In a Vase on Monday: St Clement’s

IMG_6055These self-seeded nasturtiums appeared out of nowhere a number of weeks ago and have been flowering their little nasturtium socks off since, their cheeriness (almost) making up for the fact that they are sprawling across the path and not behaving themselves in the border. They are certainly brighter than anything else in the garden so deserve to be featured in today’s vase on Monday – anything except the orange peppers I mentioned yesterday which have joined them in the vase, along with an intact sprig of Golden Hornet crab apples before they all end up on Rotten Row. The vase is a simple Royal Doulton jug (car boot find) with an orange stripe on the handle and a thin orange line around the rim.

Given advance notification of my intentions for the vase I could have cooked up a jar or two of St Clement’s curd (made with oranges and lemons) to support the theme but, as it invariably is, it was an off-the-cuff vase – and anything other than lemon curd would be an inferior substitute anyway, this being my Number One for taste and ‘mouthfeel’…mmm, I am salivating just thinking about it! Alternative props were in the form of tiny board books IMG_6052from two different sets, one featuring numbers and colours and the other letters of the alphabet, with a handbell to add completeness to the St Clement’s theme*. The bell was in the house when we came and most probably came from the Victorian school which gave our lane its name and which has been a private residence since it closed.

As always it has given me so much pleasure choosing what to put in a vase for today – and just as much joy looking at the completed vase as I write this post. Even the Golfer, a stalwart refusenik where ‘cut flowers’ are concerned, has begun to appreciate and comment on these weekly vases – now that’s progress! What can you find in your garden or forage in the wild to bring into your house or and pop in a vase for your pleasure this week? Do share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.

IMG_6053*Don’t get it…? ‘Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clement’s, etc…’

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70 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: St Clement’s

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  2. Love the mix of peppers (great colour) and nasturtiums. I too have some nasturtiums that only started to flower a couple of weeks ago – makes you wonder why they have been sitting there all this time and only now ……
    Here’s my ‘vase’:

  3. A very scrumptious vase full!

  4. Hannah says:

    The peppers look so shiny and succulent, I like the left one that makes a heart shape at the top. They look so vibrant with the billowy Nasturtiums, and I like their red bee guides. The cup is rather billowy too, and the lemon and orange cards fit nicely with the color scheme and crab apples. I liked your grandma family resemblances you did formerly and presented one too-

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Hannah – I was pleased with how well they went together. The peppers helped by sitting nicely on the rim of the jug!

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  6. Sam says:

    A lovely, sunshine-y vase Cathy. I do love cheery Nasturtiums. I have had a go at a vase myself for the first time! It’s very ‘beginner-ish’ but it is at:

  7. Christina says:

    The peppers are a gorgeous colour Cathy, are they very hot? No vase from me today as we are inundated with gifts of flowers which are, of course, shop bought from the many visitors that are visiting my MIL. I’m keeping my hand in with arranging these but it is interesting that I now actually prefer flowers from the garden to shop bought ones!

    • Cathy says:

      Not hot at all Christina – they were grown from seedlings given to me by one of The Golfer’s playing partners. She usually collects seed from peppers and tomatoes she has bought and enjoyed (and then saves seed from the ones she grow, I expect). These and the long red ones have always done well for me in the greenhouse – without any special attention. I know what you mean about shop bought blooms – I was given some chrysanths nearly 3 weeks ago and they are still blooming in their vase, but still looking ‘unnatural’!

  8. Brian Skeys says:

    A bright vase Cathy, have you polished the peppers, they are so shiny. The Nasturtiums are just coming into there own in the garden here.
    I have had some help today creating my Vase at:

  9. You are so artistic. This is a beauty. Your meme has given Monday a good connotation. Happy Day

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  11. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Cathy, a lovely glowing vase this week.
    You’ll see I’ve got orange today too, but then I’ve also got practically everything else…

  12. Noelle Mace says:

    A great theme again, and I am ‘singing’ your praises over on my blog. Oranges and Lemons….
    Mine is still very pink….

  13. AnnetteM says:

    Lovely bright vase, and very clever accessories. I remember once playing handbells a bit like yours when I used to go along to the local church for bellringing. I think we were having a break from the large bells.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – and how exciting doing bellringing! You don’t do it any more then?

      • AnnetteM says:

        No – I don’t think there are many churches near here with real bells that you can ring. I often think about it though and wonder if I could still do it. It is catastrophic if you don’t catch the sally (the furry bit of the rope!) I wish I had kept it up though as it is very interesting all the different ways the bells can be rung.

        • Cathy says:

          Our tiny village church has a single bell which I had the opportunity to ring at midnight at the Millenium – couldn’t quite get the hang of it though, or perhaps it was too heavy for me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Our nearby town church still has a set of bells which are rung regularly – always nice to hear

  14. Anna says:

    Oh nasturtiums are usually most naughty in their habits but they are still rather nice Cathy. They make a most sunny combination with the peppers. Your old school bell reminds me of long ago days when I was a bell monitor. If only yours could talk it would have some tales to tell. I was hoping to get back into creating a vase today, but was called away suddenly last week to look after a poorly Mum and I’m still away from home. Hopefully I shall be able to participate next week.

    • Cathy says:

      The bell monitor!! I never got to be monitor for anything ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So sorry your Mum has not been well – hope she is feeling more herself soon. Don’t forget to wave when you pass through by on the train on your way back!

  15. Ann Edwards Photography says:

    I love the rambling habit of nasturtiums and of course their bright vivid colours too – a very cheery vase! Here is my link –

    • Cathy says:

      I grew some softer colours from seed this year but they suffered from lack of rain. These self-seeded ones are clearly made of sterner stuff!

  16. homeslip says:

    Loving those oranges Cathy. This little jugs really sings of zest and playfulness. I’m sorry but I couldn’t make a decision today so I’ve included all my vases. Here is my link:

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  18. Cathy says:

    How bright and cheerful! And you always come up with ingenious props too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the sound of your lemon and orange curd Cathy… I am going to attempt my own marmalade this winter.
    Here’s my vase for today:
    Thanks for hosting again!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I enjoy the added challenge of the props and I like to read the reasons behind other people’s too. Do have a go at making your own preserves – have to confess I don’t always get the peel softened properly when I make marmalade…

  19. A wonderful bit of beautiful to begin the new week…Love the joyful colors.

  20. Kris P says:

    Your storehouse of props never ceases to amaze me, Cathy. I love the bright, cheerful colors of this week’s vase too. I just planted nasturtium seeds in my front garden, where everything else is taking a time-out, so I hope to have some cheerful flowers of my own soon.

    My vase is what may be the last hurrah for the pink Eustoma this year. I admit I’m getting tired of the flowers myself, pretty as they are.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – and there is probably a lifetime’s supply of Monday props here, in some form or another ๐Ÿ˜‰ But tired of eustoma – surely not?!

  21. Eliza Waters says:

    What a sweet little vase – I love the orange peppers! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Here’s my post this week, might be my last as we got clobbered with frost this weekend. Many thanks for hosting, it is great fun to see what everyone has put up each week.

  22. Love it, very cheerfully seasonal and grey sky defying.

  23. johnvic8 says:

    The orange peppers are a stroke of genius. Beautiful.

  24. pbmgarden says:

    Hi Cathy. I’ll echo praise for the peppers–great feature. And I love nasturtiums, a perfect pairing with the peppers. The little board books bring back memories, so cute.

    My not-quite-a-vase is

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – the peppers were such a spur of the moment addition but I am so pleased I included them, and the crab apples too

  25. Cath says:

    What a lovely pumpkiny vase, and everything edible as well! I love nasturtiums and don’t mind that they become quite rampant at times. My ‘Aunt in Law’ uses the Bishop’s Crown chiles we gave her in flower arrangements – they are very pretty and she doesn’t use many in cooking. My vase this week is at .

    • Cathy says:

      Oh I didn’t make that connection, Cath – the nasturtiums are edible! Well spotted – I could have gone down a different theme altogether if I had cottoned on to that when I first put the vase together! I am not sure what a Bishop’s Crown chilli looks like but I can imagine it

      • Cath says:

        Well we always call them ‘Little Hats’ – and some people call them ‘bells’, if that helps your imagination. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Chloris says:

    Lovely, you have made me want to go out and get my own orange vase together. The clouds just glow. My nasturtiums have been blooming non- stop

  27. Chloris says:

    For weeks now. Sorry, my thumb is too big and keeps sending when I am have not finished.
    When I was little I thought nasturtiums were called ‘Nasty Urchins’ and that is how I always think of them now. Your Nasty Urchins are very pretty.

  28. Chloris says:

    PS. Clouds? Predictive writing drives me nuts. I meant colours!

  29. I am stopping by late as we just got back in town from a family event…we were delayed a day with weather but it was worth it. I adore this vase as the peppery tasting nasturtiums are perfect with the peppers….I have some nasturtiums coming up again that must have self-seeded….amazing flower.

    Here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      I do have the occasional nibble on a nasturtium leaf to remind myself that they are edible, but that’s as far as it goes… Glad your family event wasn’t spoilt by the weather and the delay.

  30. Amy says:

    It’s wonderful how you’ve created your oranges and lemons look with nasturtiums and peppers, Cathy! Nasturtiums are probably on the list for winter/spring here as there is really nothing else with quite their happy charm ๐Ÿ™‚
    I went with cool colours this week, and circumstances combined to delay my post, but it is up at last (love what my post title becomes here – favourite and few, ha!):

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  32. I like all of the orange, and the peppers are a perfect accent! I love the song, too–used to sing it in the car to my children when they were small–perhaps one of very few US citizens who knew all the words! And St. Clemens curd sounds delicious!

    I’m putting it up quite late, but my post this week includes several vases I assembled last Saturday, just before our first freeze of the season:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kimberley – and in this day and age it’s amazing that these old rhymes still persist, although I wonder for how much longer… Don’t worry about being ‘late’ – it’s lovely that you still think about posting beyond Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

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