Category Archives: In a vase on Monday

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.

In a vase on Monday – a change from pink!

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Firstly (as we were still away) I’m sorry I missed posting as part of last week’s IaVoM five year anniversary.  What an achievement – well done Cathy!

With my more recent vases getting a bit stuck on a pink theme, I thought it was time for a change and have chosen to feature these bright and cheery orange Nasturtiums which have seeded themselves and are currently taking over one of the Greenhouse Beds.

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To these I added a few Gazanias which are still flowering bravely in both the Greenhouse pots and the Bronze Bed.   They’re actually rather more bronze than the photo would suggest, but the idea was to bring out the darker markings in the centre of the Nasturtiums.

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The fact that I can still pick such a vibrant vase and plonk it on the kitchen table in the second half of November is quite the tonic!  Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have created to cheer their Monday?

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In a vase on Monday – Pro tem posy

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Whilst the garden (and my job!) continue to go to hell in a hand basket, there are still pockets of beauty to be found – particularly on such a stunning October day.

I’m temporarily enjoying this little posy, picked to take to lunch at my neighbours, as it captures some of the remaining highlights:

Pink flower carpet roses and Prince Edward sweet peasIMG_5041

Zinnias (Queen Red Lime and Benary Giant Lime)IMG_5043

and Salvias (sorry not sure which one)IMG_5044

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have been picking on this glorious day?

In a vase on Monday – Sanguine set up!

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Sorry for the absence – we’ve been away for 10 days, and the way it’s fallen with work I was last on the island on 23rd September!

The garden is in many areas looking rather ‘over’.  Sadly, the majority of the dahlias have finished and many of the annuals too, but there are still roses and Salvias and, extraordinarily, lots of new growth from self sown Cerinthe seedlings.

There is plenty of bright pink about, particularly from the flower carpet roses, but somehow that didn’t feel right for this time of year.  I was looking for something rather more autumnal, and struck on this fabulous dark burgundy.

We visited a number of wineries on our holiday in Spain, including those in the Rioja region, so perhaps that deep Rioja colour was still on my mind!

The main flower is the Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’.  It’s a gorgeous flower but certainly very prickly, so not that friendly for cutting.IMG_4337

The Dahlia here – mostly hanging out at the edges – is D. La Recoleta (this is photo from a previous vase as I forgot to take its photo!)IMG_1088

To this I added a single collapsed stem of Gladiolus Black StarIMG_4340

and then filled around with lovely new grey/green Cerinthe growth.IMG_4342

It’s lovely to be back creating a Monday vase and I’m looking forward to heading over to Cathy’s blog to see what everyone else has chosen for their vase this week.

In a vase on Monday – Celebration!

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I seem to have got rather ‘stuck’ using this glass trough and various pinks and greens – but here we go again….

The title this week relates to the big blousy ‘Jubilee Celebration’ roses – and the Saturday wedding of our neighbours’ lovely daughter – what a fabulous do!

All these ‘Jubilee Celebration’ blooms came from one sumptuous branch and I thought rather than leave them on the bush, I’d bring them inside.

To these roses I added some darker pink flower carpet roses and ‘Prince Edward of York’ sweet peas.

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And then for contrast Dianthus ‘Green Wicky’ and Zinnia ‘Benary ‘Giant Lime.IMG_4295

Here’s the other side – very much more of the same.IMG_4298

I don’t suppose it’ll be long before there are petals all over the kitchen table, but in the meantime I’m enjoying both the scent and the scene!  IMG_4649 (1)

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases – and has a very impressive array of dahlias to share this week!