Ina Vase on Monday: All White’s All Right

I picked a mixture of tulips for today’s vase, some of the purple mix I spurned last week, newly blooming Merlot from the shrub border, Exotic Emperor from a big pot of tulips grown for cutting, White Dream from one of my bargain buys and what I think might be Spring Green – but couldn’t resist just using the white ones in the end. I say ‘white’, but in fact all three varieties are painted in various ways with deliciously green markings which I find especially appealing. In the short time between cutting and photographing the Exotic Emperor was puffing himself up and flaunting his robes to ensure we all knew who was in charge in the group; even the addition of sprigs of twisted hazel could not keep him in check.

The stems were placed in the denim blue stoneware vase that was given to me in the mid 70s, a vase that appears to be in the style of famed potter Keith Murray and for a long time was the only vase I owned. The white

addition this week is a piece of apophyllite, one of my favourite gemstones and one that enhances energies and connects the physical with the spiritual, releasing blockages and promoting calm. It is made up of cubic and pyramidal crystals and is often found in association with pink stilbite, so in this case is technically not ‘all white’.

Tulips are very much the flavour of the month in the UK at present so may appear in many other vases today; indeed some of our blogging community have recently been enjoying tulips to the full at the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam. Will there be tulips in your vase today, or will it be some other spring blooms (autumn blooms in the southern hemisphere) that you have been enjoying in your garden? Please consider sharing them with us too, by leaving links to and from this post in the usual way.

And here, just because I can, is a bonus, a little vase of my first sweet peas, with a couple of local hedgerow sprigs of pussy willow:

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61 Responses to Ina Vase on Monday: All White’s All Right

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  2. jenhumm116 says:

    What a lovely calming vase today! I nearly picked a related vase with my new ‘Green Star’ tulips this week, but instead went for ‘jewelled’ colours.
    And so jealous of your sweet peas – you’ll see from my End of Month post, mine are all still languishing in their root trainers – what a crime!
    Here’s mine
    Thanks for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Hmm, sadly I have some other non-WS sweet peas planted at the same time that are still wearing their trainers and not looking very happy about it – they have been on my planting out list for a couple of weeks but sadly that list is still in my head! The WS are flowering at their earliest of the 3 years I have grown them. Hope you get your planted out soon. Oh, and I was late with my mason bees – some of them had hatched and died in their box before I put it outside without its lid… 😦

  3. Alison C says:

    I love the restraint of the white arrangement and the green adds elegance. It’s interesting to learn about the gems of which you are so knowledgeable. How fantastic to see these sweet peas. I have some Winter Sunshine which are producing buds but yours are ahead and very pretty.
    Yes I have tulips:

    • Cathy says:

      I was really pleased with the overall efect of the white and green, Alison. The Winter Sunshine are the earliest they have been in the 3 years I have grown them – no doubt yours will be flowering profusely soon

  4. Lovely post, I adore tulips especially exotic emperor. I like the way you have grouped all whites together. I can’t believe its 1st May tomorrow, where has the time gone! Have a great week x

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – I admired EE on other blogs last year but this is its first time here. Indeed, hard to believe May will be with us tomorrow!

  5. Ali says:

    Beautiful whites and greens, Cathy! I love ‘Spring Green’. ‘Exotic Emperor’ is a bit spiky on the outside, and very short-lived in my garden, whereas ‘Spring Green’ is a stayer. Lovely to see sweet peas already.

    Here’s mine:

    • Cathy says:

      Short-lived? That’s a shame 😦 although most tulips in pots I will not keep for another year as they can be so unreliable anyway. The sweet peas are especially bred to grow in lower light conditions but need a greenhouse

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  7. Christina says:

    I just love your all white vase of tulips, the touches of green emphasise the purity somehow. Surprisingly perhaps no tulips from me today! But the season here has really moved on.

  8. Anna says:

    Oh his esteemed excellency the ‘Exotic Emperor’ is certainly not in not in need of any new clothes Cathy being a most peacock like character. I’ve grown it too this year and like you am drawn to those green markings. I’m trying to get my tongue round ‘apophyllite’ which compliments your tulips so well. Sweet peas in April – what treasure! A solitary tulip features in my vase this week :

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Your tulips are wonderful Cathy. Restricting the color palette highlights the variations within each bloom. So lovely. Am intrigued by your gemstone pairing and descriptions. The apophyllite is lovely. Where do you get your stones? And are you still collecting new ones? I didn’t grow tulips this year but one of the peonies is in bloom.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Susie – the overall effect of the tulips was even better than I might have hoped and it is interesting to watch them as they all begin to crane their necks. I don’t really add any more crystals these days as I have what you would probably describe as a huge collection already – crystal therapy is one of a number of holistic qualifications I have and I collected extensively in the early days. Most were bought from a local shop or sometimes a ‘trade’ warehouse (neither of which exist now) but I have bought from eBay too.

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  11. Can’t believe you have sweet peas already Cathy! How have you managed that? Your tulips look quite un-tulipy, but very lovely and the greens really stand out against the white. I have gone for all-blues today:

    • Cathy says:

      No magic, Ciar – just a variety bred for early flowering in a greenhouse (Winter Sunshine from Owl’s Acre – do give the a try) πŸ˜‰ Glad you liked the tulips

  12. Wonderful tulips, amazing how ‘not completely white’ nature marks things and I love the blue vase. Need to look up your crystal, thought it was feldspar and quartz. No tulips in the vicinity here!

  13. I planted a similar white Tulip with a different name but that same striped quality on the exterior. Amazing all the varieties of greenish white one cane put together and the differences are striking. A lovely start to the week. My offering is here:

  14. I love white on white flowers. So much that it was the color scheme for my wedding flowers. Oh, I love your tulips so much especially the Emperor oneβ€” standing proud indeed. My tulips are finally growing but haven’t bloomed yet. Here’s hoping they soon will as we are finally having spring weather!

    • Cathy says:

      Your wedding flowers will have been beautiful πŸ™‚ Glad to hear your tulips are finally growing so I suppose their time will come in due course…

  15. jenmac13 says:

    Hi Cathy, what a lovely collection of subtle shades. I’m astonished you have sweetpeas already, what magic did you use to make that happen? I have tulips, of course, as well as willow, bluebells and rhododendron this week…

    • Cathy says:

      No magic wand needed – just a variety bred for low light levels and which needs to be grown in a greenhouse. The seeds were from a Winter Sunshine range and they came from Owl’s Acre. I noticed my larger rhododendrons were in bud today so perhaps they won’t be long here

  16. Chloris says:

    Springwood Green is a favourite of mine too. Green and white is a winning combination And how clever having such early sweet peas, I am very impressed..Apophyllite is new to me, I love all kinds of stone and this looks gorgeous.
    My offering is here:

    • Cathy says:

      I can’t remember where I got those Spring(wood?) Green tulips from – they were probably one of my 50p bargains too πŸ˜‰

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  18. I love the under side of these tulips. What gorgeous greens as you’ve said. I’ve had no luck growing tulips here. They’re generally unearthed by the squirrels. I love them though, and will continue to enjoy them vicariously through your blog and others. (I’ve just visited Cathy in Bavaria). πŸ™‚

    My sweet peas are up, too. Aren’t they wonderful?

    • Cathy says:

      Sorry to hear about the squirrels and your lack of tulips – but to know you at least have some sweet peas πŸ™‚

      • I love all animals, and though I may lightly grumble about the squirrels, I feel we’ve encroached so much on their territory, that if it’s tulips they want, so be it. Narcissus are toxic to squirrels, so I can safely plant those knowing they’ll stay in the ground year round.

  19. Cathy says:

    Beautiful. πŸ™‚ I really love Spring Green. Unfortunately it only lasted two springs in my rockery. Whites and greens are so refreshing. The gemstone you chose to match is so pretty too. Here is my vase this week – all yellow this time. πŸ™‚

  20. Absolutely lovely white and green in that denim blue vase….a subtle color for the white. I miss my white tulips that are gone now thanks to our deer. And I love all white as well but we are weeks behind so many of my whites are delayed in blooming for a vase. And no vase today as I am profiling a garden blogger in my interview series this week. Can you believe it snowed again yesterday….sigh.

    • Cathy says:

      Hmm, when you say you love ‘all white’ you certainly were not referring to your fresh snowfall… πŸ˜‰ What a knock-back that must feel, but you will pick yourself up and get on with things, I guess. Take care Donna

  21. Peter Herpst says:

    So clean and beautiful, it’s a beautiful arrangement!. How exciting to be smelling your first sweet peas. I cheated this week and posted vases that others put together.

  22. I love this fresh vase of whites and greens. The exotic emperor is especially glorious, and the sweet peas in your second vase are, well, so sweet. I am not doing a vase today but am looking forward to today’s IAVOM offerings!

    • Cathy says:

      It’s fascinating to note the first impressions of various vases as quite often it is the colours that one notices first. Then when you notice the details other thoughts creep in

  23. Kris P says:

    How I wish I could share a vase containing tulips! Yours are absolutely lovely. I’ve always liked the green striped varieties (and tried and mostly failed to grow some once upon a time). Congrats on your first sweet peas too. Thanks, as always, for hosting. Here’s my contribution:

    • Cathy says:

      Strange how despite your regularly abundant vases there are other plants that you hanker for – but we learn to accept the possibilities that our gardens can produce, don’t we, Kris?

  24. Alison says:

    Your white tulips with streaks of green are very crisp and pretty. You have sweetpeas already! Mine have only just sprouted. My IaVoM post is here:

  25. Cathy the vase of white tulips with lovely refreshing green marks are wonderful. It is a magnificent vase. I love the apofilite stone that accompanies it. The Sweet Peas are really beautiful and their lovely colors; Your perfume should be a treasure. It must be wonderful to have Sweet Peas already in bloom so soon to even make vases! Have a happy week. Greetings from Margarita.

  26. Sharon says:

    I’m very impressed with those early sweet peas. I love white tulips. Mine have been co-mingling with their Negrita neighbours, so this year I had pink and white striped tulips! My vase also features tulips

    • Cathy says:

      Your stripy tulips sound fun, Sharon! The sweet peas are a special variety for early flowering in the greenhouse – and definitely worth growing!

  27. smallsunnygarden says:

    Your sweet pea vase is delightful, Cathy – as also your tulips, of course! The mix of whites must be a lot of fun to put together, as it is to view. Alas, no tulips from me, though I should put in a good word for my Hippeastrum varieties planted into the borders; they are just gone over. Their size and brilliant color are a highly satisfying tulip equivalent among warm-climate bulbs.
    Meantime, something else has arrived in the garden…

    • Cathy says:

      We win some and lose some, don’t we, as that type of hippeastrum can only be grown inside here πŸ˜‰

  28. You’ve made beautiful arrangements, Cathy! It’s such a pleasure to see your lovely Tulips. I’m drawn to flowers with green on them, as well. We are barely into growing season here.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Sally – I still feel my vases are more of the ‘pick and plonk’ type but it’s surprising how effective even these can be. Hope your season picks up soon 😏

  29. Debra says:

    Last Friday my mother and I toured a beautiful garden featuring large beds of white, and I commented that I have somehow previously missed the drama that white adds to a garden when it is massed. And then I see your photos, reinforcing my recent observation. Stunning!

    • Cathy says:

      In my snowdrop border I try to keep to white and green at other times of the year, but it can be hard to do it coherently

  30. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, my favorite color. (I even wrote an article with a naughty title about it.)

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  32. I love the white tulips – and the green flecks. I could look at tulips for hours noticing the colour variations. the vase is very classy. Enjoy your sweet peas πŸ™‚
    I’ll have to buy some sweet peas when we get back from Australia – we’ve got no-one to water our plants now when we are away so the garden is fending for itself. – As usual I’m late but it’s been ultra lousy here.
    Love bec xx

    • Cathy says:

      In Australia? I hope you are having a wonderful time but if you suggest things have been ultra lousy… 😦

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