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In a Vase on Monday – Emma and friends

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Helloooooo!  How lovely to be back joining Cathy and co for In a Vase on Monday.

My excuse for not posting is a mix of the good (a lovely holiday walking round Lake Como and the mother in law’s 90th birthday celebrations in Lulworth Cove) but mostly the bad – far too much work (Zzzzzzz).

This week I popped into the garden before work and was inspired to create a quick vase as I spotted a number of pretty perfect blooms (despite the recent wet) on my ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ rose.  This was planted in the veg patch with two other roses (Summer Song and Hot Chocolate) for cutting in late 2018, so this is its first year and Emma has definitely outperformed the other two.

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To accompany her, I added some Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’IMG_7107

a couple of ‘Munstead Wood’ roses, a nameless Salvia and Dianthus ‘Green Wicky’ for foliage.IMG_7113

All were plonked into the circle of milk bottles vase which is a real favourite of mine as it requires very little in the way of arranging.

Whilst I do get fed up spending so much time ‘screen staring’ for work, I do enjoy joining in with this lovely meme.  Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog, to  see what she and other IaVoMers have arranged this Monday?

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 – 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!

In a vase on Monday – Match pot?

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I love colour and am one of those people who can normally ‘hold’ a colour in my mind and match from memory.  It’s handy when shopping (clothes, soft furnishings, plants, you name it) but also handy when dreaming up another Monday vase to share with Cathy and the IaVoMers!

Whilst I love a colour contrast, sometimes I like the challenge of arranging a vase with different flowers, but in a matching colour, and here’s one of those.

The starting point was the sweet pea ‘Prince Edward of York’ (which is actually bi-coloured so I’ve contradicted myself already!)

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to which I added some Pink ‘Flower Carpet’ rosesIMG_4566

and then a few stems of this inherited Penstemon, I think it’s ‘Garnet’.  All accompanied by the lovely fresh green of Dianthus ‘Green Wicky’.

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In her beautiful book The Flower Workshop, Ariella Chezar talks about ‘tonal’ arrangements.  I think I might be accused of taking myself a little too seriously if I started talking like that, but you get the drift.

Colour, don’t you just love it?

With thanks to Cathy, who encourages us to bring flowery colour inside, in a vase, every Monday.

 

In a vase on Monday – Chaos!

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I’ve been back on the island for four days for the first time in weeks, but rather than a chilled weekend enjoying the weather and the seaside, we were invaded!

No, not by any kind of bug, but instead by my daughter’s university choir who were staying with us on their choir ‘tour’.  This comprised giving a recital in the beautiful (and wonderfully acoustic) Quarr Abbey, and otherwise lots of eating, drinking and hanging out in the garden and at the beach.  As you can imagine, it was a little chaotic.  Hopefully the flowers, also chaotic, convey some of the joy of having a houseful of jolly, musical, twenty somethings.

I’m delighted my Dahlia ‘Happy Single Dates’ are back.  Those of you who have read this blog for any time know that they grace plenty of summer vases (as does the other, dark, Dahlia here, ‘La Recoleta’.)IMG_4312

These were joined bysweet peas, Heleniums and Dianthus – the Dianthus were retrieved from last week’s vase.  They really do last brilliantly in a vase and continue to provide their fresh green zing.

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So happy Monday, whatever you’re up to.  I expect order will resume chez Duver Diary eventually….IMG_4314 (2)

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our IaVoMs.

In a vase on Monday – sweet peas at last!

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Finally!  Growing Winter Sunshine sweet peas in the greenhouse for the last couple of years has allowed me to cut sweet peas from as early as April.

Not so this year!  Not sowing seed until late, and then leaving the poor little plants languishing in root trainers for far too long has meant my first picking are very late this year, but here they are.  Definitely better late than never!

The sweet peas here are a just ones and twos  of ‘Almost Black’, ‘Barry Dare’, ‘King Edward VII’ and ‘Prince Edward of York’.  To these I’ve added a couple of pink Salvia stems,  Dianthus ‘Green Wicky’, Zinnias (‘Queen Red Lime’and Benary’s Giant Lime’),IMG_4266

and Dahlia ‘Recoleta’.  IMG_4267

Now the sweet peas have started let’s hope they’ll fill many more vases to come!

With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts our Monday vases, and this week is also sharing her lovely Zinnias.