In a Vase on Monday: Jewels

How often do I have to photograph my Monday vase inside? VERY rarely, but yesterday was one of them and I apologise for the substandard photograph above. Non-stop light rain on Saturday was followed by non-stop heavier rain yesterday and although I was already soaked picking blooms for the vase I declined to get any wetter by photographing them outside. I am not complaining about the rain which is gratefully received, even though it meant little gardening being done this last week – firstly due to the heat and then to the rain. That’s British gardening for you!

Fortunately the view from above gives a better picture of the contents of the vase, their jewel-like colours placed in a pewter-effect Prinknash Pottery jug. A range of zinnias (Benary Giant Mix, Purple Prince and Art Deco Mix), my best ever showing now they have a bed almost of their own and sown in early February and mid March, earlier than many would recommend, are joined by Antirrhinum ”Liberty Classic Rose Pink’, another successful first for a taller snapdragon, and seedheads of nigella. Even the nigella was a success for the first time, so I must be doing something right! The rain had weighed down the heads of antirrhinum and before I could fill the jug I found myself doing a repair job with a section of wooden coffee stirrer and some florists’ tape, but it did the trick.

In the absence of any jewels of my own, another spot of DIY produced a crown from thin card and aluminium foil instead of crown jewels, but perhaps I needn’t have bothered as the similarity of nigella heads to crowns suddenly became apparent as I trailed the vase around the house looking for the lightest spot on this downright dull-but-not-dismal day.

I hope some of you will still feel it is worthwhile facing the heat or the rain for the time it takes to pick some blooms or other material to create a Monday vase; I may have got soaked, but I am now delighting in my crown jewels which will bring joy throughout the week whatever the weather does and whether or not I am able to get out and do some gardening. Just leave links to and from this post if you too would like to share a vase with the rest of us.

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45 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Jewels

  1. Christina says:

    We had almost solid rain all Saturday night and during the day Sunday. A friend who keeps records says it was the first measurable rain for 60 days so the 44 mm was very welcome indeed. Your vase is indeed jewel-like.

    • Cathy says:

      Similar amount of rain here this w/e but we had some light showers 2 or 3 weeks ago which helped after a very dry JuneThe garden feels really refreshed now – and yours too?

      • Christina says:

        For a few days, but it is already hot again and it didn’t rain as promised today.

        • Cathy says:

          Lovely here yesterday (Mon), but rain forecast for much of the week – I have no objections to that, as long as it is not heavy and doesn’t stop me getting things doe n the garden! Hope you get more too!

  2. jenanita01 says:

    The rain is very welcome, as is your beautiful indoor vase…

  3. I made a Saturday vase, with a sucker I had missed. The roses have been prolific this year; there were 7 roses and 2 buds on one stem; they love the sunshine. It was wilted when I returned from work on Sunday, having sucked up all the water ; I had only placed a cup full in the vase to bring on the buds. Anyway I now have the scent of roses in the house as I pulled all the petals off and popped them in a bowl. And my rose outside is still thriving.

    • Cathy says:

      I am a bit forgetful about topping up or changing water in vases too. Glad you are enjoying the fragrance of the petals – and a thriving rose too!

  4. AlisonC says:

    Oh lucky you! We are still waiting for some rain. To say I’m obsessed would be about right. Your vase looks lovely against the window though and fabulous flowers as ever. I’m interested that you sowed your Zinnias so early. It just shows that there are no rules. I love them and would be happy to have them early, mine are just beginning. I’m sure your garden will love the rain and respond with even more flowers. Here is my arty creation:

    • Cathy says:

      A friend today had said her daughter had been in the SW at the w/e and they had no rain – hope you are not waiting much longer. We had a good 40+ mm which really soaked the soil and filled up water butts. I have found when I have left it till late April or early May they have such a short flowering season – one of the packets suggested February and I thought ‘why not?’. Will definitely sow early again as these have been flowering for a month or so at least

  5. Lovely to have such vibrant purples and pinks in front of a window on a dreary day. I also started Nigella for the first time this year – the buds are now expanding and I’m looking forward to seeing what the flower looks like in person, rather than in a photo. I hadn’t planned on cutting any Alcea for a vase, but necessity prevailed…

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chris, although it’s a shame that first photo does not do it justice – I, at least, can enjoy the real thing!

  6. the running wave says:

    Gorgeous colours Cathy! I absolutely love zinnias. I remember my grandmother saying that they came in very artistic colours, and in their pastel palette I think she was right! But I love colour that zings too, and yours certainly do that. Sorry, but no vase from me today. My head was rather turned yesterday by the enormous quantities of painted lady butterflies I saw, so I did a post about them instead this morning. Hope to be back next week. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda – I am really pleased with mine, especially the taller varieties which are beginning to branch nicely too, which I have never achieved before. Your butterfly experience sounds amazing and I am off to have a look now…

  7. Angie says:

    Those colors are beautiful and no worries, the photographs are beautiful too. 😊 I’m growing a few white flowers this year and that is what I’m sharing today. Thank you for always being a gracious host, Cathy!

  8. It’s been what I would call very hot here in the Upper Midwest but nothing like the temps you and Europe have been experiencing. Luckily it is going to be cooler this week and it was lightly raining when I got up. Your jewels are glowing inside just as much as they must do in place in the garden. My offering is here:

  9. Maggie says:

    They are beautiful. Here, most of our blooms have passed so I am enjoying seeing yours.

  10. Beautiful zinnias (I think I have figured out how to grow them here!) and I love the Nigella heads, will have to look into the Nigella. I like the pottery jug as well. I am glad to hear of rain cooling things down there, odd for it to be warmer in England than Florida! Especially in summer. Here is my vase

  11. Kris P says:

    I’d love an interruption for rain! Actually, we did have a smattering of fat droplets for a short time last week as some monsoonal moisture passed through from the deserts to the east but it wasn’t even enough for my little home weather station to register. Your lovely zinnias are far further along than mine, planted from seed during the second half of June. Having zinnias and snapdragons in bloom at the same time is something I can’t even imagine as the latter are late winter/early spring blooms here. While your weather sent you inside for your photographs, my remodel sent me outside. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Intriguing to hear about your zinnia/snapdragon habits – my snapdragons were one of my last annuals to flower, only just coming into bloom in the last week or two.

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  13. Sam says:

    Gorgeous zinnias. I haven’t grown any this year but wish I had. We had rain for most of Saturday (hurrah!) but dry since. I’ve also gone for a pink theme today:
    Thank you for hosting, Cathy. Have a lovely week. Sam x

  14. We’re thinking similar thoughts with similar blooms. Yes, it was worth it. Thanks for hosting!

  15. Eliza Waters says:

    The heat and rain have made things grow like crazy over here as well. So much so, I’ve titled my post ‘Abundance!’

  16. Your vase is beautiful Cathy! We’ll take some of your extra rain. Here it’s just been blisteringly hot and all the garden is showing the stress of it. Hopefully a reprieve will come soon so the flowers can revive.

    • Cathy says:

      Sorry Cindy, I am keeping our rain for the time being as the garden needs it!! Hope you will get some of your own soon

  17. I really like those nigella heads in the vase. They look otherworldly and you can’t go wrong with Zinnias. Happy IAVOM.

    • Cathy says:

      Most of the nigella is self-seeded, Lisa, and it is a few years since I have tried growing it before, so the seeds must have lain dormant in the soil

  18. tonytomeo says:

    Those are some pretty sweet snapdragons. I did not recognize them. They are not so easy to grow for us.

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