In a Vase on Monday: Winnie and Friends

Yesterday, when I picked these blooms and prepared the vase, was a lovely day,  a gentle and warm sort of day, a reminder of summer’s pleasures amidst the first signs of autumn. With a long list of on-going projects, the Golfer and I were able to spend most of the day in the garden on our allotted tasks, taking advantage of the September sunshine.

Unusually, the vase ended up as my final task of the day, resulting in a last-minute dilemma of a location to photograph it, the usual spot being hijacked by a number of lengths of timber and one of our  cast iron garden chairs pressed into service instead. The star of the vase is Dahlia ‘Jowey Winnie’ and she is accompanied by a number of her dahlia friends: Glow, Bishop of Leicester, Happy Single Juliet and  Karma Serena, supported by Persicaria ‘Jo and Guido’ and Miscanthus ‘Ferner Osten’ .

From left to right: Glow, Happy Single Juliet, Jowey Winnie, Bishop of Leicester, Glow

From left to right: Glow, Bishop of Leicester, Karma Serena, Jowey Winnie

The dahlias still provide plenty of pickings, although the blooms are generally smaller and the plants a little wayward from lack of staking and the effects of rain; having bloomed continuously for four months they have made a wonderful contribution to the cutting beds and to numerous vases and posies…all for less than Β£2 per tuber.

I fiddled with the length of the stems whilst trying various ways of arranging the blooms in the chunky rectangular glass vase, in the end using small pebbles to half-fill the vase and support the stems till I was satisfied, before filling it to the top. I need to remember that the water will also need topping up more often because of the space taken up by the pebbles.

Accompanying the vase, today’s prop is the complete set of Winnie-the-Pooh books – ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’, ‘The House at Pooh Corner’, ‘Now We Are Six’ and ‘When We Were Very Young’ – an integral part of my childhood. I still like dipping into them and often recite excerpts from the poems in the latter two books. Even as a teenager my friends and I still appreciated the books and used to match each other with the various characters: I was considered the Christopher Robin of the group, full of down-to-earth common sense, which I suppose is no bad thing!

Will you be conjuring up your own pleasure from a vase this week? You don’t need to include props alongside your weekly vases, but we find it does add a little extra sparkle to our Mondays so do consider it if it is not something you are in the habit of doing. See you soon!

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60 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Winnie and Friends

  1. Alison C says:

    I love these. I really don’t need any more dahlias but I’m sure I’ll buy a few in these soft colours. They are wonderful value, as you say, I’ve had hundreds of flowers for myself and to give away. It looks as though you are busy with projects again in your garden, or maybe you never really stop. Winnie-the-Pooh brings happy memories for me too, I loved the books then and now. I do enjoy your props though I rarely remember to add my own. I’ll start working on ideas for next week now πŸ™‚ Here is my sunny vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Alison – I am making room for more dahlias next year by ditching some inferior ones grown from seed. There is not always a project on the go here but I am ever mindful of opportunities … πŸ˜‰

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  3. Cathy says:

    Aren’t they lovely sunshiny flowers! I love those peachy pink colours. Winnie the Pooh was one of our favourites too… was it Kenneth Williams who did such lovely readings of the poems?
    Here is my vase for today Cathy. Have a good gardening week – hope your sunny weather continues.

    • Cathy says:

      Somehow they seemed peachier when put together, I think. Not sure about KW – sounds probable, but I have only ever heard myself read them! ps no, it rained throughout Sunday night and up till lunchtme today πŸ˜‰

  4. What a perfect vase…the colors so lovely against the white chair. I can see where you would be Christopher Robin and not a bad thing to be either. My vases are taken from our native asters blooming and drawing in dozens and dozens of butterflies who are migrating.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – the dahlias were too perfect not to use, and of course we don’t know how much longer they will keep going πŸ˜‰ Lovely to hear about your butterflies

  5. Joanna says:

    Beautiful flowers…I also love the peachy-pink! And I also grew up with Winnie-the-Pooh! πŸ™‚
    Here’s mine this week…

  6. I’m with Joanna on those great peachy-pink colors. But it’s the Persicaria that makes it pop for me. I never discovered Winnie the Pooh until college when I hung out with a group who all had Pooh nicknames. My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda. I acquired several persicaria a couple of years ago and they are beginning to establish nicely – they flower for ages so are wonderful in the garden and in vases ps I am pleased to read that I am not alone in my pleasure with W-the-P πŸ˜‰

  7. Lovely Dahlias, again! I love seeing them and think yours must have been magnificent this summer. One of my husband’s favorite sayings “Tut, tut, looks like rain” Pooh fans everywhere. Here is my vase
    Thank you for hosting!

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  9. Christina says:

    I love the colours and shape of your Dahlias; as you say they are marvellous in providing so many blooms for our vases; I’m using Dahlias again today too. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      I especially like the ball and pompom dahlias, Christina, which I never thought would be the case, and will be adding more of those next year

  10. Peter Herpst says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed time working outside on such a lovely early autumn day. Pooh is a favorite of mine as well. Like him, I’m a bit round and quite motivated by hunny. Your arrangement contains delightful memories of the warmth of summer combined with gentler colors of autumn. Here’s my lazy arrangement:

  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Delightful peachy glow that nimbly bridges summer and autumn, your arrangement is lovely, Cathy. After weeks of below normal temps, the weather this week is more like July than Sept., but I’ll take all the warm days I can get. My vase this week still reflects the calendar, however:

  12. johnvic8 says:

    My grandkids loved Winnie and company. I watched videos with them more times than I can count. I love your vase. It’s, as usual, a winner (or should I say a “Winnier”?)

  13. Kris P says:

    I’d hoped I’d get a peak of Pooh and his friends when I saw the title of your post in my feed. Your dahlias still look wonderful, while mine are most definitely fading into near oblivion (except for ‘Loverboy’!). I did have a new dahlia bloom pop up at last this week, which of course I used in a vase:
    Thanks, as always, for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Sometimes we just have to be opportunist when it comes to our vases, Kris – my dahlias are on the wane too but there is still life in them.

      • Do you know why my name appeared as “Array” above, Cathy? I don’t think that’s happened before.

        • Cathy says:

          No, I saw that, and puzzled over it too. I only noticed the ‘Array’ because I accidentally spammed the comment (clicked the wrong key!) and had to retrieve it so I don’t know if it was because of that or if it was like that in the first place…. I have gone back into the comment and was able to edit it so you are yourself again!! πŸ™‚

  14. Oh I love everything about it. It’s a perfect arrangement for September. Today my flowers are a little tribute to my country of Puerto Rico as it goes through such a devastating crisis. I find that flowers can soothe the hurt a little.

    Angie @ Pitchfork & Pistil

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Angie. I am sorry to hear about your connections with Puerto Rico – there has been so much devastation in so many countries recently

  15. Anna says:

    Oh Winnie is certainly a diva amongst dahlias Cathy and will be a must for me next year. I’m intrigued by your ‘Happy Single Juliet’ which looks quite similar to ‘Magenta Star’. I have a copy of ‘Now We Are Six’ but haven’t seen it for a while. Time to renew my acquaintance possibly. What a difference a day makes. We woke up to torrential rain this morning and the gloom only lifted late this afternoon. It’s dahlias from me too this week :

    • Cathy says:

      I have learned to love these pompom dahlias and will no doubt get more of them for next year. HSJ is a Peter Nyssen dahlia – do they do Magenta Star too? Half an inch of rain overnight here and wet all morning 😦

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  17. Anca Tirca says:

    Thanks, Cathy, for such a beautiful vase, I love dahlias!

  18. Chloris says:

    You have grown some beautiful dahlias this year Cathy. Winnie is lovely and so are all her friends. I love Winnie the Poo too. ‘Sing ho for the life of a bear!’
    I am feeling autumnal today:…ng-autumn-colour/

  19. Hello Cathy, your dahlias are beautiful and your arrangement is lovely – it looks perfect on the white chair. I’m sorry to say I’ve had very little success with my dahlias – sadly, too much slug damage and the resident hedgehog has been of little help. I was late coming to Winnie the Pooh as I didn’t discover the books until I had children of my own – I feel now that I was a deprived child πŸ™‚ Seriously, my father read wonderful stories to us every night, just not Winnie the Pooh. Here’s the link to my post:

    PS: I, too, have rectangular glass vase very similar to yours but I use it for storing scouring brushes in … I think now that I should rescue it from such a humdrum existence!

    • Cathy says:

      Do you know, I don’t remember either of my parents reading to us, but I suppose at least one of them did because we were all but reading for ourselves when we went to school. Shame you have no luck with dahlias – I have used big pots for several of mine this year which has been successful (and gives me space to grow more!). Oh and do rescue your brush pot!!

  20. Noelle says:

    Oh Pooh! Great blooms…but nothing to show in exchange. Gardening continues and I am looking at a vase of blooms from Geranium Rozanne, picked on Saturday whilst I was splitting the plant.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle; not to worry, i am just pleased that you were able to find a house with a garden that you could get stuck into and make your own. Enjoy Rozanne!

  21. Dahlia β€˜Jowey Winnie’ is a wonderful star of the show and the colours of the other dahlias are great supporting cast. At secondary school we had a Jewish Latin teacher who was fond of using Winnie the Pooh as a starting point for philosophical assembly talks!
    My vase is here: Sorry no props, unless you count the fish!

    • Cathy says:

      She is indeed a star, although not quite the colour I expected. I can imagine that W the P could easily form the basis of a philosophocal assembly. By the way, I am sure there is a copy of the book in Latin at my Mum’s house… πŸ˜‰

  22. Cathy than Dahlias more beautiful. I like them all with their soft colors. The Persicaria is also very pretty. The photo on the chair is beautiful. I discovered Winnie the Pooh in his late twenties and I love that lovely little bear. Greetings from Margarita.

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  24. Beautiful dahlias! They are such wonderful value for money, aren’t they. Although one of mine is only just coming into flower(!). The peachy colour is so gorgeous, although I’m a sucker for a bright pink flower too, and love the persicaria. Who doesn’t love W-t-P. I can see how like CR you are – very reliable! I’d probably be a cross between Roo and Eyore. Mine is here:

  25. Sam says:

    Gorgeous dahlias! Love the overhead shot – all the colours go so well together. Sorry I haven’t had time to join in today but I’ve had a quick look at some of the above – all lovely.

  26. pbmgarden says:

    The dahlias are perfection. Love their colors, especially your star Jowey Winnie. The setting you chose to photograph the vase worked well.
    My vase today is

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – and I tend to avoid potential ‘fussy’ backgrounds by using a plain fabric backdrop, so was pleased that this looked at least OK

  27. Peggy Riccio says:

    I like the pebbles, lately I have been thinking of how to disguise the stems. I just have simple marigolds in a vase this Monday

    • Cathy says:

      The pebbles also serve the purpose of holding the stems in place but if the stems are soft it is easier to add the pebbles afterwards. I have some glass ‘pebbles’ too, which I sometimes use

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, and if you include a link to your post within your comment other bloggers might find you more easily

  28. smallsunnygarden says:

    Your dahlias still have a lovely, sunny, summery look to them, Cathy. πŸ™‚ I love the way you’ve photographed them on the chair. And with WtP, too! I think Milne more or less taught me to read, thanks to my father; then I was lucky enough to have a sister much younger than myself, so I got to go back through the books with her… πŸ˜‰
    My vase is similarly a mix of summer and autumn, but not very big! Here it is:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy, and I agree they still look summery in the vase but less so on the plant, swathed in spider webs and with other signs of autumn around!

  29. Brian Skeys says:

    While the Dahlias are wonderful I do like the contribution the grass flower heads make to arrangements this time of year. I think of it as autumn fireworks.

    • Cathy says:

      My taller grasses are only a couple of years old so are only just beginning to show their finery but I am enjoying their small efforts already πŸ˜‰

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