In a Vase on Monday: Pinky, Perky and Perkier

IMG_7836In complete contrast to last week, today we have an unashamedly sugary pink confection, with blooms as Pinky and Perky as they come.

The blooms were collected in an aluminium bucket and looked so at home there that after trimming they were simply transferred to a smaller aluminium pot, one of the things that IKEA do so well, with a Caithness Glass perfume bottle to reflect the range of pinks. Joining the Gardeners’ World freebie dahlia ‘Purple Gem’ which was featured on Wednesday are Knautia macedonica ‘Mars Midget’ and Antirrhinum ‘Twinny Rose’:

IMG_7838Three ‘Sprite Mixed’ zinnias:

zinniasPerennial sweet pea Lathyrus latifolius ‘Red Pearl’, Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’ and Amaranthus caudatus:

IMG_7839Japanese anemones (from plants about to be consigned to the compost heap), Salvia hominum ‘Pink Sundae’, two shades of godetia and Antirrhinum ‘Purple Admiral’:

IMG_7840However, and just because I could, today we not only have a Pinky and Perky vase but also a Perkier vase too – a yellow spotty jug stuffed with equally yellow and orange compositae blooms – ‘Italian White’ and dwarf ‘Choco Sun’ sunflowers, Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ and ‘Goldilocks’, that unknown dahlia and one from annual Dahlia ‘Dandy’ mix, and Inula hookeri:

perkiestWho wouldn’t want to feel as perky as this every day?

Whether your vase is pink or perky or not please do share it with us today, by leaving links to and from this post. See you soon!



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77 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Pinky, Perky and Perkier

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  2. So cheerful and bright!

  3. Barbara says:

    So pretty. I am currently picking my Sasanqua camellia High Fragranse. It is devine in the house. I may have a few left when the rain stops at the end of the week!

  4. Careful, you’re gonna wear yourself out with all that perkiness!

  5. Noelle says:

    Two vases…well it would have been mean not to share so many lovely blooms with us. I like both! I’ll have to reread your entry again just to take in all the flowers. I have a tale to tell:

    • Cathy says:

      There were so many contenders for this week -seemed a shame not to pick them, and then it would have been a shame not to share them!

  6. Chloris says:

    What an abundance of beautiful flowers you have for your vases this year Cathy. All your hard work with all that seed rearing has paid off.I love both your perky vases today. Stunning!
    I joined in today: ‎

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the vast majority of the contents were seed grown – still seems a miracle to raise blooms like these from a tiny seed

  7. Anna says:

    Oh what a couple of jam packed vases of colour to celebrate the start of a new month Cathy. Must get to IKEA soon. Your second vase really captures the spirit of August which I hope will be just as sunny and bright. It’s minimal but perky from me this week :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – I am pleased to say that the jam packed vases represent how jam packed the cutting beds are! The IKEA pot came via a car boot sale but I am sure they will still have similar things – I haven’t been for ages but will wait till after the school holidays now when going at a quiet time can be more of a ‘treat!’

  8. Wonderfully perky for a Monday morning Cathy. They are both splendiferous but my favourite is the yellow one, not least because of that adorable spotty vase. Mine are perksome too:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Joanne. I love this jug too – from an antique fair, I think, but I wouldn’t have paid a lot for it. It’s perfect for these sorts of blooms.

  9. Both vases are so creative, love all those bright colours!Mine is here:

  10. Lovely vases, both so well suited to the colours of the flowers. The silver and hot pinks

  11. Oops …is my favourite!

  12. Christina says:

    Lovely perky vases today Cathy, I love their pinkness! No vase today from me I’m on holiday. I cut all my Zinnias hard back to small lower buds so hopefully when I get home they’ll be lots of new blooms.

    • Cathy says:

      I made a point of pinching out most things early one but think I must have forgotten the zinnias; however, they are becoming quite sturdy plants so hopefully will branch out once I have picked the first bloom. I didn’t sow them till May so it is early days really. Hope you will be welcomed back with lots of blooms. I know you are meeting up with Chloris so it is obviously a UK visit – hope you have a great time

      • Christina says:

        I’m sorry I won’t be able to visit you but this is mainly a visiting family trip. Visiting Beth Chatto’s garden will be one of the best days for me.

        • Cathy says:

          That’s how visiting goes, and I am sure there will be other opportunities. Look forward to hearing about your garden visit

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Hi Cathy! You have a profusion of interesting flowers, including godetia which I had to look up. It worked well to separate the colors this time for two beautiful arrangements. Especially love the ‘perkier’ yellows. Thanks so much for hosting. I look forward to Mondays so much for IAVOM. susie
    My contribution is

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – the godetia is new to me too, so I am monitoring how long it flowers for. I think it is something I should perhaps do a second sowing of in future. I also look forward to Mondays!!

  14. joanna says:

    So much variety!
    The zinnias are worth their weight in gold this time of year. Wish they could be happy on my sandy soil. They need a more dutiful gardener.
    So nice to see your variegated vases as well.
    Thank you for inspiring me each week.

    My rose is here, in many guises:

    • Cathy says:

      It is a bit early to be sure, but this is the first time I have had any success with zinnias – I had read that ‘Sprite Mixed’ was a reliable variety and this has proved to be the case as the other 2 varieties have been much slower to get going – can’t say I have been especially dutiful though… 😉 Glad you have been inspired!

  15. Cath says:

    I love the spotty jug. Here are my hellebores and narcissi looking surprisingly perky despite the weather.

  16. Pink and perky indeed! What a wealth of color you have blooming in your garden. Mine bouquet and garden are having a quiet moment:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – the cutting beds are ablaze with colour so the process of seed sowing and pricking out and potting on has definitely been worth it!

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  18. Cathy says:

    Perfect title Cathy! So pretty and cheerful, and what a great way to welcome in August with two vases full of colour! I am also in the pink today:

  19. I am in love with your Dahlias, especially the perky pink one, Need to try some here. The spotted jug was quite a find and I love that one too. Lovely all around. Here is my vase :

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  21. Perfectly pink and pretty.

  22. Cathy, you have such an impressive selection in all the colours. I take it your anemone has taken over? My link to you today is all in the head …

  23. While I’m naturally drawn to the flower colors in the “perkier” vase I do love the Japanese anemones in the pink collection. Such graceful flowers.

    After missing last week I’m back at it today:

    • Cathy says:

      And I like the way there are a cluster of flower stems attached to one point – so the ones in the vase are essentially all on one main stem

  24. Kris P says:

    Your vases runneth over! I love that Dahlia, which makes me so regret that I didn’t try planting any new ones this year. The Japanese anemones are a surprise. Usually, our climate brings things into bloom earlier than yours but that’s not the case with Japanese anemones, which bloom here (if they bloom at all under drought conditions) in September. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      They runneth indeed! When I read what you said about the anemones I would say that they are usually later here, or at least they used to be but I am sure they started flowering some time in August last year too…

  25. Eliza Waters says:

    LOVE this perky pink arrangement, Cathy! What is it that makes pink so delightful? Also I adore your polka-dotted jug – I would love something like that for my own collection.
    Here’s my vase this week:

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  27. Those are beautiful Cathy – bright and summery! Love the paler pink Zinnia and the peachy Dahlias. I put together 2 vases, too. One combines airy pastels, the other one shades of green.

  28. Brian Skeys says:

    Two contrasting colour themes there Cathy. What has the Japanese anemones done to offend you Cathy?

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  30. Denise says:

    What an amazing cutting garden! My veg is struggling so much this summer, I’m seriously considering going with a cutting garden next year. My effort pales in comparison, but I had to show off Peter’s vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Denise – the cutting beds are not huge, but it is surprising what you can pack in. I only have a token few veg, but really I barely dabble in veg growing

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  32. Such happy flowers today, Cathy! And they look all hydrated and healthy. I admire your talents at growing them so perfectly and your climate for allowing sweet peas in August! Here is a selection of herbs and a few flowers from our August 1 garden, a celebration of Lammas:
    Happy August! WG ❤

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – it is good to have so many flowers to choose from! And I was just thinking this week that it would be an idea to have had a second later sowing for a longer season

      • Yes, that is always a good idea if you can find the space. I was nurturing all of these little seedings early in the season, thinking they were the Zinnia I had sown in April, only to realize a week or so ago they were nothing of the sort! They were Asclepias incarnata, growing from seeds dropped by the mother plant last autumn! I am delighted to have all of these seedling Asclepias to spread around the garden, and saddened that I’m not cutting lots of Zinnias! I’ve found 2 blooming plants so far from all of the Zinnia seeds I thought to be tending! I will simply enjoy yours 😉

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  34. Yes, they’re perky and perkier for sure! I love them both, and now I can’t wait for my zinnias and sunflowers to start blooming (I planted them very late, so it will be a couple weeks yet). Here is my vase for this week: Thanks for hosting!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kimberley – I was advised by other bloggers to leave my zinnias till later, so it was May when they were sown and they are just starting to flower now which is pretty quick compared to other things I started earlier. I will be interested to see how long they go on flowering for

  35. smallsunnygarden says:

    I’m enjoying both the perky and the perkier! Love your use of the smaller dahlias as well as the showstopper type!
    Not much mystery about my vase this week… 😉

  36. rickii says:

    Well…that certainly perked me up! Enough to even climb back on the bandwagon:

  37. Love these and you know I am partial to pink vases….sorry I am missing from this week’s vase link up but have a shoulder problem that is keeping me from blogging…will join in again hopefully soon.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Donna, so sorry to hear that – I guess it will be keeping you from gardening too…? Take care, and sending healing thoughts…

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