greentapestry : In A Vase On Monday ~ Sparkle

Monday, 3 July 2017

In A Vase On Monday ~ Sparkle

Today's 'In A Vase On Monday' has been put together late in the day as I've been out in Liverpool with my lovely niece. She has been a student in Manchester for the last four years and got her final results last week - a first class honours degree! We are all so proud of her especially as there as been one or two family illnesses during this time, which must have been both distracting and upsetting for her. Still she managed to get her head down and work really hard to obtaining such an excellent result. It was a pleasure to treat her to lunch today and listen to her plans for the future. She is most lively and excellent company, has a wicked sense of humour but is caring and gentle too. Himself stayed at home but we will be raising a glass to a special young lady later.

In my vase this week are :

  • buddleja davidii (which originated as a cutting from my parent's garden)
  • some alchemilla mollis
  • a solitary stem of penstemon 'Sour Grapes
  • the lilac daisy type flowers of kalimeris incisa 'Charlotte'
  • the  larger yellow daisy type flowers of anthemis tinctoria 'E. C. Buxton'
  • a couple of stems of the curious mathiasella bupleuroides 'Green Dream', which looks exotic and tender but has proved most definitely otherwise.

Oh and I have new vase! With time to wait before our respective trains home we took a wonder round 'The Bluecoat Chambers' where the above jug caught my attention. My niece didn't persuade me to refrain.

Thanks as always to our hostess Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for encouraging us to share our vases each and every Monday.


  1. Its wonderful to share in and give encouragement to young people...I am sure you will pass on cuttings, and the love of flowers to your niece. Happy celebrations.

  2. Congratulations, well done to her!! And lovely arrangement too!

  3. A first degree is well worthy of a drink and a lovely vase full of flowers! The yellow anthemis is pretty - I must try growing that again. Have a good week Anna!

  4. What a lovely event to share with your niece, Anna - and no wonder you are proud of her achievements. What are her plans now? The anthemis in your new jug is just the right shade to pick up the colour of the mathiasella and alchemilla and the soft purply blues make a gentle contrast. Does the mathiasella set seed? I wouldn't mind giving that a try if you could spare some - and do you have a name for the salvia you brought me? Thanks for sharing, as always

  5. Congratulations to your niece, it is good to hear some positive news relating to young people.

  6. Thanks for all your comments. My niece lives in a flat (no balcony) so she is not geared for cuttings yet but one day. The signs are promising - she has managed to keep an orchid I gave her alive and ticking for a couple of years. She has also dabbled with growing some herbs in the flat :) Cathy, the mathiasella has never set any seeds but I think that I have a spare. The name of the salvia is 'Natchtvlinder'.


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