In a vase on Monday

31 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday”

  1. What a heavenly rose. So pretty and breezy. The vase in the painting, beautiful though it is, is clearly top heavy and going to be knocked over the minute someone comes past with a shopping bag.I am all in favour of teapots for vases and your arrangement works perfectly; the hydrangeas enhancing the effect further with their delicacy.

    1. I agree about the Fantin-Latour vase, Joanna! Perhaps he had an assistant at once side in case anything threatened to make it topple (like a lady with a shopping bag …)

  2. I’m more and more loving using non-vase vases – and your teapot is perfect. Oh that hydrangea flushed with pink and green – mmmmmmmmm! divine! Absolutely love the combination of colours you have chosen – a touch of magic!

    1. That’s so kind of you! I thought the hydrangea in particular delicious – but if you look at John’s vase on a ‘Walk in the Garden’ about a fortnight ago you’ll see where I got the idea. His wife’s arrangement was superb (and of course superbly photographed by John!)

  3. I just love this arrangement Cathy with the combination of the hydrangea and the gorgeous roses. Which hydrangea is it? The green looks so fresh.

    1. Thanks! I’m afraid I don’t know what the hydrangea is – just a pink mophead that I rescued from our hot slopes (it was there when we arrived). But thanks to Vase on Monday I’m appreciating it better now. I think it needs to go from its pot into a shadier part of the garden so I get more flowers.

  4. Yes, gorgeous colour combination and what a shame M. Fantin-Latour has now been shown the door… have you other roses to come this year? I considered using a vintage blue & white gravy boat as my vase today….I have so many ‘bits’ that could be used but not always the right container for the blooms to hand 🙂 It adds to the challenge, doesn’t it? Using the thalictrum at that stage as well as the hydrangea is a great idea

    1. The container bit certainly adds to the challenge, Cathy. I am so grateful to you and others who contribute to this meme for stimulating my imagination. Yes, there are quite a few repeat-flowering roses to come (actually flowering already), but I’m trying to focus and appreciate on the ones I know I’ll have to wait another year to enjoy.

      1. That is the joy, sharing ideas and inspiration – I love it, and the way that it has captured people’s imaginations too

  5. Fantastic arrangement and you’re right you cannot beat looking at the real thing. And I too love roses arranged in an old tureen, my mother made such an arrangement for me on my wedding day and funnily enough I looked at the old tureen today and contemplated turfing out the rose petals but I just don’t have enough open roses to do it justice – yet. That’s the great thing about this meme, there is always next week and we get so many good ideas. I’ve clicked using green hydrangeas for another day too. Thanks Cathy.

  6. It is a lovely rose Cathy, such a shame it got spoilt by the rain. Glad you managed to find a few for your vase though. Using a teapot is a great idea and the colour really shows off your delicate pinks and greens. 🙂

  7. The combination of roses and hydrangea buds is beautiful, Cathy! It’s particularly effective photographed against the darker background. I know what you mean about taking another look around the house to find potential containers for cut flowers – I’ve been doing the same thing myself.

    1. Thanks, Kris! Cathy’s meme is teaching me to be more imaginative – people are so clever, and I tend to get stuck in a rut.

  8. How pretty, I love it. Fantin Latour is gorgeous.
    We always get rain just as the roses are looking good but fortunately ours have shaken it off and are fine. I can’ t remember such a wonderful year for roses as this one.

    1. We’ve actually been really lucky, Chloris. We had weeks and weeks of fine weather when the once-flowering roses started up, so I’m not complaining. He was on the way out for this year anyway having flowered for the last 4 weeks.

  9. Gorgeous roses and such a beautiful arrangement which looks just perfect in your blue teapot. Our roses are just coming into bloom now, hopefully after the worst of the weather so they won’t be spoiled by storms. I love the last photo showing raindrops on glistening on the petals. I, too, am learning so much from following Cathy’s meme – about what can be used as a receptacle … just about anything it would seem … and about how to put flowers and foliage together to make a pretty arrangement, though I’ll never be anything but an amateur 🙂

    1. Neither will I be anything but an amateur – but in the true sense of the word, Elizabeth. And yes, we are learning so much!

  10. Perhaps Fantin-Latour simulated the illusion of height by propping the flowers up. Modern designer often use Oasis foam affixed to the top of a vase and there must be other techniques to create the effect of height. That said, yours is absolutely perfect as is. The blue teapot makes a delightful container and Fantin-Latour is really a soft, gentle rose.

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