I resisted picking any of the pretty purple blend tulips that I showed yesterday as they are in a tub in full view if the kitchen windows where I shall continue to enjoy them; instead I started with some of the ‘fill a bag for 50p’ bargain tulips, in this case ‘Winnipeg’, a golden-yellow Greigii tulip flamed with fiery scarlet. Of the three stems I picked one is multi-headed with three blooms on the same stem, but it doesn’t look as if any of the others are going to have this Cerberus trait.
Winnipeg was joined by species tulip T linifolia (whose orange-scarlet pointed petals just manag to avoid being the colour of Heinz tomato soup) and a solitary yellow infiltrator to the purple mix mentioned above. As well as the tulips, rogue wallflower blooms from one of the rare occasions when seed has been incorrectly labelled (in this case it should have been Stipa tenuissima which the replacement packet fortunately contained!) were culled, along with wallflower ‘Ivory White’ which I knowingly sowed a couple of years ago before discovering that ‘Ivory White really just an apology for yellow. All these wallflowers will be removed within a few weeks as I will no longer tolerate their ugliness.
The final element was a few sprigs of dark-leaved crab apple Malus ‘Royalty’, the flower buds not yet quite open but won’t be long, and the prop was an almost belly-shaped piece of carnelian. Carnelian comes in various shades ranging from amber through oranges to reds and to browns and I particularly like this piece because of the veining in the lighter sections and the tactile nature of its polished shape, which comfortably fits in
the hand. Curiously, considering the vaguely stomach-shaped nature of this piece, carnelian is said to aid the digestion! It is also believed to be a ‘feel-good’ crystal, boosting vitality, self-esteem and personal power, all affected by imbalances in the lower chakras (the Base, Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras or energy centres) which in themselves are traditionally denoted by the colours red, orange and yellow respectively, the colour of carnelians.
It seems quite strange sitting here looking at a vase the colour of glowing embers, more often associated with the hotter blooms of late August and September, but after a quieter time in the garden with the predominant greens and whites and pale shades of winter and early spring it is refreshing sight. We are used to weekly doses of brighter and often tropical blooms from some of our blogging friends across the Atlantic, or southern hemisphere treats from the opposite season, and this pleasurable hotch potch of pickings from a range of gardens in different locations is one of IAVOM’s attractions. Why not join us by finding something from your own garden to pop in vase or container – but feel free to think creatively as it need not involve blooms, nor indeed a vase, despite the name of the meme! You can be fairly sure the result will bring you pleasure – and you can share it with us if you like by leaving links to and from this post.
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How happy we are to finally have tulips and the lovely wallflowers with delicious scent! I have them too. I like the bright colours and, actually, I like the yellow wallflower! http://ablogaboutcompost.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/in-defence-of-wallflowers-in-vase-on.html
Oh indeed, Alison – but he ‘yellow’ wallflowers are certainly not appropriate for a blue & white border!
That is so cheerful and warming! It has gone chilly here again today.
My vase: https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-narcissi
Glad you liked it – T linifolia are much redder than these pictures suggest. Cooler here, but not chilly, and better gardening weather, Sandra!
Great arrangement. The strong colors of your tulips are amazing. Has it been an especially good year for tulips? I’ve seen more around where I live this year than usual. I feel a little sorry for your wallflowers, but you gave them a last hurrah in this Monday’s vase. Have a nice week.
Thanks Susie. The tulips in the ground seem a little later than usual but those in pots are doing well, although all coming out at once – I should have staggered the planting more than I did! This was the only hurrah the wallflowers will get (except when they are yamked out)!
Mmmm, such glorious colours Cathy – flowers (even that maligned rogue wallflower) and gemstone. As you say they are flower colours that we associate perhaps more with late summer/early autumn but they are certainly more uplifting than pastels when the skies are grey. I will catch up with your purple blend later. Here a rescue job from the allotment this week : ttps://greentapestry.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/in-vase-on-monday-friends-not-anemones.html
Thanks Anna – it certainly warms the room up a bit today without the sunshine streaming in as it has done in recent days
P.S. I ‘m guilty of dropping my aitches so ‘ere we go again : https://greentapestry.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/in-vase-on-monday-friends-not-anemones.html
Ha, loved the mention of the tulip with the ‘Cerberus trait’. You are right, it is indeed unusual to see flame colours in this season of pastels – but oh so welcome to have a change. I love bargain bin tulips. Some of my best ever in 2016 were from a magazine deal and they were bright, plentiful and healthy. I didn’t buy any bargain tulips this year and I miss them. My vase this week also features a bulb with the ‘Cerberus Trait’, fittingly as it too has a Greek name and place in mythology: https://edinburghgardendiary.com/2018/04/23/thalia-grace-muse-goddess/#more-10242
Thanks Joanna – I will still get my usual Peter Nyssen bulb fix but will definitely be loitering around our local garden centre in December again, just in case!
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You have created a lovely fiery vase from your unwanted blooms Cathy. I am the other way round to you, I have sacrificed a couple of purple tulips, but don’t want to pick my orange ballerinas which I can see from the kitchen window. Love the way your carnelian reflects the flowers. I have also compared blooms to precious materials this week:
Thanks Ciar, and what an ironic coincidence about our choice of colour and the reason behind it 😉
Lots of Feel Good vibes given off by your tulips in your arrangement. Your piece about your Carnelian is very interesting. I have a ‘Samples’ this week: http://noellemace.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/in-vase-on-monday-samples.html
Thanks Noelle – the tulips are definitely shouting ‘notice me!’, aren’t they?
What a delightful pop of color for spring. The bright yellow sweeps of color in the tulips and the very shapes of tulips scream spring. Happy IAVOM.
Thanks Lisa and I agree the vase screams at us!
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I like that T. linifolia so much Cathy – and I feel a bit sorry for your wallflowers! They are so much more difficult for me to grow here, that they get treasured (I only have two and one is – yes! – creamy ‘Ivory White). Always so inventive with your props! (Might shop for some carnelian!) Finally managing to join you again with my vase – https://gardendreamingatchatillon.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-finally/
Thanks Cathy – T linifolia is actually redder than the picture suggests and seems to GLOW. Glad youfeel you can treasure your wallflowers! 😉
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Phew, it makes me feel quite warm looking at your vase today! 😉 I love the bright oranges and your matching stone, and am glad you managed to incorporate the wallflowers you are getting rid of, although I really don’t think they are that bad! Here’s my vase for today Cathy. Thanks! https://wordsandherbs.com/2018/04/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-a-fairytale/
Glad you enjoyed the warmth of the fiery vase, Cathy 🙂
After our long, miserable winter I think all of us in colder climes are ready for something fiery. Love your reference to tomato soup color. That brings back childhood memories. All of your spring bloomers in your previous post look fantastic. I finally have flowers starting to pop this week: http://www.lindabrazill.com/each_little_world/2018/04/in-a-vase-on-monday-at-last.html
Thanks Linda – and I am so pleased you finally have blooms although I have enjoyed your little asides in recent Mondays!
When I was at Disney World last week they had Wallflowers everywhere, which was weird to me as I struggle to even recognize them. I agree with you about the color, a bit washy.I love the hot colors, it makes the tulips seem exotic and tropical, and the bit of Crabapple and Carnelian. Here is my vase http://theshrubqueen.com/2018/04/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-the-fairies-return/
Thanks – the crab apple buds still on the tree are beginning to bloom today although their pinkness is often hidden by the dark leaves
I designed a garden for a friend who lives much further north and so enjoyed seeing the Crabapples again. Yours reminded me yet again.
Woo Hoo Tulips ! Loving the orange which you don’t see often. Thank goodness spring has arrived ! My simple post http://www.pseewald.com/2018/04/in-vase-monday.html
I was lost for tulip choice this weekend, Patsi!
I absolutely adore this arrangement in colors, blooms and props. I think it says spring can bring all sorts of blooms and colors. I love this aspect of spring. As ours just started this weekend, i have few things blooming, but they shall after the warmth of early week including today. I can’t wait to get my scissors out along with my camera to take in the beauty just beginning.
Thanks Donna – there was certainly a lot of choice for me this time. Glad to hear that your garden is beginning to wake up – although presumably you can’t be sure yet that you will have no more snow?
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Cathy, I love your vase of glowing embers today, especially the Winnipegs. I hope to see the crab apple again when it has opened up. Here is my IAVOM post: https://tssoutherngarden.com/2018/04/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-sense-and-sensibility/
Thanks Terri – I am not sure if the crab apple buds will open in the vase although I have just checked and the water is all but gone so something is lapping it up! Buds on the tree outsid have begun to open today
How beautiful your warm-colored tulips are and the wallflowers are a perfect to add to the bright embers. Love the combination with the magenta malus buds. Thanks again for hosting this fun meme! My IaVoM post is here: https://outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2018/04/in-vase-on-monday-eggactly-what-doctor.html
Thanks Peter , I am pleased with how it all came together
Wow, that’s a morning wake-up call if there ever was one! Your blooms are brighter than any of mine this week. I’ve been provided with mislabeled bulbs (wrong color) but never the entirely wrong seed – how annoying! Still, I wouldn’t mind the arrival of a few errant wallflowers. Here’s my post https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2018/04/in-vase-on-monday-ensemble-casts.html
Thanks Kris – it took a long time before I could be sure they were wallflowers though, as they could have been anything!
I love the sizzling colors of your vase Cathy, it helps get me in the mood for our possible 86F (30C) high later this week, quite remarkable given we haven’t even hit 70F (21C) yet. My vase offerings:
86F/30C – crikey! It’s only April – but we did ahve few days here last week when temperatures reached the mid 20s C
Howdy, my witch hazel stopped flowering just a week ago. Everything was late.
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Your tulips go beautifully with the crab apple and wallflowers, Cathy. Really lovely. More tulips from me this week (how could I resist?!). Thank you. Have a lovely week. Sam x
Definitely Tulip Time, Sam!
I have hot orange tulips — Princess Irene — in my arrangement this week too and had a hard time finding things to go with it. It’s so unusual to have those hot colors at this time of year. Yours does look like flames! My post is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2018/04/in-vase-on-monday_23.html
I have had Princess Irene in the past but it didn’t stick around
A late night post from me Cathy. https://digwithdorris.wordpress.com tulips (from Amsterdam)
Btw I had never seen or heard of your stone. Lovely colours
Lovely and vibrant!
These are stunning! What a bargain!
Gorgeous tulips, and the carnelian is a nice touch! Here is my humble addition to the joy of flowers and gardens.
Thanks Lindy – and apologies for being late responding to this. I have been busy in the garden this week!
I love these colours, 50p a bag, what a bargain. I think your tomato soup tulip linifolia is beautiful and how well these shades go with your gorgeous tactile carnelian
The linifilia were already established here, but the bargain ones have been just that – a bargain – and don’t seem to mind having been planted so late. The bargain hyacinths I had at the same time didn’t do well at all though
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Cathy I love this vase of orange tulips, golden yellow, purple, the wallflower “Ivory White”, the flowers of reddish cormorant and the twigs of dark leaf crab. I think it announces spring and can illuminate a dark room. I like it. The coral is beautiful and has a divine color: I love it. I am already in my country house, if you want to see my garden that I have not touched yet https://margaritaexam141.wordpress.com Greetings from Margarita.
Yes, it really does seem to illuminate the room Margarita. I will go and have a look at your garden now
Thank you Cathy.