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Verbena Vase



I love the vibrant purple of this annual verbena, which doesn’t seem to know it is supposed to be an annual. It grows to about 18″ and is now drifting through the border, peeping out through neighbouring plants.DSC_0672

This piece of sari fabric was bought at the Womad  world music festival circa 1998, and I drape it where it catches the light.Version 2

DSC_0664Add a Chinese Foxglove (Rehmannia) just coming into flower again, with thyme at the base, and the dragon willow for an oriental twist.DSC_0657 (1)

I also just wanted to show you the orchids I have in flower at the moment.DSC_0636

I’m still amazed I have been able to get them to this stage – they are all ‘rescue’ orchids and they do seem very happy on rain water and tomato feed once a week.

Joining in with Cathy’s Vase on Monday

And Cee’s Flower of the Day: Verbena

P.S. I am so thrilled with my autumn fruiting raspberries, now in their second year. I’ve had raspberries on my cereal for breakfast from July (summer fruiting) til now, with still more to come. The freezer has tubs of them to enjoy through the winter. I’ve also added them to cooked apples and pears for delicious puddings.

They are not in a fruit cage, they don’t need much attention and are not attacked by slugs, snails and sparrows, which seem to eat everything else!

I’ve decided that if I could only grow one plant this would be the one – what would your one plant be?

In a Vase on Monday – herbaceous perennials

Our local garden centre is having a half-price sale of Herbaceous Perennials

I needed to snip off the flowers of some of them before planting and these blooms made it into this week’s Vase

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A Chinese ‘foxglove’

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A delicate lilac coloured scabiousDSC_0636 DSC_0641DSC_0644

A Catananche, which can be used for drying apparentlyDSC_0647

A deep crimson scabious
DSC_0648and a few othersDSC_0641 (1)I’m looking forward to seeing if any of them come into flower again this summer, or will I have to wait til next year.

And does anyone know the name of this little beauty who was on my ceiling today.

Update: I think it is a ‘Small Magpie’

Food: The larvae feed on stinging nettles, mint and bindweed. The caterpillars remain hidden from predators by feeding inside a rolled up leaf.

DSC_0640 (1)Pop across to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see other wonderful vases from around the world.