In a Vase on Monday: Not Only But Also

img_8272Just to show that there is more than just dahlias blooming in the garden, today’s vase avoids them altogether and in doing so seems to hark back to a completely different season. In passing though, clockwise from back left, the token dahlias shown above are Happy Halloween, a Bishop’s Child, Karma Naomi, another of the Bishop’s progeny, the prolific unknown one and a Dandy seedling. Having only grown dahlias recently, I was able to check back on my blog and the unknown one can have originated only from ‘Procyon’, first grown in 2013, but which was a ‘decorative’ and not a single dahlia. Whether it has reverted to a single form or what, I do not know, but there is nothing else it can be.

But back to today’s ‘real’ vase, the ‘also’ vase which instead features roses and a whole range of more delicate looking and subtle blooms:

img_8270The roses are three blooming and budded stems of  ‘The Poets Wife’, one of the stars of the shrub border and showing no sign yet  of running out of steam. The blooms are so perfectly formed and chocabloc with petals, changing subtly from a clear to creamy yellow and still giving off a warm citrus fragrance as they were picked in the October sunshine and img_8269brought inside. They were joined by a range of white daisies – Cosmos ‘Purity’, Osteospermum ‘Sky and Ice’ and a Japanese anemone – and other pastel blooms: Antirrhinum ‘Twinny White’, Amaranthus ‘Green Cascade’, Ammi visnaga, Lavender ‘Spanish Eyes’ and gawky Dianthus ‘Russian Skies’. Supporting the blooms in this soft and gentle vase were also spent flowers of Clematis ‘New Love’, heuchera spikes and the yellow splashed foliage of Persicaria ‘Painter’s Palette’. This persicaria, relocated to the shrub border less than two years ago from where it was languishing unloved elsewhere in the garden, has since thrived and is now relishing its new spot and developing into a most attractive plant, rewarding me with a host of flower spikes with their minute red blooms.

The Poet’s Wife and her chums reside in a simple unpainted white vintage jug, whilst the dahlias have made their home in a crate of mini milk bottles, the latter not having been used as frequently as it might have been, given the increased size of my vase ‘collection’. You don’t really need a ‘vase’ at all for this meme – just see what you can find in your garden or locally and pop it into any receptacle to bring you pleasure this week at home or at work. Or do without the receptacle altogether – the choice is yours, but we would love you to share it with us by including links to and from this post.

ps it is only a few weeks till the third anniversary of IAVOM – 156 consecutive Monday vases for some of us and nearly as many from several others. No doubt I shall find some sort of a giveaway that week, which will be the week commencing Monday 7th November, and will perhaps suggest some sort of theme…


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56 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Not Only But Also

  1. Christina says:

    Yes, definitely a vase of summer flowers, The Poet’s wife really is a star in your garden and vase are my vases for today: as always thanks for hosting!

  2. croftgarden says:

    A lovely delicate collection of late summer blooms.
    Congratulation on the approaching anniversary of a very popular meme.

  3. Oh, I would love a theme! A theme helps to concentrate the mind. Congratulations on your impending IAVOM anniversary, and whatever you decide to do, I’m looking forward to it!
    Adore the Poet’s Wife, especially with the trails of amaranth. Your dahlias are doing fantastically too… You must be very pleased with your success! Here’s mine…

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Joanna. It was a good exercise to look for completely different blooms this week – but I can’t stop the dahlias coming! Still a couple that are in bud but haven’t flowered yet…

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  5. Cath says:

    Wow, it must be more than a year for me if we are coming up to your third year anniversary. Thank you again for all the weeks of flowers! I love the Poet’s Wife, she looks quite delicate, and the token Dahlias together are lovely. Here is my vase for today. I have another I will try to put up later.

  6. Hannah says:

    Dahlias do stand out in the fall, they are very lovely! But your selection of lovely apricot roses and white and green flowers is charming, and still much appreciated when so many flowers are not around anymore.

    I have some fall-blooming flowers-

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  8. Cath says:

    Here’s my Not only but Also, Autumn Princess and the flowers who couldn’t share the stage with Carnaval de Nice.

  9. Yippeee! A theme! I love a theme.
    Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary. ❤ ❤ ❤
    [leather apparently (?!). My son and his wife always have such fun with following those suggested themes for anniversaries – this year was their pottery year and my d-i-l arranged a pottery painting session for herself, my son and the two boys, aged 7 and 4.]
    This is such a wonderful meme and I am glad to be joining in again after a bit of a time away.

  10. So many flowers Cathy, this October is so far offering the best mix of blooms, perhaps it is one of the best months?i am joining you today with an ethereal mix. HTTPS://

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  12. Sam says:

    This rose is lovely, Cathy. I really like the blushed buds; so pretty. I’m thinking about buying some bare-root roses for the area of garden we’re busy clearing at the moment and shall consider this one. The overall vase is beautiful – full of gorgeous blooms – and your dahlias are still looking good 🙂 I look forward to hearing about the theme for your third anniversary! My Monday vase is here:
    Thank you, as always. Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sam. It’s certainly better to plant them barerooted in the autumn if you can so they can settle in before next year. The PW was planted 2 years ago in Nov. David Austin has 15% of roses till mid Nov (offer code KLA) so it’s worth thinking about soonish – they won’t start delivering till mid Nov so it will give you time to clear the space

  13. That bouquet looks good enough to eat! So lush and romantic and not at all what I might I expect to see in October. Your garden amazes me with the abundance and variety you showcase in your vases. Enjoyed your post about redoing the borders and the fact that you actually did drawings! My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – even I was surprisesd how lush the vase looked when it was assembled. It makes such a change after the relative brashness of dahlias in recent weeks. It made such a difference doing those drawings, Linda – they really showed in b & w where those gaps were, even though they were not entirely to scale

  14. jenhumm116 says:

    What a lovely fresh vase. My Cosmos have completely run out of steam, I think due to lack of water, so lovely to see yours looking fresh and perky!

    Here’s mine for this week, thanks for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jen – mine are still quite happy, despite lack of water! A few seeds are forming now though, so they are winding down a little though

  15. pbmgarden says:

    Hi Cathy! The Poets Wife and white cosmos make a gorgeous combination. Your description of the warm citrus fragrance sounds inviting. The dahlias are wonderful too. Mine are only now beginning to bloom so guess what’s in my vase this week?

    • Cathy says:

      Thnaks Susie – I am not sure if I have used them in combination before. They work well with the antirrhinum too as there is a hint of creamy yellow in the throat of them

  16. I do love the Dahlias in the mini milk jugs but the Poet’s Wife is my absolute favorite! I am also surprised at how much is still beautiful from your garden. Here is my vase this week:

  17. Eliza Waters says:

    Such a beautiful arrangement, Cathy. ‘Poet’s Wife’ is definitely the star. I like the drape of the Amaranthus and the pop of white with ‘Purity’ – so elegant.
    My vase:

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  19. Cathy says:

    I love all your Dahlias, especially “Happy Halloween”, but your actual vase for this week is more like a summer than an October vase! Beautiful pastels to go with that delicious rose. The Poet’s Wife is such a great name too. I look forward to being challenged by a “theme” for the anniversary week….
    Here is my celebratory vase for this week: Thanks Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I didn’t think I really liked ‘ball’ dahlias, but the shape of the heads on Happy halloweeen are so tactile and I enjoy wrapping my hand round them. Glad you are up for a challenge – I’m sure I won’t choose anything too taxing!

  20. Peter Herpst says:

    Both beautiful in different ways. Roses are such a welcome remembrance of the summer that was. Your soft vase reminds us of the gentle days of autumn. My saved from the dumpster post is here:

  21. Anna says:

    It’s always a surprise to see the variation in ‘The Bishop’s Children’ – that peach coloured one is a beauty Cathy. Definitely a keeper! Your second vase is so pleasing to the eye and reminiscent of those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. ‘The Poet’s Wife’ has a warm tone about it and appeals to me more and more each time you have used it in a vase. I have been rather lazy as far as my vase goes this week using one that I made earlier :

    • Cathy says:

      And strangely the peachy one was a definite pink in its first year!! The vase does seem a throwback to high summer, I agree

  22. Kris P says:

    The ‘Poet’s Wife’ is absolutely stunning and the Amaranthus provides just the right flourish to your vase, Cathy. I continue to be impressed by your dahlia collection too. This week we share the Japanese anemone – a single stem of the white form unexpectedly reappeared in my garden after a long absence. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris, I shall add a few more dahlias next year too, but keep some of them in pots and use them in the other borders I think. And I am to grow more from seed – they are such good value.

  23. karen says:

    Those dahlias are stunning. I love the stained glass colours. I have my eye on planting the Poets Wife. Such a lovely delicate shade- and would go nicely with my Phyllis Bide climber which has been in flower all summer. I’ve taken the plunge and joined IAVOM- just in time for your anniversary! Thanks for hosting. Here’s my post. I’m afraid I still have no nice vases, but I have used my husband’s great grandmother’s Victorian acid etched water glasses. So thin and delicate. Quite beautiful and we use them every day. I don’t believe in keeping things for best.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh welcome to the meme, Karen – your Mondays will never be the same again! The PW has been SO prolific as well as having those beautiful flowers, but has grown rather taller than expected. I might contact David Austin to ask how best to prune it to restrict the height a little as it is in a front of border position. Don’t worry about lack of actual ‘vases’ – the meme has taught us to be quite resourceful although I still struggle to walk round a car boot sale now without buying another one!

      • karen says:

        Thank you Cathy. I am enjoying joining in. We have the same problem with many of the DA roses. Now we construct a hazel and willow frame and wind the lengths around horizontally. This controls the height, and causes more breaks and therefore more flowers. Also we eased off on the feeding. Good luck with yours. All the best- Karen

  24. johnvic8 says:

    Well, you’ve outdone yourself again. A pair of beauties. Thanks again for hosting.

  25. Lindy Le Coq says:

    I’m sitting in the bitter cold at the only place nearby where I have access to wifi. Will look at your post next time I’m at the library!! here’s my offering today

    • Cathy says:

      Brr – overnight it has dipped to 4C here but I expect it is MUCH colder for you – no comparison probably! Is the power off in your house or do you always have to go elsewhere for internet connection?

  26. smallsunnygarden says:

    …ensuring once more that I am amazed by the sheer beauty of The Poet’s Wife… also your amaranthus, which I hope to try eventually. I have a rose myself this week…:
    And congratulations on the upcoming anniversary! I look forward to the virtual festivities 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy. There are other types of amaranthus, I believe, that are more upright than this type, which I might have a look at too for next year

  27. Julie says:

    Hi Cathy – sorry I have been absent for a while. I have been enjoying everyones creations from afar but not commenting or joining in as my time is so very limited right now. My mother was taken ill whilst we were away in Florida and has been on a rollercoaster of health problems since then which show no signs of ending soon. I do so miss my Monday vases but just have not had the time to take part – I will be back but not quite sure when right now.

    I am sure that I said this last year but The Poet’s Wife is exquisite and I really must get her into my garden. Also where did you get the seeds for your Lavender Spanish Eyes – I didn’t find any this year and I really miss it. I have managed to sow the seeds for next years greenhouse sweet peas but that is about it for the garden recently – I have stacks of tulips to plant but am not sure when or if I will get to them.

    I hope that all is well with you & can’t believe it is nearly 3 years since this all started! xx

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Julie – it is so good to hear from you. Coincidentally I was just thinking about you yesterday and wondering whether to email you as it has indeed been quite some time since we have heard from you. I was thinking that it was about thi time last year that you had your fall which set you back for such a long time, and I am so sorry to hear that your Mum has serious health issues – priorities can change so quickly, can’t they? It is good that you are trying to keep up with other blogs where you can but must be frustrating that you have no time for your own. My Spanish Eyes seeds came from eBay – they are available again at Many of my seeds have been bought through eBay and this is one of the sellers I have used several times. Take care and hope your Mum improves soon

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