In a Vase on Monday: Pink and Proud of it!

IMG_5098Today’s vase is very definitely pink but I was so determined to use some of my small crop of ranunculus and they needed a little accompaniment which was quickly provided by Astrantia ‘Buckland’, self-seeded aquilegia and Persicaria ‘Superbum’ and foliage courtesy of Alchemilla mollis. Ah – nearly forgot the few sprigs of heuchera flowers added at the last minute.

IMG_5077Having put together a posy of some these a day or two before, as a gift for a friend, I was happy to partially replicate it for the vase with the ranunculus as an added attraction. The latter (Aviv Rose & Aviv Dark Pink) have not made sturdy plants but nevertheless each produced a number of stems with the most gorgeous blooms (meant to last two or three weeks when cut) – and getting them to flowering stage is a feat never previously accomplished in the number of years I have tried!

Although all the blooms were cut with longish stems the ranunculus heads were top heavy and in the end I used a cut glass rose bowl with its own wire support (bought last week at a car boot sale after categorically stating before going out that I was not going to buy any vases – but for £2…? not worth resisting!) and cut the stems really short instead. The ranunculus, mostly swelling buds when picked, began opening as soon as they came into the house and have filled the vase with their generous heads of petals, interspersed with the other blooms. I love to use both aquilegia and astrantia in vases, where their intricate heads can be readily admired  close up – and am pleased to see some of my newer pinker astrantia now bulking up in the garden after a slow start.

IMG_5099Props today are pages of Philip Permutt’s book ‘The Crystal Healer’, open to show various pink crystals, and in the little dish are six of these – rose quartz, rhodonite, rhodochrosite, thulite, pink opal and pink tourmaline. Having taken the vase and the props outside, the abundance of fallen petals from Clematis montana ‘Warwickshire Rose’ immediately suggested a location for the photograph.

So there we have it – this week’s Vase on Monday. I wonder what will you find for yours? Just post links to and from this one so we can all see what you have found to bring you pleasure this week – I am certainly enjoying my ranunculus!


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65 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Pink and Proud of it!

  1. Delightful! I love a LOT of pink around me. AND thanks for introducing me to “Persicaria ‘Superbum’” – superb name!!!!! I must get some of that!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – and see Anna’s comment above (or maybe it’s below when you see it…) on Superbum’s name…. 😦

  2. I thought same as Wild Daffodil! Plus I love your props.

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  4. Petal & Pins says:

    I’ve gone pink too Julie!

  5. Cathy this is really so delightful with all the pink….I am beginning our purple phase right now in the garden so barely a drop of pink here…but I adore Astrantia and what a stunning vase they make….and the props are perfect especially the pink petals of clematis….

    I am using the last of some blooms in my vases….actually I have been making so many vases a week as I can’t get enough…..

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – astrantia are such good do-ers and I am really looking forward to the pink ones bulking up even more so I can pick them too. I have avoided making more than one up to now, apart from tiny ones with leftovers, but there is so much material I am eager to use that I will soon be doubling up, I am sure!

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Pink looks good on you Cathy! The ranunculus is pretty and worthy of having a vase bit around it. Glad you added that last up-close photo so I can peer right down into them and admire the detail. My vase was prepared yesterday and has already slumped a bit, but fortunately you won’t be able to tell:

    • pbmgarden says:

      I meant “vase built around it…”

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – I was pleased with the last photo, as I used to think I couldn’t get decent close-ups. I often make my vases on Sunday now so I can post them promptly on Monday – all the lovely ranunculus are fully open now 🙂

  7. Cathy says:

    Those ranunculus are luscious, Cathy. And quite a feat to get them to flower from seed. I remember them in your cutting garden post and am glad we get a chance to see them this week. And what good luck to pick up a good rose bowl like that for only £2 …

  8. Sarah says:

    I love the colour pink and although I try and curb my love I do find it featuring a lot in my home and garden. So many beautiful flowers in your vase today and your photos are wonderful too, altogether sumptuous. I’ve had fun with my vase today and here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for your kind comments, Sarah. There are so many different shades of pink that the variety can take you by surprise sometimes. Glad you have had fun today!

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  10. Cathy says:

    I do like those Ranunculus – I wonder how long they will last once cut. I think your Astrantia is my favourite in your pretty arrangement this week though. And Alchemilla of course! The Aquilegia is the perfect shade of pink to match. And is that Clover?
    Here’s my “vase” for today, also looking pretty in pastels!

    • Cathy says:

      I will feedback on the ranunculus – and I hope they come up again next year as well as last a couple of weeks in the vase! I wonder if it is the tip of the persicaria that you have mistaken for clover? I love the really tight-frilled aquilegia, don’t you?

      • Cathy says:

        Oh yes – what a lovely pale pink Persicaria! I have only seen darker pink ones. Mine won’t be in flower for some time yet. I may have to put that one on my list! 😉

  11. Rebecca says:

    Very pretty in pink! I love ranunculus – I had my first crop of them earlier this spring and they made excellent cut flowers! My vase this week also showcases a lot of pink flowers (with touches of yellow) and focuses on the hope that exists after we go through the literal or figurative storms in life (inspired by our recent storms and severe flooding in Texas).

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Rebecca – I suspect ranunculus will grow more reliably for you in Texas than the do here. I am intrigued by the symbolism of your vase and I am off to have a look now.

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  13. johnvic8 says:

    I don’t think I could ever get too much pink. Lovely as usual. Thanks for sharing. My offering for this week is at:

  14. Kris P says:

    It’s a beautiful arrangement, Cathy! The Ranunculus are scrumptious and Astrantia is another flower, like the peony, that I covet. I’m also in the pink this week (at least in part):

  15. Anna says:

    Oh what a delicious soft and subtle shades of pink vase Cathy and those intriguing crystals are the perfect companion. The petals of the ranunculus have a tissue like quality about them. I’m not sure why but I’ve never grown them and must rectify that sad state of affairs. I hate to tell you but Persicaria ‘Superbum’ has got a most boring new and hard to remember name 😦 It features in my post here :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna, and I will reluctantly go and check out Superbum’s new moniker. Does that mean the Dragon has a new name too…? 😦

  16. I can only say “WOW”! I thought those were peonies. Posted a very simple arrangement here: Now I need to take some pix for my end of the month post which is obviously going to be late.

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  18. Christina says:

    This is lovely Cathy, and well done you to grow the Ranunculus, I grew mine in the greenhouse. I almost didn’t have time to do a vase today but I really couldn’t miss, thanks for hosting, so here you are:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina, and strangely the ranunculs grown in my ordinary borders have made better plants than the ones in the cutting beds. I did try them in the greenhouse one year but they seemed to put on too much foliage too early – might do both next year, although I am hoping some will reappear…!

  19. Such a girls own collection of pinks, really lovely Cathy. Mine is a hotch potch today

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  21. Liz says:

    Hi Cathy,

    Lovely vase, hrm I keep seeing Ranunculus on blogs and I’m beginning to think perhaps I ought to give them a go some time…

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Liz – they are so cheap from Peter Nyssen otherwise I suppose I wouldn’t have kept on trying! No idea why they have done well this year but not before, though!

  22. Julie says:

    I am pleased to be back again this week Cathy – a much calmer day has helped! Your ranunculus are magnificent – I am still waiting for mine to flower so congratulations on your success! I think it is best to wire the stems of ranunculus if you want to keep long stems as they are very delicate – I think they look lovely on short stems though and work perfectly with your other additions.

    My contribution this week is also very pink –

    • Cathy says:

      Wiring the stems is worth thinking about, Julie – perhaps I should experiment… They were so long and straight when I picked them and the other alternative would have been a tall thin vase that that their heads would just have peeked out of, I suppose. Lots of pink about in this week’s vases!

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  25. I made it! I did tell myself this morning that I had so much to do, I could not possibly create a ‘Vase on Monday’ today – I wasn’t listening – the addiction has well and truly taken hold! I’m loving it! ❤

  26. Candy-tastic, Cathy! Well done on the ranunculus. Probably too cold and dark in my garden for such beauties to thrive, so I shall be content to gaze at yours with wistful admiration. Here’s mine:

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  28. rickii says:

    Maybe I gave up on Ranunculas too soon. Your success is heartening. Here’s more pink:

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  30. I LOVE pink! Your flowers are lovely Cathy. I am realising that I have loads of purple flowers and not nearly enough pink ones! Here is my link:
    Thanks Cathy! 🙂 Dana

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Dana – the colours seem to go in waves sometimes. Most of the self seeded aquilegia seem to be pink so that spreads the pink around a bit (although sometimes in the ‘wrong’ places!)

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  32. Your vase today is so soft and lovely. I’m looking closely, expecting to see fairies moving from flower to flower. Your Ranunculus are a lovely accomplishment and I am enjoying every photo. What a beautiful collection of minerals today, Cathy. Your pink post is my favorite so far, especially staged there on the fallen Clematis petals. I have cut the first of our Dahlias for my post today, and found a few roses still nice enough to cut and enjoy.
    Thank you for hosting, as always, and Happy June! WG

  33. Amy says:

    Such a delicious combination, Cathy! I can’t imagine a more delightful grouping of pinks. The clematis petals set it off perfectly. (Not to mention the lovely rose bowl 😉 ) I am promising myself to try some ranunculus in pots this winter – they are like roses and peonies to me, so much flower seems to be packed into each bloom.
    My vase for this week is also very colour-themed as I couldn’t resist combining a few flowers I would not usually think of putting together…:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy, and yes, they could easily be taken for roses or peonies. I hope I will have success with them next year too 🙂

  34. Helene says:

    I haven’t grown ranunculus for many years, maybe about time to get some again – yours are absolutely lovely. I happen to have gone pink today too, with roses from my new garden, here’s the link:

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