In a Vase on Monday: A Delicate Matter

As a change from brash and bright dahlias, I am delighted to have a more delicate vase to share with you this week.

As well as the Winter Sunshine sweet peas I usually sow a more ordinary mix, sowing both in October, but never have much success with the latter. This year, I was trialling some sweet peas for ‘Which? Gardening’, a variety called ‘Betty Maiden’, sowing them when they arrived at the end of March. As you can see from the vase, they are still flowering at the end of September, and I guess this is due to the time of sowing and not the actual variety, a soft flecked and shaded lilac. Next year I shall leave sowing all my summer sweet peas until spring in anticipation of a longer and more prolific crop – but that’s another story.

In the meantime, the sweet young lady is joined in a matching Caithness Glass vase by gomphrena from a packet of mixed colours (but almost exclusively white), left over from last year, and Ammi visnaga. The gomphrena seedlings were planted out into a pot where they just sat and got on with flowering for several months – barely reaching 6″ or so in height, they don’t have much of an impact in a pot but make a pretty addition to a vase. The prop is the first volume of a diary I kept continuously for about 10 years from the age of 14, which in later years may well have contained information of a delicate nature; earlier volumes, however, were more about falling out with friends and being too shy to talk to boys.

If you have blooms or other material in your garden that you have time to pick for a vase today, we would be delighted if you chose to share it with us by leaving links to and from this post. In the meantime, thank you for all your kind comments last week which were much appreciated.

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47 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: A Delicate Matter

  1. What a delightful combination of colours in flowers and vase. My diary of the same era of my life talks of much the same things! Here is a link to my vase on the opposite side of the spectrum:

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  4. Cath Moore says:

    oh my goodness….I just love sweet peas…I really should plant some.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy you’ve done it again. The sweet peas are gorgeous and combining them with the white Ammi visnaga and gomphrena creates a lovely mood. Hope you have a good week. Thanks for hosting and bringing us together each Monday.

  6. Nice, soft colors and I love the glass vase. I have been seeing Queen Anne’s Lace here which reminds me of the Ammi and to try Gomphrena. I wish I could have a whiff of the Sweet Peas. Here is my vase

  7. Noelle says:

    What a lovely vase, Caithness is a treat to have. As for those Sweetpeas, they are magnificent, and to think it is late September. I bet reading your diaries brings smiles and tears…here is my effort this week…inspired by matters oriental!

    • Cathy says:

      I didn’t allow myself to get sidetracked for too long, Noelle, as I increasingly wrote at great length in those diaries!! I am thrilled to have sweetpeas at the end of September, I have to admit

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  9. Cathy says:

    Your vase goes perfectly with those sweet peas Cathy! I have to say it, but I am not fond of sweet peas usually as they always look stressed in our hot climate, but these are such a beautiful shade of pale mauve I am quite taken by them. Here is my link for today:
    Thanks Cathy and have a good week. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I find the colour of these sweet peas a little wishy-washy and their fragrance is not especially strong but at the end of Sept I am not complaining!

  10. Wonderful sweet peas! Mine ended their year s few weeks ago but I’ve been collecting seeds, hoping for an even bigger show next year. I have a blowsy vase ready to go, just need to get to my computer, hopefully later today.

    • Cathy says:

      It is the first time I have had ANY sweet peas in September Chris, never mind at the end of the month – and they have been fairly neglected by me, I have to admit!

  11. That is such a deliacate and spring like vase. Quite lovely for September. My offering is much more autumnal.

  12. Christina says:

    What a surprise I really don’t think of sweet peas being in flower in September. Makes it feel more like spring.

    • Cathy says:

      Although I will sow later next year there is no guarantee I will have them flowering as late as this again – and yet it has been a fairly dry summer and I have not made a point of watering these sweet peas

  13. the running wave says:

    Such a delicate mix! Autumn colours are always so vibrant and punchy that is lovely to see such soft and pretty colours. Thank you! Amanda

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  15. Kris P says:

    Sweet peas in September is utterly remarkable! Started early enough in the fall, we can have them here in winter but our summers would incinerate any seedlings. Your color combination, from flowers to vase, is absolutely perfect. Thanks for hosting and here’s my post:

  16. Oh ‘Betty Maiden’ is so aptly named – what an exquisite and delicate flower. I’ve never had much joy with autumn sowing of sweet peas Cathy – the plants run away with me and end up as lanky specimens. The vase really picks up on the shades of the flowers therein. Well done on such consistent diary keeping. I had a five year volume complete with lock and key but ran out of steam when there were still blank pages. It must be fascinating to peek back in time at your younger self. Thanks as always for hosting. Putting a vase together this week was a bit of a challenge but I succeeded :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – she is a pretty sweet pea but I don’t think I will make a point of buying the variety. I think I confided in my diary a lot as I was such a shy teenager…

  17. Donna Darlage says:

    Beautiful! Sweetpeas are my very favorite!

  18. RoseyGirl says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I love how much the vase and the colors of the sweet peas match so well. Have a great day !

  19. Hi Cathy, the colour of your sweet peas are so delicate they could be from a watercolour. Betty Maiden is a very pretty name too. And the vase could have been made for them. Gomphrena – such an ugly name for such a pretty wee flower – I’m sure the botanist had his reasons. Here’s the link to my late gathering for today:

  20. Heyjude says:

    Such a lovely vase this week, I like the elegance of this one. My sweet peas were another of the disasters this year. I shall take a break next year, maybe try a different annual climber.

    • Cathy says:

      I regularly had disasters with summer sweet peas which is why I am so pleased to have these – but yes, perhaps we should be more adventurous…

  21. Cathy is a luxury to have Sweet Peas in Autumn, and more so if they are as wonderful as yours: I love their shape and color. I like Gomphrena very much. The vase you have chosen is divine and is magnificent with flowers. It is a fabulous set: I love it. And the newspaper as a complement is great, although it must be safe! Affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  22. Brian Skeys says:

    A beautiful delicate arrangement Cathy.

  23. Eliza Waters says:

    This is such a lovely arrangement, Cathy. I love pastel shades, and I’d say that sweet pea is a winner!
    My vase this week:

  24. Joe Owens says:

    Hey Cathy! Somehow I messed up my link earlier today and I wondered why My Views were so low. So I will drop it here. In a Vase on Monday: Anniversary Party Vase # 2 – September 23, 2019

  25. Joe Owens says:

    By the way Cathy, where is your garden?

  26. I think this is my most favourite of all your arrangements! Fabulous. I joined you and forgot this bit as was working.

  27. tonytomeo says:

    How nice that you can get sweet peas to bloom now. I don’t know why, but they are one of my niece’s favorite, and she doesn’t mind all the work of growing them. They get sown now to overwinter and bloom only briefly in spring before getting roasted before summer.

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