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In a Vase on Monday – Emma and friends


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.


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!


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!


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.


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


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?

Classy Cliveden


Friday saw us at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire on our way to a weekend away.  The current house was built in 1851, the third on the site set high above the River Thames at Taplow.

According to Wiki “The site has been home to an earl, three countesses, two dukes, a Prince of Wales and the Viscounts Astor.  As home of Nancy Astor, the house was the meeting place of the Cliveden set of the 1920s and 1930s — a group of political intellectuals. Later, during the 1960s, it became the setting for key events of the notorious Profumo Affair. During the 1970s, it was occupied by Stanford University of California, which used it as an overseas campus.”

The house is now owned by the National Trust but it is leased as a five star hotel and so, unlike many NT properties, not open to the public.

I’ve been to Cliveden before, but not for years, and never with a dog, so our priority this time was a long walk in some of the 375 acres which extend down to the Thames.






Having exhausted Nimbus (some hope) we settled him in the car in the shade and went for a quick canter through the garden areas not accessible to dogs.

Firstly the border to the left of the forecourt lawn.  This was a lovely planting of hot colours – no red, but dark browny purples offset with plenty of orange and yellow.  IMG_4806



Moving round to the front of the house the view is of the immaculately kept parterre.  This isn’t my kind of garden, but it does look stunning on such a fabulous scale like this.IMG_4818

Close up, I don’t really like the ‘park planting’ but it does make an impressive statement. However I do love the ‘forgotten’ rake.  I’m glad I’m not the only one!IMG_4828

Round behind the house is a newly restored rose garden.  I found this rather disappointing, not that the roses weren’t in wonderful condition, they were, but the whole design of the planting seemed rather arbitrary.  IMG_4829

I’ve since read that the Jellicoe design is supposed to mirror the rising and setting of the sun. According to head gardener Andrew Mudge ‘The colour should sweep across the garden from the soft yellows of the early morning sun in the eastern beds to the bright oranges of the midday heat before finishing on the western side of the garden with the deep reds of the sunset.‘  I suppose it does make more sense now I’ve read that, but it didn’t really work for me in practice.

I did, however, fall in love with two fabulous roses – Rosa FellowshipIMG_4831

and Rosa Lady Emma Hamilton.  Just gorgeous. IMG_4833

To finish, a quick peak at the Long Garden.  Again not exactly my thing (and I was a little disappointed there was no planting in the beds), but some wonderful topiary to admire.IMG_4836