Category Archives: In a vase on 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!

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.