In a Vase on Monday: Loveliness

Mondays are often busy, but today I had time to wander around the garden and choose some flowers for a vase, so that I could join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with her lovely meme again.

However, when I have a fixed idea of what I want to create, it never turns out as I planned, so I ended up with two vases today, and both of them are simply “lovely”. Hence the title!

The first one features my lovely deep red peony. This is always the second to flower and doesn’t get quite as tall as the later ones, standing up well to rain or wind. With purpley-blue Aquilegias and a single blue Centaurea itΒ  looks absolutely lovely.


(Note the poppies flowering in the background… the one I used in my vase last week lasted a good 3-4 days.)


A match made in heaven…


The second vase uses lots of Moon Daisies, grasses and paler Aquilegias.


I added one of the Siberian irises, just opening, and some deep purple and some white Geranium phaeum, which has proved to last extremely well as a cut flower.


Some blue Veronica and Omphalodes verna, and a couple of Pulsatilla seed heads completed the airy effect. The white Aquilegia below is, I think, called Green Apples.

On a grey day there is nothing better than bringing the garden indoors. Do take a look at Cathy’s creation this week, and all the others who have linked in with floral loveliness.


P.S. Thanks to my lovely commenters last week my mystery plant was identified as a type of Celosia.


The rigid petals are quite fascinating!

34 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Loveliness

  1. Definitely pure loveliness, Cathy! LOVE the peony and the second vase reminds me of walking through a wildflower meadow, always delightful. I like your cut-glass vases as well. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Eliza. The wild flowers are indeed lovely at the moment, and I would love to fill several vases just with grasses and cow parsley soon – if it ever stops raining! πŸ™‚

  2. Eliza took the words right out of my mouth, the second vase is just like a beautiful spring meadow, not easy to capture in a vase. The first is indeed ‘loveliness’ personified!

    • Thanks Christina. I was lucky as it started raining soon after I had cut the peony and hasn’t stopped since, so they are now hanging their heads!

  3. Two beautiful vases, perfectly photographed with the backdrop of your lovely garden. I’m incredibly envious that you have peonies but I suspect I’ve said that before…

    • I am often envious of your blooms too Kris, but I do look forward to peony season so much and wouldn’t want to be without them! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Noelle. This peony is always a little bit ahead of the others. I find it so interesting to see what other people have flowering together too, as it varies so much from region to region.

    • And only yesteday I walked through a very similar meadow Donna, despite the rain! Aquilegias don’t grow wild here, but we have Achillea, Moon Daisies, Buttercups and Campanula flowering in the meadows around us right now. πŸ™‚

  4. These are indeed lovely. The centaura and the red peony together are so rich–just amazing. Love the colors of the Aquilegias in your second vase and the Siberian iris is a great addition. Have a happy week.

    • Hi Susie. I am hoping we have some dry weather to enjoy the Siberian irises, as they are just opening now. I love it when they flower together with this peony too. πŸ™‚

  5. I love both! The bold colors of the peony and the darker aquilegia, and the airy wildflowers of the second vase are a great contrast, yet they’re both celebrations of the peak of spring!

    • Absolutely! Spring really is at its best right now. The rain we have had has turned everything fresh green and the garden (including the weeds) is loving it!

  6. The red peony is absolutely stunning, Cathy. I just don’t think anything quite compares! Up against the beautiful blue I don’t think you could find anything more lovely! πŸ™‚

  7. Such a contrast between the vases – solid coloured in one and airy light in the other – and both delightful. Crikey – just noticed Bittster’s comment above and I have said exactly the same as he has!! We are both right of course…

    • I originally wanted to put everything in one vase, but so glad I separated them. The aquilegias are very abundant again this year, and it looks as though the Sweet Williams have also spread well again and will be flowering soon – some years they seem sparser, so maybe the mild winter helped.

  8. Lovely contrast between the two vases, Cathy. (As everyone else says!) I adore red peonies, but I think it’s the wild flower meadow in a vase that is my favourite. Again, as the others have said – poppies lasting so long in a vase … I must try! I think the flowering progression in our two gardens is roughly the same. But hang on – a misty start today and the SUN is appearing! Have a wonderful week (nice to think of you walking through meadows).

    • Thanks Cathy! The meadows are wonderful here at the moment. The scabious have just started flowering now. And field poppies too. Hope your sunshine sticks around. It should reappear here tomorrow too, which is great as tomorrow is a holiday here in Bavaria! πŸ™‚

  9. How lovely Cathy. Your peony combination captures the essence of summer. The other one is delightful, it has the delicacy of a bunch of wild flowers.

    • That peony is indeed a sign that summer is nearly here – and today I saw that the elderflowers are starting to open too. πŸ™‚

  10. Your first photo is elegant with its royal colors or red and purple. Your second vase reminds me of a lovely summer day. Yes, true loveliness on both parts.

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