greentapestry : In A Vase On Monday ~ "My Cup Runneth Over".

Monday, 27 July 2015

In A Vase On Monday ~ "My Cup Runneth Over".


The weather gods thwarted plans for today's vase so instead of sweet peas from the allotment so it's been a case of looking closer to hand. The 'vase' is one of several old or some might say vintage floral china cups and saucers I've collected over the years. Cup and saucer do not match in this instance but rather compliment each other.


The occupants are :
  • Rose 'Blush Noisette' - this rose can be grown as a shrub or as a small climber. It dates back to about 1814 and is subtly but deliciously scented. It has a had a first flush of flowers but it's now throwing out a second wave.
  • Thyme - I'm not sure which one but in the garden for a good few years now. At this time of year it's decorated with small purple flowers which attract the pollinators. It's easy to propagate by division.
  • The clematis is without a label but if my memory serves me well the odds are that it's clematis 'Blekitny Aniol', also known as 'Blue Angel'.
  • Linaria purpurea 'Canon Went' - a perennial which is most easy to grow and which unlike it's purple sibling does not seed itself about prolifically.
  • Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl' - with it's dainty buttons of double white flowers is a plant that I had many moons ago but lost. It's a hardy perennial which flowers throughout the summer. I've looked for it on and off over the years but have never come across it until last Friday, when I came across a plant which was of course snapped up at once. It was a most happy conclusion to a delightful afternoon spent in the company of none other but Cathy of 'Rambling In The Garden' fame, today's hostess and her husband 'The Golfer' as well as himself. As always it was a pleasure to meet another blogger and as as you can imagine we found plenty to talk about. I think that you would like this plant Cathy, so when it's big enough a division will make its way in your direction.

It's decidedly cool as well as now raining here so time to put the kettle on when I've posted this and then to wander to see what's in everyone else's vases this week. 

41 comments:

  1. Another Idiom inspired Vase on a Monday, and very apt for this time of the year. I love the selection of flowers, and seeing your The Pearl reminded me that I had it in my previous garden. A delightful arrangement.

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    1. Thanks for your visit and kind comment :)

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  2. I used to grow Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl' in my English garden, I grew it from seed from Chiltern Seeds; so if you have problems with your plant you might try there. Your vase (cup) is gorgeous and very feminine.

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    1. Oh that's a most useful snippet of information Christina. I always presumed it was one of those plants that you could only propagate by division. I might send of for some seeds as I'm sure it would fly off the table at summer plant sales.

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  3. What a very pretty bouquet in gorgeous china. I have that very same clematis, it does so well here, just goes on and pn flowering. Love the rose :-)

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    1. Oh the clematis is a good doer isn't it Su and such a pretty colour :)

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  4. I am glad that you mentioned the Rose had assignment. I thought I could smell it when I saw the photographs.

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    1. It's a most delicate but discernible scent Sue which reminds me of collecting rose petals to make perfume as a child :)

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  5. The wonderful dainty Blush roses match the china so well, and look so romantic and elegant, and the ruffly little yarrow flowers add nicely to that, what a find. The purples add some nice contrast, I like the clematis and thyme together.

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    1. Welcome Hannah and thank you for visiting and for your comment.

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  6. Anna I am so smitten with your tea cup vase...delicate and romantic with roses....romantic has been a theme this week in several vases.

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    1. Roses and romantic seem to go hand in hand Donna :) Thanks for your comment.

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  7. Your tea cup arrangement is so romantic and pretty, Anna! I love those roses but I've over the moon about that Achillea, which I don't think I've ever seen here in Southern California.

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    1. Oh thanks Kris. I imagine that it may be too hot for it to thrive in Southern California but no problems here in the north west of England :)

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  8. A lovely, dainty arrangement. You've selected the perfect flowers for that beautiful tea cup.

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    1. I was aiming at dainty so I'm most pleased to read that you describe the arrangement as such Susie.

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  9. That's so soft on the eye and beautiful Anna!

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  10. That is so lovely Anna, the Rose is perfection and it all complements the tea cup perfectly. I cycled to the allotment and then wished I hadn't as it was so windy coming home uphill!

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    1. I don't envy you that journey. It's the opposite for me as it's downhill on the homeward stretch from the allotment for which I'm most thankful!

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  11. that is delicately pretty, and deeply satisfying.
    Never tried flowers in a cup.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Diana. The word 'vase' is open to interpretation :)

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  12. Just lovely! Everything is so delicate - especially that clematis... A bit of perfection with the Blush Noisette :)

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    1. Thanks Amy - yes the two do compliment each other most effectively.

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  13. Such pretty vase. I love the idea of using a tea cup and saucer for placement

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    1. Many thanks Gina. It made a change even though they weren't the perfect matching set.

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  14. Your bouquet is perfection! I love it. Delicate and tasteful. (No slug damage on my hosta? Slug bait, my friend. Lots of slug bait. And pure luck.)

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    1. Oh thank you for your kind words Grace. So that's your secret. It certainly seems to so the trick.

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  15. What a pretty arrangement Anna, I love it in that pretty cup and saucer. Fun to meet Cathy and the Golfer . They were here in June and we enjoyed meeting them too. They seem to be working their way round the country.

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    1. It was great fun meeting Cathy and The Golfer. I've met a few bloggers now and they have all been lovely folk. I wonder who it will be next? :)

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  16. How gorgeous Anna, I love that Linaria 'Canon Went', I've got a couple of plants in my garden that have appeared there and I'm trying to encourage many more. Love it and the bees do too.

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    1. Annie, the bees certainly appreciate it. Hope it spreads for you.

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  17. A lovely combination of colours, Anna!

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    1. The colours seemed to just go together Anca without me trying. Many thanks for your visit and comment.

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  18. I have tried posting BlogSpot comments through Internet Explorer instead of Firefox which is what I have been using for a couple of years and for some reason that is OK - good job I had copied all the aborted comments! Here is yours:
    'The blooms do indeed look delicate and romantic in the china cup, Anna, making a perfect summer afternoon arrangement (with or without showers!). So this is what you bought in Grange on Friday - very pretty, and yes, I would be delighted to share a little piece of it in due course if it settles down nicely for you. Thank you :) Lovely to see clematis in a vase - don't think I have managed that this year, and yet it looks so effective, doesn't it?'

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    1. Glad that you eventually got here and on to other Blogger blogs Cathy and thanks for your persistence. Yes that was my purchase from the little garden centre in Grange, which has a good selection of plants, shrubs and trees at excellent prices. Hopefully a snippet will come your way before too long. Clematis seem well suited to vases and you might well manage to include one or two before the year's out.

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  19. Woooo...your arrangement feels very Jane Austen...I love it! I also love the piece of pottery beside it. 'The Pearl' was the first thing I was drawn to. It is no wonder you have been on a quest for it. :)
    Hope you are have a glorious August in the garden. x

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  20. Anne, I just had to add that I googled 'The Pearl' and found out it is hardy here--shocking but thrilling!--and that there is a local nursery (one town away) that carries it. So exciting to discover new plants! You made a Canadian gardener very happy today. :)

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    1. Oh thanks for you comments and kind words. The piece of pottery next to the tea cup was made by a friend and although very different they seemed to look right together. I'm so pleased to hear that the achillea can survive your winters and hope that you are able to pick up one soon :)

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- Anna.