Tuesday, 11 November 2014

In A Vase On Monday ~ Birthday Party


Albeit a day late joining in the birthday party as I was absent from home yesterday. So here is a little vase picked this morning. Time and the weather were not on my side so it was a matter of snip, photograph and plonk. The occupants of the vase are :

  • hardy fuchsia - name unknown as grown from a cutting from a roadside planting which was taken many years ago. The fuchsia concerned retained foliage during last year's warm winter and flowered prolifically earlier in the year. However it's still sending flowers out now but not as many as it does most autumns.
  • hardy geranium - name long forgotten and a bit of a rampant self seeder.
  • rose 'Blush Noisette' which has still not given up the ghost.
  • leycesteria formosa also known as the Himalayan honeysuckle.
  • lonicera nitida' Baggesen's Gold' which is in desperate need of a severe prune.
I've fiddled about since the photo was taken and removed some of the leaves from the leycesteria and am happier with these pickings.

The vase has featured on the blog before but not for a long time. It's a small bone china milk jug that hails from Staffordshire, which I think was passed on to me by my mum some time ago.

Although I have not been a regular contributor to the 'In A Vase On Monday' meme, I've so enjoyed visiting those of you who have posted your vases throughout the year. I've picked up many useful hints and tips on flower arranging and conditioning. I've also learnt to think more outside the box about the material that can be used, picked up some useful photography tips and my wish list has grown and grown. A HUGE thanks and a virtual bouquet to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden', who came up with the inspiration for this meme and who has throughout the course of a year kept it running like clockwork. It takes some organisation and dedication to stay with such a concept. Cathy is full of enthusiasm and encouragement too so if you do join in if you have not done so already. Don't be shy! Many congratulations Cathy on the first anniversary of this meme and long may it continue!

16 comments:

  1. What kind words, Anna - and a virtual bouquet too. What a nice gesture :) Your Blush Noisette have done you proud, haven't they? I still have a few blooms on mine but they tend to look untidy and windswept (although they are fairly sheltered), unlike your perfect miniature blooms. Your fuchsia looks like one that I have seen in many gardens in exposed places (like on the island where my Mum is), so obviously a good 'doer' - it is a perfect partner for the roses. Such a pretty little vase, Anna, and thank you for coming to the birthday party!

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    1. You are most welcome Cathy - your in a vase meme has proved inspirational for this reluctant vase pickers and for many other bloggers. ' Blush Noisette' has flourished this
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  2. So pretty Anna! I particularly like the Blush Noisette with the colours of the Leycesteria, and that little nameless fuchsia is so dainty! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Cathy and for your comment which is most appreciated :)

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  3. Such a pretty posy. Your fuchsia looks like it could be Hawkshead, a dainty variety which I've grown in the past but sadly lost.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Jo. I've considered this in the past - it's very similar to 'Hawkshead' but there are some subtle differences. Sorry to hear that yours is no more.

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  4. Your rose is really pretty, and the Leycesteria in a vase is a great idea. Inspiration for my vase for next week perhaps! Thanks Anna!

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  5. I'm not sure I could put together a bouquet like that at the moment the garden seems pretty bare or maybe I'm just not looking hard enough. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  6. It is amazing the colour still your garden this time of year. I love the Leycesteria formosa, people always what to know what it is when they see it in flower or covered in berries.

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    1. I have a soft spot for the leycesteria too Brian. The flowers and berries are double value I think that the stems are also attractive.

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  7. Lovely mix of flowers in your vase this week, Anna.

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    1. Oh thanks for your kind words Christina :)

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  8. Love the delicate pink of the Fuchsia, Anna, it's such a charming bouquet. My Blush Noisette has recently started its 3rd flowering and is covered all over in flowers and new buds. Great rose!

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    1. Oh three lots of flowering Annette - I'm decidedly green with envy!

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.