In a Vase on Monday : Summer Breeze (makes me feel fine)

IMG_5205I was desperate to use my first yellow roses (bravely included in the garden for the first time, having resisted their ‘yellowness’ for a long time) as soon as I could, so when the buds responded to a boost of warm June air by beginning to burst open the first three nascent blooms were plucked. They are from one of David Austin’s 2014 introductions, ‘The Poet’s Wife’, described as having a ‘neat outer ring of petals enclosing an informal group of petals within’, and a fragrance beginning with strong lemon tints, becoming stronger with age. I like the way the petals almost fade to white at their outer edges.

IMG_5204It was this combination of gentle yellow and the softness of the day that reminded me of warm summer days with a gentle breeze that wafts the fragrance of blooms throughout the garden – so any thoughts of a ‘hot hot hot’ vase dissipated in favour of a search for further blooms that would be pleasing to the poet’s wife. Thus we have a now label-less honeysuckle, Nasturtium ‘Milkmaid’, white aquilegia and ‘Dragon’s Breath’ aquilegia from Touchwood seed, Geum ‘Tequila Sunrise’ (complementing the colours of the latter), elegant buds of Eschscholzia ‘Ivory Castle’, immature flowerheads of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ and a single spike of unopened Hemerocallis ‘Mini Stella’. Joining the blooms were stems of bupleurium from the cutting beds, useful Luzula nivea and the perfect colour shaded contribution of Acer ‘Orange Dreams’, one of four tiny potted acers.

IMG_5199The blooms are displayed in the Uig Pottery ‘flowerstone’ I bought on our trip to the Outer Hebrides, although Uig itself is on Skye and the flowerstone travelled further westwards with us. I should, of course, have taken a ‘before’ photograph as you can’t make it out clearly now it is full of flowers. It is reminiscent of a hollow discus with holes of varying diameters in the top half and was made in various finishes but I liked this one, called ‘Expressive Landscape’, best as the mottled brown base and soft blue upper half did indeed remind me of a highland landscape – across which a summer breeze is now wafting. Unfortunately the holes are not as practical as you might think as stems have to be cut quite short to encourage the blooms to stand up rather than lean at haphazard angles.

IMG_5203Inspiration for appropriate props was lacking – but this tiny faience tea set in colours that complemented the blooms and the blue of the flowerstone hinted at lazy afternoons in a summer garden, taking tea and cake and making easy conversation, one’s senses assailed by that summer breeze and all the pleasures it carries upon it…

Would you like to bring the pleasure of blooms or other material from your garden into your home on a Monday, popping them into a vase to enjoy during the week? Those of us who look forward to this regular Monday fix can highly recommend it – the pleasure of choosing blooms, admiring them at close quarters and sharing them with other bloggers has exceeded all expectations. It does not have to be every week – just as and when is fine – and material can be plonked or arranged or displayed however you want. It is a personal challenge for your own pleasure – but sharing it can enhance that pleasure, so ideally do leave links to and from your post so we can have a peep at what you have in your vase (or jam jar or whatever!) ps I may be a little tardy to replying to your comments or checking out your vases this week, but I will catch up when I can…


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62 Responses to In a Vase on Monday : Summer Breeze (makes me feel fine)

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    Your arrangement with its soft colors makes me feel fine too Cathy. ‘The Poet’s Wife’ makes a strong focal point–the description of its fragrance sounds lovely. Thanks for hosting. My vase today is

    • Cathy says:

      I have realised since that I have never put together a vase in these shades before – to see it still takes me by surprise!

  3. Hannah says:

    I have a similar peachy rose blooming now, but didn’t have it in my arrangement. I like the contrasting vase, and the tiny whimsical tea set is so cute. My arrangement is part of a post here-

  4. homeslip says:

    What soft delicious colours in this arrangement. I really like it. Sometimes I think that yellow to apricot roses have a nicer fragrance than pink roses, but this may be becuase I am suffering from pink peony and pink rose sensory overload. Certainly I have been sniffing a lot of roses lately … Anyway here is my link, I nearly didn’t post today as it’s been raining and is quite miserable oustide but once I started I so enjoyed the process. Flower arranging should be available on the NHS don’t you think?

  5. rusty duck says:

    ‘The Poet’s Wife’ is a gorgeous rose 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jessica – I am certainly not disappointed in choosing her rather than Graham Thomas, which was my alternative

  6. Cathy that is a stunning rose. I wish I had better conditions for more roses but alas I have the lovely pinks and reds and one pastel yellow. It does make a beautiful vase with some very nice cream and pastel orangey colors to highlight. The acer foliage is perfect. Your vase brings summer softly in on a breeze.

    Her is my link for the week:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – I was a little reticent about cutting the acer as it is such a small plant, but the colouration was perfect so I am glad I did

  7. Beautiful summer arrangement, and I love your yellow rose. 🙂

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  9. Cathy says:

    So pretty – the yellow rose, honeysuckle and Aquilegia complement each other very nicely and I love the vase! Definitely summery and I can feel that breeze wafting this way. 🙂
    Here’s my summery vase for today. Thanks Cathy!

  10. Summer Breeze makes me feel fine makes me want to listen to that lovely song by the Isley Brothers, i do hope you were singing as you arranged your blooms? This week I am joining you and it is all about other peoples left overs.

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  12. So incredibly nice that this morning I had in mind the same idea of a summer breeze and many different flowers in a vase, but while down in the garden, I have decided to do something else! Love your vase, Cathy, that awesome yellow rose so inspiring surrounded by flowers that show it off! This is my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for your kind comnents Anca. It’s funny how ideas come together or sometimes change at the last minute.

  13. Kris P says:

    Yellow is my favorite color and your vase does it proud with its gentle tones. ‘The Poet’s Wife’ is worthy of her place in your garden. Summer here is anything but gentle so fiery tones are more reflective of the season but I have some yellow too: Thanks, as always, for hosting, Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      You are welcome Kris. I am beginning to appreciate yellow in the garden more than I used to, but I still find these softer yellows easier on the eye

  14. croftgarden says:

    You have excelled this week. Lovely colour combinations and such a beautiful rose!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christine – and to think that it wasn’t too long ago that I had NO roses at all apart from the Rector who was there when we came

  15. johnvic8 says:

    Your vase this week, as always, is quite special. I love the combination of colors you have put together. Thanks for this grand idea. Mine is at

  16. Anna says:

    Oh I am reticent when it comes to yellow but ‘The Poet’s Wife’ seems to have a soft warm tone about her which is most appealing. You’ve found the perfect companions to keep her company Cathy. Here it’s been more of a cool summer gale today rather than than a warm summer breeze but I’m optimistic about tomorrow. My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      It felt very daring buying a yellow rose, Anna, but I bravely bought The Pilgrim too and also Agnes which is a rugosa. Will be looking at bloggers’ vases later in the week as we are away in the campervan – will also email dates

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  18. jenhumm116 says:

    Ohh, a lovely soft arrangement. Certainly makes me feel fine!
    Here’s my offering – actually four vases on a Friday night, but I hope you’ll forgive me.

  19. Eliza Waters says:

    Ooh, what a luscious mix you have for us this week, Cathy, all dewdrop fresh! Such a pretty rose, too. Love the little tea set, so darling. Thanks, again for hosting this fun meme.

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  21. rickii says:

    You’ve outdone yourself this week. While you went for abundance, I went the simple route:

  22. I’ve joined you in the Monday Vase for the past couple of weeks, but this is the first time I’ve remembered to post a comment!

    Your blooms are always amazing. Mine are thin pickings this week: small garden, little experience, cold winds!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks for joining in and sorry we didn’t get to see your vases before – I shall be late catching up but look forward to seeing yours

  23. Christina says:

    I’m having trouble with the Internet, or rather I was this morning, I left a comment but it didn’t connect. I love the delicate yellow roses. I’m not going to be able to post today as I’m in the desert, so not a lot of flowers to pick.

    • Cathy says:

      Cacti perhaps?! Although that’s probably just a fallacy from old television westerns I expect! I am just using my phone just to reply to comments as we are not at home and some blogs don’t recognise who I am as I think you have found too

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  25. Hi Cathy, I’m SO late! (or early for next week???) Yellow roses! Just this summer I’ve decided that I wanted to add them to my garden, too. And perhaps like you, this is after my thinking for a long time that I really didn’t want yellow roses. Your arrangement is lovely, Cathy. The colours all sit so nicely together. I do hope you’ll take a picture of the vase when it is empty too. Here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Dana – and this vase made me realise how easily other things could complent the yellow rose. Do let me know if you decide to go down the yellow rose route too…

  26. Amy says:

    I wish all yellow roses looked like that – just gorgeous 😉 The rest of the material creates such a lavish look. It’s just turned Tuesday here, but I nearly managed to post before Monday was over… Perhaps my creativity was spurred by a long day, but this one is more out of the box than most of mine!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – and I look forward to seeing where out of the box took you when I catch up on blogs later in the week

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – and I must admit to being surprised when I saw the photos as I didn’t expect them to look so dark and it changes the appearance completely, doesn’t it?

  27. That’s a beautiful vase, Cathy, with beautiful soft colours. What made you change your mind about yellow roses? Although seeing the blooms, that’s maybe a daft question! A good choice! I like the idea of including the new buds of Annabelle – how versatile can she be?! The vase sounds really interesting – a different take on a rose bowl, perhaps? Never come across one before. And I love the dinky teaset!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ali. It was seeing them on other people’s blogs and in gardens we visited – a slow epiphany really, but I am glad I took the plunge. Also they are in the new shrub border which I suppose isn’t colour themed in any way – I wouldn’t have had anywhere else to put them otherwise

  28. Annette says:

    Beautiful, Cathy, I first thought the 1st image is a painting, it’s delightful! Such colour harmony. The plant names made me laugh though – Milkmaid, okay, but why would anyone christen an Aquilegia ‘Dragon’s breath’??? Happy summer days 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – the DB was the name given to seeds from a mix of fiery aquilegias so probably quite apt really 😉

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  30. Is there room for one more! I have only just got my internet connection back and don’t want to miss out! Here’s my Vase:
    I love your beautifully soft arrangement Cathy and the way you describe it is so poetic – a delight!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thank you – and sorry about your internet problems. Look forward to catching up on your hot and haiku vase when I am back home with my internet connection!

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  32. Chloris says:

    Lovely Cathy, is the summer breeze ‘blowing through the jasmine of your mind’ ? I adore these soft colours. A good choice of rose, I don’ t know ‘ The Poet’ s Wife’, but it looks fabulous.

    • Cathy says:

      There is certainly something something blowing through my mind, Chloris… 😉 Oh, and The Poet’s Wife was a new DA introduction last year

  33. Bec says:

    Hi Cathy,
    That’s such lovely soft colours, great flower combinations and the rose is beautiful – I love the cool little teaset too. All very summery 🙂 here’s my contribution

    – late as usual as I’d been away with my mum (I’m still catching up with comments on my blog) – sorry…

    Have a good week

    Love bec xx

  34. Tresa's Art says:

    A very picturesque arrangement.

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