In a Vase on Monday: Harlequin

I am not going to make any sort of apology for including tulips in my Monday vase again as we have learned by now that this is an occupational hazard in spring for northern hemisphere Monday vase makers – but I WILL apologise to those who didn’t get my comments on their vases last week, or perhaps got them several times over. Other WordPress blogs were OK, but using my tablet and leaving comments on other blogs proved nigh on impossible although I can assure you that I was able to enjoy every vase that linked to last week’s post.

I found lots of tulips flowering in the garden on our return from the Scilly Isles, and at first was just going to include the ‘yellow’ tulips (which will prove to be streaked with red once they open fully) and the Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ but decided instead to highlight those streaks by adding first the red tulips and then the Ivory White (white? pah!) wallflowers. The blooms now reminded me of some fabric I have in the bathroom and suggested ‘Harlequin’ for the title – but needed a blue addition to compete the picture, hence the muscari. Sadly none of the tulips are labelled as they were not expected to last more than a season but looking back into my Peter Nyssen orders might at least identify the streaky yellow ones.

Having cut my cornus back a couple of weeks ago I now have a large galvanised pot of trimmings outside the back door which is being dipped into for vases and posies while the stems are still looking fresh, and three stems of red Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ were added to today’s vase. Despite originally planning to place the blooms in a clear rectangular glass vase, they instead ended up in a tall drinking glass because I preferred the vertical look of the stems but no doubt this alternative will need frequent topping up with water. Reflecting the varied colours of the blooms is a piece of titanium quartz, formedย  by coating natural quartz with titanium molecules through an ionisation process, giving it an an iridescent metallic sheen. This enhances the inherent properties of quartz and is believed, amongst other properties, to bring deep insights and transform dysfunctional relationships.

It will be good to get back into my usual weekly routines now our holiday break is over and visitors have gone – and those routines begin with a Vase on Monday so I look forward to seeing what you have found in your gardens or foraged locally to pop in your own vases. As always, please share them with the rest of us by leaving links to and from this post so we can share in the pleasure they bring you.

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75 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Harlequin

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  2. Christina says:

    So we were both away from home last week; I’d love to visit the Scilly Isles! Spring is all about a profusion of colours, isn’t it? so your vase this week expresses that perfectly. It really was a case of pick and plonk for me today but perhaps there may be a better vase later in the week. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, hope you really enjoyed your break too, Christina – we were only away for 4 days but that’s enough for me!

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  4. Cathy says:

    Your vase is a wonderful splash of colour which really does match that material. I love those daffodils – one for next year’s list I think! Here is my vase for today Cathy. Have a happy gardening week!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – for some reason the narcisssi were very late flowering as they were ‘prepared’ ones, although admittedly I didn’t bring them into the house at all and they spent the time in the greenhouse. They have a better fragrance than Paperwhites, but still strong

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  6. Annette says:

    One can never have too many tulips, Cathy, and your creation is just beautiful. I keep having trouble as well when trying to comment on blogs other than WP which is annoying. We have the most beautiful weather this year, splashing in the pool already! Here’s my vase: Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      I can usually use my ‘google’ account if it won’t accept my WP one, but comments just disappeared this time around ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Good to have a vase from you again – are you sure you have time with all that splashing about in the pool…?

      • Annette says:

        water is at 17/18ยฐC, so I don’t stay in that long…yes, I can manage with Google too but it’s rather anonymous if that’s the word, as for vases: I do like that meme as it always gets me buzzing which is good ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. Cath says:

    Beautiful, and lovely scent I bet. I love tulips, can’t imagine why they would need an apology. Ivory white is a stretch for those wall flowers ๐Ÿ™‚ but they look gorgeous with the little Muscari.
    Here is my vase

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath. The wallflowers do fade to an ivory colour, but are yellow for too long to be at home in a pink/purple or blue/white border!!

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  10. jenmac13 says:

    Hi Cathy, I think we’ve established that there’s no need to apologise for tulips!
    Thank goodness for that, because here’s my effort:
    Thanks as always for hosting this lively and lovely Monday meme x

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  12. Cathy says:

    The fabric and the quartz add something really zingy/springy to a beautiful splash of colour! Loved thelittle cornus twigs as well. We are having some terrific weather here – all day in the sun on our slopes, but I do envy your trip to the Scillies. Here’s my vase for today:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – the sun is streaming through the petals of the tulips now altjough it was not meant to be an especially sunny day here today

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Your Harlequin tulip arrangement is delightful Cathy. Love the colors. Those last several photos from above are great. Glad you had a good holiday. Thanks for hosting us. Here’s my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I was pleased I added the blue to it and surprised to find muscari with stems long enough to match the rest

  14. So bright and colorful. A good start to the week.

  15. Such rich tapestry colors and I would like to see the rest of the tulips – living as I do in a tulip free zone. Thanks for the comments last week, I managed to delete my first post so it was late. Here is my vase:

  16. Isn’t it wonderful to have such a wide choice of colours again?

  17. The color is amazing!

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  19. A great spirit booster as it is supposed to rain here. I love your double daffs, especially as I have not had good luck with them. I have a little offering this week:

    • Cathy says:

      I could do with a touch of rain here as I have lots of things I want to plant out! But yes, the sun has been a welcome boost to most people

  20. jenhumm116 says:

    What a vibrant combination – love it!
    And I do love the Scillies – they were my honeymoon destination 30 years ago this year(!) I hope you’ve got some pictures to share.
    Here’s my contribution this week – hardly a vaseful, but it’s making me smile.

    • Cathy says:

      30 years – well done, Jen! I will try and post some more pictures of the Scillies in due course but the garden has to take priority at the moment… Am curious about your peas…

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  22. I love your colors this week. I have some little wild flowers/weeds from the backyard today — in a little vase from Saturday’s flea market.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cindy – here, I noticed the ‘ragged robin’ we have in the garden is just coming into bud, such a lovely wild flower

  23. Kris P says:

    If I were lucky enough to be able to grow tulips, I’d flaunt them at every opportunity. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your holiday break! It’s wonderful to come home and find the garden looking plentiful too, I suspect.

    Thanks for hosting, Cathy. Here’s my contribution this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris, and yes, a good break, but it’s always lovely to come home – I wouldn’t want a holiday longer than a few days…

  24. Anna says:

    Oh but I will drool over your tulip’s and everyone else’s this year Cathy having failed to plant most of my bulb order last autumn. I am wondering whether you sourced your wallflower seeds from the same firm as me as my ‘Ivory White’ wallflowers are also yellow. I will not name names here but will exchange information via an email. The titanium quartz looks fabulous. A little vase from me today :

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, you have had other things to think about for quite a few months, Anna. I think these wallflowers are meant to fade to white, but you wouldn’t think so to look at them – they will be hoiked out before the year is out! Fortunately I now have some young perennial white wallflowers, courtesy of seed from Wild Daffodil. Do let me know if you want some later in the year

  25. The color of your tulips is just magnificent! Welcome back to the normal routines of life! My vase this week:

  26. Alison C says:

    There would never be any need to apologise for tulips. Isn’t it wonderful to have so much colour! They all look so good together and I particularly like the narcissus. The cornus is a great addition too. I hope you enjoyed your time away and came back with lots of ideas. Here is my link for the week.

  27. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Very colorful and happy! Thanks for including the titanium quartz. I have one, purchased long ago at a rock shop, and didn’t know what it was other than cool looking.
    My vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Peter, and I am glad I was able to educate you about the titanium quartz – do check out its other properties.

  28. joanna says:

    glorious collection and the colours are so romantic.
    I don’ know if I told you already. I have been diagnosed with an inoperable inurable brain tumour . I am atually haveing some barable mornings if I take all my medication and I have been trying all weekend to take a photo and finding my blog back. I am taking endless walks through my lovely garden: saying goodbye to my plants. My husband of 53 years is taking greatcare of it – more than ever before and my on looks after the hospital appointments and the medication and food I have to take. They are marvellous so that I can concentrate getting my head around it all. Hw aks me for walks and the neighbours have allowed my to walk through their gardens at will – but I daren’t pick any oftheir stock. I found a rose in a corner of my own garden that dates back to 1590 – the very first non-pink flowered rose brought to the West from Persia. I remember it flowering some years back – 2 colours at the same time – orange and yellow. Thrilling to have had a bit of rose species history. This turned inot the yellow rose of eas when crossed with the Scottish briar in a Manhattan garden belonging to an attorney.

    I took some poor pictures tosday – not worthy of your perusal – I have great trouble now, but I would love to hang out with you guys a little bit longer.
    The picures contain Erythronium Dens anis ‘Pagoda Revolutum and some freshly opened branches of my Meta-sequoia Glyptostroboides “Gold Rush” – now there is a mouthful my shrunk little brain can stil produce ๐Ÿ™‚ 200 million years old – the tree not my brain – and being nibbled at by Dynosaurs. What fool plants a tree like that in a 1/2 garden. Oh well, it will outlive me.

    Scrap this if you think it embarrassing.

    I will try to make a link later.
    (joanna’s link is )

    • Cathy says:

      I am so sorry to hear about your tumour Joanna and wish you every joy as you wander through your precious garden and enjoy the time with your plants. Sending healing thoughts to bring you peace of mind and body…

    • Cathy says:

      Dear Joanna – what very sad news. Thoughts with you as you enjoy your garden and ponder how so many favourite garden flowers have lasted the centuries. I shall be over to see your vase directly!

  29. joanna says:

    Rose of Texas

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  31. Never apologise for using tulips Cathy – there are such a delight! I also have tulips blooming which I have no idea of the variety – so frustrating because you can be sure those will be the ones that visitors ask you about. Your flowers sit very nicely in that glass but you are right to think you will need to top up the water regularly – I had a bunch of La Belle Epoque tulips in a thin vase this week and I forgot and the water completely dried up – with obvious consequences. How did you find the Scilly Isles – they are on my list but we haven’t made it yet.

    My contribution is at:

    • Cathy says:

      I am usually so good at labelling, but things that I don’t expect to last more than a season don’t usually get a permanent label – if they are Peter Nyssen bulbs I can usually go back and work out which they are though! We enjoyed the SI and only had 3 nights but it would only need another night or so to be able to see all the different islands – unless you want to spend time relaxing, that is. It’s nice and quiet at the start of the season but they get a lot of day trippers in the summer and some pretty large cruise ships off and on throughout the season which makes the islands much busier. The islands are good for walking because of their size and seem to be very dog friendly too (our hotel allowed dogs at additional cost)

  32. FlowerAlley says:

    Great shot from above. Party of flowers. What is the crystal underneath? Very reflective.

  33. Wood So Wild says:

    Such a wonderful bunch of colourful joy! Thanks for posting this.

  34. Never apologize for tulips ๐Ÿ™‚ The colors in your vase are so rich and inviting. I don’t have a vase for this week to share, but am excited to spend the next days looking at all the submitted creations!

  35. smallsunnygarden says:

    Well, no, I don’t think one could have too many tulips in a vase or out of it… and it’s lovely these are coming back for you! Oddly enough, they’ve been difficult for me over the years – much to do with rabbits! Glad you both had a pleasant trip and homecoming ๐Ÿ™‚
    The season is getting a little further on here, so I have slipped a rose in today’s vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – and I have had such a busy week in the garden since we got back, with so much going on! And roses from you – how exciting!

  36. joanna says:

    Persian rug combination.

    Print it – makes a great card I would have thought.

    I managed my Good Friday post, in tact I hope.
    I find Apple hard work.

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  38. Great harlequins! Sounds like a phrase captain Haddock would declare on admiring your vase full. Sorry not to have had chance to join you Cathy. X

  39. Chloris says:

    Lovely bright colours. How nice to be able to use tulips in a vase. However many you order there are never enough.

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