In a Vase on Monday: A Seaside Vignette

My parents visited the British North Norfolk coast last week and sent me this card of Wells beach huts… in the snow! Well, that was perfect for cooling us down in the heatwave! I have never seen snow in Norfolk, so I wonder if this was just an artist’s imagination…

Anyway, it inspired this little ‘vignette’ with my own little beach hut purchased at the Anchor Shop in Blakeney in Norfolk last summer. And, of course, some peonies and Alchemilla.

The postcard with colourful beach huts on the sand is more familiar to me!

The single peony below (no name as it was wrongly labelled as ‘Bowl of Beauty’) has a lemony tinged centre and looked perfect nestled among the Alchemilla flowers. Mmm, like a glass of lemonade!

The main attraction is Peony ‘Festiva maxima’ though. Tinged with pink, its creamy white petals always remind me of ice cream with raspberry sauce! (Something else that would cool me down….)

Today is in fact a lot cooler and this morning was perfect for getting some gardening jobs done. A few showers have barely dampened the soil, so I am still hoping for some rain: May was far too warm and dry. Let’s see what June will bring!

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme!

46 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: A Seaside Vignette

  1. The froth of the Alchemilla flowers sets off the peony perfectly Cathy; I like your little vignette with the beach hut; they are fun aren’t they?

    • πŸ™‚ The Alchemilla look wonderful right now and I really must bring some more indoors before they go over. I have got some in a shady spot too where they last better. Can you grow Alchemilla? I also have a little alpine one which is so dainty compared to A. mollis!

  2. What perfect peonies – and the alchemilla looks so refreshing too. Hope it does cool down for you soon – although May was dry and hot, I don’t think it was as hot as you have been having it

    • It was almost up to 30Β°C some days, and next weekend they have forecast even higher temperatures! Today was perfect though and I made the most of it outside. πŸ™‚

  3. It’s a lovely vignette, Cathy. I can’t get over the size and sheer beauty of those peonies. I hope your temperatures come down a peg soon!

    • Thanks Kris. The peonies aren’t lasting well in this heat – a shame as there were so many buds that are just drying up now… Still, plenty for vases and a lovely perfume wafting in on the breeze. πŸ™‚

  4. Cathy Alchemilla with Peony in the great center. I love the set up you’ve made. Let the temperatures go down a little and rain something so you do not spend heat. Have a good week. Greetings from Margarita.

  5. Cathy, what a charming vingnette. I love the art on the postcard, and agree that it beautifully compliments your white flowers and charming beach house. I’m glad you’ve had a bit of a cool down after the heat. We’re staring join with seasonal norms, and hope they continue. Have fun in your garden.

    • I was thinking only today that it would be so nice if we could rely on our weather to be ‘normal’, but I doubt it ever was in the history of mankind! LOL!

  6. How clever to take the intriguing postcard and build a theme around it! I love the ‘lemonade’ inspired by the Alchemilla, which I find a gorgeous yellow! I would love to have some of it in my garden. It’s so unusual to hear you speak of a prolonged heatwave, and I can imagine it a bit frustrating when so many of your garden plants are accustomed to a more gentle spring. I hope you get some well-needed rain. You KNOW that I certainly understand that. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Debra. Yes, May started off freezing cold and within a few days it was very warm ending in a heatwave! We are finally getting a good measure of rain today. You would love the downpour right this minute! πŸ˜‰

  7. You may have had intense heat, Cathy, but that peony is so cool snuggling amongst the alchemilla. The alchemilla does need it cooler, doesn’t it? I’m just about to start taking some down to cooler part of my garden. Does Festiva Maxima show more delicious raspberry flecks in the centre as it gets older? I’ve often admired it in pictures but never yet met it in the life. It was cooler here yesterday, as well. And, like you, I made the most of it (now have an aching back!) This morning some lovely rain – which, of course, will put paid to the peonies and many roses. Thanks for sharing your beach celebration!

    • I am so glad I cut the peonies, as we have got that rain I wished for… it started as gentle showers this morning but has become quite heavy, and that always spoils the petals, doesn’t it. Glad you got rain too. The colouring on Festiva maxima seems to vary from year to year, flower to flower. Very few have had that pronounced red ripple this year, but in past years it has been very noticeable. I would definitely recommend it though as it stands out well among the fresh green of late spring, and always produces loads of lovely scented blooms. πŸ™‚

      • How interesting Cathy – I’ve rarely considered that the weather actually affects the colour balance in a flower that has a bit of variegation! I shall put it on my list. Enjoyed your peonies so much.

  8. Your peonies are luscious πŸ™‚ And your little beach hut is delightful! Hoping the weather behaves itself for you and you get some rain soon!

    • Hi Amy, as I write it is absolutely pouring! Torrential in fact! Light showers earlier have turned into a real downpour. Great for the garden, not so great for the peony flowers!

    • That surprises me, as I always assume it is quite mild there. But compared to the south I suppose there is a big difference. By the way, we got that rain I wished for. And plenty of it!

    • Thanks Sam. I have seen a lot of snow in my life, but never on a beach. It must be quite magical. (And cold too – the wind can be bracing on the Norfolk coast in the middle of summer!)

  9. I am a fellow Norfolk coast lover Cathy. We go up there several times a year and take our bikes.
    Your lovely peony looks like the Duchesse de Nemours. Oh what luscious peonies, they are wonderful in vases, one day I would like to have masses of them so that I could pick big bunches.

    • I did pick rather a lot of them Chloris and the scent was almost too much! Hope some of the smaller buds will open now we have had rain too. πŸ™‚

  10. Oh that’s a most attractive seaside cameo Cathy. Your peonies are fabulous. I’ve never had one in the garden and after recently seeing several beauties on blogs feel that I must remedy this sad state of affairs!

    • Oh yes, a peony is essential Anna! And there are so many lovely ones to choose from. I have planted a ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ but it hasn’t flowered for me yet… it will be lovely when it finally gets established.

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