In a Vase on Monday: Winky Pinky Whatever

I am pleased to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her regular Monday meme, as we start another weird week…

This rather pretty Aquilegia has a strange name, ‘Winky Double Rose and White’ but I am not going to discriminate it for that. πŸ˜‰ I believe in freedom of the individual! And it has an upright and honest constitution.

It has set a few seedlings since last year but none of them are in flower yet. Β The deep purply pink leaves of Heuchera ‘Forever Purple’ and the maroon Geranium phaeum are a little dark and sombre but compliment the pink hues nicely. There is a deep velvety red Viola tucked in tight somewhere too. I also added a Pulmonaria ‘Wuppertal’ (Lungwort) which is actually past its best but the freckled leaves are almost as pretty as the flowers. And it is a reminder…

To lighten things up a bit I added a wild strawberry flower and a white Allium cowanii as well as an Alchemilla leaf. The leaves had to be rinsed as they were still covered in pollen despite a fair bit of rain recently. It seems we are having another mast year and the conifers are pumping out pollen like there is no tomorrow. I wonder if they know something we donβ€˜t….

The doiley in the photos was crocheted by me several summers ago as a kind of therapeutic exercise… maybe I need something like that now too.


Excuse my odd mood this week. No, I am not on drugs and have not started drinking. Perhaps I am going potty or losing my marbles. I think you can all sympathise though.

Have a good week, and stay safe sane.



36 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Winky Pinky Whatever

  1. What a coincidence, Cathy, to be sharing so many of the contents of our vases – and strangely, I did have a quick look for some A cowanii to include, but couldn’t find it. I love the dinky little aquilegia and have one slightly similar to yours, the exact colour of coconut ice. It was grown from seed and is unnamed apart from ‘Lilliput Series’. Your vase is so sweet, and the doily is the perfect match for both the vase and the contents. I am sorry you have been feeling a little off-kilter today and I hope your mood improves as the week goes on. Take care

    • Thanks Cathy. I must try growing aquilegia from seed and am determined to not allow any of the common purple one to settle in here! LOL! I also love the Barlow ones and had a double one in the old garden. I will go and have a look at the Chiltern seed website. That will cheer me up, and serve as distraction! 🌸

      • Hope you were suitably distracted, Cathy! I buy a lot of my seed from eBay as it easy to buy on impulse and it will genrally be cheaper – there are many smaller seed companies selling online like this and I rarely have any problem with quality. I do also buy from Chiltern Seeds though

  2. What’s in a name Cathy? I love your aquilegia and your twirly-whirly doily with its floral garland round the edge. The pollen was definitely rising here today. I must admit that I’m sitting here with a glass of wine but it’s what is left over from the weekend bottle – now that’s my excuse πŸ˜„

    • πŸ˜ƒ We all need something nice as a reward for getting through another day shut away. We have been sipping a glass of peach liqueur this evening! πŸ˜‰

  3. I remember you making that doily from the one you saw in one of my posts. I was so impressed that you just whipped it up!
    I love the colors in your vase this week. Burgundy and pink are favorites.
    And yes, we are all getting a bit nutty staying home all the time. I’m just so grateful it is spring and we can get outside for some garden therapy. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, this doily always reminds me of you Eliza. And of my sister who found the vintage pattern for me. πŸ˜ƒ Enjoy your nice spring weather!

  4. A lovely vase and color combination Cathy. I didn’t think your mood odd, and if it is, well, we all have reason to be with all that is going on. I have one question – what is a mast year? I have never heard that term before.

    • Hi Cindy. I did a post on mast years a couple of years ago. Here is a link for you to read up on them:
      It is unusual to have them in such short succession for conifers, so no doubt a sign that they are
      stressed by the ongoing drought. In decades past there was often a ten year span between conifer mast years. I shall be watching the oaks as they are just coming into leaf.

  5. Yes, the current situation can hit one between the eyes at times, Cathy! Getting out in the garden helps me but our temperatures are about to soar (again) so I’ll be stuck cleaning the house (and god help me, catching up on ironing) for much of this week. I imagine that the heavy dose of pollen you’re experiencing may be keeping you out of your garden. ‘Pinky Winky’ or whatever is lovely despite her name. Do you ever wonder what comes over growers when it comes time to assign cultivar names?!

    • I do sometimes wonder about plant names Kris. But even some of the old names are not exactly pretty, such as ‘lungwort’! LOL! We have had cooler weather and rain, which allowed me to catch up on my ironing and housework! Yes, even after the rain the pollen is unpleasant… we also have fields of oilseed rape flowering all around us which is renowned for irritation even if you donβ€˜t normally get hayfever. 🀧

  6. Gotta love the Aquilegia with the Heuchera foliage. Yes, that is lovely, indeed–the entire vibe. Perfect for the times. I can totally relate with your wrap-up, too. Strange times, indeed.

  7. Laughter bubbled forth when I read your closing lines…I think I am getting potty too! Early this morning I was talking aloud to a clematis plant in the garden…never done that before! Loved the doily with the ‘pansy flowers’ all around. A nice quaint arrangement. Will go and view the post on mast years too.

    • Thanks Noelle. Glad to hear I am not alone, although I must admit I have been talking to my plants for years. They are good listeners and donβ€˜t answer back! 😜

  8. Nothing wrong with a little bit of crazy! How can you not go off a little with drought, then rain, then pollen…. then all the other things…
    Hopefully we will be able to slowly slip back to sanity over the next few weeks.

    • Iβ€˜m hoping so too Frank. This is all getting to me! Frosty nights here at the moment, but our last frosts are usually the middle of May so not long till the tomato plants can go out and summer can begin! πŸ˜ƒ

    • Thank you. πŸ˜ƒ I saw a similar one on Elizaβ€˜s blog a few years ago and my sister found me the ancient original pattern online, scanned in from an American pamphlet from the 1950s! πŸ˜ƒ!

  9. Oh, I remember mast years for oaks, agonizing, for me anyway. My mood is similar to yours, I think it is the relentless presence of the unknown (sounds like a Moody Blues song). I love your doily and admire your perseverance in creating it. I spent too many years drawing and labeling tiny landscape plans, needlework drives me potty! Love that Aqualegia pinky dinky whatever…I never knew there were so many varieties and I love the rich burgundies in the combination..

    • The mast years seem to be coming more frequently these days – the conifers are desperate for a wet year and are probably in crisis mode (like us!).

      • Are you in a Larch forest? we had pines and oaks where I am from and some incredible pollen. Here it is more insidious grass and palm pollen, you can’t see it but your sinuses know it is there.

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