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In a vase on Monday – hot desking!


‘Flowers on a desk’ have been back for a while but they don’t usually appear until Tuesday, as that’s when I head to London, and so haven’t featured much in this year’s IaVoM.  This week, however, conscious that I needed to head up a day early for various meetings, I thought I’d bring some cheer with me in the form of a Monday vase.

I noticed over the weekend that the Dahlia ‘Mystery Fox’ was just the same coral/tomato red as the Sarah Raven Nasturtium ‘Cherry Red’, so I plonked them in a vase, together with nasturtium leaves and some fresh green mint.

All very cheering apart from the dahlia flowers quietly collapsing (see dropped petals to the left of the picture).  Hopefully I won’t be in a similar state on Thursday when I eventually head back across the water!

Why don’t you join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what other summer cheer others have in their vases this week?

In a vase on Monday – Marmalade madness


So a marmalade combination for this Monday’s vase, photographed in Sunday afternoon’s sunshine.

The vase includes Dahlia ‘Mystery Fox’img_1658

old favourite Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date,’ with new growth of Cerinthe major purpurescensimg_1663

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty,’img_1660

and Euphorbia myrsinites together with unknown succulent.  This was given as a cutting by  a neighbour and I now have quite a few of them.  Maybe some kind of Asphodel?img_1661

And the madness?  Well, after the delight of meeting up with Sam from A Coastal Plot at the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Tate Modern,  how about an IaVoM lunch next year when London’s Garden Museum reopens after its £7.5m redevelopment?  The website promises a ‘bigger, brighter cafe’.  Anyone up for it?

With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who started it all off.

In a vase on Monday – floral fiesta


On Saturday I had the delight of my London Book Club friends coming to the island for lunch and I decided to arrange flowers inspired by the, er, napkins!IMG_1368

As we were eating outside I had to contend with an umbrella in the centre of the table, so I chose to arrange five similarly themed vases to form a circle.  Whilst the colours didn’t exactly ‘go’ I liked the gaiety on what was (unlike Sunday) a rather grey day.

Apart from the sweet peas Lathyrus odoratus ‘Annie B Gilroy’ and Lathyrus odoratus ‘Heathcliff’, there were Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’IMG_1370

Achillea ‘Terracotta’IMG_1371

Scabiosa atroprupurea ‘Fata Morgana’IMG_1372

and a second dahlia, currently vying with HSD for 2016 favourite – D. Mystery Fox.IMG_1374

And despite the book (my choice!) not being so well liked, I think we all had a time as jolly as the flowers.  I know I did.IMG_1366

With thanks to my book club ladies for making the trip and to Cathy for hosting this lovely meme.