In a Vase on Monday: Blitz, Blitz, Ballroom Blitz

With so many things coming into bloom for the first time this season, I planned to throw as much as I could at today’s vase and the title came to me on one of our daily walks, all the more appropriate because of the glamourous nature of some of the potential occupants.

Central to the ball and providing much of the glamour and the glitz are Allium christophii and parrot Tulip ‘Victoria’s Secret’, the latter a clump planted some years ago which regularly reappears, unlike most other tulips that have been planted in the borders. Lesser dancers are a single specimen of fringed tulip ‘Blue Heron, similarly reappearing, bluebells from our woodland, stems of Brompton Stock bought on impulse as plug plants when ordering winter pansies last year, deep blue-purple aquilegia, spent blooms of Hellebore ‘Harvington Double ‘Lime’, and foliage courtesy of Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ and Euphorbia oblongata.

A search for a glitzy vase proved unsuccessful and having chosen a plain but chunky rectangular glass vase instead I proceeded to cut the stems down so much that the vase was barely noticeable anyway. Holding the stems in place in the vase were little pebbles, such a useful and environmentally friendly tool, like the glass pebbles of last week. The prop is a black fringed and sequined scarf, an accessory to one of the outfits worn by my ladies’ barbershop choir when performing – not being one for glitz and glamour myself, the scarf normally stays in the drawer between performances.

Our Monday vases range from simple wild flowers in a jamjar to more glamourous offerings, from blooms plonked to blooms artistically arranged stem by stem. All are welcome and all will bring pleasure to the creator and to the wider IAVOM audience, so please consider joining us, leaving links to and from this post so that we can find your creations and share in your joy.

ps I don’t know at what point the glitz degenerated into blitz, but I suspect Victoria was the culprit, although she’s keeping schtum…

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41 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Blitz, Blitz, Ballroom Blitz

  1. the running wave says:

    Glamorous dancing girls, all of them! And such a lovely colour theme too! I think you must have had a lot of fun with that vase! It’s a cracker! I have thrown as much colour as I can find into my vase too this week! Stay safe and well Cathy. Amanda

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  3. What lovely deep colors in today’s vase Cathy. Throw in a few pinks, and you have arranged my favorite colors in a garden. They really put on a stunning performance as you have captured a garden in a vase.

  4. The colours really are superb – so harmonious and such a great example of what’s in your garden now. I fear I’m one of those who generally plonks things into jars…oh well…it was raining all day yesterday, though, so I had time to try a bit harder.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Wow, I love how the persicaria and scarf relate to each other and anchor the rest of the flowers. Very dramatic Cathy. Your colors are magnificent. Tulips are beautiful–kind of them to return each year. Have a happy week and thanks for giving our vases a place to land each Monday!

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  7. Sultry and glitzy! Can Iris join in the party please – she thinks she would fit right in!

  8. That is a beautifully rich composition. The colors are among my favorites so I particularly enjoyed discovering it this morning. I finally have a vase to share as spring seems to have arrived here.

  9. That mischievious Victoria is at it again, blinging things up. I love the tapestry colors and purples in the garden, though I think they can be difficult to use. Happy Monday, here is mine

  10. Chloris says:

    Lovely that you are in a mood for dancing today with your glitzy girls. All very lovely Cathy and gorgeous sultry colours.
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  11. Noelle says:

    Love the way you have put together these lovely blooms, and then dressed them up…so very ready for a glitzy evening..mine are more sweet daytime girls:

  12. Anna says:

    Now that’s a real foot tapping earworm if there ever was one Cathy. Such beautiful flowers and those colours would take some beating on a dance floor. ‘Victoria’s Secret sounds’ as if she has proved to be a good doer. Thanks for hosting – it is much appreciated. Here is my vase :

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, sorry about the earworm – my brain keeps retrieving it too! I wonder if other parrots would be as dependable as this – it really is a few years since I planted these ones

  13. Kris Peterson says:

    My tulip envy is back again this week it seems – what a lovely bloom ‘Victoria’s Secret’ is! I admire the Allium too, another bulb that’s been surprisingly difficult to grow in my garden, although the rain we had earlier this month seems to have teased out 3 flowers here in the past week, urged on by our recent heatwave perhaps. It seems we’ve time-warped into summer. Thanks as always for hosting, Cathy. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Sorry to flaunt tulips in front of you again, Kris! It will indeed be interesting to see what the ‘real’ summer does to our gardens, although certainly in the UK there is plenty of opportunity for different weather conditions before then!

  14. karen says:

    Looking really glorious. I love the dusky tulips. So pretty. Here’s mine this week. Sunshine colours, to match the weather. Xx

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  16. Cathy says:

    How lovely, putting them all together for a glitzy performance! The colour scheme is gorgeous – I recognized Red Dragon immediately. πŸ˜‰ Here is my link for today, also with a tulip. πŸ˜ƒ Thanks Cathy! xx

    • Cathy says:

      It just had to be, Cathy (breaking out from a winter lockdown perhaps?)! I tried splitting my Dragon last year, to rejuvenate it , but couldn’t get a spade into it or under it!

  17. I do love that color wave. Puttin on the Ritz here this week.

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  19. A vase to steal hearts. I especially love the view from above. I don’t do fringed tulips, but I could change my mind for the one in this vase! Red dragon is so useful, isn’t it?
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    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Allison. It’s strange how some tulips randomly come back – Blue Heron might have been planted as much as 10 years ago but I thnk it’s only this one that has ever returned, and there must be 5 of VS, which would have been a whole clump, and they have been coming back for perhaps 5. I love Red Dragon, but sadly these stems have flopped, perhaps being too young to have been cut. I bought another variegated form at the end of last year (can’t remember it’s name) but if its like Painter’s Palette which I also have it still won’t make the same sort of impact as the Dragon…

  20. tonytomeo says:

    What is Victoria’s secret anyway?
    Stock is rad. I know it is just stock, but I happen to really like it. Bluebells are rad too. Everyone seems to be familiar with them. I have never met them before. I like them because they look like something that should grow wild in the woods. I wonder what Victoria grows in her garden. I suppose that will remain a secret too.

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