In a Vase on Monday: Xtravaganza

IMG_5510It was a fortnight since I last picked blooms from my own garden for a vase so there was always going to be plenty of choice – caution was therefore thrown  to the wind and I picked the boldest and brightest blooms. Snipping with gay abandon, I finished with a worryingly large bunch which was left for a few hours in a bucket of water whilst I searched for a vase big enough to contain such abundance. IMG_5517Jostling for position were Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ (below, top left), Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ (top middle), sweet pea ‘Purple Pimpernel’, Inula hookerii and Scabious ‘Cherry Pie’ (top right), Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’, Dahlia ‘Karma Amanda’, Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ and Echinops ritro (bottom left), Sweet William ‘Black Prince’, Crocosmia ‘Canary Bird’, Verbena bonariensis and Dwarf Coreopsis (bottom centre), Dahlia ‘Noordwijk’s Glory’, Dahlia ‘Karma Fuchsiana’, a partial view of Allium sphaerocephalon and more of that gorgeous knautia and the rudbeckia (bottom left). The red Amaranthus caudatus needs no further introduction but is not as striking as the green version I used a fortnight ago. Xtravaganza.1 Xtravaganza.2A wide neck vase was essential for this floral extravaganza but the limited length of some stems meant it couldn’t be too tall – nor too bright, to detract from the the blooms. A chunky globular green glass vase that was purchased largely for its decorative value, predating In a Vase on Monday by many years, fitted the bill well. Props were a Mother’s Day gift of the Ed Sheeran CD entitled, for some unknown reason, ‘X’, given to me by Younger Daughter because she thought I might enjoy the music (I did) and an extravagant looking titanium IMG_5520quartz cluster. Titanium quartz is formed by bonding titanium to quartz by a natural electrostatic procedure and combines the properties of both. Amongst other benefits, it is believed to heal the auric field and bring insight, compassion joy and spiritual insight. Even with the titanium coating you can clearly see the quartz’s distinctive hexagonal structure and note how it has grown at different rates over its creation. It is a pleasure to see these blooms across the table from me as I write and no doubt for several more days this week. After last week’s visit, I asked my Mum if she picked blooms for herself as well for her visitors – alas, only rarely it seems, as she prefers to see them in the garden. Many of those who post a vase on a Monday used to feel that way too, but have gradually come to realise that the pleasure of bringing blooms inside can equal the pleasure of seeing them in their natural state, and the joy of creating the vase, however simply put together, just adds to that pleasure – so we can highly recommend the weekly habit. Do join us – leaving links to and from this post so that we can share in your joy. IMG_5519

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72 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Xtravaganza

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Gorgeous Cathy! Riotous color from every direction. I really like that ‘Cherry Brandy’. Great photos too. My vase this week is

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks so much Susie. This annual rudbeckia and another one I did not include were grown from seed and have been brilliant from germination onwards – will look at other varieties next year too I think

  2. A rainbow of beautiful colors. 🙂

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  4. Christina says:

    You have picked some different flowers this week, gorgeous! I have R. Cherry Brandy but you’d think it was dwarf, so far none of them have found their way into a vase, but I live in hopes; your is lovely. Here’s my link

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – Cherry Brandy has only just opened but the plants are really sturdy and full of promise. Hope yours flower soon. It was good to use some different blooms – although I could have filled a few vases with dahlias!

  5. Chloris says:

    Beautiful, Cathy. I love it.Now is the time to really enjoy all these rich colours and the fruit of all your seed sowing labours.
    I am joining in this week to celebrate Yorkshire Day which was on Saturday.…s-of-the-roses/

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – but Yorkshire Day? What on earth makes it Yorkshire Day? Is it a Wars of the Roses thing? Silly questions really as you will tell us all in your post so I am off to find out…. 😉

  6. Ann Edwards Photography says:

    such beautiful blooms! I think this time of year, as we head towards late summer, is the time these brightly coloured flowers really come into their own. Here is my link this week -

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  8. Oh Cathy I am just overwhelmed by the beauty and color of this vase….so many incredible blooms here each one equally smashing. My post is long, but you will see the vases at the end….enjoy your home garden and all those gorgeous blooms!

  9. homeslip says:

    Stunning, so rich and vivid and your photos are glorious. I would love to be able to create a vase like this. How wonderful that you made this jewel-like arrangement from your own garden. My contribution seems wan and spare by comparison, but never mind there’s always next week. Here’s my link:

  10. Kris P says:

    “Snipping with gay abandon”! I love that line. I feel that way myself at times, when I get out of my planned mission mode and let the garden itself choose what should be cut. You went to town with this vase and the visit brought its own parade. I got a little carried away (again) myself this week and also snipped some Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy” along the way:

  11. Anca Tîrcă says:

    A beautiful summery rich vase! Thanks for sharing it, Cathy!
    My vase this week:

  12. Oooo, summer at its best! You’ve chosen my favorite colors. Since I learned that orange and purple/blue are opposite (and therefore perfectly designed to go together), I’ve LOVED that combination. I don’t have one of mine photographed in time for your meme, but I’m so enjoying the work of others. And as always, your charmed writing Cathy!

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  14. Julie says:

    Wow Cathy – I am exhausted from reading that long list of flowers you were able to pick this week!! I think it is a testament to your note taking that you were able to name all the varieties – I tend to be more generic when describing my flowers as I have usually lost the seed packet and label and am too lazy to hunt out the order form. I love your joyous vase and am sure that your flowers and props are filling you with insight, compassion & joy – what a lovely combination of attributes!

    My vase this week is at:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – and I love looking at it too. I don’t label the ones in the cutting beds but I do have that plan of the beds with the names on it which is invaluable. And I do still have the seed packets if I need more info…! 😉 I just need to be more selective with my choices for next year and not add lots of free and 99p trial packets of T&M seeds just because they are free or cheap!

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  16. I love all of that color! So vibrant! After a very long absence, I have vases this week!

  17. Brian Skeys says:

    That is an X rated colourful vase Cathy. It must give you great satisfaction to be able to go out into your garden and pick such a colourful selection of flowers. I guess one advantage in cutting a vase is with our weather you can still enjoy them on wet days.

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  20. rickii says:

    So dense and rich…I wish I had your luck growing Amaranth. I visited a garden yesterday that had stalks of the stuff at least 12 feet tall. Everyone is so colorful this week. My offering will be quite a contrast:

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  22. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Cathy, what a gorgeous,vibrant vase, I love it.
    Mine’s actually quite restrained this week – in colour if not in form!

  23. Lovely, just lovely! So many vibrant colors. Here’s my post for this week:

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  25. Wow! I am a teeny tiny bit jealous!!! (teeny tiny, because jealousy is really not a nice thing at all, but hopefully you’ll understand???) I LOVE the colours and textures and everything! Gorgeous. Despite my having an arrangement that is incredibly simple, I will add my link 🙂
    Thanks Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Understood and appreciated Dana! Lots of bloggers want to apologise for a ‘simple’ vase – no need, as simple is just as lovely!

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  27. Gorgeous! What color! Your titanium quartz is striking. I haven’t come across that one yet, but it works so well with your flowers. My vase this week is entirely edible 🙂 Welcome back home to your garden! I hope you found it in good order..

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks WG. I have a single point of titanium quartz as well but I do like to see the natural formation of this piece. All well in the garden – tomatoes well watered but nothing else needed watering!!

      • I’m glad you found your garden well watered and happy when you returned. I prefer clusters as well, for most purposes, and natural stones as opposed to cut ones. The heat and precious metal treated stones fascinate me as they bring out a new beauty in the quartz.

  28. Hannah says:

    The flowers are so gorgeous together, especially in a sumptuous ball, I particularly like the streaks and colors in the Alstroemeria. I grew Cherry Brandy from seed too, and found the edges rather yellow but they seem to be darkening with age. I hope it will still aspire to the big clump I saw in a nursery that made me want to grow it. My link is-

    • Cathy says:

      Thnaks Hannah – and I am really pleased with the alstroemeria as it is something that I have struggled to grow for a number of years but this and another are doing really well and Indian Summer has been in flower for ages. Hopefully it will survive till next year!

  29. Debra says:

    The colors are captivating! What brilliance. I see jewels in your arrangement!

  30. Sam says:

    Absolutely lovely – gorgeous colours. Love that combination.

  31. homeslip says:

    Hello Cathy, it’s hard to be specific about my comfrey tea making and watering. I definitely err on the side of caution but as an example one can diluted about 1:20 does my five tomato plants and one chilli plant at the allotment once a week. I’ve also been using it on my ever-bearing strawberries and now they’re fruiting really well. I think it works well to promote flowering especially on plants you want to keep going like roses and dahlias. Monty had a good piece about comfrey tea on last Friday’s GW. I’ve been using it at home for the past couple of weeks too especially on my pots of agapanthus, my camellia and the roses.

  32. I love this kind of Xtravaganza! You used some great flowers and the colour combination is gorgeous!

  33. Eliza Waters says:

    Very beautiful vase this week – I love all the colors and the titanium quartz picks up a lot of those colors. Here is my vase: Thanks for hosting!

  34. Anna says:

    Oh a glorious concoction Cathy. That piece of titanium quartz is like an iridescent rainbow. I want a piece 🙂 Sorry for my very late comment but I’ve been away visiting my mother and then under the weather. Email on its way to you soon. Hope that you’re enjoying the weekend and had the same fabulous weather that we did yesterday.

    • Cathy says:

      Sorry to hear you have not been too well, Anna – hope you are on course again soon and also that your Mum was OK when you visited. The w/e has certainly been hotter than one might have expected and there is no sign of rain here yet… 😦

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