Category Archives: In a vase on Monday

In a vase on Monday – Sweet pea plethora!

This is another vase based around the sweet peas.  Finally I’m able to pick a real handful so I thought I use them to christen my new glass trough.   (I’d already ordered it before I admired the one at Gravetye, but it’s nowhere near as large as theirs).

The sweet peas have been joined by the Antirrhinum majus ‘The Rose’ again, as well as the stalwart Cerinthe major purpurescens.  I actually found the vase a little tricky to use as the top heavy Antirrhinum and Cerinthe kept dropping back out again as there’s no lip to keep them in.  I cut them a bit shorter and put the sweet peas in first and it was fine, but it has made the arrangement quite ‘dense’ as I wasn’t able to have the Antirrhinum poking out as I’d envisaged.  Also, I didn’t sear the stems of the Cerinthe and after a night in the kitchen with the Aga still on they’re already drooping, so they’re not ‘poking’ either.

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Anyway, drooping or not, it certainly smells divine!

And to finish a silly extra arrangement prompted by photographing the red and amber roses for GBBD – I thought adding in a stem of Aeonium would make a traffic light!

With thanks to Cathy who hosts this lovely meme.

 

In a vase on Monday – Gravetye blooms

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None of these beautiful vases are mine this week, but they were all on display at Gravetye Manor which I visited at the weekend and blogged about here, and I thought the lovely IaVoM crowd would enjoy them as much as I did,

The gardens are glorious and happily there were also flowers everywhere within the hotel.  The ones above were in an intriguing circular but flat vase.  It struck me as a clever design as it provides that wonderful arc of flowers, but doesn’t take anything like the volume of blooms required to fill a similarly sized gold fish bowl shaped vase, and, if it’s to be placed against a wall you don’t need an all round arrangement.

I asked at reception what proportion of the blooms came from the garden and, whilst understandably they said the proportion is higher in the summer, it was clear from my walk around the garden and from the lovely natural feel to the arrangements, that many of the blooms, and particularly the foliage, had been cut from the garden.IMG_2527

This fabulous pair of vases were in the dining room, and, whilst I’m sure the lilies were brought in, and I imagine the Molucella too, I know the beautiful Dicentra were from the garden as I saw a whole bank of them.IMG_2457

This vase also made use of another round/flat vase.  I can’t think what the blue flower is (any clues?) but this too I saw growing in the garden.IMG_2459

And finally, I think perhaps my favourite, so simple and yet so charming, just a lupin bud, and some foliage, including a little bud of  Alchemilla mollis.IMG_2460

The head florist at Gravetye is Chelsea award winning Sue Flight, who’s quoted on the website saying  “It really is a pleasure to work with the flowers at Gravetye. The ability to have specially grown cut flowers is fantastic and I am able to recreate the garden inside! Gravetye has been an amazing place to work where you feel a sense of belonging to a special family; a family that works together to provide exceptional hospitality for our wonderful guests.”

It turns out she runs monthly Flower Workshops at the hotel.  Anyone tempted?  I know I am!

With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the garden who hosts this lovely meme.

In a vase on Monday – May Day carnival

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Oh so happy to have enough blooms to make a proper vase full!

Some are returning again from recent vases – the Winter Sunshine Sweet Peas (shown flowering in the greenhouse in yesterday’s post – some of the stems are 10 inches long!)IMG_2377

Cerinthe major purpurescens

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but oh look – the Antirrhinum The Rose I was rude about last year is a perfect match for the Pink Sweet Pea.IMG_2380

I do love the way the stems curl, I think they’re fabulous in a vase and have now completely changed my mind about pulling them out – despite the sugary colour.  You can always add a dash of zing, in the form of Euphorbia polychroma!

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With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this lovely meme.

Happy Bank Holiday Monday!

In a vase on Monday – Repeat (Repeat)

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Today’s vase is largely a repeat of last week’s with Erysimum Bowles Mauve, Cerinthe major purpurescens

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Winter Sunshine Sweet Peas and, this week, the addition of some Anemone Coronaria.IMG_2344

But oh, what’s also joined the Repeat Repeat jug featured last week?  Two beautiful mugs!

My lovely friend Jo who came to stay this weekend was looking for a gift to bring and, reading my comment last week “they do mugs too, but so far I’ve resisted”,  generously ordered them and they were delivered on Saturday, much to my obvious delight! IMG_2342

So, thanks to Cathy for hosting this lovely meme, but huge thanks too to Jo, for making a little dream come true!

Now, what shall I wish for this week?

In a vase on Monday – mauving in the right direction?

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It’s been a busy old Easter weekend with a trip to the dump on Friday (!) the mainland on Saturday, plenty of ‘housey’ issues to sort, and a college deadline to draw 10 construction drawings of steps, walls etc which I only started on Sunday (aaargh!) and am still struggling through.

Consequently, and sadly, gardening and blogging seem to have got rather squeezed out.  However, some things are important and, although I’ve taken photos for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (due on the 15th!) I thought I’d allow myself a blogging minute and instead of catching up with that, I’m catching up with Cathy and all her lovely gang who take part in In a Vase on Monday.

My vase this week is a purple affair of Cerinthe major purpurescens, together with Tulip Queen of the Night.IMG_2340

Further purple is provided by the stalwart Erysimum Bowles Mauve,

and the whole lot lightened up by the pretty Narcissus Lieke.  The vase itself is another from Repeat Repeat (see larger one here).  I persuaded my sister to by this for the OH as a Christmas present (and I bought an even smaller one).  I just love the simple relief pattern.  They do mugs too, but so far I’ve resisted!IMG_2338

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our vases, and provides a calm, flowery oasis to Mondays.

Right, literally, back to the drawing board!

In a vase on Monday – Peas in our time!

Not the best photo, and not my most abundant vase, but I was so excited to have a Sweet Pea bloom that I decided to share it in its isolated state.

Regular readers will know I grew these Winter Sunshine Sweet Peas from Owl’s Acre for the first time last year in the Greenhouse, and they were an absolute joy – blooming from April to way past when the outdoor ones has started too (and I needed the space for the tomatoes!)

And the vase?  Another sister present, and all the more special because my mother’s name was Mary, and as some of you know, her garden grew very well, thank you!

With thanks to Cathy who hosts this lovely meme.

In a vase on Monday – Twiggy!

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Just a quick, late vase this week.

And not my vase, and not my twigs, but instead this week’s offering comes from the beautiful Tilton House where I spent the weekend on a yoga retreat with my daughter.

The kitchen dining area had a number of these simple branches displayed and they were so effective at capturing the essence of spring.

And as for the ‘Twiggy’ title, I’d love to say that’s the look I’m modelling after all my yoga, but I’m afraid  the delicious Tilton food more than undid the calories expended.

Ommmm  (or should that be Yummmmm!)

With thanks as ever to Cathy for hosting our all our vases.  Why don’t you pop over to Rambling in the Garden to see what other have put together this week?