In a Vase on Monday: Kaleidoscope

It’s good to be back home again after nearly a week away in Ireland with the campervan, and although a neighbour had been watering the greenhouse and pots in our absence it seemed as if the garden was just as pleased to see me again as I was to see it – we have missed each other and have a lot of catching up to do! Not only are there routine and seasonal tasks like deadheading, taking cuttings and autumn sowing to get on with, but also rather a large amount of planting to do as part of a rationalisation of the borders. A (very) large order of plants from Claire Austin arrived just prior to our return and the whole process of moving existing plants around and planting the new ones currently feels quite daunting and it will be a matter of just getting stuck in, one border at a time. No doubt my bulb order from Peter Nyssen will arrive any day now too, to add to the workload!

Picking dahlias for today’s vase, however, was an easy task as I could cut generously – once I had pushed past the giant cosmos to get to them! Almost all were flowering profusely and at their peak, with at least another month of blooms still to come. My favourite at the moment is the large pink one which I have managed to consign to a position at the back of the jug where you can’t see it in profile – but the overhead view below shows the two blooms well. This was new to me this year, bought as a sturdy rooted cutting from specialist grower Halls of Heddon and is named Dorothy Rose; I like it all the more when, having chosen it for the colour and shape of the blooms, I realised it shared its name with a dear elderly friend of ours, a friend who justifiably received the first pickings.

Joining Dorothy Rose are a selection of other beauties: Jowey Winnie, Glow, Happy Halloween, an unnamed single yellow, a single red grown from seed, Karma Serena and Nuit dā€™Ć‰tĆ©. Cutting them meant sacrificing many side shoots but in the long term I accept

that this will produce choicer blooms. Nevertheless, some blooms were in possession of fairly short stems so this small and simple white jug was used and placed against a black felt backdrop for photographing. Despite a childish delight in kaleidoscopes, even as an adult, it is not something I have in my possession so today’s props are instead a pair of iridescent crystals, titanium quartz and carborundum.

Having missed all your vases last week I look forward to a ‘normal’ day of Monday vases; thank you for your forbearance last week and for not letting it put you off the pleasure of creating your vases. For those who have not joined in before, the principle of IAVOM is for you to find material from your garden or foraged locally and pop it into a vase to bring pleasure during the week. It’s not about the arranging, but the simple pleasures to be had from bringing blooms from our gardens into our homes. Do consider joining us if you have not already done so and revitalise your Mondays, leaving links to and from this post so we can share in your pleasure.

This entry was posted in Gardening, Gardens, In a Vase on Monday, projects and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

47 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Kaleidoscope

  1. Welcome back Cathy! Gorgeous blooms.

  2. Pingback: In a vase on Monday – Celebration! | Duver Diary

  3. jenhumm116 says:

    Welcome back from me too – and what a stunning array of dahlias! Mine have been pretty pitiful this year due to lack of water, hence more roses….
    Have a great week and thanks for hosting.

  4. Pingback: Cosmos in a vase on Monday – Doing The Plan

  5. Pingback: In a vase on Monday – White plus brights! – Creating my own garden of the Hesperides

  6. Christina says:

    I share your enthusiasm for the pink Dahlia, I must look for one like that. Having bought my dahlias locally for the last 3 years I intend ordering some choicer varieties for next summer. Having a dahlia with a friend’s name adds to its enjoyment I imagine. Here’s my post for this week:

  7. Chloris says:

    Dahlias! Don’t we all love them now ? I love your kaleidoscope Cathy, all of your dahlias are gorgeous. And welcome home, I hope you had a wonderful time in the Emerald Isle.
    My offering is here:

    • Cathy says:

      We certainly do, and already I am wondering if I can cram more in next year…perhaps one or two…? It was good to get a flavour of Ireland although there were some gardens I wanted to see that we missed out on because they changed our ferry times

  8. Joanna says:

    Hope you had a nice trip! I love to travel, but it’s always nice to see the garden again too! Your dahlias are so colorful! I have a few nice looking plants but no flowers yet, and we had a frost last night. I haven’t been out yet this morning to see if the garden got hit or not.
    My vase this week…

    • Cathy says:

      A week is a bit of a push for us, Joanna – a few days is a more acceptable length, but we survived! A frost! Gosh, is that unusual for September in your parts?

      • Joanna says:

        Sometimes we’re lucky and don’t get a frost until later in the month or even October, but actually this is pretty normal! Thankfully there wasn’t too much damage though! šŸ™‚

  9. Ali says:

    Jest beautiful. And I am feeling the excitement of a large plant order ready to be planted out!

  10. Love the color combination, orange and pink shocks some, but I love it together. And the iridiscent minerals. As always,wishing your Dahlias were in my garden. Enjoy your fall planting. Here is my vase

  11. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful, beautiful variety. Dorothy Rose must have been pleased receiving her gift from you. Love those crystals, intriguing. Hope you had a wonderful trip.

  12. Nothing nicer than coming home to one’s own garden ā€” especially with all those beautiful Dahlias to play with. I am awaiting a shipment of plants and redoing a bed so I know how you feel. My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh yes, Linda – I had to push past the dahlias and cosmos to view the cutting beds as growth seemed so lush . Much as I enjoyed getting a bif order of plants it really does seem daunting, especially as they were as well as the several pots that had been waiting weeks for damper weather before they were planted out. But I have made a start today. Hope your planting out is not too daunting when yours arrive…

  13. bcparkison says:

    Welcome home and what a grand homecoming you must have had. These are beautiful.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks bcp – I made a posy for my younger daughter too, whose birthday it was, and I am itching to make more and share them around!

  14. Peter Herpst says:

    I’m tired just thinking of all the work you’ll be doing in your garden. Sounds like a vacation away was a perfect way to relax before the plant/bulb orders start arriving. Your dahlias are gorgeous, a lovely welcome home! My Monday post is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Sorry to wear you out Peter – it wasn’t intentional! Now the weather is a lot cooler and also less dry it is better for planting things out and I shall just have to methodically work my way through it

  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Hope you feel well-rested after your holiday, Cathy. Dahlias rule the garden these last warm days of summer as seen in your vase, as well as mine:
    Have a productive week getting reacquainted with your garden and new plants.

  16. jenmac13 says:

    Happy Monday all!

    What a beautiful arrangement of colourful dahlias you have this week Cathy.

    My vase this week is full of anemone and cosmos.

  17. Kris P says:

    Welcome back, Cathy. What a mix of dahlias you have! I’ve finally started taking off many of the side-buds on my dahlia stems too but it gives me a twinge every time I do so; however, I suppose that’s an argument for growing still more tubers next year. It sounds as though you’re going to be busy but planting is a good kind of busy so enjoy it! Here’s my post:

  18. Oh welcome back Cathy.! I wonder what’s in that big plant order and which gardens you got to see on your travels. We had a great touring holiday in Southern Ireland many moons ago and saw some most memorable gardens. No doubt we will hear more in due course šŸ™‚ Your dahlias and crystals are all aglow with colour and of course I now recognise ‘Jowey Winnie’ instantly šŸ™‚ My post is here:

    • Cathy says:

      We saw quite a few gardens but had to miss some I really wanted to see because they changed our ferry times šŸ˜¦ With the plant order I have ordered in 3s which of course triples the size of the order!! Glad you recognise JW now – and I have a feeling I misnamed one of mine in a post from a few weeks ago too so will check back in due course

  19. Noelle says:

    Welcome back Cathy. What a lovely lot of Dahlias. I particularly enjoyed your reminder of tasks for September This week I show a new addition and also a vase with all the faithfuls:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle – I really need to think about the seed sowing as so far it has just been perennials but I am determined to actually plant out autumn sown annuals before Christmas this year!

  20. Cathy, I hope you had a great time for your trip to Ireland. Welcome Home. Your vase is magnificent, unique, wonderful, divine. I had never seen a set of Dahlias so beautiful and divine together in those beautiful colors: I like them very much. They form a bouquet that I love. The iridescent crystals that accompany them, titanium quartz and carborundum are precious. Do not work too hard planting the shipment. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Margarita – it was a pleasant week visiting somewhere we have not been before but we are very happy to be home. I have made a start on the planting but will only do one border at a time.

  21. tonytomeo says:

    These are quite a contrast to Eliza Waters’ post of all white flowers.

  22. smallsunnygarden says:

    A kaleidoscope of dahlias – how could one go wrong?! šŸ™‚ They are lovely in that myriad of colours and forms! I missed your vacation as I have missed so many of your posts lately, but I am glad to see you are back home in the garden! If all goes well, I am back with the blog now, too, and am looking at some new developments on the website (no further hints here! šŸ˜‰ )
    My vase for today is brighter than I expected, given the garden is only just beginning to recover from a difficult desert summer:

    • Cathy says:

      Good to know we are all getting back to ‘normal’, Amy – but I am curious about your changes… Good to hear too that your garden is recovering from the heat

  23. Hi – Hope you had a top time in Ireland. Great colour combinations with the dahlias. Here’s my jug similar to yours šŸ˜‰ different flower, my dahlias are sulking

  24. rickii says:

    Such a sp0lash of happiness in a jug!

  25. Cathy says:

    Welcome back and well done for immediately creating such a rich vase of dahlias. Love them. Also a relief to know that arranging is not important. Not my forte! Have a good weekend!

Comments are closed.