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In a vase on Monday – last hurrah!

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A very simple vase consisting of the last Prince Edward of York sweet pea, still flowering outside in December!

Some of you may remember my mother’s name was Mary and this lovely little vase was given to me by my wonderful sister.

It somehow felt appropriate to bring it out today – not just because my little sweet pea would be lost in anything else, but also because mum’s surviving sibling, Joan, died a week ago today, marking the end, for me, of my parents’ generation.

Joan was a sparky, intelligent woman who graduated from Cambridge in one of the very earliest cohorts.  But she wore her intelligence very lightly, never using it to belittle or ‘outdo’ people and (unlike mum and me!) she was very calm, never showing a temper.

So, this one’s for Joan, a remarkable woman, for 91 years.

Thanks Cathy.

In a vase on Monday – Pro tem posy

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Whilst the garden (and my job!) continue to go to hell in a hand basket, there are still pockets of beauty to be found – particularly on such a stunning October day.

I’m temporarily enjoying this little posy, picked to take to lunch at my neighbours, as it captures some of the remaining highlights:

Pink flower carpet roses and Prince Edward sweet peasIMG_5041

Zinnias (Queen Red Lime and Benary Giant Lime)IMG_5043

and Salvias (sorry not sure which one)IMG_5044

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have been picking on this glorious day?

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.