In a Vase on Monday: Pink Parfait

I tried a couple of different containers for this week’s IAVOM offering before settling on this one and immediately knew it would work well as the blooms splayed out perfectly, seemingly complementing the curves of the vase itself.

I would like to dedicate the whole vase to all my blogging friends as among the perfect pinks are no less than four varieties grown from seed supplied by other bloggers: lychnis from Sandra at Wild Daffodil, Malope triffida ‘Vulcan’ and Cosmos ‘Click Cranberries’ from Elizabeth of Silver Scrappers and Godetia ‘Crown Mix’ from Karen at Karengimson. Numerous packages of seeds and plants criss-cross the country and beyond as bloggers generously give or exchange from amongst their gardens’ bounty, or gift little surprises designed to gladden any gardener’s heart: bless them all!

Joining these four pink pretties are the one of the zinnias (Cactus Mixed) I avoided cutting last week, Dahlia ‘Purple Gem’, Dahlia ‘Happy Single Juliet’, Antirrhinum ‘Overture Rose’ and Admiral’s Purple’, a stem of a just-purchased car boot alstroemeria that broke off when I tried to extract it from the pot, perennial sweet pea Lathyrus latifolius ‘Red Pearl’, Sedum ‘Thunderhead’ with a hint of pink on leaves and emerging flowers and blooms from one of my newly establishing scented leaved pelargoniums, ‘Pink Capricorn’. The leaves of this variety smell of lemon rose although the blooms are unscented.

The richer and darker pinks of the posy are perfectly picked out by the Caithness Glass perfume bottle, rounding off this pleasing vase for a new week. I am sure we will see many more pleasing vases from other bloggers over the course of the day: to join us all you need to do is find material from your garden (or anywhere else that you feel is still in the spirit of the meme) to pop into a vase or other container and share with us by leaving links to and from this post. Look forward to hearing from you!

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90 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Pink Parfait

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  2. So beautiful, in looks and sentiment. It is truly such a warm feeling to see those zingy lychnis flowers and feel the connection between your garden and mine. The vase is so right for the blooms – definitely ‘parfait’! Thank you Cathy. โค
    Here's my contribution:

    • Cathy says:

      You are welcome – the lychnis have really been wonderful in the garden – and so far I am deadheading them fairly regularly!

  3. A gorgeous collection of colour and a perfect combination with the lovely vase. Here is my vase on a Monday. Have a lovely week.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you QBG – I had the blooms gathered up in my hand while I searched for the right vase and was really pleased with the way they settled down into this one as it was a case of trial and error

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Pink perfection! All the more lovely for the part that other bloggers played in its making.
    My vase this week:

  5. You do own some very beautiful vases! How lovely that this is a vase with seeds from friends, gardens are such personal journeys and joys, here is my vase this week –

    • Cathy says:

      I had very few vases before IAVOM, and I think this was one of them, bought for its colour and decorative value rather than to use as a vase – and also from a car boot sale!! Our garden blogging community is indeed very generous ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Cath says:

    How nice to have shared plants! Happy Single Juliet is a wild coloured dahlia, and I love the Cosmos too. Here is my vase, also mostly pink:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath – one of our blogging friends enthused about one of the other Happy Single dahlia varieties last year and I liked the colour of this one so ordered it and have not been disappointed

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  9. Chloris says:

    I love all your pinks Cathy and the Caithness glass. I have grown Malope this year and I love its gorgeous satiny petals.
    I have joined in this week.โ€ฆon-the-wild-side/ โ€Ž

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – so far the malope is still looking good in the vase and I shall be interested to see how many weeks it blooms for in the garden. I am pretty sure I will grow it again, even without gifted seeds!

  10. Lovely pinks and the container are perfect together. Wonderful to get seeds from blogging friends, I have a lily in my post today from one. A bulb, actually. Here is the mad tropical vase of the week: Thanks for hosting.

  11. jenmac13 says:

    Hello Cathy, and all! How lovely to have a bouquet of stories and shares from other gardeners.
    It’s beautiful.

    My vase this week is the 79th daily bouquet at FromeBlooms!

  12. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful shades of pink. Passalongs speak to my heart–so lovely to think of friends as you enjoy the blooms. I look forward to Monday vases from around the world, thanks for hosting.

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  14. Cathy says:

    Lovely colours and a beautiful pink cactus zinnia – I will have to grow some of those again next year as I gave them a miss this year. The Caithness vase echoes the shape and colours nicely and is so pretty on its own too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is my vase for today:
    Thanks Cathy!

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  16. jenhumm116 says:

    What a lovely dedication – and a beautiful vase full to go with it. Parfait indeed!
    Here’s mine

  17. I love arrangements that are color themed like this. I am only growing one Dahlia this year and it is not doing well. Gardened all weekend instead of putting together a vase.

    • Cathy says:

      Shame about your dahlia – any idea why it might be unhappy? Well done on all your gardening exploits at the weekend – but perhaps pop a couple of stems in a vase just for yourself?

  18. Pink perfection! And so much fun!

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  20. Patsi says:

    Happy Monday Cathy ! The more of your posts I see maybe just the wake-up call I need, which is to start flowers from seed again. So many pretties that are annuals really do add excitement to the garden. my post

    • Cathy says:

      It is such a worthwhile habit to get into – some of mine go into pots and gaps in other beds but the majority go in the cutting beds which are a real joy in themselves, whether I cut the blooms or not

  21. Annette says:

    A most beautiful pretty-in-pink-theme, Cathy, and the pink vase is just perfect! All flowers are lovely but the Dahlia pops out. Thanks for inspiring me ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a nice week! Here’s my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      This dahlia didn’t do a lot last year but is more than happy now – so pleased I changed my mind about dahlias a few years back!!

      • Annette says:

        Yes, they’re such a valuable contribution and great for cutting. I’m delighted mine keep coming back as I’ve left them in the ground.

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  23. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Such a beautiful and meaningful bouquet celebrating the generous nature of gardeners. What a sweet way to start the week! Stunning pairing of blooms, container, and prop as usual. My vases contain no blooms this week but celebrate roots instead.

  24. Kris P says:

    I love the shape of this vase, which does indeed fit your bouquet perfectly. And such an exuberant mix of flowers too! I’m amazed that you have zinnias and snapdragons blooming at the same time – that’s something that doesn’t happen here. My vases this week are focused on dahlias (and Lisanthus) but, the way things are going, that may be true for awhile:

    Thanks for hosting!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – I am hopeful for a long flowering season with the zinnias, the first real success I have had with them. The warm spring and summer will have helped this year

      • Kris P says:

        FYI, I got your test comment, Cathy, but that was the only one. I’m sure it has to do with the WordPress-Blogspot connection, which appears to act up at intervals on both sides.

        • Cathy says:

          Fortunately it has not been a problem for me recently – I just wondered if I had clicked the wrong button. I will go back and try and remember what I said in the first place! Thanks for letting me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Seeds, plants and flowers from other gardeners are such a wonderful addition to our gardens.

    I’ve missed a few weeks but I’m back with lilies!

  26. Anna says:

    Oh so those secateurs have finally taken the plunge Cathy and snipped a zinnia ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks most happy in a vase and in excellent company with all the other pinkness. Garden bloggers are most generous and thoughtful sharing their plants and seeds and no doubt those gifts have a special place in your heart. That little perfume bottle is exquisite. I’m drowning in sweet peas this week :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna, glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ Look forward to seeing how you have shown yor sweey peas as mine are mostly short-stemmed now

  27. Your flowers and vase look like delicious pink candy that I could just pop in my mouth and eat. Scrumptious.

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  29. Sam says:

    A very pretty collection of pinks, Cathy. I particularly love the antirrhinums and lychnis โ€“ two of my favourites. Here’s my Monday vase:
    Thank you, as always, for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      I much prefer these smaller antirrhinums, Sam, although I couldn’t get the Twinny ones I usually have. And I am a new convert to lychnis!!

  30. Noelle says:

    A delightful arrangement…..and such a variety of perfect blooms.

  31. Pink perfection. Happy IAVO.

  32. Jacqueline. says:

    Un trรจs joli bouquet !

  33. Alison C says:

    What lovely blogging friends you have and that’s a beautiful vase. I imagine it always looks elegant. I must look out for that sort of shape. It’s a beautiful colour too. I love all the pinks, each one is a star. Gardener’s are so generous. I came home from a visit to a relative with a boot full of plants we’d dug up. On the hottest day of the year. My vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Alison – I have received and given so many different plant related things since I have bee blogging ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you get some cooler weather to get your new plants in th ground

  34. Hi Cathy, beautiful arrangement. I love all those deep pink flowers – they look just beautiful together. I’m so glad that I contributed to it in a small way.The gorgeous malope is now on my wish list. I’ve grown nothing from seed this year and now your vase is making me feel very guilty for not making the effort. The vase is the perfect container and the little perfume bottle is lovely. Nothing so spectacular from me this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh don’t feel guilty – just let it be a reminder to sow seeds next year!! Yes, all the seeds you gifted are doing well – I had not grown the malope before and will almost undoubtedly do so again

  35. Sharon says:

    A lovely arrangement; I’m inspired to be more adventurous. In the meantime, I’m offering a fragrant posy of sweet peas

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Sharon – regular contributors will know that it’s not necessary to be adventurous to produce a pleasing vase, but most of us have indeed got more adventurous over the years we have been doing IAVOM. WE find we look at our gardens in a different way and see opportunities we might have missed before, particularly during the leaner months

  36. Cathy that is such a spectacular pink selection. Delightful! Cheers Cathy!

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  38. Your cactus zinnnia are looking great in the garden Cathy and this specimen is shown off to good effect in this vase, which was the perfect choice for this arrangement. I just about managed to get some photos in the failing light of my Monday vase:

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  40. What a gorgeous profusion of pink! Isn’t it wonderful when you find ‘le vase juste’. Now, speaking of all the wonderful donated blooms of garden bloggers, I was instantly reminded of the beautiful shocking pink salvia that you yourself gave me a cutting of and is blooming (shockingly and pinkly) right this moment in our back garden. I was surprised you had not found room for a stem here… Or would that have been overkill? ;o)
    Mine is here:

    • Cathy says:

      I am so glad the salvia (Neon) is doing well for you – it is easily the star of all the salvias I have dabbled with – I did wonder about including it but it was in an another recent pink vase and I decided to give some different pink blooms a whirl ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. Peggy Riccio says:

    I love the pink blossoms you have, I had so much yellow in mine I took the photo on a wooden shelf in my office.

    • Cathy says:

      I keep eyeing up my sunflowers as I haven’t really used them in a vase yet this year – watch out for a yellow vase from me sometime soon too!

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  43. smallsunnygarden says:

    That is such a graceful vase, Cathy! I always love seeing your Caithness glass in any case, but this one seems particularly perfect with all those pinks… ๐Ÿ™‚
    My vase is not quite the standard fare this week – supposing there is any such thing from my garden… ๐Ÿ˜‰ :

  44. So prettily pink, Cathy, and your vases are a perfect compliment.

  45. Cathy a bouquet of flowers in lovely pink colors. The Dahlias are very beautiful as are the Zinnias. Also the joy that other bloggers friends have contributed in the with their seeds. The vase is very beautiful and goes great with the flowers. I love. Greetings from Margarita.

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