In a Vase on Monday: Ticket to the Moon


The flowers in my Monday vase this week look as though they are reaching up for the sky, or with those moon daisies should I say the moon, which is why this song came to mind…


(If you are as old as I am you will no doubt remember it, even if like me you weren’t keen on it!)


Of course, I had to cut a few Aquilegias (Aquilegia vulgaris) while they are looking fresh, and the tall moon daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) and grasses growing around the edge of the lawn seemed to be suitable companions. I also have a Sanguisorba minor (salad burnet) that needed taming, and cut a large sprig. The flowers are so pretty just as they start to open…


Growing near a pale pink Aquilegia is my white Dicentra (Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’) and I took a deep breath and cut one piece. It still takes some courage sometimes to cut things for a vase, but I am so glad I took the plunge this time…


Some lovely white Allium cowanii (also called Allium neapolitanum) have opened the Allium season. I planted these throughout the bed at the top of the rockery last autumn and am very pleased with them. They are not too tall, so have stood up to some breezes and rain showers very well. And what’s more, despite strong sunshine on a couple of days last week they have opened slowly, with no sign of heatstroke! (The weather has been quite a mixture recently!)


Thanks go to Cathy once more for hosting this meme. Go and visit her today at Rambling in the Garden to see what she has put in her vase, and see all the other vases from around the globe that have linked in. ๐Ÿ™‚


50 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Ticket to the Moon

  1. Lovely summery vase today Cathy, the Allium are particularly pretty, please let me know how long they last in a vase as I have some too, although I think the mice have eaten some!

    • Well, today is the third day in the vase for the Allium and it still looks pretty fresh, but I’ll update you next week. From the other comments it seems quite a few people grow this one. I hope the mice don’t discover mine!

  2. My turn to be surprised Cathy that your daisies are blooming already. I have shasta daisies but they’re not ready. Beautiful arrangement. The white Dicentra is icing on the cake.

    • Hi Susie. The daisies are wild ones, which are also called oxeye daisies, and they always flower in May. My Shasta daisies will need quite a bit longer too. The white Dicentra is so lovely this year – I took out a huge old lavender plant next to it last autumn and it has enjoyed the extra space to expand, at last!

    • Donna, I’m sure I heard a little shriek when I cut it (was that me or the plant?!) but the plant has done well this year and I felt it could spare me just one sprig! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. A lovely wildflower style vase Cathy, I grew Allium cowanii this year too, its such a pretty Allium. I can’t bring myself to cut anything yet, so can relate to you taking a deep breath.

    • I think I will just plant more of this Allium so I can bear to cut a few more next year! And maybe another Bleeding Heart plant too…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Just ‘after’ my time Cathy!! What a lovely combination of blooms you have – and I know just how you feel about cutting your Dic… Lamprocapnos…been there, done that…no T shirt though, and it has become so much easier since I first cut a sprig of witch hazel!! I have some of these allium too, but mine are not open AND I planted a sanguisorbia last year so I am looking forward to using the flowers after seeing yours. Thanks for sharing

    • Yes, cutting some witch hazel was very daring. On the other hand the Sanguisorba will no doubt NEED cutting as it can get a bit too big for its boots! I sowed mine a couple of years ago for salads, but now my parsley has finallly taken off so it is not being eaten as much.

  5. A lovely dicentra, it is perfect for your delicate arrangement. I’m a fan of A. cowanii too, although it’s not flowering for me at present – another candidate for a move.
    Interesting that we have another musical theme. Is it possible to have competing earworms?

    • Cathy says her A. cowanii is also not flowering yet… maybe it just needs a bit longer! The dicentras do look so fragile don’t they, but this white one stands in dry very sunny and exposed ground and is quite tough!

  6. Such a cheerful vase, Cathy! There seem to be a lot of Aquilegia showing up this week – I’m envious! I’ve never been able to grow the long-stemmed varieties here.

  7. This is exactly the kind of vase I like most- apparently simple and wild but in fact so sophisticated. Thanks for showing 2 lovely flowers I have never seen before – Dicentra and Allium cowanii. And yes, it also happens to me to take a deep breath before cutting flowers for a vase. Have a great week, Cathy!

    • Thank you Anca. I think we have similar taste as your vase this week was also natural and somehow simple and elegant too! Hope you also have a good week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Your vase seems like a beautiful floral firework bursting up and away up to the moon – and I too remember ELO , but not that track – a great accompaniment whilst I was reading all the comments – thank you.

  9. Oh such a pretty vase Cathy. I’m off to make a note of the name of that white allium. I saw ELO many moons ago when I was a student. It took hours for my hearing to recover!

  10. The pure white bleeding heart is beautiful and deserves to be admired in a vase and I shall look out for white allium bulbs this autumn. Yes I am full of admiration for your vase. Tomorrow I am going to be brave and cut a sprig of my pink and white dicentra and add it to my vase. I just hope it’s survived the dreadful weather we’ve had today.

    • Oh my goodness, I have inspired you to chop a piece of your Dicentra! It does take some courage doesn’t it! Unsuitable weather is always a good excuse for cutting flowers though, be it too cold, wet, dry, hot, windy…. and the more often I cut treasured flowers the easier it becomes. A single creamy white iris will have to come indoors soon if we get the rain forecast for tomorrow… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. I love when you do these arrangements, they’re so sunny and fresh and really feel like summer and make me forget winter completely! The bleeding heart looks great. Mine seems to have died yet again, but I do love the blooms.
    I don’t think your song made it big over here, but I’m tempted to steal the shaggy sunglass look if I ever go ‘retro’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That would be a picture! Yes, the bleeding heart is lovely, and lasts well once cut too. It’s nice to have a hint of summer in the house while it has turned damp and chilly outdoors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I really like your arrangement – and a great combination of flowers/colours none of my daisy-like flowers are out yet and my aliums are just about to flower but most are missing (I think the squirrels got them)… I’ve got aquilegia coming out too so I think they might be in the vase next week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I found the petals of the open Aquilegias drop quickly when cut, but the unopened buds last longer in a vase and still look pretty after several days. Our squirrels are fairly well-behaved, but the voles and mice often get to my spring bulbs! This year I was fairly lucky though. My Mum plants some bulbs in deep pots with chicken wire over them to deter squirrels, so that may be an idea…. Have a good weekend Bec!

      • Ah thank you fir tge advice about aquilegia – I’ll try that. And tge chicken wire in pots – I’ll give that a go too. You have a good weekend too ๐Ÿ™‚ its sunny here and a bank holiday – hurrah

  13. Just perfect! Love that you took the plunge and added the bleeding heart cutting as well. I miss my white bleeding heart – it didn’t survive a particularly harsh winter a few years back and I keep wondering if I ought to get another one.

    • That’s such a shame. They are pretty tough little plants, so I think an investment in a new one would probably be worthwhile. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. I am just catching up on some of your posts that I have missed recently Cathy and clicked on your ELO video, which I do remember. The video started with a young rapper singing in what I realised was a U tube ad – at first though I was questioning your comment about being old enough to remember the song!!

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