My intention for today’s vase was to deliberately look for more ‘also-rans’, things that haven’t yet featured in a Monday vase this year. From an earlier ramble I had been struck by the mass of blooms on this ‘Nathalie Nypels’ rose and wondered about including it as a second vase, an extra to the main one; no further inspiration was forthcoming, however, and the understudy became the star.
‘Nathalie Nypels’ is a dwarf polyantha rose, with slightly larger flowers than the average polyantha and a sweet fragrance of medium strength (not noticeable in a cool October), growing to about 2 ft, and has been around since 1879. I have six of them in a bed under the clematis colonnade, where they should eventually merge together to give the appearance of one dense shrub. Quite possibly they are now flowering better than at any time earlier in the season. Joining them are a few sprigs of Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ with its glorious dark pinky-red foliage and teeny white flowers. From my original plant, probably bought in 2003 when I first developed the woodland edge border where it lives, I have taken numerous cuttings over the years, many of which have been taken or sent to blogging friends and it always a delight to see it pop up in one of their vases.
I then dithered over both vase and props, rejecting a rose bowl (too shallow) and a clear glass vase (too clear) before finally settling on a plain white pottery jug, possibly produced in anticipation of the addition of blue stripes, as suggested by the incisions around it. An appropriate prop was even harder to choose but I was thinking along the lines of hints or memories of summer and half-heartedly ended up with this tiny teacup, decorated with pink roses, which at least complimented the bigger jug if nothing else.
It was as I began to write the title of the post that a ‘sip of summer’ popped into my head, which I liked for its alliteration and the implied suggestion that the jug could pour the roses into the little cup from which we could then sip…or something like that!
Like many others, I always look forward to Monday and seeing the variety of vases posted by our blogging community – what will you find in your garden today to pop in a vase and share with us? If you leave the usual links to and from this post we will easily be able to find it.