In a Vase on Monday: Restraint

I had to exercise restraint when choosing flowers for my vase this week, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme. πŸ™‚ Β Despite our continued dry spell (no rain apart from one short shower for about four weeks now!) the plants are flowering earlier than usual responding to the sunshine and warmth.

This early peony is a lovely deep pink and five flowers opened all at once on Sunday.

The iris on the left was a broken one – a bird? a cat? – rescued just in time for the vase this morning. And on the right are two Cammassias – they both opened at the end of last week, but the pale blue one seems to have stood up to the heat better.

Β The Aquilegias have also started opening over the last few days, so I picked some of the deep purply blues…

… like silky petticoats!

And the vase itself, which some of you may have noticed making a sideline appearance a few weeks ago, now has centre stage.

It was a rather cheap purchase from a furniture store(!) in winter, and I was waiting for taller stems to pick so I could show it off. It is a simple flimsy wooden frame with three extra large ‘test tubes’ inserted. They hold several stems each, and plenty of water for thicker stems too. The butterfly cut-outs were what attracted me and I must say I am rather pleased with it! πŸ™‚ (Although peonies look great in anything! πŸ˜‰)



Thanks as always to Cathy for hosting. I shall spend the next few days enjoying not just my own, but also all the other vases posted from around the globe.


39 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Restraint

  1. Peonies already? Wow! It’s a frilly-pink beauty. I love columbine, too. I’ve been sowing mine around the past few years and hope to have a lot more this year. But I’ll have to wait a month longer to see. πŸ™‚

    • This is my early peony – usually about three weeks ahead of the others. But everything is early this year. So strange when I see how far behind your spring has been this year. My columbine sows itself and this dark purply colour definitely predominates, so perhaps I should buy some seed for new colours!

  2. It is just as well that I do not do this meme. I have no peonies to show off. They do not do well here. That columbine is rad! We have only a bit of it. I would like to grow the native, but it is not much to look at.

  3. I really like the vase, Cathy, and think it’s special in being quite untypical! And the peony is the definite “scene stealer” in this stunning arrangement. I can’t grow them well in my climate so whenever I come across them I make quite a scene in my enthusiasm. How wonderful that you have so many beautiful blooms at this time. I really like your description of the Aquilegias, “silky petticoats.” That’s a perfect way to describe them! πŸ™‚

    • Yes, peonies are for me far lovelier than roses! I must remember to ‘float’ some aquilegias in a bowl so they can show off their petticoats better! πŸ˜‰

  4. How strange that we have had so much rain and you nothing – our weather usually reflects each other if our summers are usually hotter and your winters colder. The peony is a beautiful star in your arrangement but the others supporting characters are lovely for themselves too. The wooden vase was a great find – are the test tubes in a fixed position or can you move them around?

  5. I can almost smell that peony. It is a beauty. I like your vase. The butterflies look like they are trying to fly up to the blooms. Happy IAVOM.

    • Hi Lisa. Strangely enough these early peonies don’t have any scent at all! I am looking forward to the scented ones perfuming the garden though! πŸ™‚

  6. Your garden looks very lush for such a dry spell! We get so much rain here that I think the plants often don’t put there roots deep enough, and then they wilt after a few hot, dry days! I have some columbines just like yours, but they are just beginning to come up as we are only at the beginning of Spring here. Such a beautiful arrangement…as always! πŸ™‚

    • The new growth on the trees makes it look lush perhaps, but the grass is brown and crispy and many perennials are only a third of their normal height. Rain has been forecast for next week though!

  7. Beautiful peony. Looks splendid in that vase. Glad to see the vase close up this week. Last week I hadn’t realized how it was constructed with the three tubesβ€”very nice. Hope some gentle rain comes your way.

    • Thanks Susie. We really need it! I even considered watering the hwole garden, but then decided it would only encourage plants to produce leaves that would then shrivel and get singed by the hot sun! We have had ‘summer’ for four weeks now – very odd!

  8. It’s wonderful to think of the world in bloom and seeing it all happen, step by step, in various locations. You’ve found some handsome escorts for your peony…a diva if I’ve ever seen one!

    • Peonies are always attention-seekers! πŸ˜‰ I agree, blogging means we can see ‘the world in bloom’ – a nice description Marian! πŸ™‚

  9. Cathy your vase is beautiful with butterflies. I love the Peonia. The purple iris is beautiful and the Aquilegia is divine. It’s a magnificent bouquet, I like it a lot. I hope it rains, but without spoiling the flowers. Your garden must be very beautiful. Have a good week. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Thansk Margarita. Yes, some gentle rain would be lovely. We do often get thunderstorms when peony season starts, and I have to gather in as many flowers as possible to stop them getting spoilt! Have a good week!

      • Cathy, I wish you did not have thunderstorms because I love your flowers and I do not want you to run to save them with the danger of being close to and exposed to a thunderstorm. You are worth much more than a flower no matter how beautiful it is: be careful, please. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  10. Oh isn’t it nice to have aquilegia to pick and this one is lovely in your restrained vase – your choices look so stylish in this unusual vase. Thanks for sharing 😊

  11. What a clever vase! I love the way the light shines through the butterflies. Great find, Cathy. Your flowers are gorgeous as always. I’m sorry to hear about the long, dry spell, but since I’m reading in reverse, I now know that you’ve finally had some rain. xo

    • Thanks Alys! Yes, the butterflies vase has become a favourite and I have something in it most of the time now, even if I don’t post a photo. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend Alys! We have got a holiday on Monday here, so it’s a nice long weekend. πŸ˜€

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