In a Vase on Monday: Fruity Jelly

Heading straight for the patch of zinnias for today’s vase, I had no idea yet of a title or theme. The zinnias have been all but neglected apart from admiring glances for weeks, gradually becoming taller and statelier as the season has gone on, perhaps in an attempt to grab my attention. However, the garden has proved as abundant as usual, and they have had to wait their turn – but here they are today in their vibrant and juicy colours.

I picked all the blooms that were on show, and augmented the fruity collection with blues of Clematis heracleifolia ‘New Love’ and clary sage ‘Oxford Blue’, yellow unnamed dahlia blooms, purple statice Limonium ‘Purple Attraction and plum Scabious ‘Burgundy Beau’, most of which we could loosely relate to different fruits although in hindsight we could have done without the Clematis. I suspect I wasn’t yet thinking of a fruity context at the time, but at least it’s not visible in the main picture, unlike the overhead view below:

Choosing a vase proved to be the catalyst for the fruity title, a pressed glass jelly mould which was the perfect receptacle for today’s blooms, and I was surprised not to have considered its use as a vase before, filled on this occasion with glass beads to support the stems…that’s the trouble with having so many vases or quasi-vases! The jelly mould could have been a prop in itself, but in anticipation of the party the fruity jelly was required for, I have added a teeny-tiny celebration cake on a teeny Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired table.

What inspiration might you get from your own garden today? If it inspires you to find blooms or other material to pick and pop into a vase and share with us then we would be delighted to see them; please leave the usual links to and from this post to do so.


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41 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Fruity Jelly

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  2. Cathy says:

    The blues and purples really make those colours sing Cathy, so even if they aren’t as fruity as the other colours they certainly don’t look out of place! Love the props… your home must be a real treasure trove! Here is my link for today: Thanks, and have a good week!

  3. jenanita01 says:

    I haven’t seen many zinnias, but these really shout at you, Don’t they?

  4. Heyjude says:

    Love zinnias but I haven’t been successful in growing them.

  5. karen says:

    Such cheerful colours. I love Zinnias. I haven’t grown any this year. Must put that right next summer. I do have Joan’s jelly moulds though…which I love using as they remind me of all the family celebrations we shared. Some of the items from their home have these past three months gone to my two daughters as they excitedly set up their own homes. Everything changes, nothing stays still. Here’s this week’s IAVOM – an update on last week’s. Have a lovely week Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Its good that garden and cookery equipment can be passed down the generations and I still hold onto the hope that there will be another generation of gardeners after me…

  6. the running wave says:

    You have certainly ramped up the colours this week Cathy! They nearly blew my socks off! Very juicy and cheerful! I haven’t managed a vase this week but something a bit alternative, due to my holiday status! Have a good week. Amanda

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Your richly-hued zinnias deserved a turn in the limelight, Cathy! They’re lovely in the special jelly mold. I like the addition of clematis and statice for color and texture. Hope you have a great week and thanks for hosting.

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  9. Cathy says:

    Snap for the zinnias Cathy! As the other Cathy says above, I am continually amazed by the vases and props you have around the house! And the lovely clematis too. Here’s an effort from me after a long pause:

    • Cathy says:

      Lovely to have you back, Cathy – and I had a sneak preview of your vase when an an email alerted to it and I had to sile at the similarities!!

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  11. I love the prop and the mold is a good idea for a vase. I am wondering if I have one! Zinnias look great and the color combination is very fruity – blueberries for Clematis? Here is my vase

  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks like we are sporting similarly bright colors this week, Cathy. Those bright colors are so cheering!

  13. Noelle M says:

    I may not have a fruity theme but jelly molds and biscuit barrels have a similarity? Love that little shouted Rennie Macintosh. Do you remember hundreds and thousands that they used to sprinkle over School trifles? Your flowers really are lovely and bright and cheerful.

    • Cathy says:

      Indeed , jelly moulds and biscuit barrels are on the same wavelength. The little table was one of a set of four CRM wooden press-outs, all ‘copies’ of the originals. And coincidentally I checked my cake decorating supplies for sprinkles as a possible prop but was found lacking…. 🙄

  14. krispeterson100 says:

    One day you’re going to have to show us your cabinet of props, Cathy. I’ve no doubt that it’s impressive. Jelly molds are something I have no experience with but yours makes an attractive vase to hold all those colorful blooms. My cutting garden is still providing so I too have a colorful range of flowers this week:

  15. Anna says:

    Oh it’s been years since I’ve tucked into a jelly and together with cake I could be tempted right now Cathy 😂 A vase with a zingy and cheerful pop of colour. I was nearly thwarted by the vagaries of the new but allegedly better version of Blogger so a late in the day vase from me here :

  16. Oh I love those jelly molds and full of flowers, even better.
    My Dad still reckons it’s not a birthday unless he gets jelly and ice cream.

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t know why I didn’t think of using one before – don’t think I will use the rabbit one though as it would entail him standing on his head and having flowers stuck in his tummy! The Golfer is fond of plain old ice cream (not sure about the jelly though) and invariably would choose that as a pudding when we eat out (what’s that? Not sure if I can remember) – but it’s lemon meringue pie for a birthday for him!

  17. Anna says:

    I wouldn’t find jelly tempting tonight Cathy but when I first read your post the thought of it definitely appealed. I’m making a determined effort to shed weight but was wavering earlier in the week. Jelly depending on what goes with it can be low in calories and well cake is just cake 😂

  18. tonytomeo says:

    Ah! It’s just scabious! I happen to dig burgundy (even if it contrasts weirdly with white). I just do not dig scabious so much. Well, it is a delightful color anyway. Does scabious grow rather shrubby, or just lay rather low? I notice that others have used it as a cut flower too. When it was growing here, it id not get such good stems. It stayed low and floppy. That might have been because it was shaded for the afternoon.

    • Cathy says:

      This is an annual scabious Tony, so it doesn’t grow shrubby and is fairly erect

      • tonytomeo says:

        Well, that is what I mean. It grows more upright rather than . . . laying on the ground. Mine looked sort of like the sand verbena that grows flat on the beach. I did not think the spot was too shady, but it must have been if scabious is supposed to be more erect.

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