In a Vase on Monday: Star Attraction

img_8223With not one but THREE blooms appearing on my Nerine bowdenii ‘Isabel’, it was not a difficult decision to cut them for today’s star attraction in a vase. Having dug out all the struggling nerines a year ago and placed them in pots instead of the ground they were generally looking a little happier, but were still straggly and largely leafless. Despite this, the pot of ‘Isabel’ threw up these three blooms – but having been consigned to a temporary location out of the way in the fruit cage, picking them and bringing them inside meant I could appreciate them at closer quarters.

img_8225It wasn’t till after they were cut that it occurred to me I could have moved the pot to a spot visible from the house…hey ho! Nevertheless,  they look mighty fine in their tall green vase, which may or may not be Caithness Glass, accompanied by a sparkly star borrowed in an unseasonal rummage in our box of Christmas decorations. Chloris is our friendly expert on nerines, so please address any technical nerine questions to her!

The cutting beds are still awash with dahlias and other blooms, all requiring cutting to prolong their flowering, so I splashed out on a second vase which could so easily have been a repeat of last week’s but which I tried to subtly modify to ensure it wasn’t! ‘Karma Naomi’ was there again, her three blooms losing their crimson hint once the buds open, becoming a rich wine colour (I’ll have a glass of that, please), but this time supported by Dahlia ‘Purple Gem’ which has flowered less prolifically, throwing up only one flower spike at a time. Joining these main players were Dahlia ‘Twynings After Eight’, three stems of ‘Sprite Mixed’ zinnias, a double stem of Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’ and oca foliage from my token vegetable bed. I realised today I had no idea when the oca (given to me by Janet at Plantaliscious) would be ready to harvest, but having checked it is only now that it will be starting to form tubers, so that’s OK. It has had these lovely soft green healthy clover-like leaves all season, and I don’t know why I didn’t think of using them in a vase before

img_8227The zinnias were barely ready for cutting and on really short stems as I am desperately trying to encourage side shoots  by plucking them, and this dictated the stem length of accompanying material and the vase they were informally plonked in, another green glass one but with a useful fluted edge. The Karma dahlias grow on really long stems but have rarely made it to a tall vase because of the other blooms that join them in the Monday vases – I guess there will be plenty more Mondays to come when they are still around, so perhaps they will yet have the limelight in a vase more suited to their grandiose growing habits.

Both these vases will give me great pleasure during the week ahead and I look forward to seeing what others have found to cut in their own gardens or forage locally to pop in a vase or other container to bring them pleasure at home or in the workplace. Do share them with us by leaving links to and from this post.


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64 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Star Attraction

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  2. Christina says:

    I have some Nerines planted but as yet they are only leaves, I keep checking them because it will be interesting to see how they bloom in what should be ideal conditions for them. I think you’ll enjoy your Nerines in their vase more than in a distant pot. I don’t think we should worry about using the same flowers for weeks on end as I think the same flower can look totally different depending on how it is arranged. As Zinnias may be the only things left flowering soon I will have to prove that is true. Your Dahlias are rather splendid despite being shortened. My link is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Hope you get blooms on your nerines soon – strangely, one of my other pots with ordinary N bowdenii has much healthier looking bulbs but no sign of any flowers though. I am really pleased to have got my head round dahlias these days and will be adding more next year – such value for money and so much choice!

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  4. jenhumm116 says:

    Your nerines are indeed stars! And lovely to see your dahlias too. My dahlias got very dry a couple of weeks back and were really struggling, but I’m hoping they’ll bounce back for more blooms now they’ve had a drink!
    Here’s mine for this week – short stems for me too – and an idea….

    • Cathy says:

      Hope your dahlias recover – even though we have had a dry summer I must admit I haven’t watered mine for ages but they must have got enough from the odd shower we had

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  6. Cath says:

    Lovely nerines, and I love your green glass vase. Thank you once again for providing the inspiration I need to make the extra bit of effort to bring home flowers. Mine are the same as last week as well.

  7. We can’t grow something as tender as Nerines in the ground here so I am quite in awe. The hot pink and red combo is stunning. My flowers are here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – I will move the pots of nerines into the greenhouse over winter but some nerines are hardy enough to grow outside. I have seen a huge clump flowering in Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, which is much further north

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  9. Sam says:

    Gorgeous – love the oca leaves. Mine is a little different this week:
    Thank you for hosting, Cathy. Sam x

  10. Chloris says:

    Your beautiful Isabel looks exquisite in a vase. I am intrigued by the Oca, it is a new one on me. I thought of doing a vase with my Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’ today which is a similar sumptuous dark red shade to your lovely ‘Karma Naomi’.
    It is very kind of you to call me a nerine expert. I don’t think I am an expert exactly, but I do love them. I have a lot of seedlings from last year which I am excited about; as they don’t come true from seed you never know what you will get.
    My offering today is…-stars-and-bells/

  11. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, your nerines are beautiful and the second vase, delightful. The oca leaves provide great contrast in texture. Thanks for hosting!
    My vase is

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I think I need to move my nerine vase though as I don’t want to risk knocking it over as it is less stable than some vases, being so slim

  12. All is pretty in pink – the Nerines are the stars of your show this week, I think. I love the Dahlias more each time I see them and will look up Oca as it is new to me but the foliage is pretty. Here is my vase.

  13. Peter Herpst says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful Nerine blooms. They’re certainly the star attraction! I have some in pots that haven’t bloomed in a couple of years so I’m giving up on them. Your second vase is also beautiful. Thanks again for hosting this wonderful meme! My vase is here:

  14. Eliza Waters says:

    I LOVE nerines, and I see them so seldom, usually only in florists in the spring from California. Your dahlias are looking lovely as well. I’m unfamiliar with Oca – it is edible?
    We had a frost last night, so I picked nearly every available bloom in the garden yesterday and have 3 vases to share:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh – frost… 😦 Still a little way off here, I hope. Oca is a tuber that looks a bit like a pink Jerusalem artichoke and can be eaten cooked or raw – I have not grow it before so watch this space…!

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  16. Those nerines are so bold and beautiful, Cathy. Well done for boldly bringing them indoors to enjoy from close up (and for us to all enjoy too). I love the oca leaves and like many other commenters had not heard of it before. After googling it, it looks like a most tempting vegetable to try, especially since it provides such pretty heart-shaped foliage, perfect for vases.

  17. johnvic8 says:

    The nerine blooms are absolutely lovely. Isn’t is wonderful to have fall blooming bulbs. I will have to try some.

  18. I would have probably done the same with the Nerines, but as someoen else mentioned you’ll probably see more of the in the house so it’s a good thing! My post this week:

  19. Anna says:

    Oh twinkle twinkle little star! Your nerines look stunning Cathy and they would have only got soggy and bedraggled in today’s rain so they will now be thanking you profusely for rescuing them. I’ve been admiring nerines this weekend at the Malvern Autumn Show as well as in one or two gardens. I’ve been slightly naughty today :

  20. croftgarden says:

    Well done with the Nerines – mine are yet to flower, but that is my fault for neglecting them!

  21. Kris P says:

    I admire Nerine for both their beauty and their timing. The bulbs are hard to find here, although I had some growing in my former garden – it’s time I turned my search to bulb catalogs, I guess. Your second vase is absolutely luscious. Next year I must try growing dahlias again, if only in a large pot. Here’s my contribution this week (featuring guess what?!):

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  23. Cathy says:

    The Nerines are so very pretty. Glad they produced some flowers for you. I love that white dahlia in your second vase, and the oca foliage is lovely! I’ve got lots of pink flowers this week too…
    Thank you for hosting Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – Twynings After Eight has lovely dark foliage too and just a subtle hint of pink at the base of the petals. First season here, and unusually came from a dry looking garden centre tuber rather than the nice plump ones from Peter Nyssen!

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  25. Lindy Le Coq says:

    What a lovely flower! I will have to do some research to see if it will thrive in any of my garden beds. Here’s my addition to the virtual garden!

    • Cathy says:

      They give the impresion of being fussy, but the hardier ones are fairly trouble free or so I am led to believe. I shall still keep mine in pots and bring them into the greenhouse over the winter!

  26. smallsunnygarden says:

    Yes, you have us trained now to know it was a good idea to cut the nerines… 😉 At any rate, we are certainly enjoying seeing them today – so elegant! I’ve never gotten to see any in person, but yours do look wonderful! I’m thrilled by your dahlias too – from a distance; my go-to reference tells me they will struggle here, but that’s no reason I can’t enjoy your lovely vasefuls!
    My vase this week was quite simple – which was fortunate when I took it out for a few photograps!:

  27. Bec says:

    you beat me too it commenting on my vase this week – Thank you 🙂
    on time for a change, photographed, written and posted on the same day… I doubt it will continue given everything I’ve got going on.

    These nerine’s are lovely – that’s another plant I’ve never grown but it looks a bit tricky – your dahlia’s look great too – lovely colour and texture combinations – my dahlia’s are flowering still but too much slug damage for a vase 😦 oh well.

    • Cathy says:

      I noticed the ‘pingback’ so went onto your blog promptly to try and keep on top of vase comments – Mondays and early Tuesdays are always busy with them! I have nticed a few slugs around in the last week or so but I am pleased to say they have not been a problem at all this year 🙂 I do talk to them nicely and suggest what they could nibble instead, so perhaps they have been listening to me!

  28. Noelle M says:

    Caught your falling star post, and kept it to comment on today…can’t get myself organised to post and comment on Mondays…but still enjoying making up a vase from time to time.

    • Cathy says:

      Not to worry, Noelle – you could always link in on another day if you like, or not. Hope you are well and settling into your new house, wherever it might be 😉

  29. They look glorious and I love those oca leaves.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Allison – although I am not sure that the oca leaves have done the blooms any favours as something in the vase has caused them to deteriorate far quicker than usual… 😦

  30. Pat says:

    Think I’m enjoying this meme. Never thought bringing your own flowers into the home might give you a better appreciation of your garden.

  31. The addition of the oka foliage is lovely it is such an interesting contrast. I also like your nerines Cathy such a strong pink, they look great in a vase to be enjoyed a close quarters

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