In a Vase on Monday: Sunrise, Sunset

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Whoohoo! It’s Monday again and time to scour the garden for likely blooms, dusty shelves for vases and assorted bits and bobs for props. If you would like to join in this empowering meme, just post your vase of bits from your own garden or thereabouts and link it this post, leaving a link to yours in a comment. The pleasure of putting together a vase every week ( or even occasionally) has succeeded any expectations any of us might have had, so do have a go if you haven’t already done so.

IMG_1950I am conscious that not only have tulips been used again today but that  the vase is on a similar colour spectrum to last week’s, but will certainly not beat myself up about it. The tulips will not be around for very much longer and the soft apricot Tulipa batalini ‘Bright Gem’ in the foreground had just burst out from the tight buds and showed how pretty they were, not really the ‘sulphur yellow, flushed orange’ described in the Peter Nyssen catalogue after all – and all the better for it. They were flowering right next to Geum ‘Tequila Sunrise’ with its apricot feathery petals and the combination sold itself immediately, supplemented with Tulipa clusiana ‘Cynthia’ from the same bed.

IMG_1952Supplementary blooms and foliage were easy to find – Primula veris (cowslip), leaves of Heuchera ‘Marmalade’, flowering stems of that useful Luzula and gorgeous curly red fronds of Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Prolifera’, the rosy buckler fern. I decided on the sunny spring colours of a vintage chicken jug, and added two 1920s amateur watercolours from north Australia. Trying out a new spot for the photographs in a hallway at the foot of the stairs seems to have been fairly successful as it is not in direct sunlight at this time of day, thus increasing my options for what is often the most difficult part of the challenge and contributing to an overall effect that seems to have worked quite well. I wonder what will be in my vase next week?!

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29 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Sunrise, Sunset

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Wow, this is stunning Cathy and aptly titled. The colors in your arrangement, vase and surroundings all complement each other nicely. I like the variety of flower forms and textures you’ve used too. Appreciate your hosting this Monday vase idea. It’s fun to do and I love seeing what everyone has created each week. My vase is here: https://pbmgarden.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/in-a-vase-on-monday-may-night-in-april/ Susie

  2. AnnetteM says:

    Beautiful colours. I love the Heuchera leaves in the arrangement and how you put everything together. I must try one of these days when I have enough flowers to pick one or two.

    • Cathy says:

      In the belief that odd numbers are meant to make an ‘arrangement’ more balanced, this had 3 of everything, so it doesn’t take much, although even single stems are pretty. Look forward to you joining in when you are ready, Annette.

  3. Christina says:

    Lovely combination of colours and forms of flowers. As you say photographing the vase is often the most difficult part. Sorry ism not at home today to make a vase, I did a table decoration yesterday for my mil but had already set the poppies up to post today. Hopefully I’ll join in again next week.

  4. Kris P says:

    If I had tulips growing in my garden, Cathy, I’d flaunt them every week they were in flower. Tulips and peonies are among the many cooler-climate blooms I covet. Your ‘Bright Gem’ certainly deserves the attention. I have a variety of blooms this week, all jockeying for the lead position in this morning’s composition: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2014/04/in-vase-on-monday-rose-takes-backseat.html

    Thanks for getting out in the garden with scissors!

    • Cathy says:

      I think there will be a lot more jockeying in future weeks, won’t there Kris! ‘Bright Gem’ closed a little once the day cooled down, and is such a lovely shape as well as colour.

  5. Chloris says:

    What gorgeous colours! I am mad on that Geum. I thought your tulips were lilies at first glance. The whole arrangement works very well.

  6. Beautiful, Cathy. I’ve been eyeing ‘Tequila Sunrise’ and wondering about getting one, you have convinced me, not that I need much convincing about geums. You will be shocked to know that I have actually managed to join in this week! Finally… Another vase of tulips.

    • Cathy says:

      I had forgotten how feathery the petals were, Janet. It was from a J Parkers catalogue 2 years ago so was not expensive and it was great even in its first year. I am of course delighetd that you have joined in and I am off to look at your tulips post haste…

  7. Anna says:

    A most subtle and harmonious meeting of flowers and foliage Cathy. I most curious to know what a chicken jug is. Another shock – hope you can take it – I’ve joined in to this week :
    http://greentapestry.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/in-vase-on-moday-down-lane.html

    • Cathy says:

      I do enjoy your unique phrasing of comments, Anna, and chicken jug…? Duh – a jug with a chicken on…. (but perhaps you were just teasing – I should have said it was part of a chicken tea service!). Lots of people springing surprises onto me this week, so I am getting used to it and am delighted to have you taking part 🙂

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  9. Julie says:

    I love it Cathy!! The background works perfectly with the spring feel of this vase and all your colours compliment each other so well.Like Chloris I thought you had lilies at first glance. Please don’t apologise for using tulips – we need to make the most of them whilst we can. Also you are very lucky to have that geum – mine haven’t flowered yet.

    You can find my contribution this week at http://peoniesandposies.com/2014/04/28/in-a-vase-on-monday-queen-annes-lace/. Still very springlike but a complete contrast to your vase this week.

    • Cathy says:

      The Geum Totally Tangerine I bought last week is in flower, but these Tequila Sunrise flowers were the only others that were out, although there are several in bud on Mrs Bradshaw. It’s exciting seeing what each of us comes up with every week, isn’t it? Probably not tulips next week though… 😉

  10. Mel says:

    Really pretty setting and the flowers too of course. I’m new here but do post arrangements I make and will definitely link up next time. Thanks for a great meme!

  11. What wonderful, warm colours – a beautiful way to set off the poppies! They look so different when fully open in a vase like that. I also like the geum, but I’m interested in the rosy fern too – most unusual! So now two more plants to add to my wish list!

  12. Annette says:

    How beautiful and the effect is rather painterly I should think. Lovely wallpaper and it goes so well with your bouquet that I wonder whether you’ve decorated the walls just for the occasion but although you’re always full of energy and innovative ideas you probably wouldn’t go that far…would you? 😉 Have a great week, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Tee hee – but how about a sample book of wallpapers so you could have a different background each week…?! Only joking – when I decorated this part of the house perhaps 15 years or so ago I really struggled to find wallpaper that I liked, as I was looking for tiny prints (think 70s Laura Ashley) – but this was perfect for here which is why it is still there!

  13. Helen says:

    A most beautiful display – I love your vintage vase. Hoping to put something together for next week and join in!

  14. Cathy says:

    Those colours are gorgeous – the Heuchera leaf sets the tulips off perfectly, and the cowslips add zing! A good idea to bring some of the last tulips indoors to enjoy. I was a bit late this week, but put a vase on my Tuesday post: http://wordsandherbs.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/tuesday-view-29th-april-a-vase-and-some-bits-and-bobs/
    Thanks Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      And I am late in replying! I was really pleased with the effect of the heuchera but the cowslips haven’t lasted long which surprises me as when I have used primroses they have lasted nearly a week.

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