In a Vase on Monday: the Gaiety Club

Today I am celebrating the abundance of the cutting beds with the brightest dahlias and zinnias available, with a few others for support.

David Howard is in there again, with Geoffrey Kent (red), Dorothy Rose (pink), Top Totty (purple, and sadly only visible on the view above) and ‘Happy Single Juliet (single, cerise), with zinnias Benary Giant Lime, Orange King and a pink and startlingly bright red from Benary’s Giant Mix. They are joined by Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’, Salvia viridis ‘Oxford Blue’, Antirrhinum ‘Liberty Classic Rose’ and Bupleurum rotundifolium.

I have a sneaking suspicion that ‘Gaiety Club’ may be a misnomer and that it is not the sort of place where cocktails abound, as suggested by the spotty cocktail umbrella but, if the addition of Amaranthus ‘Hot Biscuits’ is anything to go by, more of a club with leather armchairs and sleepy gentlemen nodding off in the daytime – but let’s continue to pretend otherwise and maintain their jolly image…

Instead of the deliberate contrasts of the main vase, I also have a more subtle vase of sweet peas to enjoy, culled yesterday by stripping all the blooms to ensure flowering is maintained, which seems an eminently sensible routine to get into. I have mentioned the combination of Gwendoline and King George VI several times and am really pleased with the pairing, although a random lilac one has recently appeared in the mix, presumably from just a single seed.

I know both these vases will bring me pleasure during the week and I wonder what those of you reading this post might find in your own gardens to pick and pop in vase or jamjar to bring you pleasure too. Please share them with us by leaving links to and from this post.

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52 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: the Gaiety Club

  1. jenanita01 says:

    I do love your flower combinations. Such a happy collection!

  2. Noelle M says:

    I think your first vase will upstage most, really colourful. As for the drinks maybe prepare the ice for a couple of sunny days ahead in the UK? Chin chin…have a good week. Here is my bumptious Bouquet:

    • Cathy says:

      As I sit here writing this I can hardly take my eyes off the red Geoffrey Kent – he is such a glorious shade. It started off cool here today but I had to take layers off this afternoon when I was outside getting on with my newest project – but I believe we will have more rain before temperatures rise into the 20s again. It sounds as if you have an abundant offering today…

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Hi Cathy, you’ve created another big Wow of a vase. The bold, colorful dahlias and zinnias look great together and especially so in that vase which makes them stand out even more. Great photo too. The sweet peas are dear–the lilac interloper fits right in. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie, it’s especially pleasing to hear you say it has the wow factor. Mind, it would be hard to wrong with a dahlia probably, as even a single one has a bit of a wow factor! It was strange to suddenly see the interloper as it was much later beginning to flower than the other two varieties

  4. Two lovely vases Cathy, one sweet and one colorful. Both, beautiful to behold and soothing to the soul.
    I’ve never grown sweet peas because I always thought they didn’t like hot, dry summers, which we are in the midst of. Horrible long heat wave with no rain. I would love to try them, but today, I’ll settle for enjoying yours. Thank you for sharing.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cindy – I suppose the sweet peas would need watering regularly if there wasn’t rain for weeks, and they like to be fed too so I am making sure I do my best to keep mine flowering as omg as possible

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  6. Two beautiful vases – the main would keep me looking at it all week, noticing different things each time. Here’s my heat wave contribution this week:

    • Cathy says:

      The sweet peas are just an extra because I needed to pick them, Chris, but I thought others might like to see them as well. I keep glancing over at my gaiety vase, I have to admit!

  7. Sharon says:

    Loving the bright and bold colours of your vase this week Cathy. here’s myn vase for this week

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  9. Cathy says:

    Ooh, lovely colours! A real summer celebration of a vase! šŸ˜ƒ Your dahlias are so pretty!
    Here is my vase for today Cathy: Many thanks, and have a lovely week. šŸ˜ƒ

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy, it’s strange how the cutting beds are suddenly coming to fruition when the weather has been so grey. They certainly brighten everything up!

  10. The Sweet Peas are shy and the big vase is not! A bonanza of color from the cutting beds, I can see having a cocktail with an umbrella in it to celebrate the Dahlias. Here is my vase this week

  11. the running wave says:

    Wow! Fiesta time in your garden Cathy! What a fantastic array of glorious colour – it’s all just wonderful! I am always so impressed by every flower having its correct name. I am hopeless at remembering these things and certainly never write them down. But it is so nice to know who everyone is, and it certainly is party time in your vases this week. Fabulous! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Certainly looks that way in the cutting beds, Amanda! I do like to have everything labelled, and do seem to remember what everything is – I just seem to absorb it, and hope I don’t sound pedantic at any time!

  12. bcparkison says:

    Oh this is beautiful …especially since most of my color has finished. I need a cutting border.

  13. susurrus says:

    Lovely to see all the colour. The cocktail umbrella is the perfect accessory.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – as soon as I thought of the title I knew what prop I would go for, and then the spotty umbrella chose the spotty jug!

  14. Kris P says:

    What a plenty of summer blooms! I’ve been anxiously checking my dahlias for buds but have seen not a one yet this year and my zinnias are still but tiny seedlings. I seem to be more than a month behind last year’s schedule. Oh well, at least I can enjoy your flowers while hoping mine make an appearance at some point. I still managed to find some things to share:

    Thanks for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Indded Kris. I am guessing the zinnias are earlyish because of the hot April and May we had, but if anything the dahlias are a little later than last year. Hopefully yours will still bloom in due course

  15. the running wave says:

    Cathy, sorry to leave a second message but every week I am unable to leave messages for Chris Mousseau and Susie. Don’t know why, but it is frustrating because their vases are always lovely. I hope they might read this and know that I do enjoy my weekly visits to their blogs! Thank you. Amanda

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  17. Eliza Waters says:

    Gorgeous bright blooms! A carnival of color bound to bring a smile. Love the sweet peas, too. Sadly, mine are very disappointing this year. I blame the lack of rain and my not watering them, alas. My vase this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Eliza – I have had success with my outdoor sweet peas for the first time this year so am working hard to treat them well, as they really deserve it!

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  19. Anna says:

    Oh what a magical medley of summer colour and zing Cathy! You have hit the jackpot with both your zinnias and sweet peas this year. Fabulous dahlias too. I’m sharing long awaited sweet pea love this week here :

    • Cathy says:

      Magical medley of summer colour and zing? I suppose it does feel like that, Anna! I am thrilled, I must be honest šŸ™‚

  20. Your colour is coming in thick and fast Cathy. You certainly look more advanced than here with your zinnias and amaranthus delivering beautiful blooms already. And I bet the lovely, prolific sweet peas pack a delicious smell. Enjoy!
    My vase is a bit more subdued, but comes with a funny story.

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  22. Another beautiful bright, happy arrangement this week! Your zinnias are so early! Mine never bloom until very late July or early August. And what lovely sweet peas, too. I can practically smell them through the screen! Here’s my vase for the week:
    I hope you have a great week and that you smile every time you pass by your vases!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kimberley – although this is the first year I would class my zinnias as ‘successful’, my poor examples in previous years have definitely appeared much later

  23. Oh la la! What a lovely mix! And those sweet peas are delicious. I did join you late in the day

  24. tonytomeo says:

    Heck! The sweet peas rival the fancier mixed flowers.

  25. Sweet peas has been my latest cut flower of choice, though random wild flower collections are generally my favourite. Your cases look lovely. šŸ˜Š

    • Cathy says:

      This has been my best ever year for them, Louise – they really appreciate having their own dedicated support instead of trying to train them up a relatively low fence

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