In a Vase: Summer Flavors

Today's vase is a potpourri of flavors from the end of May.  Herbs, miniature roses, seedpods, and even chrysanthemums and one very small sunflower found their way into the mix.  As did the first plume from Pennisetum setaceum rubrum and the first small spire from Perovskia.

I used three different herbs in it: the dark, glossy foliage of mint, the tiny, lilac-white flowers of lemon thyme (a delightful addition to vases, I find), and a few tufts of marjoram, certainly the least decorative of the three, but one of my favorite culinary herbs.

There is plenty of blue from Eremophila hygrophana...

...and soft lavender from a couple of miniature roses.

I feel like I need to apologize for being so absent here at the blog lately.  It's been an exhausting couple of weeks, physically and emotionally.  After a hard struggle involving many sleepless nights for both of us, my dog is recovering fairly well; but meantime we very unexpectedly lost one of our two horses.  They are as much family members for us as the dogs, so it's been difficult.  Anyway, things seem to be drifting back toward normal, and I hope to return to regular posting and following soon.  A Monday vase seemed like the right place to start but was delayed by a malfunctioning computer...  Thanks for your patience!


And as always, thanks to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday each week - always a bright spot to look forward to!

Weather Diary: Partly cloudy; High 101 F: (38 C)/Low: 71 F (22 C); Humidity: 5%-26%

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Comments: 12
  • #1

    Kris P (Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:54)

    I'm not sure how I missed your last post but I'm glad to learn from this that your dog's condition has improved. I'm so sorry to hear you lost your horse, though. I can imagine the toll that's taken on your emotions and you have my deepest condolences. Your vase, as usual, is lovely. Your ever-blooming Eremophila never creases to amaze me.

  • #2

    David C. (Tuesday, 30 May 2017 19:27)

    The combination you created from your garden is really good. A coincidence that I just read a gardinista post on a designer who has sensibilities similar to yours - "Cultivated" in Victoria BC. Glad your dog is recovering too.

  • #3

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 31 May 2017 02:21)

    Thank you, Kris - I've really missed both posting and keeping up with my friends' blogs, but I simply haven't had the time, energy, or heart to do it. I have a lot of overdue tidying to do in the garden too! That Eremophila continues to amaze me - this must be a near-perfect climate for it, as I do nothing but water it every couple of weeks and occasionally top it with good compost.

  • #4

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 31 May 2017 02:39)

    David C - Thanks :) Our relatively mild May this year has led to some surprises in terms of what is blooming. Thanks also for pointing me to "Cultivated" - have just enjoyed browsing some of her posts, etc.!

  • #5

    Cathy (Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:36)

    Oh Amy, I am so sorry you lost one of your horses. This must really be a difficult time for you. Glad to hear your dog is making a recovery though. I always consider gardening as therapeutic, and with your beautiful plants all around you I hope you find solace. Your vase is lovely - Pennisetum and Perovskia already? Wonderful!

  • #6

    Cathy (Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:19)

    So sorry to hear about your dog and your horse Amy; as you say, animals can be very much part of the family for many people. Glad to know that a Monday vase lifts your spirits a little. Your vase is such a lovely shape and you have filled it with a real eclectic mix of bits and bobs, requiring second and third looks to work out what is in there. Thanks for sharing it with us

  • #7

    Kate R (Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:33)

    Oh Amy...I am so terribly sorry about the loss of one of your horses. I hope I didn't miss this on IG..I have been traveling so I have only been dipping in and out. You have really been through so much and I send you my heartfelt sympathy as they are always family and it is so terribly hard to say goodbye. I hope you are able to find some quiet reflection in the garden to put everything into perspective. It is so heart wrenching but I always find spending time amongst the flowers to be somewhat healing. Takes time though. Your vase is just beautiful and your photos, as always, are perfection. Sending hugs to you Amy - take all the time you need to heal.
    - Kate xx

  • #8

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 01 June 2017 13:00)

    Cathy@Words and Herbs - You are quite right about the garden being therapeutic, and as things are calming down it's a relief to get out and work in it. Much needed too, as the garden was just transitioning into full summer and I need to clear out the late spring annuals! I'm still hoping to put up a "Tuesday View" later today as I really want to get back in stride... just trying to make enough time ;-)

  • #9

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 01 June 2017 13:18)

    Cathy@Rambling in the Garden - Eclectic it certainly is! It started as a blue/lavender mix, but then I just couldn't leave out the chrysanthemums as I'm not sure how long they will go on. (I don't understand their bloom seasons here, and I will consider myself terribly lucky if they survive the summer.) And having added them, I had to add the little sunflower... and so on! But it was so nice to have a chance to just mosey through the garden picking some flowers... :)

  • #10

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 01 June 2017 13:31)

    Thank you so much, Kate - it was so entirely unexpected, and though Treasure was my mother's horse, he was everyone's sweetheart and only sixteen. The garden is certainly a good place to get some quiet relief now that Bella is better, and I am trying to catch up, very grateful that conditions have stayed relatively mild for the last few weeks! You didn't miss anything on IG btw; I just couldn't bring myself to post about it immediately, but here on the blog I needed to explain why I've not been getting back to people! Xxx

  • #11

    Diana Studer (Monday, 05 June 2017 17:20)

    Glad for your dog, sad for your horse.

  • #12

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Tuesday, 06 June 2017 07:59)

    Thank you very much, Diana - with apologies for failing to reply to your earlier comment! I was too upset to properly answer anyone... Hoping things will stay looking up now for awhile!