In a Vase on Monday: Blogging Friends

IMG_7464The variety of colours in the garden continues to increase as June progresses but the majority of blooms are still on the pastel spectrum, leaving nasturtium, geum and wallflower Cheiranthus allionii to pave the way for a flaming summer in a couple of months. Foregoing a mix and match of blooms I found myself thinking of Christina (My Hesperides Garden)’s delight in her white vase last week and her enjoyment of the weekly Monday vase meme; my vase today, therefore, is a tribute to her and all my other blogging friends for reasons that will become clear.

Many of the white blooms are, not surprisingly, in the blue & white border so it was easy to assess what might be available for my own white vase. The starting point was a sprig of Hydrangea petiolaris, a useful froth-like filler in the absence of ammi or similar umbellifer, with its creamy white to greenish yellow fertile flowers in the centre and its marginal ring of showy white sterile flowers. This was joined by Sweet Pea ‘Cathy’, grown from seeds gifted by blogging friend Anna of Green Tapestry, and sprigs of rambling rose ‘Snow Goose’ which is being trained against the wall here. I always think of blogging friend Pauline of Lead up the Garden Path when mine flowers as I first saw it on her blog and decided it was the right choice for this position.

Antirrhinum ‘Twinny White’, following its success last year, has been grown from seed again along with other colourways, but the white version has once more proved to be the better germinator; last year this flowered for weeks on end and hopefully it will do the same again and occupy more than just today’s vase in which it has a prominent place in the foreground. A white polemonium, growing surprisingly tall this year, is just coming into bloom and made the cut as well, along with white nigella and my favourite grassy fillers, Luzula nivea and Briza maxima – I was delighted to be able to send some of the latter, readily available as it happily seeds around, to blogging friend Sam of A Coastal Plot. Oh, and I nearly forget the Allium roseum, not strictly white but not pink enough to notice.

BloggingFriendsI often think of my dragon (Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’), offshoots of which have been sent to several bloggers in the UK and beyond, and of all the plants and seeds I myself have received from the generous garden blogging community. Many of us will look round our gardens and see plants that remind us of our blogging friends and that just adds to the joy of both blogging and gardening – so this vase is dedicated to Christina for her love of white blooms and to all my blogging friends for enhancing my life in so many different ways.

Mondays are certainly enhanced by your comments on this meme and for all the vases that you share when you leave links to and from this post – so bring them on!


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64 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Blogging Friends

  1. What a wonderful post from the heart Cathy. A vase (and a garden) full of friends, what could be better!

  2. Anna says:

    What a really lovely post Cathy! It’s been a pleasure to receive plants from you as well as share them. I’ve had some most welcome newcomers to my garden thanks to the kindness of blogging friends which I really treasure. I also associate various signature plants including snowdrops with certain bloggers ๐Ÿ™‚ I must add a white polemonium to my wish list. Sweet pea ‘Cathy’ looks quite creamy. Is she scented? My vase celebrating the start of summer is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Ah yes, snowdrops… are we allowed to think about them in June…? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Definitely a blogging friends connection there! I am sure the polemonium will be a named variety but I didn’t root around for the label at the time – but I will have a look and see if it is ripe for a bit of judicious division if you like… Cathy is indeed scented – but didn’t you have a packet for yourself? I am so glad I went down this route today as it reminded me how important these friendships were, not that I had forgotten of course…

  3. Cathy says:

    What a heart-warming post Cathy. And, as usual, a gorgeous vase. I do think the background is just perfect to show off your white flowers and those lovely Briza flowerheads. The jug is lovely too … you don’t mention it? Interesting about the white snapdragons and germination. I have really enjoyed seeing Christina’s white snapdragons and am growing a mixture for the first time this year because of her vases. I still haven’t graduated to individual colours, however. How amazing about the Briza – I have lusted after it for years and acquired (Hardy Plant Society) or bought numerous packets of seed. All with no success. I did sow Unwin’s ornmental grass mixture this year and am sort of hopeful. Do you think the seed has to be very fresh? Thanks for sharing both your vase and your lovely warm thoughts. My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy. The jug was a car boot or antique market purchase and looks as if it was originally destined to have a coloured stripe on it, so [erhaps it was a ‘second’ – I like it like this. The twinny snapdragons are quite short but seem to flower prolifically – the seed came from eBay and I have pink and violet too. Strange about the Briza. I first grew it in 2014, probably starting it inside as I tend not to direct sow anything, and there were a few self seeded plants the next year but I sowed a batch of the old seeds (so presumably doesn’t need to be fresh) last year on 13th March and they were flowering from June. Some seeded and grew new plants the same year but this year I haven’t needed to plant any at all as they have just popped up. They might not do so every year of course, but I shan’t plan to sow any for next year and shall collect some seed heads for you and Christina if you like

      • Cathy says:

        I would so much like the Briza seed, Cathy! Thanks! Hopefully it just hasn’t decided that it doesn’t like me and will never grow for me.

  4. A romantic vase coupled with sweet friendship make a lovely way to start the week. Thanks for the lift:^)

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  6. jenhumm116 says:

    What a truly lovely, heartwarming post – and a beautiful ethereal vase. How lovely to celebrate the generosity and friendship of gardening friends.

    Conversely, my contribution is dark and brooding this week, like its recipient ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jen – I am pleased with how the focus of the post developed. And who is your recipient – Heathcliff?

  7. That is a very warm and uplifting post, Cathy! I am new here (longtime lurker, first time contributor). My garden is located on the fifth floor in Berlin, where I cram as many plants on the balcony and elsewhere as humanly possible. A lot of cutflowers, too: I wish you all a warm and happy summer solstice.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks and welcome – I wonder who else is lurking in the blogosphere…? We don’t bite, as you will see, and are delighted that you have joined us. The usual warning though, it is addictive… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. G.F. says:

    My sombre bunch is HERE

    Dark and brooding like Jen’s judging from her comment. Haven’t had the strenght to visit yet. Making the post was was a momentous task today in my present state. Thank you all for the company and Cathy for the inspiration. I would have stayed in bed feeling sorry for myself otherwise.

    I feel so uplifted by your whites. Needed that.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you for your kind comments GF and for making the effort to post them when you are not at your best. I don’t think we can underestimate the benefits either of kind and thoughtful words or of the natural world in its many different forms. Thank you for being amongst us, whether passively or actively, and I am so glad you have felt uplifted by being here today

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  10. pbmgarden says:

    Elegant and sophisticated arrangement of white flowers. Wonderful tribute to growing connections through blogging and gardening. Friendship is worked into my vase today also:
    Thanks for hosting Cathy!

  11. Christina says:

    What a lovely thought to dedicate your beautiful vase to us. I so agree about the joy of having seeds from other bloggers or even just choosing to buy something you associate with a blogging friend. Like Cathy above, I’ve never has any success with Briza so I will be interested in your response to her. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      It was a well-deserved dedication, Christina ๐Ÿ™‚ Do have a look at my reply to Cathy and you are welcome to some seeds if you like

  12. What a beautiful tribute in flowers…thanks Cathy for continuing this great weekly challenge….it gives me great pleasure and respite each week! I have a bit of spring and summer in my vases on this solstice…hope you enjoy it!

    • Cathy says:

      You are very welcome, Donna. I had forgotten about the Solstice till people mentioned it – no sun here today!

  13. Love the textures and the composition of the vase. And the pthalo green background is perfect. Garden blogging is a wonderful way to compare notes and see what grows the world over. I am thinking the plant we all have in common might be Oxalis?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – the textures worked well, but if the composition was effective then that was largely a random result!! I am sure you have had lots of us Googling ‘pthalo green’ – although sadly the actual colour of the felt is much brighter than the picture suggests ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Random is very effective sometimes. I love to paint with Pthalo Green, still haven’t spelled it right. Regardless of the felt color the vase is lovely.

  14. I so agree with the comments here, a wonderful post Cathy. Plus I’ve learnt a splendid new word for ‘minty’ green. Perfect!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate – as always the vase posts just seem to come together so this is definitely what we needed to be thinking about today. Can we remember our new word though? We need to find reasons to keep using it… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. There are many memes out there but this has to be one of the most enjoyable for all of us who like to bring our garden inside. A lovely vase and flowers as usual from you but I also love your candelabra Primroses in the previous post. I am able to grow them fairly well but need to add more colors. They look beautiful with the mixed colors. Here’s my post for today:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – I don’t think any of us could have imagined how enjoyable the meme would become. I am not a great one for mixed colours in the garden but this was a mixed packet of seeds and they germinated well so I stuck with hem and I have to admit that together there is something most appealing about them

  16. I always enjoy Christina’s white flower vases and yours is equally lovely. I wish I could get that wonderful Astrantia to grow in my garden. Thanks for hosting, Cathy! Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – astrantias seem to be pretty accommodating in the UK, but perhaps not so elsewhere. The pinks seem to be slower to establish in my garden

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  18. Cathy that is so sweet. Inspired, I am off to pick the whites in my garden to share.

  19. Cathy says:

    This is so lovely Cathy! And a thoughtful tribute to blogging friends too. I can’t decide which flowers I like best as they are all delightful, but I was pleased to see the Briza… my plants have flourished and I am sure I will be using it in a vase very soon! Thanks so much for hosting this meme, and have a great week!

    • Cathy says:

      I am hoping that the Briza will reliably set seed every year – it has for 2 years now – as it is so useful to have for vases and looks so pretty in the beds too, not to mention in the cracks in the brick path!!

  20. Eliza Waters says:

    Gardening is a great common ground in which to meet, share and create long-lasting friendships. I have many plants in my garden that were gifts from friends and I always think of them when I see them bloom. Like today’s magenta peony!

  21. Sam says:

    This is a beautiful and elegant selection of blooms, Cathy. I absolutely love In a V on M and ‘meeting’ all the other gardening bloggers from around the world. Thank you so much for hosting. I’m sorry that I do not have a vase to contribute this week because I’m deep in a book and have to get on with it! Thank you so much for the mention (and, of course, for the Briza which is happily settled into its new home). Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sam – and I really hope your Briza self seeds as happily as mine does. Did you notice in the comments that it does not prove easy for everyone? Hope the book makes for interesting reading – do you have a paper copy, or is it all done digitally these days?

      • Sam says:

        The final proof read is on paper, thank goodness. You need to be able to spread out all the pages to check for heading levels, consistency, etc. It would be exceedingly hard to do digitally. Fingers crossed for the Briza – it seems fine so far… ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Someone once gave me a plaque that reads, “A Garden of Friends is Always in Bloom.” Most gardeners delight in sharing their garden’s treasures and we’re lucky to be able to think of our blogging/gardening friends as we walk through our gardens. A delightful post and sweet vase as usual. Thank you for sharing your deep well of creativity and for hosting this addictive meme! My contribution is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Peter, and I see from your title that you have been prompted to revisit gifts from friends, unless that is just coincidence!

  23. This was a beautiful and heartwarming post Cathy. I have been following this meme for a long time but have not added from my own blog until now. So for the month of June, I have included a vase of roses cut from my garden. It is amazing how much joy a simple vase of flowers on the windowsill can bring, so I will need to do this more often. Thanks for hosting!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lee – I think there have been quite a few silent watchers so it is good to hear that you have joined us today. I have gained so much from my blogging friendships and I hope you do too

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  25. I did not think I would be joining you this week, but your post inspired me! Thank you!

  26. That is so pretty. I really must get into the Vase on Monday habit and get my backgrounds sorted. The green really compliments the white jug and flowers. This is my post and I’ve put a link to your blog at the bottom of it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ronnie – I often use fabric (in this case green felt) to provide an unfussy background. It has made photographing my vases much easier as in the early days it used to take me ages to end up with acceptable photos. Thanks for joining us – enjoy, as I am confident you will!

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  28. Julie says:

    Such a lovely post dear Cathy – this blogging life benefits us all in so many ways. I am in a great rush tonight so will come back to read your post more fully later. for now my vase is at:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – it was about a year ago that we enhanced out blogging friendship by meeting up with you… But hmm, methinks your post is going to wave a finger at me and remind me that I should/could be making a start on sowing biennials… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Barbara says:

    Such a beautiful post and your arrangement is divine. I look forward to visiting your blog more often.

    • Cathy says:

      You are very welcome Barbara – this meme has exceeded any expectations any of us might have had and Mondays will never be the same again!

  30. smallsunnygarden says:

    I love the simple white jug with that lovely profusion of white flowers… And it is so special – as well as amazing – to have so many wonderful blogging friends to think of when designing such a vase ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m fascinated by your use of the Briza flowers; they do make a wonderful addition! I used a single grass stem in today’s vase; there could have been more, but… it’s all the fault of the weather:

  31. smallsunnygarden says:

    Oops! Somehow my comment disappeared! Trying a second time just to see… Here is my link at any rate:

    • Cathy says:

      Amy – I am so sorry. This and your first fuller comment had gone into spam and although I checked on (UK) Monday night as I always do on vase day I have had a really busy week and have only touched the surface of the blog. Seeing your comment for Christina prompted me to check my spam too ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  32. johnvic8 says:

    Your white arrangement is a delight. We are trying the same color scheme this week.

  33. Noelle says:

    Ah for blogging friends…I have your red dragon ready to move on to its new home when that comes round…the seeds are still in their packets but since they are so fresh another year will still be OK. In the meantime here is my arrangement…better late than never, from plants staying in the garden.

  34. I didn’t get a chance to participate in the fun this week but I LOVE the tribute you paid to Christina and Garden Bloggers everywhere. We are all richer for knowing each other!

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