In a Vase on Monday: Fuzz and Froth

IMG_2051IMG_2052Just a subtle hint of fuzz and froth that is, fuzz from the seedheads of Clematis alpina ‘Constance’ and froth from the tiny double flowers of a dark pink hawthorn. I had picked some cow parsley from the local verges this morning for potential inclusion, but decided that homegrown was preferable and that the first showing of pink hawthorn flowers for a number of years deserved to be celebrated. The hawthorn and a dog rose were planted on the streamside boundary a number of years ago, along with self-seeded hazels and hollies from elsewhere in the garden, as there was only a post and rail fence before that. As we all know, plants have a habit of growing and the dog rose in particular was beginning to make access to the chickens difficult, removing the Golfer’s hat every time he passed, not to mention completely smothering the hawthorn. The word ‘Butcher’ could be introduced here, but at least the hawthorn has re-emerged and put on a token show of pink froth.

Tunnel vision was required for today’s vase, firmly focussing on clematis and ignoring the possibility that other contenders may be past their best by the next available ‘free’ Monday. As well as Constance’s spent heads and the hawthorn sprig, a clutch of flowers from C montana ‘Warwickshire Rose’ and montana ‘Marjorie’ were included, together with some bronze-leaved tendrils of the former, and placed in a simple dumpy glass vase (sold as a tea light holder). Unable to come up with any appropriate frothy or fuzzy props the vase was placed against the wallpapered background of tiny pink roses on the floor of the upstairs landing, another potential photographic location that had not been considered before. The geographical boundaries of dusting seriously need widening….

Another simple vase, but perhaps all the more pleasurable for this. Last week’s vase has sat on the table all week, and although the aquilegia have faded in colour the astrantia looks as if it could have been picked this morning and will, I suspect, feature in various other vases over the next few months in some form or other. If you would like to join those of us who are finding that creating a vase on Monday isΒ  something we look forward to from week to week then please do, either occasionally or regularly. Post your pickings (from your garden or round about) and link to and from this post if you would like us to have a peep at what you have found. You would be very welcome.


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32 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Fuzz and Froth

  1. Annette says:

    Well, your tunnel vision is certainly delightful, Cathy, and once again I can’t help but admire your wall paper. Very busy with my book and travelling these days but it’s nice to catch up with you in between. πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Good to hear from you too, Annette. It’s intriguing that we share a similar taste in wallpaper (or even like wallpaper, as many people don’t these days!). There are so many of these clematis flowers it would be a shame not to bring some inside and use them in a vase – I love them both, and the seedheads of the alpina too.

  2. Christina says:

    I love the clematis seed heads, almost more than the flowers. It is becoming more difficult to choose what to pick isn’t it? My creation is pink today too, so yet again there are similarities in our vases. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – one of the alpinas I bought recently has got GREY furry seedheads! They are indeed fascinating, and extend their season of interest too.

  3. Kris P says:

    I love Clematis in all its incarnations. Here’s my contribution this week: . Thanks again for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      And it’s looking as if it will be a good season for clematis in our garden, so plenty more to look forward to! I shall be over to look at your vase shortly…

  4. Chloris says:

    It’ s lovely, I love the froth of the seedheads and Marjorie is gorgeous. I love it, and I am also very fond of Boughton Star. Have you come across this one? But all the Montanas are lovely. I saw a white one today growing through a deep pink hawthorn like yours, it looked stunning.

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  6. Cathy says:

    I love the pink seedheads Cathy! Brings the whole thing to life – lovely! πŸ˜€
    My contribution this week:

  7. Liz says:

    Hi Cathy,

    Lovely vase and I’m pleased to see you’re using ‘Marjorie’ which is by far my favourite Clematis. After hunting for it for a few years (also had to find out its name first after seeing it on a wall on Holy Island) I finally have my own and although not yet mature, she’s doing well.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Liz – the colours of Marjorie fascinate me as they seem to vary depending how much light she gets. And how the montanas have so much energy to put into all their flowers is just amazing! Will you be taking yours with you when you move?

      • Liz says:

        Hi Cathy,

        I discovered that too! I thought I must be going slightly mad when I noticed some in sun had more pink to them compared to those hidden behind the Russian Dwarf Almond.
        I’ve considered taking Marjorie with me, but my past record of moving Clematis’ isn’t good. At all. So I’m undecided… I might even go for the suggested ‘broughton star’ instead… hrm. Difficult decision.

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  9. Julie says:

    I love your clematis Cathy – as I have said before my garden is very light on clematis – something I need to put right, especially after seeing how nice they look in a vase. Like Annette I also love your wallpaper! Another week, another vase – well done Cathy!

    My contribution this week is at

    • Cathy says:

      My clematis are not all established yet as some are still recovering after moves, but the ones that have settled down have been very promising so far this year. I haven’t counted how many there are in total – but there are quite a few! What value they bring to the garden though at all stages of growth, as the contents of the vase show – yes, I recommend redressing your lack of clematis! I am excited already about the prospect of more vases – what will it be next week? And you have a pink vase too πŸ™‚

  10. pbmgarden says:

    Perfectly lovely Cathy. I love the texture the seed heads provide and of course the clematis flowers are gorgeous. Have never seen pink hawthorn-nice addition to your arrangement.
    My vase this week is
    Thanks for hosting. Susie

    • Cathy says:

      The double pink hawthorn seems to be native particularly to the UK Midlands and seems to cross pollinate with the usual white ones so you also see some pale pink versions.

  11. banner6 says:

    Before I knew anything about gardening, I was drawn to some of those fuzzy clematis seedheads growing by the roadside. When the bouquet went over, I just flung them out the door. Uh oh…they were that highly invasive wild clematis. I’ve been enjoying Christina’s weekly vase posts and decided to do one of my own this week:

    • Cathy says:

      So have you got a gardenful of wild clematis now?!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for joining in – it’s lovely to have you on board. Be warned – it’s addictive!

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  13. bittster says:

    I really like this combination! “attractive seedheads” is a term thrown around by clematis lovers but until now I always just thought of them as curious… Now you’ve changed my mind!

  14. johnvic8 says:

    I have started to join you at In a Vase on Monday. Thanks for this marvelous idea. You can find my entry at

  15. croftgarden says:

    Lovely whirligig seed heads. You are obviously not superstitious about May blossoms. My mother would never have it in the house, but I think that had more to do with the smell than the fear of bad luck.

  16. Another beautiful vase, Cathy! Very pink – and I love the addition of the clematis seed heads. They add a lovely textural element to the arrangement!

  17. Yay! Pink hawthorn! Love the froth, but the dusting does get to be a pain, hence the dust visible in all my interior shots. Am currently planning a frilly knickers and herb border with vases in mind.

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