In a Vase on Monday: Sea Fever

A visit to the seaside last week was a real delight – here in Bavaria we are pretty much landlocked, so the smell of the sea air and the sight of such a huge sky, the glittering sea and the long horizon were quite magical. Memories of childhood holidays on the North Norfolk coast have been flooding back since, so now that I am back home I thought my Monday vase should adopt the seaside theme…


“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky”

(from Sea Fever by John Masefield)

Vase5th2Cosmos Xanthos, Scabiosa ochroleuca, Succisella inflexa, Miscanthus, Tanacetum (Feverfew), and Ceratostigma (Leadwort).

Vase5th4Cosmos Purity, Caryopteris, Feverfew, white Lavender, and lilac Aster.

Vase5th7Zinnia, Tithonia and Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’

“I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied…”

from Sea Fever by John Masefield (Read the whole poem here)

The two little vases and the beach hut were found in a gift shop next to Blakeney Quay, and the windmills possibly came from the same shop many years earlier! The shells were collected on Norfolk beaches over the past years as well. 😀


I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again for her Monday meme. Do visit her to see her rich choice of flowers this week, as well as all the other vases linked in from around the world!

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Have a good week!

48 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Sea Fever

  1. The call of the sea is indeed a loud one. I’m glad you got a chance to visit the beach, Cathy. It is a balm for the spirit, isn’t it? Love your theme this week to further hold on to that luscious feeling. 🙂

  2. It looks as though there’s abundance in your garden borders too! I love that pale yellow cosmos, which I wish I could find locally but, as I can’t, perhaps I can hunt down seeds to try next year.

  3. Your visit to the sea clearly touched you – and I was already quoting the poem in my head when I saw your title so was sharing your experience. What an evocative display, bringing so many memories. How long have you been away from Norfolk now? I especially like the two smaller vases with the white and blue. Will you be growing Xanthos again? Not sure I will, although it has flowered prolifically

    • I can’t decide about Xanthos either. It is pretty, but with small flowers and a shorter growth it didn’t make a big impression. I think Inwill go back to the pink shades of cosmos next year as there are just so many to choose from! The trip to Norfolk was overdue… it must be 5 years or more since I last went. I will definitely not leave it so long again!

  4. Welcome home! Or welcome back, since you were home…in England. Oh, how confusing. Your tiny vases have so much charm. I’m glad you got to spend time at the sea. Lovely flowers, lovely vases and lovely scene-setters to match.

  5. I can easily imagine that you drank in that sea air! You need to get enough of it to last until your next visit. I love the theme of this week’s beautiful arrangements, Cathy. Each is very pretty. I noted the Tithonia. I’m not familiar with that flower and it has really caught my eye!

    • It may be a while till my next visit to the sea, and you are right – I gulped in that sea air with that thought in mind! Tithonia is also called Mexican sunflower. I grow it as an annual from seed. It is really pretty and the bees love it! 🙂

  6. One of my favourite memories from school is this poem, thank you for reminding me. The Caryopteris is such an intense blue, it looked almost like the flowers of grape hyacinth.

    • You know, a few years ago I bought myself the poetry book we used at school because there were so many favourites in it! (The Dragon Book of Verse). The Caryopteris and the Plumbago are adding a lovely splash of true blue at the top of the rockery. 🙂

  7. [J+D] We’re more West/North/Mountain folk, and neither of us had visited East Anglia before 2001, and alas not since then, as our life here in Uist keeps us from travelling. The holiday we had was to the Norfolk cost and somewhat inland too, exploring with our motorhome. We loved it!! The next year we moved to Uist … but ironically as well as mountains and moorland, we also have here the most extensive dunes (together with extensive sandy hinterland) in Europe! We even have islands-off-our islands which are almost entirely dunes, complete with a big lighthouse (that’s the Monach Isles). But beautiful as these are, they don’t in any way compete with the wonders of Norfolk, and our holiday there remains a great memory for us, and hopefully one day we will return there.

    • Oh I do hope you will be able to return one day! Norfolk has so many beautiful things to offer – the landscape and wildlife, and the pretty little villages and towns full of creative people and lovely gardens. I know I will go back time and again, but it is never for long enough and my visits are always too far apart!

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