flowers and so easy to grow. No place for them in my garden these days but I used to like having some.

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    • Yes, the calendula seed themselves and perk up the garden each year.
      The sciatica is so much better, thank you, but yes, it did make life very restricted for about 3 months. Constant pain is exhausting and I was very grumpy!!!!

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