In a Vase on Monday: A Colourful Streak

Those who have met me might see the title and think the ‘colourful streak’ refers to something else but no, it’s down to down to WordPress who will tell me when this post is published that I am on a ‘4 day streak’! It is indeed a very long time since I have posted as often as this in a week (6 days out of 7), something unlikely to be repeated very often – but hey ho! that’s how it is these days, and presumably there must have been something to say and the time to say it…

Written yesterday evening after our last garden opening of the year, it will only be a very short post, but Monday means a vase and I celebrated regaining our garden for ourselves by picking Calendula ‘Indian Prince’ and blue cornflower Centaurea cyanus ‘Blue Boy’ from the cutting beds and popping them into a vintage but unmarked blue & white china jug. I love the colourful contrast they make, especially after the pastel sweet peas that have formed so many posies recently. They were photographed just outside the back door amongst ivy and other foliage, accompanied by equally colourful red jasper and lapis lazuli.

Please join in this Monday celebration by posting your own pickings, a simple but addictive habit that brings more pleasure than most of us could ever have imagined.

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57 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: A Colourful Streak

  1. Ah ha! I’m guessing your locks include a streak of colour – fun! I have dabbled with hot pink here and there, now and again.
    My ‘vase’ (?) is aligning with the theme .. sort of

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  3. Oh yes I was expecting something else!

  4. Chloris says:

    A four day streak, you have been busy. I posted twice yesterday for the first time ever, but the second post was written very late when I should have been fast asleep but I was too excited by a gorgeous flower in bloom. I love your vibrant flowers and what a lovely vase.

    • Cathy says:

      Ooh, posting late is never a good idea, I find – have you checked it this morning for spelling mistakes etc? But I am sure you wanted to shout your news (which I have had an initial peek at) from the rooftops, so I understand. I think I was chilled from knowing the visits were all over for this year (although I could still have a group request, I suppose)

      • Chloris says:

        Thank you Cathy, I just checked and I have spelt ‘glamorous’ wrong. Maybe I always have, there is quite a bit of discussion on line as to whether the UK spelling is ‘orous’ or ‘ourous’ as in humourous. It seems not. I have been spelling it wrong all my life. The shame of it. I’d better change it quickly before anyone notices.

        • Cathy says:

          Tut tut, Chloris ๐Ÿ˜‰ although admittedly the humourous/humorous distinction has surprised me before now so I would probably be caught out by glamorous too, whatever time of day it was…

        • Heyjude says:

          That’s not as bad as me spelling broccoli wrong all my life (and still do when I write it on a shopping list) brocolli – I mean really, two els look so wrong!

  5. AlisonC says:

    A perfect zing of colour and looking good in that vase which I like very much. I’m loving my cornflowers and they seem to last very well as long as I am careful cutting and don’t squeeze the stem at the top. I hope your open days went well, I’m sure your garden was much appreciated.
    Here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Alison. These were a second sowing after my autumn sown ones failed – I shall stick with the early season sowing in future. I have noted what you say about not squeezing – have you learned that from experience?

      • AlisonC says:

        Yes! I think I clutch the top of the stem while finding where to cut. I’ve planted some of mine too close together and it’s a jungle. That and not staking well enough or early enough! Still, I can’t get it perfect just yet can I?

        • Cathy says:

          I suspect the staking issue is more critical than the distance, as closer together would mean they wouldn’t grow as tall, wouldn’t it?

  6. the running wave says:

    Blue and orange! Gorgeous complimentary colours Cathy! And I love your vase. I have a weakness for blue and white china. It is very pretty! My post this week is strong on pink in various shades! Amanda

  7. Love the blue and range combo! I’ve never tried to grow cornflower although I’ve admired them in other people’s gardens. Here’s my vase today:

  8. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, the colors are fantastic. I’ve never had success growing Calendula or Centaurea but you’ve lit my interest in trying again. Lovely. Thanks for dedicating your time to host our Monday passion.
    After a few vases that were all pink and then a few that were red, I’m resting with an all-white vase today, although just “plonked” one as you call it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I did have a vase of delphiniums during the week, casualties of a rainy day, and I took photos for a possible IAVOM – but it was a release to pick fresh blooms from the cutting beds and make a new vase after our visitors had left

  9. Christina says:

    Blue and orange, nothing makes a better contrast than that. Happy to hear that your garden openings were a success, well done.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina and it is so good to hear from you. I gather you have sought out even hotter climes…! Do you hope to rejoin IAVOM soon or is your garden completely unproductive in the heat at the moment?

      • Christina says:

        The garden is full of Dahlias, Zinnias and Ami but Iโ€™m taking a rest from blogging for awhile. I might start again but not for a while I think.

        • Cathy says:

          I am so glad you have blooms in your garden despite the heat; I know some summers have been especially difficult for your plants. But I am sorry to read you are taking a break from blogging and shall miss your friendly and informed posts and comments. Are you still dipping into other blogs, or weaning yourself off them too? I hope we can still stay in touch, anyway

  10. Love it! did your hair streak match? I have been trying (with no success) to grow Batchelor’s Button and have some Calendula seed for winter, I have a feeling yours are the only ones I will enjoy. Blue and white china is something I collect and rocks, perfect post for me. Here is my vase this week. Thanks for hosting, especially after all the openings.

  11. Kris P says:

    Adding a streak to my hair is something I’ve been tempted to do but I’ve never quite worked up the courage even when my hairdresser tells me she can use temporary color. Similarly, I’m not sure I’ve ever combined blue and orange in a vase although that’s a color combination I love. I’ll have to shake things up with one thing or another sometime soon! Here’s my post:

    As always, thanks for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      I use hair chalk, Kris, and it just washes out – no need for hairdressers and you can change it at will…which I’d discovered it sooner! Hmm, look forward to seeing the result of a shake-up in due course…!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  13. Sam says:

    My favourite colours (and favourite marigold)! Lovely. And great to get your garden back to yourselves ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s my Monday vase:
    Thanks very much for hosting, Cathy. Have a lovely week. Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sam – I have grown it for the last couple of years but it has not really performed well until this year, and is doing OK

  14. Oh blue and orange are made for each other – a glorious and cheerful combination Cathy and the vase showcases them so well. The first of my sweet peas opened yesterday but not enough for a vase yet. My vase came about through a fortuitous (after reading the comments I hope my spelling is correct ๐Ÿ˜„) swap :

    • Cathy says:

      We were only teasing about the spelling (I think!)! Hurrah for your sweet peas and hope they multiply quickly ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ

  15. tonytomeo says:

    That is . . . . pretty wild. I would have difficulty putting those colors together. (That might be part of the reason I don’t do this meme.)

  16. Heyjude says:

    Love blue and orange – I have Calendula โ€˜Indian Princeโ€™ planted in with Eryngium and Echinops for that reason. This calendula is particular beauty, and I fancy trying some of the other shades like ‘Sunset Buff’ or ‘Oopsy Daisy’ (dreadful name I know!)

    • Cathy says:

      It must look lovely with tge eryngium and echinops, Jude. I grew a paler one last year but was not impressed – can’t remember the name without checking…Snow something, maybe?

  17. Your cornflowers are so lovely. I planted their annual cousin, bachelor’s buttons, but so far, the deer have eaten all the flower buds. I’m losing hope I will see any flowers at all. Thank you for sharing your lovely vase.

  18. A very nice combination! I especially like ‘Blue Boy,’ but the entire arrangement is sweet.

  19. Cathy says:

    Those colours look fantastic together Cathy! Lovely vase too. It was far too hot here to make a vase this week, but a thunderstorm has brought us some relief at last, albeit barely a drop of rain!

    • Cathy says:

      I like a good thunderstorm but the last time we were forecast them we did not even get any distant thunder… A good shower here yesterday was very welcome but put a damper on many people’s barbeques!

  20. Cathy a fantastic vase with the orange of the calendula and the blue of the blue cornflower, two of my favorite flowers. The blue and white porcelain jug used as a vase puts the finishing touch to the set, I love it. Greetings from Margarita.

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