In a Vase on Monday: Sweeties

I picked a couple of these Bellis perennis last week for possible inclusion in Monday’s vase, but the stems were that much shorter than any of the others and they did not get included; they were, however, popped into an oddments vase on the kitchen window sill where amazingly they are still looking as fresh as …um, a daisy. This got me thinking of my nextย  vase and the concept was born there and then.

I was introduced to these bellis by Karen of Bramble Garden and grew some from seed two years ago, supposedly a Pomponette mix, but all of mine were white so I planted them out for the snowdrop border’s summer planting scheme, where they flowered for months. As they are biennials I repeated the exercise last year and this batch is now planted out in the same place with some in the blue and white border too. When planting up the tubs of tulips last autumn, however, and wondering what could bring colour to them before the tulips emerged, I regretted not having sown a pink mix too but was able to belatedly buy a pack of plugs from my local Brookside Nursery. Better planning and sowing them in mid-summer will bring earlier flowers in future as they are only now beginning to flower prolifically.

Early spring’s loss is late spring and IAVOM’s gain, as I was able to cram this little matte glazed jug with them. The jug isn’t quite black, but is a dark enough grey to look like black, and hence reflect the black liquorice of the liquorice allsorts that are the ideal prop – don’t the bellis remind you of the coconut ones (the ones the Golfer – an inveterate sweet-eater, as you know – saves for me, like others would save their last Rolo)? The result is a cheery little vase, definitely full of sweeties.

I won’t be the only one creating a vase today as several bloggers regularly join this meme and get their weekly fix of bringing material from their gardens inside to bring pleasure during the week. Will you be one of them? Will your vase also be sweet – or dramatic or subtly stylish? Please share them with us by leaving the usual links so we can find out – see you soon!

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48 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Sweeties

  1. jenanita01 says:

    I love the daisies we get in our lawns, and these are even better. Small is definitely beautiful…

  2. the running wave says:

    Ooo I love that! Little sweeties indeed! Delicious. And gorgeous pinks too. My contribution this week is a hastily collected few flowers from the garden. Not sure where the past week has gone but previous posts to todayโ€™s give some idea! Have a good week Cathy. Amanda

  3. tidalscribe says:

    I always have some Bellis and though I love colour and tend to avoid white, I had spme white mixed with heather that flowerd all winter and have now blossomed even whiter and brighter.

    • Cathy says:

      I think they will be an annual ‘must’ for me now – but sadly they now need to be ousted from the tubs they are in to make way for summer planting, but I shall replant them in some of the borders

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  5. I love these flowers! Over here they are called English Daisies, and I suppose the reason for that is because they grow better there than here. I haven’t tried them in years, but I remember when I did, they did not grow for me in my climate. After seeing yours, maybe, I will give them another try. So nice of you to share yours with us!

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  7. Oh I do love liquorice but without the sweet outers and I love them with your bellies daisies.
    I am joining you today

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Dorris – the Golfer was more than happy to benefit from this extra purchase. I remember as a child being given (unprocessed) liquorice stems to chew on, but don’t remember enjoying them much like that although in those days I suppose beggars couldn’t be choosers… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Joanna says:

    So pretty! I don’t have any daisies in my garden but may have to remedy that after seeing yours! :)Here’s my contribution this week…a little spring bouquet for my mom.

  9. I love those daisies and yes – they do look like liquorice allsorts – I’m going to have to buy some now! I have Bellis Habanera Red, which is really a deep pink. Do you think they will grow from collected seed or reseed themselves?
    My vase includes a new one to me: Argyranthemum and the post includes the saga of my new border.

    • Cathy says:

      Hmm, I don’t know if they would self seed but I suppose if you could collect the seeds they should be viable. And, ooh – a new border!

  10. I had to smile at what a perfect pairing you’ve put together this morning!

  11. The Bellis are sweet,I have never seen any.Very nice, can you dry them? My brothers used to eat that candy! Here is my vase

    • Cathy says:

      They are related to the ordinary daisy that grows in people’s lawns here, but bigger. They wouldn’t dry in the way that helichrysum and the like dry

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  13. Cathy says:

    Very sweet indeed Cathy! And what great props again. I haven’t had a liquorice allsort for years…. didn’t realise they still make them! I have a small vase this week too.
    Thanks Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      I would say liquorice allsorts are just as popular now as they always were – it was such the perfect prop for these bellis

  14. Christina says:

    They are fun, such lovely bright colours.

  15. Kris P says:

    I’ve never thought to try growing these from seed but I occasionally pick up the plugs. They’re cheery little things, although they melt away here as soon as our temperatures soar. Our temperatures are surprisingly still on the cool side and I’m spoiled for choice in terms of flowers at the moment:

    • Cathy says:

      I can imagine they would droop in a searing heat, Kris – and I am glad you are still experiencing cooler temperatures

  16. Cathy the Bellis are sweet and lovely. They are some flowers that I love as the variety of pink colors that you have chosen for your vase. It’s delicious. Greetings and memories of Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Margarita, they are a pretty little flower, aren’t they?

      • Cathy are small, lovely, divine flowers, so much so that when I see them in their jar I want to have them again in my garden, even if they are three or four sherds planted. I like them very much and they bring me good memories. Greetings and memories of Margarita.

  17. pbmgarden says:

    The Bellis are new to me–lovely they are. I actually love that licorice candy too by the way! Hope you’re doing well. Things are settling down here a bit.

    • Cathy says:

      The bellis seem to be appearing more often as bedding plants in the early spring now, but the ones I grew from seed last year flowered right the way through the summer. All well here, and I am pleased to hear things continue to improve for you

  18. these bellis are lovely – I’ve had them in the garden a few years ago – reminded me to get some more. Here’s my vase:
    things have been hectic for last few months inc holidays – taken photos but not got as far as posting but I’m back now. Looks like all is well with the IAVOM crew. lots love Bec ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Bec – i was aware we had not heard from you in a while and trust all is well. Sorry to be slow in responding – not surprisingly I have been busy in the garden!

    • Cathy says:

      Ps I commented on your post but it was really slow at uploading. I will check back later and see if it is there or has been lost instead…

  19. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, you didn’t use some of these last week? I saw a vase with two or three, and was impressed by their size. Well, yours are rad anyway. We do not have those here. I grew the bedding plant type last year, and they rusted.

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