In a Vase on Monday: The Can-can Girls

This Monday I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again with a vase. Correction, several vases…

Meet The Can-can Girls!


(It is raining steadily again, after several days of very cold and wet weather, so these were snipped to savour them before they get totally drenched.)

This is Poppy at the centre of the stage – a real show-stopper and the leading lady, although she does tend to clash a bit. (That doesn’t seem to bother her!)


Then Paeonia (known as Pea to her friends) is looking rather sparkly in her frilly pink dress complete with diamond-like raindrops.


The shy one is Iris, long-legged and willowy and a bit classier than the other girls.


And finally Tulipa Estella Rijnveld (the other girls just call her Stella but she doesn’t like her name being shortened) is a bit past her prime, but still going strong. Just look at those petticoats!


Do you have any stars putting on a show in your garden this week? Do share!


Before I leave you today, I have a mystery plant… this was given to me yesterday by some neighbours. They also have no idea what it is…

Any assistance would be appreciated, as I should like to find out what kind of care it needs.


59 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: The Can-can Girls

  1. A lovely line-up of gorgeous blooms. The iris is my favourite, although they’re all pretty. The mystery plant looks begonia-like but I’ve no idea really ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Sam. The iris all got pretty battered in our rain and wind, but there are still a few buds to open and it looks a lot calmer out there today!

  2. Stella (sorry Estella) is a star, but so is the whole troupe! Do let us know how long the poppy lasts in water – and thanks for sharing your Girls with us

    • So far the poppy is standing up well Cathy… I have never cut one before, but after some of the parrot tulips actually broke off under the weight of the rain water they collected, I decided to rescue this too. Last week’s Geranium phaeum lasted extremely well and are still looking lovely, which surprised me!

  3. Gorgeous colours, Cathy!! And yes, hasn’t the weather been a bit slow to get warm? Very cool mornings here although some nice sun later but still not sitting out in the evening weather yet!! My veggy plants are waiting for some sun too and are just well…vegetating! All the best to you!!

    • Thanks Lindsay! Yes, we had very cold nights just recently, and I was worrried there might even be a touch of frost…. it should warm up again now though, so fingers crossed!

  4. The flowers are all lovely, The poppy is my favorite as well. I tried some poppy seed from a friend, to no avail this year.
    The yellow plant looks like a Shrimp Plant or Barleria but I don’t think it is either, unless it is a variety I haven’t seen. Mysterious, beautiful plant whatever it is.

    • Thanks Amelia, I think poppies are a bit choosy but they do seem to like my well-drained soil. I think FrogendDweller has solved the mystery… Celosia?

  5. Gorgeous blooms despite the downpour Cathy! Your mystery plant has leaves like Hibiscus I think but I’ve never seen flowers like that before… and since you identify plants by their flowers I’m sorry that I’m no help to you!

  6. Nice girls talk! ๐Ÿ™‚ The bad weather didnยดt bother them. We were lucky in northern Germany with sunshine and a little rain (not enough for plants).

    • The rain was torrential on Friday, and it is very cold again here, but summer is getting nearer every day so it must warm up again soon!

    • Yes! I think you are right! It looks slightly different to most pictures I have found, but there are apparently lots of different ones. Thank you!

    • The peony is definitely my favourite at the moment. Every year I look forward to the poppies opening, and then realise how they clash with all my other flowers!

  7. I love your theme of audacious ladies, Cathy! A perfect metaphor for these flashy flowers. I always say my red/orange poppies remind me of flamenco dancers. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your mystery plant looks like cockscomb (Celosia cristata) to me. Did they grow it from seed?

    • Oh yes, that is the exact colour for Flamenco costumes! Thanks for the ID of my mystery plant Eliza. FrogendDweller also thinks it is Celosia and after comparing lots of pictures on Google it must be one of the many kinds available. They didn’t grow it themselves – I assume it came from one of our nearby florist shops that buy in such plants. It is a bit weird, but I like it!

  8. I love the vivid color this week, Cathy! As usual, I’m envious of the peony but that flashy tulip is drool-worthy too. I hope the rest of the week brings you better weather.

  9. I would like to see them dance, as well, Cathy. Can you manage that for next week? So wonderful to see your vibrant poppy when ours are in tight bud!

    • I’ll see what I can do Cathy… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I must admit only this one poppy has opened so far… the cold spell slowed them down but they should all follow soon!

  10. Well, I feel redundant, i.e., Anca said what I was thinking, but, I’ll say it anyway – a VERY good title for this piece! I wish I could help you identify that mystery plant!

    • The star of the show, Poppy. So far she has the best stamina of all of them. Iris ‘flagged’ within a few hours and Stella is looking like she should have an early night! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. The flowers almost don’t look real! The colors are so vibrant and the blooms so large. Beautiful, Cathy. I haven’t seen Celosia that looks like your mystery plant, but there are probably so many varieties! It reminds me of some tuberous begonias, but again, not a perfect match! Everything seems to bloom spectacularly in your garden. All that rain may be inconvenient, but it sure does pay off in color. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It has rained almost all day again Debra, but I am hoping it will stop before we float away! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Celosia fascinated me because the petals are quite hard, more like seedpods. I would never have been able to identify it without my blogging friends! Hope you are feeling better now Debra. Take care.

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