In a Vase on Monday: Pink and Perky

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to join her in picking flowers etc from our gardens to plonk/artistically arrange in a vase. Well, after missing last week I was convinced I had nothing for a vase again this week… small plants don’t like being chopped about and the few flowers I have are for the bees. But then I looked again…

The last tulips are still hanging on – flowering since Easter they have withstood heat, cold, frost and WIND! The one on the left is Menton, which is much pinker than I had expected but fits well in the butterfly bed. (You can just about see the others in the background)

The other tulip is Amazing Parrot, which hasn’t opened out as much as many parrot tulips, but that seems to have helped keep it intact for so long. I love those peachy pink hues. ๐Ÿ™‚

The incredible Ice N Roses hellebore still stands tall and I love the faded flowers.

And at the centre is a pretty aquilegia with a rather complicated name: ‘Winky Double Rose and White’. I am adding aquilegias to the new garden with care as I don’t want to be inundated with purple ones again!

I also found one last Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ and some silvery foliage from a patio pot.

And I think I may have found a good spot to take photos at last! At least this afternoon, with the sun going behind clouds all the time, I found my potting table was in the ideal spot. I tried putting a table cloth on it to hide the dirt, but I think it looks better without!

With tablecloth:

So once again, many thanks to Cathy for hosting this meme and encouraging me to go out and hunt for some treasures to brighten up a chilly Monday! Do go and visit her and see what everyone else is finding in their gardens for a vase this week.



36 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Pink and Perky

  1. Cathy I really like the strong pink color of your Tulips, they are divine. The Hellebore is wonderful as your Aquilegia. “Alegrรญa” by Narciso is charming. The silvery foliage is perfect for your magnificent vase: I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a nice week. Greetings and memories of Margarita.

    • Thanks Kris! Yes, Cathy’s meme makes me look at the garden much more thoroughly and has led to some changes in the way I garden too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That silvery foliage is a great find as it sets the pinks off well, as Christina has already said. Good to hear that your tulips had a good long season of interest and I hope your columbines do well – is this one of the shorter varieties? Glad to know that your potting table might prove to be good photo location as it can be so difficult to find anywhere appropriate

  3. Lovely shades in that parrot tulip and the columbine are esp. pretty, so delicate a pink.
    It has been raining a lot here, and I am too lazy to go out and gather for a vase. Maybe another day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks Dorris. I hope I will be a little sheltered from wind when photographing on my table too. It has been so very windy these past days, weeks, months…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Weeks and months? Really? Is that a new development? I have to say I hate the wind, I find it most unsettling. Hope it settles down for you , and your garden, soon

  4. Such pretty flowers Cathy. It’s such a shame that each flower passes by so quickly. I think that is what I enjoy most about making bouquets, that we can slow down the process by bringing them inside to be enjoyed close up. And the photos we take makes them live on forever.

    • Enjoying them close up really does make me view the garden in a different way and has influenced planting choices. Cathy’s meme has been so useful as well as fun!

  5. The tulips always standout for me, Cathy. I think one reason I’m so attracted to them is that they don’t typically stand up to the heat and extremes in weather. They’re short season makes them very special. But your little beauties seem to have held on very well. Wonderful new photo location, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Debra! Yes, the tulips like heat probably less than wind or frost. They did suffer a bit in our mini heatwave after Easter, but I was amazed at their staying power. And choosing early, mid and late flowering sorts extends the season too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Many beautiful treasures fill your vase. The tulips are so pretty. Love that โ€˜Winky Double Rose and Whiteโ€™ aquilegiaโ€”a real charmer.

  7. Grey foliage has a magical touch in vases, I think. That is a neat Hellebore, amazing the varieties now. I often think there is nothing to cut for a vase, then..there is, every week. Happy new gardening. Your existing garden looks great, taking amazing care of itself.

    • ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some names are just sad. For such a pretty plant too. A bit more imagination could have provided a more suitable name I think!

      • When I grew citrus, the names were respectable; ‘Skagg’s Bonanza’ orange, ‘Lisbon’ lemon, ‘Bearss’ lime, ‘Marsh’ grapefruit, ‘Seville’ sour orange and so on. When I grew rhododendrons and camellias, I had to contend with ‘Pillow Party’, ‘Teddy Bear’, ‘Buttons and bows’, ‘Oudijk’s Sensation’ and such. That is why I know so many as ‘pink’ or ‘red’ or ‘white’. It is just easier that way.

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