In a Vase on Monday: a Date in an Edinburgh Garden Diary

The well-thumbed ‘Great Breaks in Edinburgh’ that comes away with us on our annual family get togethers in Edinburgh has proved very useful but is not entirely comprehensive; it does not, for example, suggest ‘meeting blogging friends’ as a worthwhile activity on a visit to Edinburgh’s capital city. Fortunately, prior knowledge of this hugely rewarding opportunity enabled me to arrange to meet the delightful Joanna of Edinburgh Garden Diary and her partner during this year’s visit. 😉

As well as a few hours conversation over a lovely lunch and ramble round the garden, Joanna kindly allowed me to snip some blooms for today’s not-at-home vase. Despite being 300 miles further north than our own garden it seemed almost unreal to see sweet peas, salvia and penstemon still in full bloom in her garden along with the dahlias, although admittedly the earlier and colder winters of my childhood in Edinburgh were quite a few years ago and UK winters are not what they were back then.

Thanks to Joanna, we therefore have a glass of Cafe au Lait dahlias (huge), Amistad salvia (also huge) and a couple of sprigs of rosemary – a nominally aromatic vase with the herby smells of rosemary and salvia but thankfully no lingering coffee aroma from the dahlias. You, however, may not need to beg blooms from a blogger for your own vase and as always I look forward to seeing what you do find to pop into it so please share it with us in the usual way.

Next week is IAVOM’s third anniversary, and I shall be providing a giveaway to the Monday vase contributor whose name is drawn out of the Golfer’s hat. To commemorate the event I propose the theme ‘Three’ (with apologies to Cathy of Words and Herbs who posted a ‘three’ vase recently!) although there is no obligation to stick to that theme – but surely it’s easier than ikebana…?!

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60 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: a Date in an Edinburgh Garden Diary

  1. Christina says:

    I am impressed with this Dahlia; and although I won’t be searching out many more Dahlias for next year I am very tempted by this one. I’m glad you’re having a lovely autumn break. Have you thought any more about doing a US style fling in the UK? Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      It is such a big dahlia and I am still in two minds about having it in my own garden. Despite my own solo campaign to meet up with other bloggers (14 now, I think) it would be fantastic to have a bigger group meet up together and serious bouncing ideas off each other is needed. There is a possibility of a few meeting in London next year, suggested by Jen (Duver Diary) and Sam (Coastal Plot) but I am willing to be involved in arranging something wider

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  3. Congratulations once again on your 3 year anniversary. Love the theme!

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  5. Cathy says:

    That dahlia is quite something! Enjoy the rest of your break up north Cathy. I will have to think of a new interpretation of ‘three’ for your meme next week…. 😉
    I don’t have a coffee flavour to my vase either, but a seasonal halloween flavour instead:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – on the way home now. I had to smile when you posted your Three vase as I had decided on the theme before then but didn’t want to say anything!

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  7. Cath says:

    Wow, 3 years, congratulations! I love that Cafe au Lait, I hope mine has made it through the winter. How nice to have garden flowers while you are away from home. Hmm I will have to think of how to do ‘3’ for next week. It sounds like it could be quite minimal. Here is a very not-minimal vase for today:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath – I have sometimes sneaked a snippet of something from the garden of the flat we rent when we visit Edinburgh. Couldn’t have a Monday without a vase!

  8. What a lovely idea to visit another bloggers garden. Happy anniversary too.

    • Cathy says:

      It really is a pleasure to meet up with people you have got to know through blogging. Still another week to go till the 3 year milestone!

  9. Summer Daisy says:

    Beautiful vase and flowers♥ Must be nice meeting another blogger ♥

  10. What an inviting path. Your vase is quite simply lovely today. Dahlias scream fall to me. They are beefy and beautiful.

  11. Two flowers of equal drama! Always nice to meet other bloggers in person.

  12. Noelle Mace says:

    Just taking a break from all the packing to view your vase. I am sure Joanna enjoyed meeting up with you, as much as I did. I have thinned out the number of vases, packed them, taken cuttings, and have all the lovely seeds which I have received over the last year or so, ready to plant in our new garden, which is more or less a blank canvas. In the meantime it is lovely to see what vases are being posted.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh what a good (I hope!) challenge of a blank canvas and I can see you are well organised with a new garden in mind – are you taking any plants? Look forward to finding out where you are going…

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, love your scented vase of Cafe au Lait and saliva. Have admired that dahlia previously on Joanna’s blog. So wonderful you could meet her during this trip. Have lots of fun and thanks for your dedication to helping us have flowers on Monday. I’ll ponder over the theme this week.

  14. It all just lovely, meeting Joanna and a vase to boot. I love those Dahlias! There is nothing remotely close to Dahlias in South Florida, so I really enjoy seeing them on Monday. Here is my vegetable

  15. Peter Herpst says:

    Blogging friends are very special people. How nice of Joanna to offer her blooms for your vase today. That dahlia is all the rage right now and rightfully so, it’s a beauty and it looks great with the purple of Amistad! My contribution is here:

    • Cathy says:

      They are indeed Peter and I treasure all my blogging friendships. As we came home today I had to leave the blooms for the owner of the flat we rented but I am sure she will appreciate them too ☺

  16. Kris P says:

    What a nice date to tuck into your trek through Edinburgh. Joanna’s dahlias are lovely – I’ve long coveted ‘Cafe au Lait’ and will have to make a go at growing them next year. My post celebrates Halloween, a holiday you can’t ignore in the US even if you try:

    Enjoy the remainder of your trip and thanks for hosting, even while on the road!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – it’s so rewarding to meet up with other bloggers. And interesting to read just how big Halloween is in the US

  17. How much fun you must have had meeting up with Joanna and what a great way to take your vase meme on the road. My contribution this week has fun with our Halloween hoiday:

  18. Oh Cathy, the dahlias look fab with the salvia, and I am certainly going to start using rosemary in my vases in future… such a good idea. It was so wonderful to meet you and the golfer, thank you for instigating it! And I will certainly try and come to any bloggers’ gathering, wherever it may be. No vase from me today as I spent the day travelling south to stay with my parents, but should have buckets of roses for you tomorrow if you don’t mind the delay. And will get my thinking hat on for ‘three’.

    • Cathy says:

      Buckets of roses should be good – look forward to seeing them! I have left the vase for the owner of the flat we rented – she was especially pleased when I said there were dahlias in it ☺ Yesterday was the highlight of our stay and it was a thrill to put a name to the face – thanks so much for welcoming us ☺

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  20. I’ve been really impressed with Joanna’s ‘Cafe au Lait’ dahlias this year. Lovely to see how different you made them look with that simple, strong combination of salvia and rosemary. Looking forward to your third IAVOM anniversary vase! Happy travels.
    My vase is here:

  21. What fun. I am very taken with cafe au lait even if it doesn’t smell of coffee. I have done two not three today
    Three years of vases, amazing! Well done Cathy

  22. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m envious you get to meet up with all the many IAVOM that live in and near the UK. I have been admiring Joanna’s Cafe au Lait dahlias for some time. It’s inspiring me to get some.

  23. smallsunnygarden says:

    How wonderful you were able to meet Joanna (not to mention her garden and Cafe au Lait dahlias 😉 ) They seem perfect with the deep-hued Salvia. I’m wondering just when I will find Amistad available locally – not sure I will still have room in the garden for it when it arrives! My vase celebrates some of the less-noticed blooms in the garden just now:
    And speaking of celebration 😉 – I am already thinking about threes!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it was a most enjoyable few hours. I hope to replace my deceased Amistad next year and will definitely make room for it!

  24. rickii says:

    My nursery job just ended for the season, so I hope to get back into regular vases. Why am I whining, when you manage to produce a vase even while traveling? You rock!

  25. Chloris says:

    How lovely to combine a trip to Edinburgh with a visit to another fellow blogger. I had to reread the post after reading Susie’ s comment in case I had missed something. I am very glad no saliva was involved, just lovely salvias and huge cafe au lait dahlias. I have grown these in the past and I love the colour. I find them a big big though, but they look lovely in a vase.

  26. Anna says:

    How lovely that you were able to meet up with another fellow garden blogger Cathy. I wonder what your final decision will be regarding growing ‘Cafe Au Lait’. I missed putting a vase together on Monday as I was traveling back home after visiting my Mum and back after dark. I will be on a train again this coming Monday but may manage to sneak a late post in on Tuesday. How about a snowdrop time bloggers meet ?The RHS Show in London in February makes for a grand day out🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it was indeed good to meet up – and I am still unsure about C au L! I shall wave at every train I see going past today, just in case you are on it – don’t forget to wave back! How is your Mum doing? I shall write a post in due course about a bloggers’ meet

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