In a Vase on Monday: Dotty

Picking almost anything that took my fancy to fill today’s vase, I was thinking along the lines of  ‘Anything Goes’ for a title, although ‘Anything But the Kitchen Sink’ might have been more appropriate. When I came to choose a vase, however, my eyes fell on this spotty dotty jug and immediately the collection of blooms was christened ‘Dotty’, for its slightly mad composition.

Dominating the collection is a single trumpet of Asiatic lily ‘Yellow County’, with dahlias ‘Top Totty’, ‘Dorothy Rose’, Nuit d’Été’ and a spidery red one proving major back up. Minor roles were played by Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ and ‘Cherry Brandy’, herbaceous Clematis ‘New Love’, Persicaria ‘High Society’, Helichrysum ‘Rose Pink’, Limonium (statice) ‘Purple Attraction’ , a nameless (because it is buried in foliage in the middle of a border) phlox and spikes of heuchera. There may well be others I have failed to mention but studying the overhead shot below I can’t see any.*

The clematis, phlox, persicaria and heuchera are reliably hardy perennials, and all the others were easy to grow from seed, bulb or tuber. R ‘Cherry Brandy’ has not always germinated well and thrived, but this year has been completely trouble-free.

Joining the dotty vase are some dotty dice, saved from being plain coloured cubes by the addition of their useful dots. Props such as these dice are not compulsory for IAVOM posts, but they can add an additional element – of humour, history, or personal connection. Do join us today, with or without a prop, and leave links to and from this post so we can share the pleasure your vase is bringing you.

* I later spied a sprig of Verbena bonariense in there too

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49 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Dotty

  1. jenmac13 says:

    Inspirational! A riot of wonderful colour… Thanks for sharing the garden bounty and a bright start to the week 🙂

  2. the running wave says:

    What a lovely collection Cathy. Fizzing with colour! I am always in awe of you, and others who contribute to IAVOM, that you have all kept records – or remember – the varieties of all the plants you grow! I love all my plants, like family, but I am ashamed to say I couldn’t possible tell you their individual names (apart from the roses), just their general names. Love your dotty vase!! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Amanda, please don’t be in awe; it amazes me just how much I know and remember about plants and their names (and many of our blogging friends know a lot more!) but it seems to just happen by a process of absorption. Even at an age when some things pop out of my head when I want them it doesn’t seem to happen with plant-related information!!

  3. Christina says:

    What a fun mix of colored. I’ve posted today from my phone, I’ve added your link but I’m not sure how to add mine here.

  4. Noelle says:

    That’s a fabulous collection of high summer blooms Cathy. Love the vase too. I had my lizard in my picture, but had not written up the significance, so when I read your little explanation of props, went back and mentioned it! Enjoy your week…I shall be back to normal in a fortnight or so, in the meantime something simple:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle – glad to know you are continuing to include props as you very ofetn do. By the way, in the sink that I planted the succulents you sent some years ago I get an occasional blue veronica appearing, which I wonder if may be connected with you? Did you have one growing near those succulents (saxifrage and sempervivum)?

      • Noelle says:

        Yes I had Veronicas…quite partial to them as it is my lovely dil’s name too!

        • Cathy says:

          Did you not bring any with you? Are they known to self-seed? I have had 2 so far, appearing with an interval of a season or so between them. Might you want one back, do you think…?

  5. It’s a great collection of singles, like it was a mixer dance, or a speed dating rendezvous! Love the dotty vase!

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  7. Angie says:

    I love those “everything but the kitchen sink” arrangements. This one to me is pure summer. Bright colors and lots of texture. Beautiful . Thank you for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Angie – it would have been so easy to colour-coordinate, but I thought ‘no, I am going off-piste today!’

  8. Oh I love the name and what a full vase of happy flowers. Always a pleasure, Cathy, to read your posts and to see how the vase, name and props evolve. I am so happy to be back here. It has been a long journey to get back. And of course I have a vase too share…..

  9. Cathy, love the Dotty Dahlias, of course – the singles are really unique, not quite daisies, but similar. I have had problems with Rudbeckias from seed, too – and they are supposed to be so easy to grow. My vase is a mad mix as well this Monday.

  10. Cath@Home says:

    I hope this is how to link up but just found your party….and I love plant life in a vase. I have a few to share in this post

  11. Kris P says:

    It may be a mad mix it may be but it works! I love the yellow lily. I went a bit overboard on dahlias this week: As always, thanks for hosting.

  12. Hi Cathy, like you , I’ve picked almost anything that took my fancy today though your choice is completely different from mine. Amazing really, because we garden in, if not the same country, the same island. It’s always surprising how different conditions are between England and Scotland, given that we can drive from one to the other in a matter of hours. The yellow lily is stunning and, as usual, the dahlias are very pretty. Oh, and the dotty jug is perfect. Here’s a link to mine:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, my Mum gives me a lowdown on what is flowering in her garden but of course conditions are different again from yours. The dotty vase came from a car boot or antique market but I paid more than I usually would because I liked it so much!

  13. Stunning!
    It’s amazing the difference staging makes, I’m seeing familiar plants in such a different way. (You have a real gift for colour, thank you for sharing it!)

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thank you – I still think I am just ‘plonking’ them in a vase but in fact there is a bit of thought that goes into the process even though I don’t think I am ‘arranging’ them…!

  14. Oh what a glorious gallimaufry of flowers and colour Cathy! As always your knack for choosing vase and props to compliment shines through. Most envious of your array of dahlias this week. I’m having a sparse dahlia year 😢 My vase contents this week all originated from the allotment :

    • Cathy says:

      Gallimaufry is a wonderful word, isn’t it? Thanks for the kind words – most of my flowers/vase/props seem to come together serendipitously I feel. Sorry to hear your dahlias are letting you down this year – hopefully the tubers will survive to thrive another year

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  16. jenhumm116 says:

    Ooo yes, a great gallimaufry indeed! Makes mine look very restrained in comparison…
    Thanks for hosting.

  17. What a joyful vase!

  18. Cathy says:

    So cheerful and fun! What a lovely mix of colourful flowers. 🙂

  19. Annette says:

    I love your Dotty vase and I’m thrilled to see all those cheerful flowers. A true feelgood vase. Wanted to contribute too but ran late as we were babysitting (or puppysitting rather 😉 ) for the past couple of days but I’ll get a vase ready for next Monday. Summer has been so tough, there are not that many flowers to pick but the Dahlias are adding a welcome splash of colour and my late summer borders are coming on, albeit modestly…everything is “dwarf” due to the drought…but alas, at least no staking needed! 😉 Have a lovely week, best wishes to you both 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Oh well, the advantages of not having to stake cannot be underestimated! Good to know that your dahlias and late summer borders are still performing despite the heat. Hope you are physically recovered from your fall now

  20. tonytomeo says:

    Sweet! Your Asiatic lilies still look like what was popular in the 1980s!

    • Cathy says:

      Really? I wasn’t interested in lilies in the 80s so wouldn’t know 😉

      • tonytomeo says:

        I was not interested in the garden varieties either; just the cut flower crops. I do remember though, that the selection was not as fast as it is now. After all these years, I still prefer the simple Asiatics. Some of the others have gotten too fancy.

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