It’s Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK so, being without my usual Monday morning activities and, as it is raining, no visit to a Bank Holiday Monday car boot sale either, there is an earlier vase on Monday!
Roses were intended as a starting point today, as a number of them have suddenly produced what is definitely a ‘flush’ of new flowers, rather than an odd one or two. The ‘Pink Perpetué’ climbing outside the front door were the last roses I saw yesterday so were still uppermost in my mind and were sporting a clutch of a dozen or so flowers in a single spray so they became the focus. I always think of them as slightly shabby as they catch the sun for much of the day and their colour tends to fade, giving the flowers a papery look – thus providing the ‘shabby chic’ title of today’s vase. They were joined in the vase with the following, in the order they were picked as I rambled down the garden and the reasons for their inclusion:
Clematis jouiniana ‘Praecox’ – shabby chic in colour and appearance
Heuchera flower stems, slightly over but still with a pinky tone
Sweet Pea ‘Mollie Rilestone’ – old fashioned appearance and might encourage more blooms
Sedum ‘Stewed Rhubarb Mountain’ – definitely looked the part (isn’t it gorgeous?)
Rose ‘The Fairy’ – such a perfect spray of tiny frothy flowers, like a 1950s petticoat
Nigella seed pods – again, they just look the part
Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’ – a vintage look, and cutting should give me more flowers.
I suppose a vintage china teapot would have made a good receptacle if I had one, but shabby chic nevertheless still strives for classiness so a car boot Edinburgh Crystal vase was chosen and the flowers crammed into it – a roomier vessel would have produced a completely different result, but whether or not it would have been an improvement is anybody’s guess. The Pink Perpetué were shedding petals from the moment they were picked, particularly as they required a bit of a shake to rid them of resident earwigs – but the petals made a good prop. Also, the damp morning meant poor light inside and necessitated outdoor pictures but the soft rain added additional ambience to the overall effect.
Surprisingly, I couldn’t detect any scent from the roses but the two sweet pea stems are already pumping out their fragrance and justifying being cut and brought into the house. Smell is only one of our senses though, and bringing material into the house from our gardens (as well as the choosing and picking processes themselves) can trigger all sorts of associations using many of our senses – including that perhaps undefinable ‘sixth sense’. Monday mornings have become a voyage of discovery – a journey that those of us posting a vase on Monday can thoroughly recommend, whether on a weekly or less frequent basis. If you would like to join us, post your vase of pickings and link it to and from this post so we can share in your pleasures.