In a Vase on Monday: Loose Women

IMG_6288When I see the gorgeous blooms of ‘The Poet’s Wife’ every time I look out of the windows at the back of the house how could I not resist picking some of them to share with you at closer quarters?

IMG_6294I have said it before and will no doubt say it over and over again that any rose which produces such beautiful blooms at the end of November must surely be a winner – and the buds are beautiful too, yellow suffused with pink. Having found another perfect bloom, this time of ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’, lying on the ground after one of the recent windy spells I looked up and saw there were several others above my head still attached to the plant – so she has joined Mrs Poet in today’s vase, making a group of loose women if ever there was one.

I have never seen the television programme ‘Loose Women’ so I haven’t a clue what antics they get up to, but I am sure it will involve shoes in some way or other – and hence the props, a collection of little plastic shoes (Sindy’s?) which are just the quirky sort of thing which appeals to me and which sit on one of my shelves along with other miniatures. Props are not obligatory for a Monday vase but it adds to the challenge and for me they tie neatly in with the blooms and the title in a most satisfactory way 🙂 The vase is a glazed Bretby vase which in hindsight was possibly a little over-large for the contents, which also included some twisted hazel recycled from a previous vase and a few fragments of fern. What will you find in your garden or forage near you (as I did last week) to pop in a vase or other receptacle today? Please share it with us by leaving links to and from this post as usual.

IMG_6297Thank you for all your kind comments about my Mum’s birthday last week – I am pleased to say she read the post without any prompting from myself and was most touched to read them and would like to express her own thanks too. By the way, I brought my illicitly foraged snippings home with me last Monday and was pleased to see that whilst the other contents had gone to their withered death the jasmine was beginning to open up after several days in a little vase and now sits in front of the mirror in the bathroom.


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67 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Loose Women

  1. Anca Tîrcă says:

    ‘The Poet’s Wife’ is so incredibly beautiful for this time of the year! I must have one for my garden, too. Great vase, thank you for sharing it with us, Cathy!
    This is my vase:

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Such a beautiful rose, both in form and color, ‘The Poet’s Wife’ really is a star to bloom so late. And I love the little shoes!
    Not a vase again this week:

  3. Cathy the title had me intrigued right away as it certainly conjures up all kinds of images. These are quite beautiful ‘loose women’. And I agree any rose still blooming into November is special as you will see with my vase this week too. I had to chuckle when you said these shoes were collected by you….I would love to see your collections of the props and vases. 🙂 And I hope those snippets of jasmine grow and grow for you….

    Here is my post with a few loose women too:

  4. Cath says:

    The Poet’s Wife is lovely and looks beautiful in the dark green vase. I have Graham Thomas growing next to Mme Carriere; they look similar although it looks like The Poets Wife is a little more golden. Very cute little shoes 🙂
    I have 2 little vases this week :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath – GT was one of the other roses I considered when I bought PW last year, but PW was a new variety and I bought her on impulse

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, this is just lovely. The twisted hazel adds just the right touch to complete your elegant roses. I like that vase very much too. [I got caught by a long, thorny shoot from a rose branch when cleaning up my garden yesterday and thought it was going to take my ear off, so I’m glad to be reminded of the softer side of roses. Mine never look this nice.] My vase this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Suzie – the twisted hazel is such a useful addition, one I had forgotten about using until recently. And I have to say that PW is the most perfect of the roses I have, whether it is November or earlier in the year

  7. Noelle says:

    In view that you are a poet, I wonder whether there is a rose just called ‘The Poet’? I love the pure colours of your arrangement, and also the little bit of fern, and twigs seems to be beautifully balanced with the blooms. My ‘Loose Woman’ joining yours is a Princess, with a tousled Shropshire Lad in tow:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle – I have wondered the same thing. David Austin didn’t say if the rose was named for anyone in particular – I will check it out when I have some time! I hope your princess can be trusted with that young man… 😉

  8. Lovely loose women indeed. A new rose to me. Beautiful arrangement as well.

  9. Ann @ Ann Edwards Photography says:

    it is indeed wonderful to see roses blooming in nearly December and such a pretty one too. Here is my link –

  10. Christina says:

    Beautiful Cathy, sorry I haves posted today, I did a vase for a Saturday dinner party and photographed it but ran out of time today. I’m at the airport now waiting for my flight.

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  12. johnvic8 says:

    I haven’t noticed any loose women around our house, but I surely do like yours. Thanks again for your leadership in this meme.

  13. FlowerAlley says:

    There must be shoes. These are perfect. Patiently waiting for their owners to slip out of the hot tub and back into them.

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  15. Cathy says:

    Love the roses… and adore those shoes! That takes me back to the days of playing with and dressing up my own dolls! Hard to believe it’s almost December if you still have roses flowering.
    Here’s my offering for this week Cathy. Thanks as always!

    • Cathy says:

      Several more buds on the Poet’s wife too, but whether they will flower now is another matter. I don’t recall having a Sindy doll myself – the dolls I had were probably the sort who wouldn’t even contemplate wearing heels!

  16. Brian Skeys says:

    On the odd occasion I have seen Loose Women the topics have been both wide and varied!

  17. Kris P says:

    ‘The Poet’s Wie’ would be delightful in any season! The few roses I have here are once again on hiatus and, as blooms other than Tagetes lemmonii (which my husband dislikes due to the scent) and Camellia sasanqua (which didn’t hold up long in my vase) are in short supply, I cut succulents again. Thanks for hosting, Cathy, and here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – I wonder what will be in our vases next week? 😉 This time of year we can’t plan in advance when there are increasingly fewer blooms to find

  18. Beautiful creation, fun title – and I think that vase is just perfect! We’re getting a blast of cold frigid air, so I’m dreaming of warmer climates…

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  20. Julie says:

    Lovely to see that you have roses to share too today Cathy! I love the Poet’s Wife – I need to investigate her further as I want to add some more roses in the spring and, as you say, any rose that can flower at the end of November is a valuable asset in the garden. I really enjoyed seeing Cindy’s shoes – your Cindy clearly looked after her shoes better than mine did – I would struggle to find a single pair. Cindy does still have a full wardrobe of clothes though – including some lovely numbers knitted by my grandmother.

    My vase this week is at:

    • Cathy says:

      There seem to be a lot of late roses in our vases today Julie – definitely a cause for celebration! The Poet’s Wife is definitely looking promising after its first season with me. I am afraid to see that the shoes came without Sindy (Cindy?) – I bought them at a boot sale or ‘antique’ fair – but you may be pleased to know I still have clothes I knitted for my trolls (remember them…?) 😉

  21. Such gorgeous colors, I am going to do a little on-line research to see if I can’t get them to thrive here in my location.

  22. Beautiful rose and beautiful name. But the tiny shoes really make it!

  23. Elizabeth says:

    What a stunning rose The Poet’s Wife is. Lovely colour too which looks perfect in your green bowl. I, too, am enjoying my late bloomers. I’m sure they don’t know that it is snowing just a few miles up the bypass. However, Storm Clodagh saw off Black Eyed Susan but happily left campanula poscharskyana still flowering away and many of the daffodils are already peaking through. It’s been a very odd year. Despite all that my vase this week is looking very seasonal –

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  25. homeslip says:

    I love her colour and complex of petals. Isn’t it wonderful to be picking roses for the house on the last day of November. Here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I especially love the denseness of the petals too – you see roses in catalogues like this but I haven’t had one as perfect as this. And the yellow keeps its colour too and doesn’t fade like The Pilgrim which I bought at the same time

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  27. Hannah says:

    Your loose women are so lovely, The Poet’s Wife is my favorite peachy rose color. You are so blessed to still be able to pick unblemished roses. It is quite frosty here. It’s sweet that your mum could read your blog and had such a great birthday party. My link post-frost is

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Hannah, but I don’t think any of the others have been as perfectly multi-petalled and unblemished as this variety. We had a sharp frost while we were away in Edinburgh but now it’s just damp and breezy.

  28. Bec says:

    That rose is lovely – I’m wondering if I can squeeze in a climbing rose in my garden. I think the flower combinations with the vase are stunning. It looks so restful. Here is my vase which has the very last of my dahlias .
    Have a good week and stay dry
    Love bec xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Bec – I started off just with climbing roses in the garden as they are easier to fit in and you can plant things at their feet so it makes them more versatile. I am amazed you still have some dahlias – mine all bit the dust after the frost a week ago. We are off gallivanting again for a couple of days but are definitely packing for wet weather 😦

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  30. Cathy, your roses are so lovely, and your arrangement tres’ chic with the sculptural branches. Imagine my amazement to open your page and see you cutting roses like the ones I had just arranged. Beautiful synchronicity!

    Is ‘The Poet’s Wife’ an Austin rose? It is perfect for your theme of ‘loose women’! Hope you are well and so happy for your Mum and her recent birthday. Best wishes, WG

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  32. ‘The Poet’s Wife’ is a beauty; love the color. And I’m a big fan of twigs of any sort…the twisted hazel certainly makes a nice accent for your vase. For once, I had a good opportunity to join the fun; find my offering at

  33. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your title and arrangement made me giggle a bit! Love the inclusion of the shoe collection and your November roses are gorgeous! My offering is here:
    Thanks again for hosting this fun meme!

  34. Amy says:

    Those are some rather stalwart ladies to be blooming so nicely now, I would think! Love the shoes (had some just a little darker pink once!)… and the vase!
    Things have been at sixes and sevens here, but the Monday Vase-making continues!:

  35. Hi cathy I cannot believe those roses, beautiful in November, extraordinary! I have little to show this week and nearly didn’t make it. https:/

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