Category Archives: In a vase on Monday

In a Vase on Easter Monday – cheating again!

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I was lucky enough to return to Gravetye Manor again today and thought I’d (briefly!) share some of the lovely blooms arranged there, as I wasn’t at home to create my own.

I do have an Easter Tree at home but it can’t compete with the wonderful ‘springiness’ of the one above.

A couple more arrangements took my fancy,  firstly this one.  I admired these vases when I was there before – they’re wide like a goldfish bowl, but quite flat front to back and so don’t require nearly as many blooms as a spherical vase, and also sit better on a windowsill or fireplace.IMG_6011

Secondly, this short one with fabulous parrot tulips picked from the grounds. IMG_4848

Lastly, nothing to do with flowers, but oh my days – what a rhubarb souffle!

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Hoping you all had a fabulous Easter and managed to get outside in the sunshine – even if you weren’t gardening!  Hopefully I’ll get round to posting some photos of the garden at Gravetye soon.

With thanks to Cathy who hosts our Monday vases – and will hopefully forgive me for a non-home grown contribution!

In a vase on Monday – Feast or famine!

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Having missed IaVoM for a few weeks, I’m back with three vases today.

We had a houseful at the weekend with the mother in law plus extras and so that, combined with the lovely spring blooms, prompted me to run around the garden like a mad thing while the OH went to fetch them from the hoverport.

Firstly, another arrangement in the little milk bottle circle, this time with the Narcissi in the Bronze Bed, both ‘Cragford’ and ‘Yazz’, with some Spiraea for spring zing.  I’ve used this approach before notably here for my book club ladies, but that time I managed to find five of the pots, this time only three were available, but they did the same job of providing a centre piece when the centre has an umbrella running through it!IMG_4689

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And finally some new little vases making their debut in the downstairs loo!

One of the joys of my daughter now working in London is that we sometimes have a bought breakfast together before work.  Last Thursday morning (at 8.30!) she wanted to go ‘frock shopping’ ahead of a weekend away, so I was trailing after her into H&M when I spotted these lovely little bottles.   They were heavier and more solid than I’d anticipated (to be honest I thought they’d be so light that as soon as you’d placed your bloom the bottle would be over) so I treated myself.

I’ve arranged them here, supposedly in decreasing trumpet colour order, but really the last three are pretty much pure white.  I’m not sure of all of them but number 2 is ‘Lieke’, number 3 ‘Jenny’ and number 5 ‘Thalia’.  And I added some more Spiraea because I’m obsessed with that colour at this time of year!IMG_5877 (2)

Why don’t you go over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have shared for their floral spring flings?

 

 

 

In a vase on Monday – Narcisscircle

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Finally!  I’ve found some time to post a Monday vase.

This one consists of Cerinthe, Narcissus Cragford and a few Tete a tetes, thrown together in my pretty (and very easy to use) milk bottle circle.IMG_5729

I did put together the vase below last week, but failed to post about it, so here’s two for the price of one!  The Hellebores flopped very quickly (despite searing), so I was interested in Cathy’s tip today about slicing the stem lengthwise.  Perhaps I’ll try that next time as I do love seeing them at close range.

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I’m so enjoying the beginning of spring.  It been a pretty challenging February – nothing serious and largely self inflicted.  I’ll explain more in my late End of Month View post to follow.

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases – and doesn’t judge those whose involvement is rather sporadic…

 

In a vase on Monday – Teetering Tea Tree

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Just a quick post share a branch of the lovely Leptospermum (I think Scoparium).  Apparently the common name, ‘Tea tree’ arose because Captain Cook used the leaves to make a tea drink.  Who knew?

The vase was inspired by two things, firstly (and obviously) the fact that it’s flowering wonderfully now, but also the super spring branches I’ve seen arranged at Tilton House where I’ve just booked for another Yoga weekend in May (hurrah!)

The ‘vase’ is a water bottle provided in a restaurant in San Sebastian which I liked so much I insisted on lugging home in my suitcase.  Make sure to note how the label matches the flowers, as I expect next time you see it, the label will be missing – it’s only paper!

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday flowers – whatever they’re arranged in.img_5592

In a vase on Monday – still rosy!

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Today’s very simple vase consists of just two different blooms – a rose and bud from Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’

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and a few stems of Erysimum ‘Red Jep’img_5557

Some of you may remember I first saw ‘Red Jep’ at Hyde Hall but she’s now appearing all over the place.  I’ve taken a lot more cuttings, so hopefully I too can expand her presence!

The Munstead Wood rose is really very prickly.  Does anyone use one of ‘thorn strippers’?  Each time I pick this rose (and get pricked) I always think I must get one – interested to hear any feedback.

So just a quick vase and post while I wait for the OH to return from golf, in the hope that we might actually eat lunch together!

With thanks to Cathy who hosts this lovely meme.

In a vase on Monday – Still they come!

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I wasn’t sure I’d have time to post today, but just couldn’t resist sharing these Pink Flower Carpet roses which are still going strong now!IMG_5417

To these I’ve added the much used Cerinthe (which is currently popping up everywhere and looking surprisingly ‘springy’), a couple of stems of both Salvia and Erysimum and then a few stems of Leptospermum.  IMG_5416

Well, having a quick dash into the garden and plonking these in a vase has definitely cheered up my Monday.  Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what everyone else has been picking and plonking artfully arranging?

In a vase on Monday – last hurrah!

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A very simple vase consisting of the last Prince Edward of York sweet pea, still flowering outside in December!

Some of you may remember my mother’s name was Mary and this lovely little vase was given to me by my wonderful sister.

It somehow felt appropriate to bring it out today – not just because my little sweet pea would be lost in anything else, but also because mum’s surviving sibling, Joan, died a week ago today, marking the end, for me, of my parents’ generation.

Joan was a sparky, intelligent woman who graduated from Cambridge in one of the very earliest cohorts.  But she wore her intelligence very lightly, never using it to belittle or ‘outdo’ people and (unlike mum and me!) she was very calm, never showing a temper.

So, this one’s for Joan, a remarkable woman, for 91 years.

Thanks Cathy.