In a Vase on Monday: Oh Oh the Summer Nights

You will need to pop round for a visit to get a more realistic impression of today’s vase, as the photos do not do it justice – the dahlias are a much richer and darker shade of burgundy and the statice is not sticking out horizontally like a pair of furry wings as the photos might suggest. Whoever said ‘the camera never lies’ was stretching the truth somewhat…

The dahlias are ‘Nuit d’ Été which translates as ‘summer night’, hence the title, bringing to mind for many of us the 1978 film Grease*, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The rat’s tail statice Limonium ‘Pink Pokers’ was chosen to represent the potentially wayward activities that might take place on such a night, under the fluffy Lagurus ovatus clouds and the rising moon (Lunaria annua or honesty), with poppy seedheads added for their sleep-inducing qualities.

The blooms were arranged in a shallow black glass dish, held in place with a metal frog, the gubbins discretely hidden with a handful of little pebbles. The prop is a play on words, an arty limited edition of bog-standard Vaseline, the tin designed by Lulu Guinness (described by Wikipedia as a ‘British accessories fashion designer’) – Vaseline, a brand of petroleum jelly, is greasy, linking back to the title and the eponymous Summer Nights song from Grease…
OK, greasy and cheesy…!

It is a joy to be picking dahlias from the cutting beds for a vase, having largely resisted while we were still having garden visitors; friends came today who had been away for our official openings, but any other stragglers will have to take pot luck. The cutting beds were plundered yesterday too, to produce a colourful posy for the host of a Hawaiian themed barbeque we were invited to.

Whether you have designated cutting beds or not, experiencing the pleasure of bringing home-grown blooms inside cannot be underestimated. If you would like to share your pickings with a wider audience do join in our friendly and supportive meme – you would be made very welcome.

* I must confess that I have never seen the film, an omission Elder Daughter insists should be remedied – one of these days, or perhaps one of these summer nights…

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40 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Oh Oh the Summer Nights

  1. Inside I’m dancing!!! What a fabulously tricksy way of bringing the whole together. Looks a fun night!

    Here’s mine: https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/in-a-vase-on-monday-7/

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, who knows what shenanigans will go on!! ps careful with those earworms…I now have the Bee Gees in my head… (dancing yeah)

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  3. It must be a relief to have had the opening and be able to just enjoy and plunder the fruits of your labours. Looks so lovely your hand held bunch

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it’s quite strange, Dorris – last year we had 3 group visits in July so there was no respite till they were over, especially with watering in that hot summer! Have you had any groups yet?

  4. Oh yes, you really should see the movie! The statice is a pretty good floral representation of Olivia Newton John’s hips in that movie! Although I must say, the first thing I thought when seeing your vase was, ‘It’s a circus!” It’s a really fun vase! Here’s mine today:
    https://countygardening.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/in-a-vase-on-monday-white/

  5. Noelle says:

    I take my hat off to you: I love you arrangement, your prop and how you weave all this together. You have really embraced the hot and sultry theme. I am more of a cool morning fan…https://noellemace.blogspot.com/2019/07/in-vase-on-monday-small-is-beautiful.html

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, thanks Noelle – it’s funny how vases turn out, even when there are usually no preconceived ideas of where they are going to go…

  6. Joanna says:

    My first thought when I saw this was “Fireworks”! It really is a neat arrangement and I can fully sympathize with the camera not doing it justice as I’ve had the same frustrating experience many times! 😀
    Here’s my contribution this week… http://yeflowerlovers.blogspot.com/2019/07/in-vase-on-monday-summer-at-its-best.html

    • Cathy says:

      Hello Joanna – they are striking dahlias, aren’t they? And probably the only ‘cactus’ style one I have. It was hard to know how to do them justice

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Your arrangements always charm and delight. D. ‘Nuit d’ Été’ is quite lovely and evokes a great story! The movie is fun–I recommend you see it!
    I included some of my first dahlias today also. Have a great week.
    https://pbmgarden.blog/2019/07/08/in-a-vase-on-monday-summer-shift/

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie, from you this is praise indeed 🙂 I guess the film must feel pretty dated now, but I still aim to see it! Look forward to seeing those dahlias of yours…

  8. AlisonC says:

    Haha, ingenious. You never fail to come up with something clever and original. Grease was my favourite film for years and years, having been at that perfect impressionable age when it came out. Fabulous dahlias and your other little bouquet is full of colour. Here is my link: https://ablogaboutcompost.blogspot.com/2019/07/scaled-down-in-vase-on-monday.html

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I am sure we can all link films to a certain point in our lives… Pleased to know my vase has brought back some memories for you!!

  9. bcparkison says:

    You really must see the movie ….Dirty Dancing too. You will be kicking up your heels for days.
    It must be wonderful to have acutting bed always ready for show time.

  10. Grease is the word today. I really love that Dahlia and have the same problem getting a good photo of deep reds and have given up using some flowers because of that. I think I will have to settle for Cactus Zinnias instead of Dahlias.Here is my link. http://theshrubqueen.com/2019/07/08/in-a-vase-on-monday-a-southern-classic/

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it’s the word and is the time, is the place, is the motion….! Not sure if the photo blip would stop me using certain colours…

  11. Oh Cathy in the words of one Mr Leonard Cohen ‘You Got Me Singing’ and no doubt everyone else too 😄 Both your vase and imagination are to be admired. I wonder why it is that cameras and some shades of red do not agree with each other. I’m particularly struck this week though with your Hawaiian creation which is a glorious and vivid burst of colour. I wonder what you both wore for the occasion. My vase this week pales in comparison : https://greentapestry.blogspot.com/2019/07/in-vase-on-monday-shades-of-pale.html

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – the idea just popped up, as ideas do. The Golfer and I were both quite conservative in our Hawaiian attire as we are not a) great fans of barbeques and b) keen on dressing up – so I wore an Asda dress I already had and I bought Collin a plain grey sweatshirt from eBay with a diagrammatic drawing of a pineapple on it. All the guests had resorted to alternative clothing before long anyway as it was a cool evening – Grannie blankets from the car for us!! 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      ps and a cheapo garland of course!

  12. Kris P says:

    What a story you conjured up with your arrangement! I’m glad to have dahlia season starting too. You must be pleased to have the formal garden tours behind you and to be able to relax and enjoy summer at last. Here’s my post: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2019/07/in-vase-on-monday-shaking-things-up.html

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, once the dahlias have started I know that they will continue for a few months here and that there will always be blooms to pick. It is quite strange not having to bear the openings in mind after leading up to them for so long, although in a way I am already thinking ahead to what could be improved for the future… 😉

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  14. the running wave says:

    Oh yes, that film is a must! Anyone with the tiniest bit of rhythm in their body is going find their foot tapping, at the very least! And your gorgeous dahlias are all singing and dancing too – fabulous colour! The contents of my vase this week is another knock-your-socks-off colour too! Orange. Amanda https://therunningwave.blogspot.com/2019/07/an-orange-vase-on-monday.html

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda. Elder Daughter says the film is a must too! 😉 I have an orange dahlia to come, but apart from that my only orange is calendula – I wonder what your orange is…

  15. Such a fun post. Bit like a cryptic crossword! I am impressed that you’ve got Nuit d’ete out to pick all ready. It is a favourite, as is limonium suworowii, so extra points from me.
    Here are my vases. They are saved from a wedding: https://wp.me/pM8Y1-7qV

    • Cathy says:

      Glad to know they made the grade for you, Allison!! I now pot my dahlias up in the (frost free) greenhouse at the end of January in smallish pots and re-used compost with minimal watering until there are signs of growth, which will be weeks. They were then planted out towards the end of April, once I had assessed the likelihood of frost had gone – this way I find I get a longer season

  16. Annette says:

    Hi Cathy, what a cheerful post and vase. It’s tricky to get the colours right without calibration and a precise white balance. Just got a bouquet of Limonium at the market, they’re the only flowers that seem to last in this relentless heat and drought. While the garden is slowly turning into a desert it’s difficult to find the energy (or the flowers for that matter!) to prepare a vase…but surely this can’t go on forever or can it?!? 😉 Have a lovely week x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette for your kind comment – I tried this limonium last year with no success but it was fine this year, even with the same packet of seeds! I am sorry the heat is having such an effect on both you and the garden – it must be sad to see the garden shrivel up when there is little you can do about it. Are you still able to use your pool?

  17. Cathy a vase so fabulous, cheerful and extravagant, I love it. Las Dalias “Nuit d’Éte” are divine, I love them. You have to see the movie, it’s a classic, and it never goes out of style. I love your hand full of dahlias that you have cultivated, enjoy them, they are your treasure. Have a good week. Greetings from Margarita.

  18. Cathy says:

    Very pretty and summery, and the posy for the barbecue is lovely and sunny too! I hardly dare admit how often I have seen that film… I literally know it off by heart! So thanks for the reminder of that song which is going round my head now. 😃😎

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy, many of us have films like that – I bought the Golfer videos of his rwo favourite films but he still watches them every time they are on television, which seems to be often!

  19. tonytomeo says:

    I was not so impressed with the movie. Flowers are more fun.
    Grease was filmed in Southern California, and Ridell High School was actually Venice High School. I do find the scenery in the movie to be interesting.

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