Monday, 25 April 2016

In A Vase On Monday ~ Two's Company


The weather gods seem to have got in for Mondays at the moment - once again it dawned wet and it became increasingly windy as the morning progressed. Still despite the elements not one but two vases have been filled inspired by Cathy's 'In A Vase On Monday'.

The first vase is made up of just tulips - namely 'Couleur Cardinal',(thanks Christina for confirming their id), 'Malaika' also known as 'Bruine Wimpel' and 'Apricot Beauty'. The latter is new to me and I was pleased to read that she is scented although I've not detected any scent as yet. Mind you this could just be my nose. I like the way the way the flowers of this morph from an initial pale apricot colour to a soft pink. I'm also rather smitten by the feathering on the 'Bruine Wimpel' flowers which you can see  more closely in the photo below. I would have liked another trio of flowers in this vase to bulk the contents out but my plans didn't work out as explained below.



The second is a vaseful of yellow and green. I initially put three flowers of the tulip 'Spring Green' in the first vase but the colour jarred with the other occupants. So I sought out some different companions for them. Along with the tulips are a few sprigs of millium effusum aureum (aka Bowles Golden Grass), some narcissus 'Minnow', a flower of mathiasella bupleuroides 'Green Dream' and some flowers of lamium galeobdolon variegatum. I bought the latter many years ago enchanted by Margery Fish's description of foliage and flower but have been trying my best to eradicate it ever since. You can read why I fell for it here. I have now come to the conclusion that it has got the better of me so was quite happy to snip some stems off to go in a vase - tee hee!



The vases are my recent lurking in the study finds which are now enjoying a new lease of life after years of holding pens, pencils, brushes etc. Sadly there are no more potential vases in there. With a special thanks as always to our lovely hostess Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' and wishing her all the very best with her imminent wedding posies and buttonholes. You will do a grand job lass.

33 comments:

  1. I didn't plant the tulip bulbs I bought in the autumn. Um. They are still sitting in a bucket in the kitchen. Um . . .. (These are pretty! I think tulips are one of the (few?) flowers that look better in a vase than in the earth.)

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    1. I totally agree Esther. I really dislike the leaves so mine are planted in containers which I can then shove out of the way when flowering is over.

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  2. You've got a beautiful collection of tulips there! I planted some of that same Lamium in my old garden, only hearing the warnings about it after-the-fact. It didn't spread too much while I was still there so I assumed our weather kept it in check but I wonder now if it's gone wild in the years since we moved?

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    1. Thanks for your comment Kris. Maybe the conditions in your former garden subdued its all conquering tendencies :)

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  3. Lovely tulips Anna - seeing these confirms to me how worthwhile it is to grow them for cutting.

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    1. Yes they are definitely worth growing to snip Sarah :)

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  4. Oh thanks for your kind wishes Anna - it is so reassuring to have the support of all my blogging friends :) And oh I had to smile at your tale of the lamium - I have no idea if mine ever had such a grand name as 'lamium galeobdolon variegatum' but my experience of it sounds similar! Bizarrely I also put a sprig in a posy for a friend only last week and she has asked for some rootlets of it which I will be delighted to give her along with an appropriate verbal warning!! ;) Your tulips are lovely -the shades combine so well. And you have used your pretty mathiasella again in the second vase - I remember that from last year. Definitely somethong for my Wish List!

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    1. I'm sure that yours has got the same grand name Cathy although it's common name doesn't necessitate the need to check the spelling. I'm glad to hear that you did the decent thing and passed it on with an appropriate government health warning. I think that I have a surplus mathiasella somewhere with your name on it )

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  5. Both vases are stunning but I have a passion for tulips as I don't grow them well here....and I adore Apricot Beauty....one of the favorites I grew that returned for a few years and is gone now.

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    1. I don't have much joy on the whole with tulips here either Donna. It's probably not sunny and warm enough for them to thrive. Sorry to read that your 'Apricot Beauty' faded out - maybe a good excuse to go bulb shopping later this year.

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  6. Two beautiful vases, Anna,your tulip collection is great.

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    1. Thanks Anca - it's not quite a collection yet but there are more tulips than there were last year :)

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  7. Both vases are stunning, Anna, and put my pearls on a string to shame. The tulips have such pretty colours, very unusual. I really should give Mathiasella a go!

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    1. I disagree Annette :) Your pearls were rather splendid. Do try the mathiasella if you can find it.

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  8. Your tulips are so beautiful, I like the color combinations and the feathering on the petals. The yellow and green vase is interesting in its variety and I like the green flowers with the black centers, Anna. I am also plagued with an overabundance of the beautiful variegated Lamium and wish I had never planted it.

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    1. Oh thank you Hannah. Sorry to hear that the yellow peril has caused you woes. It's a veritable thug!

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  9. I like Spring green and flaming Spring green even more. I too have planted the lamium after seeing it in another garden along with grape hyacinths, the theory was that the two thugs could fight it out! They do look good together.

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    1. Oh I will have to investigate 'Flaming Spring Green' Brian. I like your theory :)

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  10. Your tulips are lovely Anna. I love the sort with a feathery effect on them and these two complement each other nicely. Your second vase is inspiration for me for next week perhaps, as I also have Lamium in abundance!

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    1. Many thanks for your comment Cathy. I look forward to enjoying somebody else's lamium :) Unfortunately it didn't last long in the vase but better there albeit briefly than in the ground.

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  11. Very pretty displays Anna. I just Wish Tulips were more reliable here. Wasted too much money on them and vowed never again. Although the species do OK here so continue to hope they spread.

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    1. A shame that they do not perform reliably for you Angie. I can't say that I'm sold one hundred per cent on them. This year's lot seem to be performing better than some. I must investigate the species further.

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  12. Ooh love the green combination. My Mathiesella has just started flowering in my garden and very excited about it, planted last year and this is the first time of flowering. I love that Lamium too, gorgeous foliage, but may just admire it from afar by the sounds of it!!

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    1. The mathiesella took a while to take off here Annie but is now a monster! It surprised me this year by flowering quite early on. I would suggest that you steer well clear of the lamium unless you want a tug of war on your hands for years and years to come.

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  13. I like both arrangements. The tulips I planted in containers haven't bloomed yet but the ones in the ground have been flowering for a couple of weeks.

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    1. Thanks Jo. It's interesting to hear that those in the ground have got their first with the flowers.

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  14. Love both arrangements, the simplicity of the tulips and the subtle colours of the greens, perfect :)

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    1. Oh many thanks for such kind words Rona.

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  15. I love them both Anna. The colours of the tulips in the first vase are yummy. And I love the yellows in the second vase. That lamium is pretty but I regretted planting it in a previous garden. My goodness, it runs about. I love the Tulip Spring Green, it is so pretty, as are all the viridifloras.

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    1. Regret does not do my thoughts about planting the lamium justice Chloris :) 'Spring Green' is an old favourite. I meant to plant some 'Mount Tacoma' too to keep it company as they look good together but I forgot the latter. Maybe I will remember come the next lot of tulip planting.

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  16. Both vases are lovely, but you know I would love them as they have tulips!

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