In a Vase on Monday: There’s a Word For That

There is so much to wonder at as I ramble around the garden these days, whether it’s the rapid progress of young seedlings once they are planted out in the cutting beds, diversity of the numerous aquilegia,  an almost constant hum of bees, distant sound of the first cuckoo or the vast number of rose buds at various stages of opening – or quite simply the size and sheer perfection of this ‘Munstead Wood’ bloom, which must be all of 5″ (13cm) across.

I don’t expect it to last long in this unmarked blue and white teacup as it was picked fully open in the heat of the day, but as temperatures this week have been persistently high almost from morning till night there perhaps isn’t an optimum time for picking anyway. The bush from which this rose was picked was contained for 3 or 4 years in the largest of the cubic planters on the paved area before being released to the freedom of the shrub border when that was created in the summer of 2014, and has been going from strength to strength ever since. It has certainly not produced blooms of such a size before now, and I can but wonder at Nature and how generously she applies herself in the garden,  frequently filling me with pure awe.

These pebbles are but two of a number that have been annotated with abstract nouns, painted on with Ronseal Garden Paint and representing positive emotional conditions that can be generated within or by the garden; no doubt there are many more that can be added to this selection, which will be dotted around the garden, limited perhaps only by the number of pebbles available.

The simplicity of the deep velvety red rose needed little embellishment and is therefore solely accompanied by a few tiny pale pink sprigs of a variegated London Pride (Saxifraga x urbium), given to me by blogger Noelle at Stasher. The rose’s petals will undoubtedly start to drop within a day or two but till then it will give me great pleasure, which is what In a Vase on Monday is all about. What can you find in your garden to bring you pleasure during the week, or perhaps just for a couple of days like my full-bloom rose? Please consider sharing it with us by writing about it and posting links to and from this one as usual.

You will not be surprised to know that I had a lovely day last Monday, albeit a very hot one, meeting fellow bloggers Christina and Julie in London. We met at the reopening-that-very-day Garden Museum where Christina received the accolade of being the very first visitor to the refurbished premises (which in practice was still undergoing finishing touches) and in the afternoon she and I went on to the Chelsea Physic Garden. In truth, it wouldn’t have made any difference where we visited as the time was spent chatting and catching up as ‘old friends’ do, albeit friends who had never met before. It was a real pleasure to meet up and I heartily recommend both making or taking the opportunity to meet with blogging friends whenever you can. 


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73 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: There’s a Word For That

  1. Alison C says:

    This is just as a rose should be. Such a gorgeous colour, it’s one I’ve always admired (wanted :)). I don’t think it matters if it doesn’t last long, you can just pick another. The stones are an interesting and thought provoking idea. The day in London sounds fun, I bet you never stopped talking. I’ve been to the Physic garden once but would love to go again. Here is my link:

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  3. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Cathy
    So sorry I missed your meeting! Hopefully next time. How was the Garden Museum?

    Bit of a contemplative one this week:

    • Cathy says:

      The Grden Museum was neither here nor there, if you see what I mean, as we were not really focussing on the displays but on our conversation. It wasn’t really ready to open though, and the cafe was way off being finished. The building interior seemed to be a big improvement from my distant recollection of a previous visit – light and airy.

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  5. Christina says:

    It was indeed a lovely day; luckily Tuesday was slightly cooler at Chelsea and with some cloud better for photographs. Munstedwood is a gorgeous colour and were I looking for more roses would certainly be one I would want. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Certainly wasn’t cooler here on Tuesday!! After a cloudy but barely damp morning we finally had a proper shower after lunch today – which the garden will have loved of course!

  6. Such a generous swirl of petals on this rose, simply gorgeous. Happy IAVOM.

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  8. Cathy says:

    Simply beautiful Cathy. The colour is gorgeous. I love the idea of the pebbles and I might give that a go… Here is my link for today:
    Have a good week!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – it was of course very quick to create these pebbles, and even if you bought a bag of these rounded cobbles it would still be cheap to do. I have also used some small lettered pebbles for my revamped herb planter

  9. Your Monday last week must have been a great day out what with meeting blogging chums and seeing the garden museum and the physic garden, I am sorry Cathy not to have been able to join you. My link

  10. pbmgarden says:

    What a spectacular rose Cathy. I love your collection of annotated stones–gives me ideas. Glad you were able to visit London and carry on with blogging friends in person. Thanks for hosting each Monday. I ended up with two vase today when materials didn’t want to play nice in a single vase.

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  12. Cath says:

    I’ve often thought about getting Munstead Wood. It’s a wonderful velvety colour isn’t it? I’m glad you had a great day! One day I will visit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      it really is a sumptuous and velvety rose, Cath – I would highly recommend it, along with lots of other gorgeous roses too though!

  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely, velvety rose, it looks so soft. I like your lettered stones, I’ve seen similar etched, for sale in shops. I think it’s great you got to meet with two of our IAVOM sisters. It is fun to get to know each other in person, adding more to the relationship than is possible online.
    My 2 vases this week:

  14. Peter/Outlaw says:

    The garden is full of wonder every day but this time of year wonder seems to be overflowing! How lucky we are as gardeners to be able to see and experience so much magic, joy, etc. No wonder it’s such a treat to meet old gardening friends for the first time. ‘Munstead Wood’ is an ode to the riches of the garden at this time of year!

  15. Kris P says:

    Your garden contains many treasures, Cathy, this rose being just one of them. The sheer size of the bloom is impressive (making my few roses look paltry by comparison) and I love the depth of color too. Here are my vases:

    • Cathy says:

      But every rose , whether large or small, has its own positive attributes – so I am sure yours don’t need to be called paltry!

  16. johnvic8 says:

    That rose is lovely, and so appropriately displayed. Thank you. Here is my offering for the week.

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  18. jenmac13 says:

    That rose is such a beautiful colour, thanks for sharing and hosting this lovely meme.
    My contribution this week includes rose and clematis

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  20. How nice to have a chance to meet other fellow bloggers and visit two places that I’ve always thought would be fun to see. That is a gorgeous rose. I made a vase yesterday and just remembered that I had not posted it. So I just did that and here it is:

  21. I visited the Garden Museum in 2012, the same trip where I met up with blogging friends north of London and got to visit their garden. What a wonderful experience! Might you ever consider coming to the U.S. and taking part in a Garden Bloggers Fling? It’s great fun…next year is in Austin TX. (this year WA DC, and only a few weeks away).

    My “vase”…

    • Cathy says:

      Nice idea, Loree, but my passport has expired and at present I have no plans to renew it – too many places in the UK still to see

  22. Anna says:

    Oh ‘Munstead Wood’ is a peach of a rose Cathy as is ‘Guinรฉe’ which I’ve just spotted in your last post. I recollect having a ready made trio of little ornamental pebbles years ago which I think were scribed with the words love, peace and harmony. I’m not sure what has happened to them. As you say there’s scope to grow the collection. Wonder or wander? I’m so glad to read that you enjoyed the get-together in London and was sorry that I didn’t make it. My vase this week is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Isn’t it just, Anna – and a better performer than Guinee is, I think. Does it look like ‘wander’ on the pebble? I know I do, but it’s meant to be ‘wonder’ ๐Ÿ™‚ I got the idea from seeing inscribed pebbles, which were relatively pricey

  23. I brought Munstead Wood in my garden last year and I congratulate myself for that! It has such a beautiful texture, a unique colour and it smells like berries!Here is my link for today:

  24. Mrs. Brown says:

    Such a sweet display with the stone and teacup. I’ve played with the idea of a meditation walk finding stone messages along the way. “Inspiration, move me brightly..”. My contribution:

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  26. Happy to be joining in today with flowers and leaves from my garden.

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  28. Munstead Wood is one of my favourite roses Cathy & mine is producing some lovely flowers this year too. I am so pleased to hear that you had a great day on Monday and you visited the places that I would love to see. I only made it as far as Wanstead on Monday so sadly could not join in with your meet up – do let me know if you plan anything else in London though – I always like a jaunt to the capital!

    My flowers today are celebrating the return of the peonies of course!

  29. karen says:

    So sorry I missed you in London. Perhaps next time, I’ll be able to make it. I just love that combination of deep red and blue. The teacup and background are a perfect match for the rose. I can almost smell it from here! I also live London Pride. I must check the garden tomorrow to see if mine is in flower. It was a bit overrun with weeds last summer. I adore your little stores. Such positive messages. Such a great idea, I hope I’m allowed to copy. Love karen x Here’s my vase for Monday for my MIL Joan.

  30. Wonder and wonderful, that rose is really special and love the teacup and sage garden stones. The meeting of the blogging minds sounds like great fun! Cheers!

  31. Such a liberal twirl of petals on this rose, basically gorgeous…That rose is flawless, thus properly showed. Much obliged to you.

  32. Sam says:

    That’s a corker of a rose and I like your pebbles โ€“ lovely idea. I’m glad you had a good time with fellow bloggers.

  33. Brian Skeys says:

    It is a beautiful rose Cathy. Sadly this is the first year I haven’t heard the cuckoo.

  34. Noelle says:

    After being absent for quite a few months… I log on a thousand or more miles away to read your entry, and you mention the plant I shared with you on your visit to my last garden. My new garden is still in a shamble, however when I return, hopefully my gardening angels will buoy me up. Thanks again Cathy…. I still have seeds in packets from you and a cutting from the cutting of red dragon is in a nursery bed.

    • Cathy says:

      Gosh, what a bizarre coincidence! I do hope you are happy in your new home even though the garden is still a shambles – another coincidence, we drove through Kenilworth today!

  35. Amy says:

    Your rose is certainly a source of wonder, Cathy! It’s so lovely; I’ve thought about slipping Munstead Wood in the front of a border here; does it stay small enough for that, do you think?
    And I’m finally back to posting today:

  36. Cathy, I’m glad that she’s had a good time with Christina in London, and they’re well known. The Rose “Munstead Wood” is beautiful and its velvety color is precious. That should be all roses. I love the vase you have chosen: a cup of tea. Greetings from Margarita.

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  38. rickii says:

    A big helping of lusciousness comes in that teacup and it lasts at least a little bit longer than a hot cuppa. Late, as is often the case:

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