In a Vase on Monday: Delicate

Today’s vase celebrates some of the new and delicate blooms and foliage that are beginning to fill the garden, the delicacy highlighted by the wire frame around the cylindrical glass vase and the accompanying piece of vintage lace.

In the vase are a range of aquilegia grown from seed (the pretty creamy white ones are Green Apples), a few Winter Sunshine sweet peas, two stems of my first foray into growing freesias, airy blue blooms of Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’, wild garlic flowers (to keep down the population), the first flowers of Luzula nivea and pretty burgundy coloured astilbe foliage. In hindsight a vase with a narrower neck would have helped the stems stay erect as any attempt at minor adjustment proved worthless as every shifted other stem shifted at the same time, and the photographs reflect this – but it is as it is.

I enjoyed the tulips from last week in every stage of their growth and demise, removing them only to make room for this new vase which hopefully will hold its interest for nearly as long. What garden pleasures will you harness to put into your own vase today? I look forward to sharing your pleasure if you choose to link your vase to and from this post.

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42 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Delicate

  1. Amanda says:

    What a delightful light hearted collection Cathy! I love the aquilegia. All very dainty and pretty! Thank you. Here’s my offering for today. I am just sorry everyone can’t smell it! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda – it is certainly very different from the blocks of colour that tulips provide. I wonder what your fragrant vase is…?

  2. AlisonC says:

    What a pretty collection, I love garlic flowers to look at and to eat! I want to try growing some aqualegia from seed and I do like that green one. Are there any more you recommend? Do you take off the seed heads to stop them crossing or do you have lots of happy new plants? Here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      I had grew several from the aquilegia lady in south Wales (who later lost all her plants through disease) and especially liked a variety that was red and yellow which tended to flower all season. I don’t know if she has been able to start up again but she had a huge range available. Seeds take a little while to germinate but are trouble free after that. Green Apples has proved to be really reliable – I could save you some seeds for later in the year if you like. I do try and deadhead although not religiously so, but any new plants I don’t like or don’t suit that border are removed

  3. What sweetness in a vase! Some of those flowers I have never seen before and they make a lovely combination.
    Thank you for hosting us again this week. Here is my link:

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  5. Noelle says:

    Such lovely soft colours in contrast to my light and dark arrangement this week.

  6. pbmgarden says:

    My eyes went straight to that aquilegia. It’s lovely Cathy. I like the way you used the wire frame and repeated the pattern with the lace to highlight the delicate nature of your flowers. Hope you are enjoying your garden. Have a great week!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I was pleased my eyes lit on this vase before I delved too deeply into my ‘vase cupboard’ as I ahd already planned to use the lace. And thank you, yes, I am indeed enjoying the garden, and excited to be planting out more and more. Hope you have at least a little time to enjoy yours

  7. Joanna says:

    Very pretty! I love the delicate flowers of spring! The lace add a the perfect touch…someday I would love to have some airy lace curtains, and of course a bouquet of flowers nearby. πŸ™‚ It’s a bit impractical in our chilly farmhouse though.
    At long last, I have some spring blooms to share today!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Joanna – definitely no lace curtains here (in fact there is only one room that has any curtains at all, I think…)! I am so pleased you finally hacve spring flowers – although one of the joys of our gardens is that the seasons do roll round year after year…

  8. Chloris says:

    I am very impressed by your home grown freesias, I have never tried them.I absolutely love aqulegias and yours are so pretty. It is worth growing a few different ones each year. The arrangement is so delicate and lacy, I love it.
    Mine is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris, but there is no need to be impressed as the freesia are pretty rubbishy really – a handful of scrawny plants covered in greenfly. The double ones didn’t sprout at all. I kept back half of the packs for a second planting but will just plant yhem outside now – and won’t bother next year, I shouldn’t think! Hey ho, all down to experience πŸ˜‰ I try to be selective with the aquilegia I keep and will take out any that ae second rate. Green Apples has done really well as this must be about its 4th year

  9. Christina says:

    Everything is beautifully delicate as you say. Delicate in colour as well in form. I’ve grown Aquilegias from seed too, but they seem not to have grown at all since I planted them out in late winter. here’s my vase for today:

    • Cathy says:

      It makes a change to have more delicate blooms after the chunkier spring bulbs. I hope your aquilegia do put on a spurt in due course – I remember mine being slow to establish, but strong and sturdy even when still small

  10. Love the contrast with the backdrop and the delicate white vase and lace, the Aquilegia is lovely – I hope they reseed for you. Here is my vase

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amelia – the aquilegia are pretty long lasting and Green Apples are ones I grew from seed about 4 years ago

  11. Oh how pretty and dainty Cathy and sweetly scented too with those fuchsias. Have you grown other colours too? I have some aquilegia ‘Green Apples’ seeds. They were a freebie with a garden magazine. I must get round to sowing them and might well do that this afternoon. Your prop would be eminently suitable to accompany my vase today. Now why didn’t I think of some lace whilst waiting for the bank holiday downpour to ease before I took my photo? My post is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Bank holiday downpour? Sadly not here, although I wouldn’t have got as many things done if there was… And a warning from you today, whatever could it be?

  12. Ooooops – a senior moment – I meant freesias and not fuchsias πŸ˜‚

  13. Hi Cathy I have green and whites today.
    I love the close up picture, real delicate beauties!

  14. ks says:

    Oh it’s been a long time since I’ve had those double lowered Columbines-I might have to remedy that ! Here is my vase for this week

  15. Kris P says:

    I love that green-tinged Aquilegia. You’ve reminded me that I haven’t seen hide nor hare of my own Aquilegia yet this Spring, which I’ll have to search out. Freesias are floppy by nature – it’s their one fault in my view. Did you grow yours in your greenhouse? They must smell wonderful in a warm enclosed space like that!

    I went a little overboard (again) this week. I blame Spring. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh that’s interesting to know the freesias are always floppy – I just assumed it was poor cultivation!! And yes, I have grown them in the Coop although admittedly I haven’t noticed a fragrance – which is not good, as this is one of their biggest assets!

  16. karen says:

    So pretty and delicate. I love the black background and vintage lace. Here’s mine from today

  17. Cathy is a vase and some flowers that I love. The Aquilegias and the Sweet Peas are a delight. The blue flowers of the Brunnera are wonderful. The wild flowers of Garlic I like a lot as the foliage of Burgundy Astilbe. The vintage lace is lovely as flowers. Greetings from Margarita.

  18. Anca Tirca says:

    What a beautiful collection, Cathy! I am back today with my vase:

  19. rickii says:

    Spring is all about “delicate” and you have captured it masterfully. Spring is also all about abundance, so my post has many bouquets:

  20. smallsunnygarden says:

    Such a pretty collection and perfectly accompanied by the lace and vase! I love the range of delicate flowers you found to pick. And to be honest, I am getting quite envious of everyone’s lovely aquilegias this spring! I even got to admire the dainty species form of A. canadensis at the park last Saturday – clearly I am in need of some… πŸ˜‰
    My own favorite freesia is the species F. alba – very short, but not floppy in full sun and more fragrant than the florist types. Just had to put in a good word for it, though admittedly I was growing it in a much different climate!
    The title of my post this week tells all – well, nearly all…:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy and sorry to be late replying – I am so diligent reying to comments on the Monday itself but sadly l am often not as prompt after that! Perhaps I will look out for that freesia although my experience with them has not been very successful so far πŸ˜‰

  21. tonytomeo says:

    ‘Green Apple’ seems to be the popular variety all of a sudden. As much as I like white, I do like the other color combinations of columbine too. I mean, columbine does their colors in such a classy way. I see only one in pale pink, and two in pale blue. Freesias are nice so late. Ours were rather unimpressive this year.

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