In a Vase on Monday: Pilgrimage

IMG_7437Monday has come round again quickly and other commitments yesterday, when my Monday vase was put together, made it a rushed job – aided somewhat by the on-off showers which made outdoor photography less attractive.

IMG_7435The title is a tribute to the yellow rose, The Pilgrim, which dominates the vase. Like its yellow floral colleague, The Poet’s Wife, the bush has really flourished at the start of this its second season and shows great promise; presumably I managed to prune both correctly last autumn! Joining two blowsy blooms are a number of buds just showing a hint of colour which may or may not open now they have been cut. Accompanying them on their pilgrimage are sprigs of Rambling Rector, each comprising numerous buds, woodrush Luzula nivea, seed-sown soft yellow and apricot aquilegia, vibrant custard yellow honeysuckle and a stem of spent Hellebore ‘Harvington Double Lime’.

Tangible props are missing from today’s tableau, but I could say that the Rector was welcoming the pilgrims, that the rushes would make a bed for an overnight stop on their journey, that the aquilegia’s common name ‘columbine’ refers to the dove shapes that make up the flower head and the dove has an important role in religious and secular contexts, and of course hellebores have a link to that poor shepherd making a pilgrimage to Bethlehem to see the Christ child who wept because there were no flowers growing in winter to pick for a gift until his tears fell and Helleborus niger, the Christmas rose, grew where his tears landed – and I am sure pilgrims would need stout walking sticks which were traditionally made from honeysuckle stems which have a tendency to wrap themselves round young saplings! I could say all that but it would sound very contrived and has in truth only come to me as I have been writing this post – so I will just say ‘no props today’!! The vase is a plain creamy coloured jug with a fine orange trim to the handle, although this detail is hidden in the photograph.

So, plain and simple but looking quite classical with its mossy stone background, is today’s vase. I look forward to seeing all the vases that fellow bloggers have created – it takes a little time to see them all, but it is such a pleasurable process and worth every minute spent, so keep them coming. Just find material in your garden or foraged nearby and pop it in a vase or other receptacle and share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.



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56 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Pilgrimage

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  2. Christina says:

    I loved your concocted story! A very pretty vase today Cathy, with your voluptuous roses. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – and strangely the few blooms I had on The Pilgrim last year were nothing special, but this year they are pretty perfect

  3. Cathy says:

    Fascinating folklore that you didn’t really tell us Cathy! The Pilgrim’s a lovely rose, but for me the piece de resistance were the little bits of luzula and honeysuckle flowers tucked in there. Lovely gentle colours. My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – and I realised when I picked the Luzula how much I have begun to appreciate grasses, both in a vase and out. The honeysuckle does have a name, but it the label was buried in undergrowth!

  4. G.F. says:

    Well, it is always good to have a rambling rector on your side in the summer 🙂
    Good to see somebody make use of Lonicera in a flower arrangement. Always an underrated plant I think. Just because it likes to ramble big time. Who doesn’t?
    My white flowers for today are

    • Cathy says:

      We have a lot of the wild honeysuckle inhe hedge too, whereas this is a cultivated one – I love to see both and it’s good to catch a whiff of the fragrance. The Rector was one of the very few things that were here when we came

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  6. Cathy says:

    A lovely rose, Cathy. And the Honeysuckle goes very nicely with its apricot colour. What a surprise to see the Hellebore in there too! I like the intangible props this week, contrived or not!
    Here’s my vase for today. Thank you for hosting!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – the green hellebores look just as good in this state as when fresh, so I am glad I thought to use a stem of them

  7. Anna says:

    Such a soft and subtle rose Cathy and what cool and elegant companions you’ve found to join ‘The Pilgrim’. Does he climb up your pergola? It’s the sort of yellow that I could find a home for. I enjoyed the accompanying tale 🙂 Thanks as always for hosting. My vase today has been inspired by another ‘In A Vase on Monday’ contributor and is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Thnaks Anna. My Pilgrim is not the climbing version and he is in the shrub border – doing so well in this his second year too. I am so glad I ‘allowed’ yellow roses into the garden!

  8. pbmgarden says:

    Hi Cathy, Monday did seem to return quickly this week. Your arrangement is lovely with the gorgeous Pilgrim as the star and the lime hellebore is stylish. Thanks for hosting. My contribution is

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  10. Sam says:

    Gosh, that rose is like a taffeta dress, so sumptuous. And I love the honeysuckle. I’ll bet it smells lovely. My vase this week is:
    Thank you Cathy. Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      A taffeta dress – great analogy Sam! Yes the rose and the honeysuckle were most pleasing to the nose 🙂

  11. Cathy what a splendid vase for being in a hurry…I love the soft buttery, butterscotch colors in particular that rose….stunning. I keep meaning to use my yellow honeysuckle but haven’t yet…but i bet you will see it in a vase soon after seeing how gorgeous it is in yours.

    Here’s my vase this week:

    • Cathy says:

      I am convinced that the Pilgrim was nowhere near as pretty as this last year, but sometimes roses seems to take a good year to establish, don’t they? Look forward to seeing your honeysuckle too 🙂

  12. That vase is just peachy as is the commentary. Love the apricot and soft colors together. The honeysuckle is extraordinary. Where I am from the L. japonica is a rampant weed and I wouldn’t dream of planting any. There is so much honeysuckle, wine is made from the flowers in the Appalachian Mountains. A dreamy beverage. Here is my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Honeysuckle wine – gosh! I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like 😉 This is a cultivated one whose label was hiding under other things at the base of the plant – it romps a little but in no way is invasive and even the wild honeysuckle is generally not a problem

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  14. I am about to pull out the only rose I have which is tired of its subsistence life! Too hot and humid here for most roses to be happy without a lot of work by the gardener and I am no longer willing to do it. So I salute your gorgeous roses. I think you used Lizula in a vase before but I never to think to cut any so I must remember to try it. And I love the “spent” Hellebore. They are so wonderful because they last and last just in a different form. My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      What a shame about your rose – but I suppose we all need to accept that there are things that will always struggle to grow. This luzula is just outside the back door and is thus a ready addition to any vase! But justly so…

  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Such a lovely, soft colored rose– I admire yellow roses especially. It’s a pity that I can’t stand thorns, or I’d grow some!
    My arrangement this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, and the petals are so full too. I remember another blogger mentioning a thorn removing gadget – would that help…? 😉 By the way , I don’t know the reason for your pingbacks not showing as they are ‘allowed’ on the post and yours is a WordPress blog too so there should be no conflict there…

      • Eliza Waters says:

        It’s another WP mystery, I guess.
        My trouble with thorns isn’t so much with cut roses, but maintaining the plant. I end up with scratched arms, ripped clothes and festering punctures. There was a long row of roses draped over the fence when I moved here, now only two remain. I told my spouse to rip out the rest. I couldn’t deal with the upkeep! But I still admire them when I see them, esp. IAVOM!

  16. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A pretty arrangement and I love the way you tied the theme together with various stories. My arrangement this week contains mostly weeds.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Peter – the contrived stories seem to have gone down well! ps nothing wrong with ‘weeds’ in a vase, after all, what is a weed?

  17. Even your rushed creations are beautiful, Cathy. I’m impressed by your prop-less story too. Where most of us simply cut flowers, you create complex tales. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – I sometimes think the Fairies must have a hand in how things always seem to just fall into place!

  18. That rose is something to put on the wishlist!Great vase, Cathy! This is mine:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anca – always worth jotting things down on a wish list… I am not sure if I have a space for any more roses, but I shall keep looking!

  19. A beautiful vase, Cathy. I love the associations and folklore surrounding flowers and plants, thank you for including it here.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate – I did have to check out the hellebore story as I am not sure if I had heard that tale before. I had also intended to include some honesty seedheads, but forgot, which if I had would have given the pilgrims some pennies for alms… 😉

  20. “plain and simple but looking quite classical”…indeed! I love the muted color palette. For my vase creation this week I’m flirting with a color I don’t normally use:

    • Cathy says:

      Thnaks Loree – I am now curious as to which colour you have gone for…oops, I can see from your title what it is!

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  22. Julie says:

    This is certainly a vase to swoon over Cathy – what a fabulous collection! The Pilgrim is a favourite of mine and The Poets Wife is on my wish list – I do love a yellow rose. I love the way you tied in all the elements this week – you are a very clever lady!

    My vase this week is at:

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  24. All fresh as roses in the rain, Cathy, and I loved the pilgrim links to every flower! That yellow rose is divine. Mine, just 15 minutes shy of the deadline, is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Joanna, and I am sorry I wasn’t up 15 minutes before ‘the deadline’ to view it! No real deadline though – it’s more of a prompt

  25. Amy Myers says:

    I love your tale, Cathy – just the same as if you had had props 🙂 Besides, the flowers are divine 😉 I so enjoy The Pilgrim in your vases, and you already have me planning to add The Poet’s Wife to the rose border! Am I right in thinking the former is a good deal larger?
    My vase was assembled in a big hurry today, but at least I learned that Berlandiera flowers will reopen when cut and brought indoors…

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – I have realised when answering comments on this vase that The Pilgrim is making more of an impact than last year – and I have just checked back on my blog and it had a later flush when the flowers were more like this. The first flowers were definitely smaller and not as pretty – so now it has settled in it looks as if the flowers will be a similar size to the Poet’s Wife, but a different shade of yellow and different petal formation

  26. Chloris says:

    What a gorgeous colour scheme and I love the story. I wonder which honeysuckle it is, there are so many named ones that it is quite confusing. I gather ‘Graham Thomas’ is named after one he found growing in the hedgerows. I have noticed that hedgerow honeysuckles vary a lot and some of them are as good as any we grow in our gardens.Our native Lonicera periclymenum is much prettier than the one Amy, the Shrub Queen mentions as being a rampant weed in Florida.

    • Cathy says:

      I shall have a root round under the ferns and see if I can find the label one of those days; interesting to hear about the Graham Thomas one and I shall start looking at the hedgerow ones more closely!

  27. I wonder how long the honeysuckle will last in the vase? No matter as always you have come up with a gem. Sorry not to have joined in this week.Not enough hours in the day it would seem.

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