I love ‘In a Vase on Monday’ because it’s full of beauty, warmth and a sense of community, and, reading Cathy and Christina‘s posts this morning about their meeting (which sadly I missed as I was away) only reinforced how wonderful warm hearts and like minds are. Sadly, this was something so brutally missing a week ago in Manchester.
Consequently I’m sharing flowers which, whilst deliberately dark, I hope convey both life and beauty, things we all need to pause to appreciate in these tricky, tricky times.
Wishing you all a peaceful, beautiful Monday.
Oh so happy to have enough blooms to make a proper vase full!
Some are returning again from recent vases – the Winter Sunshine Sweet Peas (shown flowering in the greenhouse in yesterday’s post – some of the stems are 10 inches long!)
Cerinthe major purpurescens
but oh look – the Antirrhinum The Rose I was rude about last year is a perfect match for the Pink Sweet Pea.
I do love the way the stems curl, I think they’re fabulous in a vase and have now completely changed my mind about pulling them out – despite the sugary colour. You can always add a dash of zing, in the form of Euphorbia polychroma!
With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this lovely meme.
Happy Bank Holiday Monday!
In contrast to last’s week’s vase, this one was for a female host, and one I’d never met. She and her husband had invited the OH and me to join them at their golf club in Hampshire for their 125 year anniversary celebrations and were then putting us up overnight. It seemed to me this called for the big guns, and here they are – gorgeous girly, blousy Sarah Bernhardt peonies.
These were joined by fresh green foliage of Euphorbia and mint,
as well as an inherited rose (in the background), Verbena bonariensis,
yet more Winter Sun sweet peas from the greenhouse
and spires of Veronica.
I’m delighted to say that the event, our hosts and the bouquet’s reception were fabulous! You really can’t go wrong with home grown flowers.
With many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this lovely meme.
Today’s vase was created to give as a gift to a male host so I thought I’d better steer clear of soft pinks and peaches, and decided to go with a deep plum theme, livened up by Euphorbia polychroma.
I cut two plants for the first time – Lysmachia atropurpurea, to provide vertical accents, and the lovely, silky Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape.’ I seared their stems in boiling water but to be honest I’m not sure how long they’ll last. I really must cut some for home to find out!
To these I added some Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ (it looked darker in real life)
and my lovely, new, neat, dark La Recoleta dahlias.
It seemed to be well received, but the matching bottle of wine was probably his preference!
With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who hosts this lovely meme.