In a Vase on Monday. 18 May 2020

26 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday. 18 May 2020”

  1. This is absolutely breathtaking Cathy. Beautifully romantic. The rose is exquisite. I am eager to know how you coaxed the Sweet William along. It is one of my all-time old-fashioned favorites but I can’t get it to love my garden (or even stay long enough for a cup of tea).

    1. Thanks Susie – yes, that’s me, an old romantic. May is the right time of year for us! Perhaps we have the same problem with sweet william? Mine is the summer heat. Normally we are advised to sow biennials in May/June, but I find that when I prick them out they are not at all happy. So I’ve tried different variations on spring, summer, autumn sowings. These were very early spring and then pricked out in early summer, grown on cool and planted in autumn.

      1. Thanks Cathy. I see what I’m doing wrong. You mean I can’t just plant seeds and come back later expecting they took care of themselves? Yours are just gorgeous.

    1. Thank you! It’s a lovely rose, well worth growing (although I had to wash my blooms off yesterday, because I dropped some in the mud!)

  2. When your post first popped into my inbox this morning I saw your Queen of Sweden and knew I was beginning to lust after her! She jumped out of the DA catalogue just a few days ago too, so your post must be a sign – I just need somewhere to put her before I get carried away further! Everything about your vase today is beautiful and the overall effect is stunning. What colour will the flowers of the nigella be? They almost look cream

    1. It is an absolutely wonderful rose, Cathy. Very tall (even if you rough with the pruning!), so needs a special place – I think DA says it’s good for hedging, and I’d agree. The Nigella are blue and white. In that bit of the garden I think they are equally mixed, although elsewhere I get just blue, or just white.

      1. It was on Gardener’s World last night, I noticed. How they managed to get it so small I can’t imagine!

  3. So beautiful 😍 xxx

    On Mon 18 May 2020 at 11:15, Garden Dreaming at Châtillon wrote:

    > Cathy posted: ” I’ve found that, amongst the shrub roses that I grow, > ‘Queen of Sweden’ is the most useful for arranging in a vase because the > stems are nice and long. I’ve struggled for a while to get good germination > on seed of Sweet William, but I’ve always remem” >

  4. That a gorgeous rose, Cathy, and I think the addition of the Sweet William adds a wonderful mood to the arrangement, lending a touch of mystery to a composition that might otherwise have been sugary sweet. Beautifully done!

      1. Do you mean that there are always a few individual flowers within a collective bloom that do not open? I believe that is normal, at least here in a semi arid climate. If they stay in the garden, in the right situations, more of them open, but by that time, the first to open are already deteriorating, sort of like the top florets of a gladiola. I never gave it any thought. I suppose that more should open in a more humid climate.

  5. An absolute delight, I love the color combination and wish I could catch of whiff of the vase, the scent must be amazing. I never had any luck with Sweet William when I lived further north. Though I may try some in the winter….

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous Cathy! Worthy of adorning the dining table in a little ‘chateau’ ( 😉 ) Your roses are fabulous. 😃

    1. Thanks so much Cathy. It is, indeed, on the dining table at the ‘little chateau’ – right where I can admire while cooking!

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