I’m a little teapot, short and stout.
Here’s my handle …
Here’s my spout …
I wanted to join in with Cathy’s meme ‘In a vase on Monday’ this week to say ‘goodbye’ to Centifolia rose, ‘Fantin-Latour’, who is breathing his last for this year.
The roses were flattened by torrential rain last night, but I still managed to save a few (you may see the little thunderbugs on some of the flowers).
Inspired by John’s ‘Arranger’ at ‘A Walk in the Garden’, I used some young hydrangea flowers, before they had opened and coloured up properly. She’s opened my eyes to them – I want more now! Unfortunately I also want them to stay at this wonderful stage …
I also used the young shoots of Thalictrum flavum subsp glaucum (just before flowering) and some stems of Salvia ‘Caradonna’ that were going over a little.
Cathy’s meme, and everyone’s imaginative use of cut flowers, has really got me thinking about containers – I have so few. That’s why I used my favourite blue teapot (given me years ago by a dear friend), because I didn’t really have anything else available that would compliment the colours.
When I was taking my photographs I was thinking I ought to get shallow dishes/soup tureens (with chicken wire for support) and perhaps wicker baskets to enjoy my old roses in the house.
But something prompted me to look at the paintings of Fantin-Latour again for inspiration and I see that so many of his roses and peonies were standing in quite tall vases. (He obviously had a better gardener/florist than I!)
Perhaps a little more ‘Fantin-Latourish’?
I always thought that I loved my rose Fantin-Latour because he reminded me of the artist’s flower paintings. But when I turned away from my computer screen this morning and looked back at the real thing in the kitchen, I realised I had the genuine (much more beautiful) article growing right here.
It must be the fact that I share the painter’s obsession with these gorgeous flowers that has inspired me, rather than the paintings themselves (lovely as they are).
I always call my roses ‘he’ or ‘she’. For me, unlike other plants in the garden, they really do seem to have their own personalities and so many have been named for real people who may well have breathed in their scent. A different kind of ‘personality cult’ in my own garden …
… so goodbye for another year M. Fantin-Latour!
Now take a look at what all the other garden bloggers are putting in vases this Monday at Cathy’s ‘Rambling in the Garden’ meme.