greentapestry : In A Vase On Monday ~ "It's A New Dawn''

Monday, 22 June 2015

In A Vase On Monday ~ "It's A New Dawn''


With the advent of the summer solstice yesterday dawn arrived slightly later today but in the garden rosa 'New Dawn' has still to attain her zenith. She has been in the garden for some twenty years or so and is in for the chop later this year. It's nothing personal but a small pantomime ensues every time himself walks through the archway with the lawn mower en route to the lawn. On one side a thorny rose brushes against him and on the other side a humulus lupulus aureus, aka golden hop clings to his legs. Not nice when you're wearing shorts is the complaint. Well that's putting it politely. The plan is if possible to replace both plants with more gentle touchy feely characters and if possible to save 'New Dawn' and replant her elsewhere. If she does not live to to tell the tale a replacement will probably be found as I'm most fond of her so are the bees.


Sharing today's vase with this beautiful rose are campanula persificolia, astrantia, linaria purpurea, a penstemon (possibly 'Apple Blossom') and some frothy pink pimpinella major rosea. Although the weather is not acknowledging it here today (cool wind, rain, cool wind) summer is definitely here. I'm off to put the kettle on to warm my hands with a cuppa and then over to visit 'Rambling In The Garden' to see the glorious flowers which are no doubt gracing other vases this week.

32 comments:

  1. A very nice combination of colours, Anna, and a very summery vase! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Anca and for your comment :)

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  2. A lovely vase! And New Dawn with the Astrantia seems particularly nice!

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    1. I think that they make for a good pairing Amy. They grow in different parts of the harden so it's good to bring them together in a vase.

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  3. I really like this combination of white Astrantia and pink roses with the Pimpinella too. It looks so light and summery, like it could float away... very pretty, and I do hope the rose survives the move!

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    1. Oh thanks Cathy for your comment. I will report back on the rose in due course. Ironically it's flowering profusely this year.

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  4. Beautiful, the lilac colour next to such a pale pink looks wonderful. I can understand why you'll be looking for a replacement if New Dawn doesn't survive the move, she's a beauty.

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    1. She is a fine rose Jo and will definitely merit a replacement when her time is up.

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    1. The astrantia lasted for about a week Sue. The vase was on a north facing window sill in the hall. I don't pick them that often as they have a bit of an unpleasant pong - reminiscent of a damp flannel. The campanula and linaria outlasted everything else.

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  6. Anna I love the colors and flowers in your vase...each one a beauty in its own right!

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    1. Thanks Donna - as you say they are all beauties.

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  7. Hope your New Dawn survives the move. They look so pretty in this vase. Also I like the astrantia very much. Makes a nice companion plant.

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    1. I hope so too. Will be keeping fingers crossed but not pinning all my hopes on a successful transplant!

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  8. How lovely, New Dawn is such a beautiful soft colour. It is one of the easiest roses from cuttings, so you can take a few and ensure you don' t lose her. The Astrantia is a perfect accompaniement for the rose.

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    1. Oh that's a most useful snippet of information Chloris. I hadn't considered taking cuttings. Thank you :)

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  9. I must say that the color combination in this arrangement is beautiful. I love the way the blooms complement one another. So pretty!

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment :)

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  10. The anstrantia looks lovely with New Dawn. I moved R. Albertine from an archway for just the same reason and replaced it with an almost thornless one.

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    1. I must admit thatI never considered the practicalities at the time of planting Brian :) I have been mulling over a less thorny replacement.

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  11. Very romantic, Anna, I love New Dawn (she finds a place in all of my gardens) and Astrantia of course, although they struggle when it gets too hot (constantly thirsty!). The Pimpinella is so sweet, just adore umbellifers.

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    1. I'm not surprised that 'New Dawn' has been planted in all your gardens Annette. My astrantias are mainly in the shade and although it is very hot here today I'm sure that you must experience more extreme heat and perhaps have less rain too. No doubt though you can grow plants that I hanker after :)

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  12. I love the delicate pink of that rose. I hope it comes through its move unscathed.

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes Kris. I will pass them on to the rose.

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    1. Aren't they just Rona. Thanks for your kind comment.

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  14. I didn't realise New Dawn had been around as long Anna. I have so few flowers on mine that I rarely see those beautiful satiny petals that yours have - perhaps I need to move mine as well... I wonder what touchy feely plants you will choose if they need to pass the bare leg test...? Astrantias are brilliant with roses, aren't they? I need to look into pimpinellas - they are so pretty...

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    1. I think that 'New Dawn' was introduced some time in the 1930s Cathy. Mine has had a hard life not being planted in an ideal spot but she is a star at the moment. She must have an inkling of my plans :)

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  15. Very pretty! I planted some hops at the allotment with great plans for them. Turns out any handling of them leaves you with scratches and they don't like the windy plot. Oh well! So I have some sympathy with himself. ;) What you need there is stachys byzantina which is sooooo soft. That would be nice brushing against bare legs. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Hop leaves are rather abrasive to the touch Lou and the leaves seem to get easily scorched. Some lamb's ears at the base of the arch sounds a most appealing idea. Thanks for your suggestion.

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  16. Isn't it horrid that we've passed the summer solstice already?! I have to keep reminding myself that the best of the garden is yet to come plus there's a few weeks of peace before the schoolchildren are let out for the holidays (*shudders*)! I love Wellywoman's suggestion of Stachys, it's one of my favourites for a sensory garden. I put some in my mum's garden last year; from one 3" plant, it's spread massively to over 2 feet with 18" spires of flowers and covered in bees. The bees probably wouldn't be so good for bare legs though, however pleasing the buzzing would be. The astrantias are lovely - I've just put a couple of claret coloured ones into the garden next to sweet peas and pink echinacea. I'm off to have a look around the garden for some scent, now! C x

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  17. Trying not to think that it's all downhill from here Caro especially on a such a hot and sunny day as today is. I've grown lamb's ears before and it a most tactile and easy going plant. You've made a good point about bees though :) I would never hear the end of it if himself were stung. I like the idea of astrantia and echinacea. Hope that you enjoyed tracking down some scent in the garden.

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