In a Vase on Monday: Femininity

Despite more rain and thunderstorms we have fortunately not suffered the weather damage some of you may have seen on your news this past week; the south and the west of Germany have had extremely heavy rainfall for over a week now, causing small rivers and streams to overflow or burst their banks, devastating several towns and villages.

At times like these I am glad to be living halfway up a hill!

This Monday’s vase, created for Cathy’s meme (Rambling in the Garden), was put together on Saturday evening, as the skies turned grey again and I was unsure what Sunday would bring!


Unhappy with the light, I decided to bring it indoors and switched on a small lamp – the soft effect this created inspired the title for this post, as it looked so pretty and feminine.


The main element was my white peony ‘Festiva maxima’, which opened in the course of the week and has been filling the house with its fragrance from various other vases. I added two Siberian iris flowers, a white Aquilegia (‘Green Apples?’) some sprigs of Aruncus, a few grasses, some sage flowers, some Veronica, a single Nigella flower and some white sprigs of…. any ideas what the floaty white flowers are? No, not cow parsley…. think of another ‘weed’! (I’ll let you guess!)



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Now take a look at Cathy’s lovely creation today, and also at what other gardeners are finding for a vase this Monday.

Have a lovely week!

47 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Femininity

    • No, very similar but it is something that grows in my garden is very invasive…. I’ll let you wonder a bit longer and tell you later! 😉

  1. Your peonies remind me of cumulus clouds – gorgeous! Your nigella is lovely, mine are never that big. Is it a hybrid?
    I’m guessing your white lace flower is goutweed? We have it down by the river, thankfully not near my gardens!

    • Yes! I had to look up ‘goutweed’ as we have another name for it here. (Ground elder). Unfortunately it was in the garden when we came and has spread through one area. It is so invasive, but hasn’t actually impeded growth of any other plants, so I let it fill the gaps in spring. (Well, I have no choice in the matter to be honest!)

      • It is impossible to eradicate. I keep vowing to do a post about plants NEVER to allow in your garden. Maybe I’ll get to it soon. I’ll title it ‘The Bad Guys’ ;-D

        • I shall look forward to that Eliza! I have another plant or two I could add to the list! 😉 Oh, by the way, you asked about the Nigella. Well, I have sprinkled so many different seed packets out over the last couple of years so I am not sure which one it is. Possibly one from the N. damascena ‘Persian Jewels’ mix.

  2. Your peonies are sheer perfection Cathy and your romantic setting shows them off nicely with the additions of iris and other blues, greens and whites. Glad you are not directly affected by the terrible flooding.

    • Thanks Susie. Yesterday was the first day without a thunderstorm for over a week, so I am hoping the weather will calm down a bit. It has been crazy all over the country with a tornado sighted yesterday – practically unheard of here!

    • Yes, you have put it in a nutshell: on ‘the cusp of summer’! When the peonies open I know spring has turned to summer, and the Aruncus will be unfurling their flowers before I know it too. 🙂

  3. Doesn’t the whole effect of the vase change when you brought it inside and placed it against the window – it looks so different and the beautiful peony is enhanced by the blue and whote additions. Lovely! I wasn’t inspired by the steps I photographed mine on but it was too hot yesterday to spend any length of time looking for an alternative. No rain or thunderstorms here although we could do with rain – glad you haven’t been badly affected yourself

  4. You created a delightfully airy arrangement with peonies, which I wouldn’t have thought possible. As usual, the sight of the peonies set me sighing…

    • It sets me sighing too, as the scented ones only last a couple of weeks – three at most. One of the fleeting pleasures of a garden! 🙂

    • Not all of them smell, but this white one smells like a very intense sweet rose. The fragrance is all over the garden, especially when the sun shines. I love bringing them in just for the smell! 🙂

  5. Glad to read that you have escaped the worst of the rain Cathy. That peony is fabulous and I think that the lacy curtains are the perfect background making the arrangement look so light and airy.
    We’ve been having glorious weather up in the north west of England, although a half hour or so worth of torrential rain and thunder got our little town a mention on the national weather forecast on Saturday night.

    • Hope there was no serious damage Anna. It has been quite turbulent here, but yesterday we actually didn’t have a thunderstorm for the first time in over a week. I am keeping my fingers crossed it stays calm so the peonies can look good a bit longer.

  6. What a nice effect with the lamp light, Cathy. The warmth is spectacular on those gorgeous white peonies. The peonies are show stoppers! We do so much complaining about not enough rain, but when I see photos of flooding and really think about what too much rain can do, I am more at ease with the drought. Our state of Texas has been experiencing deadly floods. I think you’re right about the benefits of living on a hill, Cathy, especially such a beautiful one. Have an excellent week, my friend.

    • Thank you Debra. The extremes of weather are certainly more frequent these days, but we often have a wet May or even June with flooding in some areas. This year has been quite chaotic so far though. I know I complained about the dry summer we had last year, but I think I would prefer drought to being flooded!

      • Watching the floods in Texas really told me to stop complaining, Cathy! I think those of us in perennially dry areas really have NO idea what can happen too much rain! I’m glad you are safe on your hill. 🙂

  7. Das ist wirklich eine delikate Kombination aus Fülle, Zartheit, Pastellfarben im Abendlicht. Die Lampe erzeugt den Eindruck einer tiefstehenden Sonne, die die Vase so wunderbar ausleuchtet.
    Der Titel ist gut gewählt. Bei diesen Wetterverhältnissen lässt sich eine Vase gut im Innern eines Hauses präsentieren.
    Liebe Grüsse – Uta

  8. I am so late visiting vases this week Cathy, for which I apologise. ‘Festiva Maxima’ is truly super, isn’t it? I agree that your indoor lighting sets the beautiful arrangement off perfectly – sort of soft and tender. My jaw dropped when I read that we were looking at ground elder! Perhaps an encouragement to plant the less invasive variegated one? Hmm … anyway, pretty perfect!

    • You know, I have often read advice on planting ground cover and ground elder ( a variegated variety) is suggested! It is pretty when it flowers , but I just hope I can stop it spreading further. Our damp spring has given it a real boost this year! 😦

  9. Cathy, that is a lovely, feminine vase. The drapes (curtains) set it off nicely. I love the soft whites and purples together.

    Though you don’t like the light outdoors, I must say that is a gorgeous shot of your stone stairs. They’re magnificent.

    • Thanks Alys…. I must admit the steps were looking a bit shabby here though and the pressure washer came out yesterday to get rid of some of the moss and plants growing in the cracks. It will all grow back in no time but needs keeping in check! 😉

      • Our deck could use a good power wash as well. I don’t have one, but I think I can rent one. I’m going to tackle the deck next month. Another blogger is hosting a July patio makeover. It’s the motivation I need. It’s so hot during the day now, so I’ll have to plan some early mornings. Are you still getting summer rain?

        • Renting is a great idea as we only use ours once a year really! We had some real heat last week, followed by a thunderstorm with rain, but it has gone back to warm and looks a bit showery today!

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