Category Archives: In a vase on Monday

In a vase on Monday – in a box!

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Home from London on Thursday evening for a quick turn around and then an early get away on Friday morning.  We were heading to Bath to celebrate the OH’s big birthday with family, staying in a lovely rental house in central Bath.

Like the silly sausage I am, as well as three cakes (long story), Friday dinner and food for breakfasts, I was determined to take some flowers, and so Thursday evening saw me wandering around the garden at 10pm with a torch (in the rain), picking blooms.

I got them picked and arranged in three small vases and photo’d them (above) ready for their travels.  What I of course then forgot to do was photo them again gracing the very lovely dining table, laid for 10.

This is a photo of the table from the Bath Holiday Rentals website.  You’ll just have to imagine the blooms in situ!Dining room to seat up to 16 with stunning views over the garden

Nothing to do with blooms, but I just wanted to share, on Sunday, as a birthday treat, I took the OH and the two ‘kids’ ballooning.  I’ve never been before and we were blessed with the most glorious evening and fabulous views over Bath – including being able to spot the house we’d been staying in.

If you ever get the chance, do go, it was absolutely magical.IMG_3230

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With thanks to Cathy who hosts this lovely meme.

In a vase on Monday – Collapsed Cosmos

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I’m hopeless at staking plants, so sadly, as the wet and windy weather hit over the weekend, some huge ‘branches’ of Cosmos ‘Psyche White’ broke off, so I salvaged them for a kitchen vase.

I love ‘Psyche White’.  Whilst ‘Purity’ is another favourite, I think I prefer ‘Psyche White’s’ rather mad petals.  IMG_3089

To the Cosmos I added some Malope trifida ‘Alba’.  I grew them from seed for the first time this year and sowed them really late, so they’ve only just got going.

They are growing in the Grass Bed with the Cosmos, and these too were a little floppy – although happily not actually broken – so will hopefull bounce back once they dry off.IMG_3091

As well as the almost blue white flowers, I love the bright green buds – such a fresh colour when so much of the green in the garden is starting to look rather dreary and brown.IMG_3092

With thanks, as ever, to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts all our Monday vases.

 

 

In a vase on Monday – Basqueing in orange!

Just a quick, late one today to share another ‘table trio’ and my new table runner made in the Basque region and bought last week in Biarritz.

I deliberately bought a runner (and napkins) with an orange stripe as the long table sits right next to the Bronze Bed and so the orange flowers feel completely at home.

Why don’t you pop over to Rambling in the Garden to see what others have in their vases this Bank Holiday Monday?

 

 

 

In a vase on Monday – a jug of Tequila?

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Whilst not the flowery abundance we expect on IaVoM, I discovered these heavy peppers had actually torn the branch from the plant so, as I didn’t actually want to eat them right now, I thought I’d cut them for a vase.

I’m not sure they’ll last long, but I do love their dark purple gloss enlivening my kitchen table.

With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who welcomes all our vases – flowery or not!

 

 

 

 

In a vase on Monday – Orange overload!

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Finally some time this weekend to fiddle with flowers!

I spent a lovely hour making a few arrangements including the kitchen one above.  Sedum heads were joined by an exuberant mix of  Dahlias ‘Zundert Mystery Fox’ and ‘Happy Single Date’IMG_3009

as well as Rosa ‘Pat Austin’.IMG_3008

More Dahlias was plonked in the relatively new small glass trough – ‘Roxy’ and ‘Hillcrest Royal’ together with Cosmos ‘Rubenza’IMG_3012

And lastly, a trio of sherbet pink blooms for the long oak table.

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These contained a random mix of bits and pieces to accompany the Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration’ including a few odd sweet peas (‘Prince Edward’ the dark one below), Antirrhinum ‘Orange Wonder’, Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’, Diascia personata

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together with mint leaves and even a peachy Pelargonium.

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As ever I’m joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts the IaVoM meme.  Why don’t you pop over to see who else has been fiddling with flowers today?

In a vase on Monday – Sweet!

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Just a quick one today, actually created last Monday from a huge bunch of sweet peas (largely) picked in the greenhouse in the dark!  I added the lovely rose, ‘Jubilee Celebration,’ to heighten the sweet scent and plonked them on the kitchen table for the OH to enjoy while I was up in the smoke.

Sadly it wasn’t looking quite so peachy by the time I returned on Thursday, but I’ve just picked similar blooms again and think I might make them this week’s ‘blooms on a desk’ so that I can enjoy them!

Why don’t you see what others have created this week over at Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the Garden?

Happy Monday!

 

In a vase on Monday – celebration

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Saturday saw me hosting the lovely Secret Garden openers, plus helpers, for coffee, a debrief, and an excuse to eat cake.

Bearing in mind the Secret Gardens event raised over £3,000, we were feeling pretty chipper.  We were then made even more proud by the news that the air ambulance, our chosen charity, had landed on St Helens Green (a stone’s throw from Duver Diary) during the week to take a heart patient off to the mainland, thus making it all the more ‘real’ why we’d made the effort.

Consequently, it felt like an occasion to have celebratory flowers, so I pulled together a rather mad combination of Dahlia ‘Burlesca,’IMG_2951

Dahlia ‘La Recoleta’ (er, maybe, looks a bit ‘flat’),IMG_2946

Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’IMG_1420

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer,’IMG_2947

Zinnia ‘Raspberry Cordial,’IMG_2950

and Pelargonium ‘Surcouf,’IMG_2948

(marginally!) cooled down with some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ flower budsIMG_2949

Why don’t you see what others have in their Monday vases over at Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the Garden?  Cathy herself is clearly in the pink!