In a Vase on Monday: Gather Ye Rosebuds

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
To-morrow will be dying.   (Robert Herrick ‘To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time‘) 

We have just been away for the weekend, returning on Sunday evening, so a variation was required in my usual vase routine this week; accordingly, I followed Robert Herrick’s 17th century advice to ‘seize the day’ and picked all the buds from one of my new roses, The Mayflower. This was one of a batch of container grown roses bought from David Austin at the end of August and apart from a few blooms on arrival these new buds were my only 2018 crop; however, now that we are in December I fully expected these buds to be shrivelling or ‘balling’ at any moment in the cold or rain, so had no qualms in stripping them all for the sake of a few photos while they were still smiling .

You can imagine how much I was smiling when we got home and instead of limp stems and tight but desiccated buds I found that four of them had opened and were smiling back at me, displaying the pretty and multi-petalled powder-pink blooms that encouraged me to choose the variety in the first place, sharing a  bed alongside darker pink England’s Rose. Quickly taken and of course in artificial light, a photo of the smiling vase benefits not only from the enhanced blooms but from the shadows thrown up by the ad hoc lighting conditions. The delicate nature of the original buds paired nicely with stray stems of the similarly delicate self-seeded annual grass Briza maxima but the depth of pink of the open blooms worked equally well with the soft green of the seedheads, cocking a snook at Old Time and his flying tricks.
I hope lots of you will be cocking a snook at Old Time today too and finding something – anything – in your gardens that you could pop in a vase or otherwise display for your own pleasure – and our pleasure too, if you share it with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.
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50 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Gather Ye Rosebuds

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  3. Christina says:

    I have roses flowering too; my China roses always flower better now than in summer! The buds are lovely and it is perfect that they should have opened for you and today’s post. Here’s my offering for today:

    • Cathy says:

      Unless it is very mild many late rose buds fail to open but I have had the occasional bloom at Christmas – these were a real surprise though as the neighbouring England’s Rose bushes have all dropped their leaves. With being away, this was an especially nice surprise on our return

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  5. Cathy says:

    Oh yes, a good decision to save them from the cold and enjoy them! They do look lovely with the Briza. I am determined to get some of that pretty grass going in my new garden next year – just for vases! My vase today is not a vase actually, but I am sure I will be forgiven…
    Thanks Cathy. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      I tried to keep a patch of the briza self seeding in the cutting beds, but there was none there this year, but lots in the cracks in the paving nearer the house and other places where I would rather it wasn’t! I love it though, and it pulls up easily

  6. Amanda says:

    Pretty as a picture! I have some roses coming from David Austin too! Scheduled for arrival once I am back from Melbourne! I love your vase this week – who would think Christmas is just days away now! I have found someone else’s vase for my offering this week! All a mystery to me, but very decorative! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Always good to have more roses coming, Amanda. This was the first time I have bought container roses from them and it is definitely worth paying extra for the instant gratification, depending when it is you suddenly realise you must have more! Some of course aren’t available in pots and I had a number come bare rooted earlier this month too. I am off to look at your mystery vase now!

  7. I am in love with your Briza! I’ll have to read up about it. I hope it might work in my climate.

    Unwittingly, I created a Cat Toy In A Vase On Monday. If not especially pretty, it is good for a chuckle:

  8. Such a pretty arrangement. Cathy, and not at all wintry looking too. It really is surprising what our gardens can produce so late in the year. Here’s the link to what I found in mine:

  9. Oh that is fabulous Cathy. I have Mayflower growing in my cold garden and it performs beautifully after my cold snowy winter and was still blooming through cold October and through some frosts until the big snowstorm where it was buried in mid- November otherwise it would still be blooming.
    I think you will be pleased with its performance.

    I am offering another summer vase I was unable to share before this….hope you enjoy it and my winter views:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh I am pleased to hear that Mayflower performs reliably well for you , Donna – hopefully I can look forward to the same here

  10. Lady Luck of the Garden favored you with some lovley Roses, and in December. I think you were wise to cut the Roses and like the Briza pairing, I used to grow a similar grass, Chasmanthum, Northern Sea Oats. Here is my vase this Monday:

  11. Roses in December! We can only dream of such things in my neck of the woods. I have often thought of memorizing that poem. I should give it a try as I recently learned “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvel. The buds on my offering, alas, did not open:

    • Cathy says:

      We get occasional buds, but they don’t always open, so this was a lovely surprise – sorry the buds of your ??? didn’t. It is meant to be good for our brains to memorise poems so go for it!

  12. tonytomeo says:

    In the Los Angeles region, roses barely go bare. I did their winter pruning while they were still blooming. It sort of seems wrong. They should get some time off.

  13. No roses in Maine, that’s for sure. At least not outdoors. 😉 Winter is here, despite what the calendar might say.

  14. Alison C says:

    Rosebuds are always so very sweet. It’s definitely right to cut them and enjoy them. They obviously enjoyed the warmth and dry inside and were a treat for you to come home to. Here is my link to my rather long post:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it was a damp weekend so this must be their thank you for being brought inside! They are a fairly small bloom, but lots of lovely petals

  15. Peter Herpst says:

    What a splendid idea. Your roses certainly opened nicely so time must not have been too offended. Hope you had a grand time on your weekend away. My contribution is here:

  16. Kris P says:

    Those roses were clearly happy to come inside where I suspect it was much warmer and more hospitable than their container outdoors. You’ll probably enjoy them more too. Thanks as always for taking time to herd a motley crew of IAVOM contributors, and doing it with flair too. Here’s my post:

  17. pbmgarden says:

    The color of the rose are complemented by the vase you selected. Happy your roses opened nicely. Thanks for hosting Cathy.

  18. Cathy your vase is magnificent with those Mayflower Roses beauties. It is wonderful that you have roses open to December 2 and are roses that I like very much for their shape and color. The buds are very beautiful. The Briza that accompanies them I like very much: I also have it in my garden but wild. It’s a vase with flowers that do not seem like this time of year: it’s wonderful, divine. The verses of Robert Herrick are beautiful ….. Have a very good week. Greetings from Margarita.

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  20. We are singing from the same song sheet today Cathy – I have features pink and white roses. There really is so little out there at the moment that I am amazed I still have roses blooming. I hope you enjoyed your weekend away. xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – these will be but a fleeting pleasure, so all the more delightful! And yes, we had a good weekend, thank you

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  22. jenhumm116 says:

    What a fabulous vase for December! I love the new rose/Briza maxima combination. Her’s mine – even more unseasonal!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jen – it was such a joy to have these little roses so late in the day so there was definitely a hurrah for them too!

  23. I have seen quite a lot of roses out in my village – doesn’t seem right!
    Here’s my unseasonal offering, also taken with artificial light:

  24. smallsunnygarden says:

    How lovely to return to roses in winter! 🙂 They do seem perfect with the Briza stems and your beautiful Caithness vase!
    It is truly rose season here – I just managed to snip a bloom from Sterling Silver as it ends a magnificent bloom cycle:

  25. What a lovely arrangement, Cathy. am jealous as I don’t really have flowers to cut in my garden.

  26. Oh how considerate of ‘Mayflower’ to reward you with open flowers Cathy. It looks a most pretty rose. I came across its companion ‘England’s Rose’ you mention at Bodnant Gardens this year and was most taken. I hadn’t realised that briza maxima went on this late. My garden planted ones didn’t self seed but there are some obliging self seeders outside the allotment community hut 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Buying new roses relatively late in the season means I haven’t had much chance to appreciate them this year, so these were a lovely surprise – and hopefully my choices will be justified in June and peak rose season. Briza seems to pop up wherever and whenever it likes here!

  27. Chloris says:

    I plucked a few lingering roses this week but they soon lost their petals. Still it is a treat to have roses in December.

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