In a Vase on Monday: Raspberry Ripple

IMG_4927I have been almost absurdly excited at the prospect of posting a ‘proper’ vase on Monday again as I have missed the excitement while I have been away as well as all the vases you have posted in my absence. Much as I would have liked to have seen what you were up to it was just not practical to battle with sporadic internet access nor try to catch up on our return, and I apologise for not replying to comments for a little while. I am pleased, however, that everyone maintained the momentum of the meme in the meantime (great tongue twister!).

The garden has been bursting with vase potential since our return and my mind has been changed several times in the course of the week but as you can see the pinks, the dominant colour in the garden, have definitely won the day. Dicentra spectabilis is just as pretty since it has been renamed Lamprocapnos and the pink versionย  is arching joyously over the corner of one of the borders, its white markings giving rise to thoughts of raspberry ripple ice cream and the inclusion of white blooms in an otherwise pink vase. Choosing bedfellows was an easy task and a vase twice the eventual size could easily have been achieved, but instead I erred on the side of variety rather than quantity.

Joining the Lamprocapnos (middle row, right) from top to bottom and left to right were Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’, Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’ and Clematis montana ‘Warwickshire Rose’, Tulip ‘Jazz’ and Lamprocapnos alba, Aquilegia ‘Lilliput Lovely’ grown from seed, Tulip ‘Douglas Bader’ (a garden survivor for several years), Lamprocapnos, Ranunculus ‘Aviv Rose’, unnamed tulip from an Aldi mix and wild garlic, Luzula nivea

raspberry.rippleI was so excited to see the budding promise of the ranunculus as I have not successfully got them to flower before and I hope I haven’t cut this promise short by using it in today’s vase. Although some of the tulips were past their best on our return there were many others just coming into flower so I am sure they will appear in future vases. Despite last year’s dry summer the relatively young rhododendrons are budding up nicely so I could easily spare this one head and its leathery leaves – I could certainly spare the wild garlic heads and if I want to restrict self seeding by plucking the others off before they go to seed I shall have my work cut out, but this is a preferable alternative to eating them all as has been suggested to me in the past! The luzula has clumped up from nowhere and reminded me how appealing the stems, flowerheads and graceful leaves are – a great addition to any vase.

IMG_4940Today’s container is a vintage pink jug, which may well have been in the house when we came as I don’t recall buying it, but in the absence of rippling raspberries I had to seek alternative props to accompany it. The fabric runner was made for me by Younger Sister and was dyed with natural dyes, and the crystals are rhodochrosite, believed to bring compassion and improve self-worth.

Sitting writing this whilst gazing on the blooms in the vase sums up the very essence of why I started the meme – the garden is displaying an abundance of beautiful blooms and fresh foliage and now I can enjoy this profusion inside the house too. Pleasure indeed! What will you be finding in your garden or foraging to bring inside and give you pleasure this week? Do share it with us by including links to your post in a comment on this one and links in your post to this one as well. See you soon!




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58 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Raspberry Ripple

  1. Gorgeous!! So many beautiful subjects brought together.

  2. That’s a pretty vase of pink and white delight Cathy, definitely reminiscent of Raspberry Ripple icecream.

  3. Maggy says:

    I am sure that I cannot be the only one to wonder how you get your stunning photos in the grid format? Wonder if you could pass on the information?

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  5. Christina says:

    All the pinks indeed today Cathy; Love the pink tulips with the white base, do you have a name for them? Here’s my link for today’s post:

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Hi Cathy, welcome back. Pinks this week for me as well, but not in this wonderful variety as you have. All the blooms are lovely and the beautiful runner is a nice prop. (I hadn’t realized Dicentra spectabilis is now Lamprocapnos.) Thanks for hosting.
    My vase is

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Cathy, your vase is simply gorgeous this week. Whilst pink is my least favourite colour to wear, I absolutely love it in my flower garden. Your selection is beautiful, particularly the tulips and I almost missed the aquilegia … Lilliput Lovely will be one for me to look out for in future. I think yours must be further on than mine because, apart from the recently acquired alpine one, Spring Magic, which is blooming away nicely, the rest are just putting up shoots! As usual, I very much like your choice of setting for your photo, and the pretty pink runner and the crystals. I also find it so reassuring to note that the sprouting weeds did not deter you from staging it where you have ๐Ÿ™‚ My vase this week, could not be more different from yours:

    • Cathy says:

      The aquilegia are from seed from Touchwood Aquilegias and were from seed collected from shorter varieties, hence the name, but they won’t all be the same as these. I expected them too be shorter too, more alpine, but the stems are about 12″ long. There are the first signs of buds on some taller ones too – including some others grown from seed which is very exciting! With a busy arrangement I try to find a plain background which is harder if it is not a tiny one which is why this wall is useful – just near the back door too! I did scrape some mud off the path but left the weeds ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Elizabeth says:

        Thanks for the information, Cathy. I know that aquilegias don’t always come true from seed – they cross pollinate only too happily. I have a favourite wall too ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Cathy says:

          I have to say that my preferred wall background is not this one, but one at the bottom of the garden, but I don’t think a vase has made it down there yet!!

  8. What a splash your vase makes on a gray morning where I live. It is a beautiful celebration of your return. And I love the grid with all the flowers shown individually. You clearly are pleased to be back in your garden โ€” and we’re glad to have you back as well. My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Linda – we had a grey morning but now a lovely afternoon although I would not have said no to some rain as I am determined to keep my garden well-watered and fed this year. It deserves it!

  9. I absolutely love this pink vase Cathy…all the pink tulips are gorgeous. Oh I miss tulips and have a plan for possibly planting some for cutting next year. But back to your vase….the array of pink is wonderful Cathy in this vase and the great accents. I also have a monochrome vase but in white. Hope you enjoy it:

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  11. rickii says:

    You’re pretty in pink. I went for something brighter this time:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks rickii – I am intrigued by your garage sale reference but know how much you like thinking out of the box too…

  12. johnvic8 says:

    I wanted to say “Pretty in Pink,” but rickii beat me to it. I still mean it. Quite lovely.
    I have a pink theme this week too:

  13. The colors and color combinations are gorgeous…Such a wonderful way to start a Monday morning.

  14. Chloris says:

    I love all your shades of pink; so pretty. You have so many lovely flowers to pick. I have Clematis Warwickshire Rose, it is a beauty isn’t it?
    My arrangement this week is very simple.โ€ฆe-blossom-time/

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – I am pleased at how pretty the combination is and it was a joy to have sop many different thinks to pick. I can’t remember if WR always has some speckling on the petals – does yours?

  15. What a lovely bouquet today! You’ve done a beautiful job–you’re a natural at this.

  16. Cathy says:

    A link to Karen’s post, accidentally linked to an older vase

  17. Kris P says:

    Welcome back! I hope you had a great trip. You’ve created a raspberry-toned masterpiece thie week. I love bleeding heart/Dicentra/Lamprocapnos and wish I could grow it but it doesn’t appreciate the conditions here.

    Here’s a link to my post: . Thanks, as always, for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – yes, a lovely trip, but very lovely to be back… It always amazes me how quickly dicentra appears and bulks up and flowers each year. Sorry you are unable to grow it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  19. Anna says:

    Oh it’s been many a year since I indulged in ‘Raspberry Ripple Cathy’. I always had a weakness for ‘Neopolitan Wonder’ ๐Ÿ™‚ A most imaginative vase which celebrates all those dreamy shades of pink in your garden. I especially like the soft colouring of ‘Douglas Bader’ along with your remarks about his longevity in your garden. A note has been made. Those crystals certainly echo your theme. Just a little squeak from me this week over at :

    • Cathy says:

      When I make ice cream I will sometimes make a version of raspberry ripple. Do you remember those heart shaped ripple ice cream lollies covered in chocolate – they were a rare treat I recall…. DB is probably the only tulip apart from the little ones that has come back year after year

  20. Julie says:

    I am posting my link very quickly Cathy as I am away from home & just going out to dinner. I will be back later to have a look at your vase.

    My link this week (which is not a proper vase as I am away) is

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  22. This is the first time I’ve joined in – what a lovely idea!

    • Cathy says:

      Welcome – look forward to seeing your first vase! Somehow you have managed to link to two different posts though!

      • Great to be part of the gang! I linked to this post for “In a Vase on Monday” and to your About Page as a more general link to your blog – hope that is ok with you. if not I can remove one.

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  24. Liz says:

    Hi Cathy,

    Lovely vase! So much colour and I so wish I had enough Bleeding heart to sacrifice some for a vase! This year has been the first that any have ever produced more than one stem for me, and I have had mine for a good 10 years. For some reason they never do very well for me.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Liz – the white one does not seem to do as well, but the pink one is stunning just now and makes such an impact.

  25. Cathy says:

    Delicious mix of pinks and whites… that tulip “Jazz” has jumped out at me, and the clematis flower is lovely too. Pink is starting to pop up in my garden too now. May is a wonderful month, isn’t it!
    Here’s my link, and I am really enjoying this vase indoors.
    Thanks Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I love the shape and colour of Jazz, new this year from PN. Christina has it as well. I love May too – such abundance and plenty of promise too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. You have outdone yourself today with this beautiful collection of flowers, Cathy including the white garlic flowers ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Battered and fried, anyone?) I love your budding Clematis mixed in with the tulips and other spring beauties, and am happy to see your Ranunculus in bloom. One might think raspberry pink one of your favorite colors ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Rhodochrosite is a lovely accent to the tableaux. It was nice that everyone muddled along while you were away, and so very nice that you are back again in your garden. I’m cutting roses for my vase this week, and probably for the next few. We’re now into early summer and everything has come awake from its winter slumber. Pleasure indeed ๐Ÿ˜‰ Best wishes, WG

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth – I would like to have had the clematis trailing down but unfortunately the stems were just too stiff and straight. It is indeed lovely to back reading and commenting on everyone else’s vases again as well as being able to have the pick of the garden for my own ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Welcome back, Cathy! Pink is such a beautiful colour in a garden, I like it very much, thanks for sharing your wonderful vase! This is my vase:

  29. Amy says:

    Sweet in pink! I love the combinations here, Cathy. And the runner is perfect… Lamprocapnos – how am I to remember that, especially since I can’t grow them anymore? They bloomed beautifully in the rather old-fashioned garden which came with our home in Chicago… when I was about nine years old. It was the first time we had had a real backyard, so it was where I actually learned about plants growing in the ground. All of the varieties which were planted there still have a lot of nostalgia for me (especially bleeding heart and tulips!), despite the fact I didn’t much care for living in Chicago ;P Forgive the memory trip… I must go photograph today’s vase…

  30. Cathy,
    And to think that I almost missed your spectacular vase! Love, love, love the narrow fuschia tulip.

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