In a vase on Monday

35 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday”

  1. What a pretty bunch – so glad you decided to post a vase. The Knautia is lovely (and I quite like its relaxed spreading around – that doesn’t look a mess to me!).

    1. Thanks Sam – but when things get swamped, you realise that ‘enough is enough’. I do love it just the same and am always glad that something pretty chooses to ‘like’ me!

  2. I too like the knautia…..just think that where you are not weeding there are lots of insects and hopefully you will also have small animals like slowworms etc enjoying the undistrubed habitat, there are advantages in having special patches for the butterflies etc.

    1. I will try hard to think about the slowworms, Noelle. But when I fall asleep at the moment, unfortunately all I can see is bindweed!

  3. Yes, that is a refreshing way to look to at one’s garden, in terms of age. It is an easier site here, and theoretically it should just be maintaining it if I don’t create any new projects – but really I don’t want to think about getting older any more than I have to! I love the vase itself, and it’s perfect for things to spill out of, so works well with ‘Veilchenblau’ and the knautia and scabious. Hope you manage to get your other task done – I suspect it is something you are avoiding doing…

    1. I was avoiding it Cathy, no more. I am fully enslaved to paid work again. I hope the blogging – and particularly the garden – doesn’t suffer too much. Yes, finding the balance between letting our creativity loose and thinking about later is a real balancing act. Although, I have to say, I never notice any lack of ‘projects’ when I read your blog!

  4. What a gorgeous arrangement, the colours look wonderful together. I love Veilchenblau. Oh goodness, you have to garden as if you are going to live for ever and keep forever fit and well. I can’ t contemplate leaving here even though neither house or garden are convenient for old age. I’ll just keep on making my garden more and more labour intensive until I drop. And when I can no longer climb my 16th century spiral staircase I’ ll go and live in my shed.

    1. I love ‘Veilchenblau’ too. I had it in my Suffolk garden along with very similar ‘Rose-Marie de Viaud’. I definitely preferred ‘Veilenblau’. Previously it was growing in some shade and here it is in brilliant sunshine, so until this year I’ve always been slightly concerned. I wish I’d been sensible enough to buy a garden I could stay in when I was old. My role model was a dear gardening friend in Dublin who was still doing 5 hours a day in her garden when she was whisked into an old people’s home at the age of 83 after a fall. She lasted one year. And oh, reading on – you have a 16th century spiral staircase as well! So, maybe you are more optimistic than me? I have lots to learn!

  5. This is gorgeous, Cathy! Love the blue design on the pedestal vase and the floral combination is so harmonious. Your trials with keeping up with weeds reminds me of a quote I recently read about stop trying to ‘get it all done’ because it never will be done as more will come to replace it. True of life, eh? We need to just relax and enjoy participating in the ‘doing-ness’ of the days we have left. 🙂

    1. It will definitely ‘never be done’! And that’s a philosophy I’m trying to carry forwards in my pleasure in my garden (and life!)

  6. Wow, Cathy! I’m glad that you were pushed to pull together a vase. What a beautiful creation and to think you were going to deny us the experience of seeing it! 😉 My own garden was remarkably weed-free during the height of our drought but, after one good winter of rain, I can now fully appreciate the challenge of keeping them under control!

    1. How kind, Kris, given that you are quite the expert. Yes – so right! We often get a dry (or very wet) spring. This year the mix has been just right. I am both enjoying the growth and feeling overwhelmed!

  7. It’s a pleasure to see the vase you didn’t mean to make. I like your idea of planting then tackling the weeds. I know we will only be here for a limited time for the same reason so it makes sense to do as you say! Unfortunately the vigorous grass swamps things. Knautia is a pretty thug, but I wouldn’t want to be without it, and the foxglove is very delicate.

    1. In my case the grasses swamp too, but I never give up and it does get easier. There are parts of the garden where (after 6 years) I am no longer struggling.

  8. I love your weed concept and have a similar one here. My idea is to get so many plants going the weeds are minimal as well as mulching, which I detest. Jury is still out on this concept. I was wondering what the flower was (the Rose!) lovely as well as the friends that joined in. Blue and white china is a favorite of mine, Blue Willow, so I love your vase as well. Well done.

    1. Thanks so much – I wish I could think that my weeds were a ‘concept’ (how kind that you rationalised me!). When time is limited we just have to get on and plant what we love, don’t we? A garden is about pleasure, nothing else.

      1. It is a concept and I love it. So much is written about purifying the site before adding a garden – really not working with what exists at all, just erasing whatever is there. It is interesting to me what you find upon stepping back and thinking about it. Amazing things have just come up in my garden. Pleasant surprises. And if you don;t get around to the weeding. Oh well.

      2. I suppose I like wilder gardens. And you only get that if you ‘step back’, as you say. And I still haven’t done enough weeding!!!

  9. Lovely flowers and colours and a splendid vase! I used to have digitalis lutea in the garden and your post has reminded me why. (I think that I will send for seeds immediately). The rose ‘Veilchenblau’ is especially lovely and pulls everything together.

    1. The digitalis is very lovely – I acquired it by accident (although I had it in the past), from the hands of a dear gardening friend who enjoys things, but pays not a lot of heed to names. I count myself lucky.

  10. You must be so pleased you made a vase after all – it’s wonderful! The Knautia and Scabiosa are beautiful. I am hoping to get some blue and red Scabiosa to settle into my rockery, as I currently only have a creamy white one. My Knautia also hasn’t got established yet either, so I rather envy you your mass of flowers!

    1. I hope your blue and red scabious settle in ok Cathy – it’s fascinating (if you can be philosophical, I suppose) how a plant can enjoy one position and not another in the same garden. To the gardener it seems like there’s not a huge choice between the two spots – but the plant knows!

  11. I’m so glad you made up the vase after all, and very glad I made it back to your post! This is especially lovely, and your elegant blue and white sets it off beautifully. I’ve begun promising myself that I will eventually make space somewhere for Veilchenblau; I’ve only seen it in photos, but I’m finding it more and more irresistible every time I see it…

    1. Hi Amy – see if you can find a little shade for it. It quite enjoys that and the colours look richer (I had it planted in part-day shade where I was before – here it is in sun, so one reason why I am relieved it is finally taking off).

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