In a Vase on Monday: a Little Sip of Summer

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.

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51 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: a Little Sip of Summer

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  2. Cathy says:

    A sweet rose and a lovely title, bringing to mind some rose-flavoured tea I had some years ago from one of the German tea shops. 😃 Here is my little vase for today. Thanks as always Cathy. xx

  3. pbmgarden says:

    A graceful and distinctive rose with elegant presentation to match. Lovely in its simplicity. I like your goal to highlight also-rans, but this week from me, more dahlias. Thanks for hosting Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie, the heads were laden with blooms and I am pleased I made the decision to cut them. In the meantime I will keep standing and admiring my dahlias!!

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  5. FlowerLady says:

    What a lovely little rose! Very nice presentation also. Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

  6. Pretty in pink and how wonderful to have roses in October. Is that similar to The Fairy? I am imagining a mass beneath Clematis will look wonderful. Keep taking those little sips of summer! Here is my taste of fall

  7. Noelle M says:

    I can just imagine what that grouping of roses will look like…stunning. I have one of those little jugs for milk, the blue striped jugs don’t have the indentations. I think Mr S would like that rose, so I have added it to the list! Here is my contribution:

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  9. Annette says:

    This is a delightful rose, Cathy, I’ve never heard of it and Red Dragon with its dark foliage sets the flowers off perfectly. I see it also took two for you today and I’m pleased to add mine:
    Wishing you both a sunny week xx

  10. Meg says:

    They look so pretty in the mugs – great pictures!

  11. What a beautiful mass of pink! They look perfect in the jug. I’m a bit peeved that my roses are doing so well now also, sending out more shoots and flowers than June to August combined!

  12. the running wave says:

    That is just delicious, delightful and delectable! I love it! I am sorry not to have a vase to show today (other than on Instagram – a dahlia, autumnal peony leaf and some nepeta – pretty basic but colourful!) but I still have fathomed the setting up of a new blog on WordPress! I am really not techy and wracking my brains to think of someone nearby who might be able to help me! One day! Lovely vase Cathy! It’s cheered me up no end. Thank you. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Sorry you are still having blog issues, Amanda. When I started (2012) it was fairly easy to sort out the basics, and I bought a copy of SAMS Teach Yourself WordPress 3 in 10 Minutes, which helped explain other niceties, although some of it may be out of date now as WP have recently introduced a new editor

      • the running wave says:

        I will get there in the end Cathy! Where there’s a will there’s a way! I take photographs all the time and have just got a new camera for my birthday back in the summer, and as I set up the blog as a vehicle for my photos, I am not giving up now!! Have a good week. A

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  14. Sam says:

    That’s such a pretty rose, Cathy. I managed to cobble together a jug of flowers this weekend ( so it’s lovely to be able to join in today. I hope you are keeping well. Sam x

  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Sweet little rose! I like the title, as I relish every last ‘sip of summer’ as we head into dormancy here.
    My vase this week is another throwback to our pre-frost days:

    • Cathy says:

      Dormancy comes fairly early for you then Eliza…? Hope you find lots of sips of summer before it happens for you

      • Eliza Waters says:

        November is the drabbest month in the whole year, brown and gray. In a few weeks, those are the only colors we’ll see, aside from the evergreens, of course.

        • Cathy says:

          And will you always expect snow at some stage?

          • Eliza Waters says:

            We can get snow flurries any time now if conditions are right, but it won’t stick around until the ground freezes about mid-Dec. After that, the storms will accumulate, the biggest ones generally early Jan. through mid-March. We’ve even had big storms in April and one year we got a foot around the 10th of May, but thankfully, those are rare! Winter is quite long here. 😦

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  17. bcparkison says:

    Especially pretty when the world is full of harsh fall colors.

  18. krispeterson100 says:

    I’d adore having a vigorous low-growing rose like that in my garden. Roses in general don’t do well for me but then I expect they don’t care for low-water diets. We had a very brief flirtation with fall here for several days but summer is roaring back with yet another heatwave this week. I cut every dahlia worth cutting:

    As always, thanks for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      There are different roses in the other 3 beds under the clematis colonnade, and I have just added a ground cover rose by the streamside, whch I think will work well there

  19. Anna says:

    A most dainty rose Cathy and the persicaria is an excellent companion. I wonder who Natalie was – a ballerina comes to mind. I have a similar teacup. I’m taking a raincheck on putting a vase together today. Rain has inconsiderately stopped play after a beautiful day yesterday.

    • Cathy says:

      Yesterday was beautiful here too, Anna, and I had a completely ‘free’ day to enjoy it, so there was a lot of gardening done as well as a walk. Hope you get a break from the rain later in the week. I agree that Nathalie could have been a ballerina – too demure to have a saucy reputation of any sort!

  20. That’s a beautiful rose! It’s so heartening to see roses still blooming around the neighborhood, even though we’ve had a few nights of flirting with frost. Some of my roses bloomed twice this growing season, but they’re long finished blooming now.

  21. So pretty. We had such a glorious Summer, it is lovely to think of being able to take a Sip of Summer – if only it could be bottled. I did post yesterday but forgot to leave a link, here it is – hopefully better late …etc :

  22. Cathy the white jug filled with those divine pink “Nathalie Nypels” roses with the twigs of Persicaria “Red Dragon” with their dark pinkish-red leaves and white flowers, it is an arrangement that I love, divine, magnificent. The accessory, that little white teacup with little pink roses in lovely, I love it. And with its divine pink rose, its “sip”, I love it. In a wonderful set. Keep you and the golfer safe and sound. Take care of both of you a lot. Have a nice week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita x😀🌼

    • Cathy says:

      It has been such a pleasure looking at a jug of roses in mid October, Margarita

      • Cathy a pleasure for all the senses. I miss so much not being able to go to my country house this year: your garden will be all dry and all the plants dry with the heat that has been this Summer and that nothing has rained. My precious yellow roses open all dried, with the wonderful perfume they had. Cathy is sorry for my complaints, but I needed to tell someone who would understand. Thank you so much for everything. Enjoy your garden. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita x

        • Cathy says:

          Yes, it must be very frustrating having 2 homes and gardens but not being able to visit them both. Some of our neighbours have a house in France but try to grow drought tolerant things there – another neighbour waters their UK plants and cuts the grass when they are away!

          • I only have one garden in the country house. The Madrid house is a flat with a terrace but no garden. Cathy, you are absolutely right that it is frustrating to know that my garden at the country house has dried up after being this summer without going and with the heat that has been. I have drip irrigation on to water the entire garden, but I have to remove the timers from the faucets that control drip irrigation before the frosts start and put them in the house. Cut the water from inside the house from the pipe that feeds the 4 outside taps where the timers go and drain the pipe keeping the taps open for a few hours. Then I cover the faucets with thermal bags and also the drip irrigation pipes that are left hanging and were hooked on the timers with thermal bags and that do not rub the ground. You have to do it because in winter there are frosts down to -10ºC and snowfall. The normal thing is to be every day from -3ºC to -5ºC at night and many times also during the day. The only neighbor with whom I have confidence to give her a key does not know how to use drip irrigation: I tried to show her a super simple drip irrigation installation with a single tenporizer and a single pipe for her garden and she did not know. So next year if I can go for the Covid and for my dear Mother’s doctors, I will find a dry garden and I will have to start over. If the lavenders, rosemary and Parthenocissus quinquefolia are still alive, I will plant them again. Cathy take good care of you and the golfer and stay safe, as Covid cases are increasing a lot in the UK. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita x

          • Cathy says:

            And trying to maintain a garden that you are not able to see is such a sad thing – when were you last there, Margarita?

  23. tonytomeo says:

    That is such a distinguished rose. I still prefer the hybrid teas that seem to be so unpopular nowadays, and I still dislike many of the modern cultivars, but the old roses are rad!

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