In a vase on Monday

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I have a bit of a secret passion for Hybrid Tea roses – this isn’t very trendy at the moment, but I’ve never been ‘cool’; I just can’t help it! I love their perfectly shaped flowers when in bud and half open. I grow so many old-fashioned roses, but they never quite do that bud-perfection thing, in my eyes.

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About three years ago I planted three HTs in the cut flower garden: white ‘Pascali’, red ‘Mr Lincoln’ and (for the Bon Viveur who has a fetish for all yellow flowers), ‘Grandpa Dickson’. The white and red are great successes, which is just as well because I spent hours researching ‘best red HT for cutting’, and so on. ‘Grandpa Dickson’ has been less than willing, however, showing the usual problems with roses on my soil – they take two or three years to settle, before quitting their habit of dying back a bit during the season.

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I teamed ‘Pascali’ with cornflowers and clary sage (Salvia hormium), both from a very disappointing sowing of Sarah Raven’s ‘Amethyst & Sapphire Mix’ annuals. I tried to keep the ground moist, but the Alkinet (Anchusa ‘Blue Angel’) that I really wanted didn’t show. I think I might buy seed separately and sow in cells in the greenhouse next year. I wasn’t so bothered about the lack of Verbena bonariensis, also included in this four-variety mixture, because there’s plenty self-sowing elsewhere in the garden. It’s a nice idea – although it remains ‘theory’ here!

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I just scattered seed, which doesn’t usually work on my soil. Usually I sow cornflowers in situ with pot marigolds and nigella, because I like the way they all flower for a long time and hold each other up.

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But this year I had planned to change the position in which I put them (down in new beds in the orchard). Unfortunately the beds never got dug, so the annuals were never sown! But I’m already flexing my digging muscles to get it done this autumn.

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There’s also some statice (Limonium sinuatum), which started producing very late this year. In the past I’ve grown the more perennial sea lavender, Limonium latifolium, from seed. But when planted in the garden they just petered out.

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The container was a present from an ex-partner over 30 years ago. The little duck’s a bit of a cutie, but he’s usually swimming away from his vase in another (dusty) part of the house, currently being decorated.

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It was quite nice to reunite them – for probably the first time in about 10 years – with this IAVOM post. Hopefully they’ll become inseparable again now.

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The duck is actually a little trinket box. For the same incredibly long 30 years he’s been home to some flowers of edelweiss given to me by the gardeners when I left an garden in the Bavarian Alps where I did an exchange for a few weeks. I swore I’d go back, but they were right, I never did.  How many poignant little memories we all have tucked into dusty corners of our homes!

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The ususal cluttered home for my Monday vases!

Go on over and see what all the Monday vasers are doing at Cathy’s ‘Rambling in the Garden‘ blog.

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10 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday

  1. tonytomeo

    No way! I totally dig hybrid tea roses too! Not many will admit to that. John F. Kennedy is my all time favorite! I grew up with hybrid teas. Although I know that they were trendy back then, I do not like trends that came after them, and I get tired of those David Austin roses. (They are so uncommon that they are common.)

    1. Cathy Post author

      A fellow believer! I don’t know ‘John F. Kennedy’, but will google and maybe try! Although I love Austin’s roses, I suspect they prefer less sun and more rain than we get here. They are very common indeed on this side of the water, and Austin has even opened a supply nursery in France, complete with French catalogue.

  2. pbmgarden

    Beautiful vase and lovely musings Cathy. Your combination of the white rose with the blues and violets is winsome. Sowing directly in the soil work for me only with zinnias. Never much luck with cornflowers, so yours are especially captivating. Have a great week. (love the header photo too by the way!)

  3. Peter Herpst

    Hybrid teas are gorgeous and yours look especially beautiful with their blue supporting cast. “How many poignant little memories we all have tucked into dusty corners of our homes!” So true. I’m glad that your duck and vase are having a reunion!

  4. Cathy

    Interesting to read what you say about DA in France! I know what you mean about these lovely pointy buds but give me a full-petalled rose any day!! Your HTs do, however, look perfect set against the blues of the cornflower and statice and clary and I had to smile at your eidelweiss…you and me need to compare dusty cotrners one of these days!! ps I don’t even try direct sowing annuals and don’t find it much of a faff to sow them inside and keep potting them on

  5. Kris P

    That is one gorgeous rose! Why should anyone care about its parentage? It looks splendid with its blue and purple companions too.

    I decided some time ago that paying attention to what’s “in” is never as satisfying as focusing on what you like. I love roses, hybrid teas included, but sadly they don’t appreciate the low water diet they get here so I have very few of any type, although my ‘California Dreamin’ HT surprised me with 2 perfect blooms recently. (I didn’t use them in a vase but posted their pretty picture on Instagram.)

  6. digwithdorris

    I don’t think the hybrid t rose is ever out of fashion as they are always used by florists. I however prefer my roses scented and the David Austin roses do deliver wonderful scent. A lovely vase full and timeless.


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