Category Archives: In a vase on Monday

In a Vase on Monday – A very important visitor!

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Sunday was a VERY special day chez Duver Diary, as we welcomed none other than Rambling in the Garden’s Cathy – our very own IaVoM Queen Bee – accompanied by the golfer, for lunch.   (nb That’s ‘my’ golfer in the photo, not hers!)IMG_6805 (2)

The outdoor arrangement was meant to be celebratory, but it was also supposed to (vaguely!) match the napkins.  It was made up of a general melee of dahlias (‘Roxy’ and ‘Happy Single Date’), Diascia ‘Green Wicky’, Helenium, Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ and first ever pickings of Anisodontea (I think) ‘El Royo’.  I planted two quite large plants of this towards the back of the Swing Beds and, having now settled in well, they were ready for the chop!IMG_6809

Inside, for the kitchen table, I made a softer arrangement of more Zinnias, together with Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration,’ Phlomis foliage and some grass heads, which I think are a Pennisetum.  I thought I’d grown them originally from Special Plants seeds, but she no longer seems to have them for sale, so perhaps I’m mistaken.  Anyway, Cathy was rather taken with them, so I dug up a clump for her to take with her, along with a couple of ‘Surcouf’ Perlargoniums.

However, on the plant swap subject, I was definitely ahead!  The purpose of this photo was to capture both the arrangement and the wonderful stash of plant goodies perched on the windowsill outside which Cathy had brought for me – a Gaura, Persicaria, Verbascum AND foxgloves – lucky me!IMG_6808

We had a very jolly lunch and, for those of you who haven’t met her (and I now understand there are more than a dozen bloggers who have!) she’s every bit as lovely as you would expect.

Thanks as ever for hosting Cathy!

In a vase on Monday – A pair of Queens

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The key blooms in today’s vase are Zinnia elegans ‘Queeny Lime Red’ and Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration’ named by David Austin for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  (Cathy would have found a couple of playing cards to add as props to the photo, but I’m sorry, I’m just not that organised!)IMG_6608

There are also a few sweet peas – I think this is ‘Painted Lady’ but a bit confused as I thought ‘Painted Lady’ was more obviously bi-coloured but can’t think it’s anything else I planted this year.  And there are also a few stems of Digitalis ‘Polkadot Pippa’, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and if you look really closely at the top photo, Erysimum ‘Red Jep’IMG_6609

And just because I’m currently a bit obsessed with the little vases, another array up for inspection.  This time Verbascum chaixii ‘Album’ (grown from seed ages ago and still self seeding around) and Sweet pea ‘Mrs Collier.’ IMG_6620

With thanks to Cathy who hosts this meme every week and is this week ‘propping’ with Chinese sampans!

In a vase on Monday – in a vase darkly!

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I used these little vases for the first time here but that was back in April and feels a looong time ago!

As some of you know, I have a bit of a thing about colour matching and wanted to bring together the rather droughted (and hence short stemmed) ‘Black Knight’ sweet peas from the Veg BedIMG_6575

with the matching coloured rose, ‘Munstead Wood’ from the Mid Century Bed.IMG_6574

I like the little glass vases – they make me think of a scientific experiment, with the blooms arranged as if for formal analysis.  (Or is that just me?  Perhaps A level Chemistry had more impact than I’d realised!) IMG_6572

And to finish, in case you thought I’d given up, I’m still trying to have flowers on my desk at work each week.  This arrangement, last week, was particularly girly in a rather male environment.  But do you know what?  I just don’t care.  I’ve battled on for more than 35 years now and decided some while ago that the ‘boys’ were just going to have to take me as they found me, flowers and all!IMG_6532 (1)

With thanks to Cathy who hosts this lovely meme.

In a vase on Monday – Golden!

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I made this little posy to take to supper with friends, and the title relates to both the golden/orangey colouring, but more importantly, a lovely, golden evening, spent outside until very late.

It features the first pickings of Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ which I planted in the Veg Bed, along with a couple of other roses for cutting, last autumn.  I’m not sure how similar she is to Rosa ‘Pat Austin’ (which I have in the Bronze Bed) as Pat has been taking a little break.  However, she’s got more buds coming, so by next weekend I should be able to have Emma and Pat side by side!

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As well as the Dianthus ‘Green Wicky’ and poppy seed heads, I added some soft, peachy blooms from this year’s runner beans ‘Aurora’ which are a super match for Emma.

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Sticking with the veg theme, I also added a few male courgette flowers, as well as a few self seeded Nicotiana.

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It’s lovely to be back taking part in IaVoM, why don’t you see what Cathy and the rest of the IaVoM crew have in their vases this Monday?

In a Vase on Monday – feet up!

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Aaaaaaaaaaaah – finally, a weekend without a care!

Last weekend was the St Helens Secret Gardens event where I attempt to organise a village group of garden openers (13 this year) to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.  As you can imagine, there are any number of incidents where the greater medical expertise/equipment found on the mainland – usually at Southampton General – is key to a positive outcome, and the air ambulance provides the crucial link.  Consequently, I’m absolutely delighted that the sun shone and we raised over £3,100, beating our previous total.

However, not surprisingly, the previous (many) weekends have been spent coralling openers, emailing potential sources of publicity, baking cakes or trying to rescue my own garden from a year of  neglect, hence there’s been precious little time for feet up, let alone blogging.  So, this weekend, without a care in the world, I have done a lot of nothing.  One thing I have done, however, is arrange a few flowers.

It was my birthday last Tuesday and whilst the OH went to Canada on business (and gave me nothing) and the son bought me a new outdoor broom (because apparently I’d moaned about the other one being ‘too large and unwieldy’), the lovely daughter bought me four charming little vases.   Consequently, they’re making their debut today.

These Icelandic poppy blooms grow in a pot (with a chicken) and since the photo below was taken, they’ve gone sufficiently bonkers that I felt I had enough to cut.IMG_6272

On the basis that you should always arrange in odd numbers, I added the bud as a fifth bloom, so I’m now intrigued to see whether it opens.IMG_6325

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have arranged in their Monday vases?

Oh look – post script.  And then there were five.IMG_6327

 

In a Vase on Monday – Perky Pat!

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I actually created this two weeks ago, but have failed to find time to post it!  I was inspired by this fabulous David Austin rose ‘Pat Austin’ (named for his wife) and created the arrangement around her.IMG_6082

I added in the Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’, also currently flowering with Pat in the Bronze Bed, IMG_6083

and also Cerinthe for contrast.IMG_6085

Also flowering in the Bronze Bed was a large self seeded Honesty.  Although it’s white, so not remotely bronze, I’ve ignored it for so long that the flowers have turned to beautiful fresh green seed pods, so I cut a number of stems for this arrangement and then hoiked  the plant out.IMG_6086

It’s so lovely to be back with Cathy and the rest of the IaVoM crew.  I’ve missed you.

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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!