In a Vase on Monday: Remastered

IMG_5350I hadn’t realised till I Googled Van Gogh’s sunflowers that there were in fact four versions of the famous picture, with different coloured backgrounds and different sunflowers.

IMG_5351Any attempt to accurately remaster the paintings would have been thwarted by my lack of ownership of an appropriate brown jug, but I was more than happy to use this lovely spotted yellow one instead and add a ‘little brown jug’ with some tagetes as a token prop instead. Choosing the version of the painting with a turquoise background and orange foreground meant I could take advantage of the light pouring into an upstairs room with the requisite turquoise walls (each wall is in fact a different shade of turquoise, from dark to light, this probably being the lightest) and spread a piece of my useful orange felt on a table for the jugs to stand on. Simple and effective – and quick!

It was a joy to be able to cut as many stems as I wanted from the multi-branched ‘Ruby Eclipse’ sunflowers in the cutting beds. There are also some growing in one of the bold borders too and I was pleased to see that some of these blooms do have the distinctive darker ring. On the plants that were cut are several double or fused blooms, like the double head the front of the vase and the large squashed-looking head at the back.

two.flowersIt is a real joy to give house room to this vase of sunflowers – there is no doubt that this will bring me pleasure during the week. What will you cut from your garden to put in vase on Monday to bring you joy? Please share it with us by adding links from your post to this one and vice versa.

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59 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Remastered

  1. What a great idea to recreate a famous painting. I’m laid up with a virus, so won’t be entering a vase this week 😦 but I will enjoy looking at everyone else’s. That will definitely perk me up.

  2. Annette says:

    Neither had I but thanks for sharing it. Lovely sunflowers – didn’t get around to sowing yours this spring…too madly busy but then I’ve something to look forward to next year. Hope all is well with you and that you don’t have to spend hours running around like a lunatic watering the thirsty and bewildered πŸ˜‰ Have a good week!

    • Cathy says:

      Ooh, you tease…! I have been too busy marking children’s test papers to do much running around the garden in the last couple of months but am now blitzing all the little tasks that have mounted up. The sweet pea seeds you gave me are flowering nicely – thank you.

  3. Gina says:

    I love the Sunflowers. They always seem to brighten a day, especially when it’s as grey and miserable as today.

    Here’s my offerings for today, all cut in the pouring rain this morning. I must be mad

    love and hugs xxxx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Gina – I am afraid I picked them and prepared the post yesterday whilst it was still sunny, but they are the perfect antidote to today’s rain! Saved me getting wet picking today – tee hee! πŸ™‚

  4. homeslip says:

    I wasn’t going to do a vase this week Cathy as I’ve just painted my kitchen table and it’s trying to rain and the allotment and garden are parched to the bone but seeing your gorgeous re-creation makes me want to re-consider so watch this space … I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, this meme is just brilliant at perking us all up on a Monday morning!

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, thanks! I love the meme too – and even a photo and just a few words is fine if you are pushed for time and at at least you will have a vase to enjoy …

  5. pbmgarden says:

    An artful arrangement Cathy–really very lovely and cheery. Van Gogh would want to paint these sunflowers too I imagine. Thanks for hosting. My vase today is

  6. Love this idea and so creative Cathy. I had no idea about the 4 versions of this favorite painting so I will be looking for these….love both vases ands especially the turquoise walls…many of my sunflowers are volunteers and one is already blooming but it is not fr cutting as it stays in the veg bed….others I hope will sport flowers soon as I am anxious to cut them for vases.

    Here’s mine for this week….

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – I was so excited to be using a whole bunch of them as I have never had more than a couple of blooms at a time before!

  7. Noelle says:

    Even on a rainy day, you arrangement cries out ‘Sunshine’. Thanks for sharing the way you have come to compose your picture. For this week I wanted the both!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Noelle – and I very nearly made two vases this week, but then decided to let the sunflowers shine on their own.

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  9. Gillian says:

    Your sunflowers and interpretation of the famous painting are wonderful Cathy. I’ve gone for Sweet Peas today… I had planned a lovely yellow bunch but nature insisted on Sweet Peas! So it’s yellow tomorrow I think.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Gillian. It’s funny how the things can change your mind at the last minute – although admittedly nothing else stood a chance today with all those sunflowers to pick!

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  11. Christina says:

    Lovely Cathy, you really can’t go wrong with a jug of sunflowers, I’m only sorry tht I missed so many of mine while I was away, I’m thinking of sowing some more as the season is so much longer here and with the heat seeds are germinating in a couple of days. Here’s my link:

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  13. homeslip says:

    Looking at your inspiring vase again makes me want to cycle to allotment and pick a bunch of cheery yellow calendula with maroon centres and put them in a terracotta jug in my blue bedroom, just for the fun of it. I enjoyed arranging and photographing and writing about my vase, all the while listening to an entertaining play about John Donne. I love Mondays and here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, was that on Radio 4? I sometimes listen to the afternoon play if I have listened the Archers then rather than the night before – I like JD’s poetry so would have listened if I had realised! It used to seem quite indulgent to pick flowers just for the fun of it – but now we do it every Monday!

  14. Anna says:

    Oh most expertly remastered Cathy and oh what a master Vincent was. One of my favourite artists. I wish that my sunflowers had not been nibbled by the wretched molluscs as I will not have any to pick this summer. What’s the secret of your success getting them to maturity? I’ve been foraging on and around the beach for this week’s vase :

    • Cathy says:

      The beach – is this French beach, Anna? Thanks for your kind comments – and I definitely put my sunflower success down to the plastic bottles although I have actually seen very few slugs around this year anyway.

  15. Those are lovely sunflowers, so luxurious with their big petals! Perfect against the turquoise wall too.

    I’m joining up this week, it’s an opportunity to showcase bits that others might have just tossed in the compost bin:

  16. Julie says:

    Hi Cathy – I am popping I from Santa Cruz to admire your stunning sunflowers! What a great idea to take your inspiration from a Van Gogh. We are on the road with not a cut flower in sight so nothing from me again this week – perhaps there will be more inspiration in Vegas next Monday.

  17. Kris P says:

    I love your sunny sunflowers and the colorful backdrop – and that spotted jug, which nicely mirrors the dark centers of the flowers. I also have a sunflower to share this week but it’s not sunny at all:

    Thanks for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – the vase was from an antique fair and I paid more than I usually would as I loved it so much. It is certainly ‘spot on’ for these sunflowers!

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  19. jenhumm116 says:

    Lovely, sunny sunflowers! I’ve had the first two blooms from the Ruby Eclipse seeds you kindly sent, but sadly by the time I saw them (in the cutting garden down the road) they were past their best. Plenty more to look forward to though….
    I do have some sunflowers in my arrangement this week, but don’t think they’re the sort to turn Van Gogh’s head!
    Thanks for hosting, it’s lovely to be back.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jen – and I am glad you have had some success with these sunflowers yourself. Did yours have the ruby ring to them?

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  21. Bec says:

    Thank you – your sunflowers really brightened my day – It’s hurling down with rain in Manchester today and feels like March – at least my water butts are full πŸ™‚ here’s my vase – hydrangea flowers

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Bec – it didn’t hurl here, but it has partially topped up our butts. I am waiting to see how well we have managed to link two together – not quite there yet!

      • Bec says:

        hope the linked water butts work ok – my chap linked another slimline one to the existing one (he put some wood under it to jack it up) and they both fill up fine… I use the one furthest from the drain pipe first… so it’s not in there for ages.

  22. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful, Cathy! As pretty as a picture, as they say. πŸ™‚ I admire the care you put into ‘remastering’ one of Van Gogh’s great works.
    Here’s my vase this week, rather light and airy, but it is so hot, I thought it might look ‘cooler’ this way. πŸ˜‰

  23. Elizabeth W says:

    Hi Cathy, love your sunflowers – they are a ray of sunshine on what has been a miserably gloomy, and wet, day. My sowing of sunflower seeds has been a dismal failure – not one has come up! In fact, my cutting patch has been a non-event. Thankfully, the annual bed has performed rather better. Ah well, it’s all a learning process. There’s two vases from me this week – here’s the link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth – and I have to say that everything in my cutting beds were started inside and planted out later. I would rather do it this way than direct sow and am more confident of success.

      • Elizabeth W says:

        Thanks for the tip, Cathy. I did start a great many seeds indoors and that worked well but I run out of room, so thought it would be okay to sow outdoors following the instructions on the packets. Not so. Hoping to have more success in the coming year. Mystic Merlin – what I do, which might not be what’s recommended exactly, is cut off the leaves that grow huge and floppy and cut them down frequently to encourage side shoots … it doesn’t do them any harm at all so I’d say go ahead, cut your Mystic Merlin back. Crazy Daisy – from what other gardeners have told me, these seed very freely. As this is the first year of flowering for me I’m hoping they do, and if they do I’ll pop some of the seeds in the post to you because they really are gorgeous πŸ™‚

  24. johnvic8 says:

    WE are having a bit too much sun and not enough rain, but I will still say ‘hooray’ for your sunflowers. they are fantastic.
    My offering this week:

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  26. rickii says:

    I envy your abundance of sunflowers. Only one defied the slugs to flourish here and I will enjoy it where it stands, in honor of its persistence. Mine is a cool theme this time:

  27. Amy says:

    And I thought mine was bright πŸ˜‰ I love your van Gogh inspiration, Cathy! Simply lovely, especially with the turquoise and orange – it’s great to get ideas from the master! The tagetes are delightful little things in their own right too! Here is my vase – you can tell that I thought it bright enough…:

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  29. tjparis says:

    I love your idea of recreating a classic floral work of art. Beautiful shot. I found some unseasonal tulips and irises at our local fruit and veg shop and tried a photo or two. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for brightening my day!

  30. Masterful. I must try to grow enough sunflowers next year to pick.

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