Category Archives: In a vase on Monday

In a vase on Monday – Pat’s back!

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Suddenly the garden has awoken, and even some of the roses are joining the party.

One of my absolute favourites – Rosa ‘Pat Austin’ – had a number of blousy blooms, which I just couldn’t resist.IMG_4055

To these I added two Geums (no I can’t explain why I need two orange Geums, don’t judge me!)

The first is ‘Totally Tangerine’ which I added to the Bronze Bed last year.  It really is the colour of a Jaffa orange and therefore a bit harsh for Pat, also situated in the same bed.IMG_4056

The second one is ‘Mai Tai,’ a softer, peachier orange and therefore a much better companion for Pat but, illogically, is situated in a pot on the other side of the garden!  At least I’ve been able to bring them together in a vase.IMG_4057

To all this orange, I added a bit of lime in the form of Euphorbia Polychroma.IMG_4054a

It really was lovely cutting and plonking a few zingy blooms in the sunshine.  Thanks for hosting this lovely meme Cathy!

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have chosen for their vases today?

In a vase on Monday – perky posy!

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I made this little posy for my lovely neighbour, and, starting with the jewel like tulips, I thought I’d see where they led me.

Firstly T. ‘Queen of the Night’ (and T. Merry go round) and zingy, fresh Spiraea japonica foliage,IMG_4040

then Cerinthe major purpurescens,IMG_4043

and lastly fabulous Erysimum ‘Red Jep’.IMG_4042

Simples!IMG_4045

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases.

In a vase on Monday – Branching out!

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I cut a couple of branches from the plum tree to bring into the kitchen.

The tree’s never fruited so I didn’t feel I was sacrificing anything, but I’ve never cut them before so have no idea how long they will last.  Whilst wondering about this, and thinking I should really take them out of the Aga heated kitchen overnight, and what a faff, I thought, why not take them away all together?

As some of you know, this follows a rather bonkers tradition of arrangements created on the Isle of Wight and then moved to the mainland for Christmases and birthdays, so why not Easter?  And to be honest, it was a lot easier to transport than many, and also wasn’t jostling for space in the boot with presents and Christmas puddings,

We were popping up to Richmond for Easter Sunday to host lunch in our new little house so they came on the day trip with us, and have stayed.

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Someone else also came.  But whilst he quickly made himself at home, he hasn’t stayed and is currently adopting a similar position having had a good but rainy run along the beach.

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With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases, however far they’ve travelled.

In a vase on Monday – Spring!

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As mentioned in yesterday’s brief post, I finally got out into the garden on Sunday for an extended session.  However, my enthusiastic chopping back resulted in a few casualties so I put them on one side to add to a vase.

The first two blooms were Cerinthe, and then some rather leggy Erysimum ‘Red Jep’.  IMG_3964

Consequently, I thought initially I might make a rather strong ‘jewel’coloured vase, but I was so excited to see all the daffodils blooming that I changed tack completely and went for a much more vanilla look, with the Erysimum in particular largely lost in the mix.

To various white Hellebores I added some of my favourite ‘Jenny’ Narcissi.IMG_3960

I have no idea where the yellow pot came from, but I like the way it picks up on Jenny’s trumpets.  It could have done with some chicken wire inside to help keep things in place, but it’s all holding steady so far.

Hoping you all have a wonderful ‘springy’ week, whatever the weatherman says!IMG_3967

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases.

In a vase on Monday – let’s hear it for the girls!

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Not a particularly girlie arrangement, but the combination of International Women’s Day last Thursday and Mothering Sunday yesterday suggested a dedication was in order!

I’m afraid they’re pretty rubbish photos as they were taken on Sunday when the light was definitely fading, but you get the idea.

The various Hellebores have really bulked up over the last couple of years to the extent that I can definitely spare some for the house, and they’re also pretty tall, so I’ve plumped for quite a large arrangement.

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Added to these are stems from a very leggy Hebe (which should really come out), and some zingy Euphorbia. 

If you look carefully you’ll see the water is very milky.  This is because I didn’t sear the Euphorbia stems, which you really should.  Nor did I sear the Hellebores (which I’ve also heard you should) but the single bloom I cut for a previous IaVoM lasted absolutely ages without searing, so let’s see how they get on.

I’m actually in London five days this week, so I won’t actually see this arrangement again until late on Saturday night.  By then I fully expect both of us to be looking exhausted!

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With thanks to Cathy for hosting all our Monday vases.

In a Vase on Monday – Bruised!

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I wasn’t going to join IaVoM today, but a sliver of sunshine prompted me to pop outside to see if there was anything simple I could plonk into a vase.

I quickly settled on this gorgeous dark hellebore, snipped a stem, and popped it into a perfect single stem vase (bought by the sister but named for the mother!)

And why bruised?  Well, apart from the colour, having avoided the flu, I’ve now got a dodgy shoulder and the physio-recommended exercises are leaving me feeling pretty bruised!  I’m sure all in a good cause…

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

In a vase on Monday – all white now

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Happily, not only did I not succumb to the flu, but my three family ‘sicknotes’ are all recovered, hence part of the reason for the title.  The second one is obvious, the blooms are, pretty much, all white.

I have very little white in the garden, not because I don’t like it, but because I don’t like mixing it with other colours (hence my white themed planting in the Grass Bed last summer of just white Cosmos, Malope and Erigeron). 

What prompted today’s vase was the waft of Sarcococca scent I got when taking my ‘End of Month view’ photos earlier today.  The Sarcococca was planted as a tiny specimen and this is the first year it’s been large enough to smell ‘in passing’ (ie rather than grovelling on hands and knees for a sniff!)  Consequently, I thought it would be lovely to cut a couple of stems for the house.

Thinking I’d go with a white theme, I then added some stems of Leucojum (Giant Snowflake),IMG_3880

and some little stems of the evergreen Coleonema ‘Sunset Gold’.   This is now a large plant at the top of the ‘lavender’ steps, bought years ago as a good foliage plant.  The fact that it also produces such exquisite little star shaped blooms at an otherwise bloom-free time of year is a massive bonus.  Like the Sarcococca, I’ve never it picked for a vase before, so I’m not sure how well it will last.

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Lastly I added a couple of stems of Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’.  This is currently providing a veritable curtain across the front of the swing, and although most blooms are either over, or distinctly tatty, a few are still perfect.IMG_3885

The photos were taken with flash (something I usually try to avoid), as the light was so poor by the time I’d come inside.  However, for once, I like the effect as the flash helps to highlight the white against the dark granite surface.IMG_3887

Whilst the vase was put together on Sunday, this morning I’ve really enjoyed having the scent wafting around the kitchen.  In fact, bearing in mind how small the stems are, they pack a wonderful perfumed punch and I can’t believe I didn’t think to cut a little sprig last year.  I’m not sure how long the scent will last, but as I’m leaving for London again early tomorrow, I’m sure it will see me out!

With thanks to Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden who’s sharing a lovely spring display this week and, as usual, hosting all our Monday vases.