In a Vase on Monday: Countrystyle

Yet another vase idea has been hijacked before it could be carried out, kicked into touch by the bedding fuchsias lifted from a trough yesterday as part of a mammoth effort to get all my tulips planted regardless of the wet weather, a successful task well worth the resultant soaking!

The ‘bedding fuchsias’ were bought from Aldi earlier this year to provide an added variation to the pots and containers on the paved area, and I have often used them in this particular trough where they have generally made a reasonable impact – but not so this year. I think I have bought trailing varieties before whereas these were classed as upright; their undoing, however, was the mass of foliage which dominated the plants, all but covering any flowers. It is really only in the last few weeks that the flowers have become more visible, albeit still heavily shrouded in leaves and not at all numerous so, although I briefly considered overwintering them, their lack of impact sounded a death knell and instead I cut stems hosting a sprinkling of blooms and composted the rest.

Clutching the chosen few stems, I was motivated to add spikes of Salvia ‘Phyllis  Fancy’ to match the lavender pink of the fuchsia’s corolla and Persicaria ‘Inverleith’ to highlight the pinky red sepals. Looking at the overhead view I can now see how well the background of a handstitched quilt also supports the contents, although the quilt was actually chosen to tie in with the ‘country style’ thoughts I had about the posy whilst clutched in my hand on the way back to the house. In passing, I also added two scruffy plumes of Pennisetum villosum but decided their impact might be lost so cut stems of calamagrostis to join them in supporting the country look.

There was no dithering over vases this week, as I went straight for this glass vase in its custom-made wire basket which I knew would suit the image I had in my mind; not surprisingly, before the fuchsia stems could be placed in it they had to be heavily defoliated! Completing the rustic vase is this week’s prop, a ripe stem of barley, picked on one of our local walks – I love the whiskers!

Town or country, formal or informal, it doesn’t matter what style an IAVOM vase is, as long as you use material from your garden or foraged locally. There are no strict rules but the basic ethos is to bring the pleasures of your garden inside, and regular contributors will know it doesn’t even have to include a vase – it could be any container, or even none at all, as thinking out of the box is encouraged too. Just leave links to and from your post so we can share in the pleasure your contribution gives you.

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28 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Countrystyle

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Shame about those fuchsia’s, they seem such happy little souls!

  2. the running wave says:

    What a pretty collection, albeit not what you had in mind. I have rarely grown fuchsia – not sure why because they are delightful. I always point out fucshia flowers to my youngest grandchildren because they remind me of ballerinas! That always enchants the children! And I love the salvia! A lovely vase Cathy, and think of all those beautiful tulips we will be enjoying in your vases next year! Hooray! Have a good week. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      I did take pity on a sale table hardy fuchsia for a few years, until it wouldn’t stop growing so I pulled it out and gave it to a friend. I know some people keep the more tender ones from year to year but I don’t want the faff, to be honest! I know what you mean about ballerinas, and it was probably the first garden plant I encountered, in the scruffy back green behind my childhood home in Edinburgh… And yes, I was SO pleased to get the tulips dealt with!!

  3. pbmgarden says:

    The fushias have redeemed themselves in how well they suit your rustic posy. The basket works well too. Love the details of the barley. Hope you’ve had a good week. Thanks so much for hosting, Cathy. I returned to Ikebana inspired style this week.

    • Cathy says:

      Interestingly, the fuchsias had all dried up within 24 hours, so I shall remove them and pop something else in, like a single dahlia casualty. It has been such fun watching the progress of a field of barley this year on our walks, from ploughing and sowing to ripening and reaping

  4. The basket vase is intriguing and really neat! I love the overhead shot against the quilt – almost has a whirligig look to it!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chris – I think the vase probably came with a bulb growing in it one year, a birthday or Christmas present no doubt

  5. Noelle M says:

    That is a pretty good match: the quilt and the fuchsias, just about the same shade of lilac, which is also coming up as a background to this post! Is this a quilt you made? Here is my contribution:

    • Cathy says:

      I meant to credit you with thinking about putting fuchsias in a vase, Noelle – sorry 🙄 By the way, these have wilted in less than 24 hours – did you find that? Mind you, despite being bedding ones, the main stems were quite woody. Sadly no, I didn’t make the quilt, and quilting is still on my bucket list, for which I even bought a book on making miniature quilts!! I have a small collection of vintage quilts

  6. Kris P says:

    The fuchsias may have been disappointing in their bed but they do your vase proud, Cathy. The quilt makes a perfect complement too. I’m afraid I went overboard again as the dahlias and zinnias are mostly finishing their run here:

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  8. Annette says:

    A pretty mix of textures and colours, Cathy, and well photographed. I have hardy fuchsias in pots which are outside all year. The other day I moved one as it didn’t receive enough sun anymore and where its branches touched the ground it has rooted so now I’ve a new plant in the border. 🙂 Here’s my vase: Have a good week xx

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, hardy fuchsias are such good do-ers, aren’t they, where you have the space.

      • Annette says:

        Cathy, your nice comment got deleted on my blog, don’t know why. Just wanted to say thanks. I’m very touched that so many people I don not even know sympathize. So much suffering out there at the moment and it will get worse in the months to come no doubt. Saw a video recently of what become of London…this still follows me in my dreams, horrible. Let’s hope that we can hold on to our little paradises for another while. Love to you both xx

  9. Anna says:

    Well done on the tulip planting Cathy. I like your country vase especially the fuchsias and the salvia. A shame that those fuchsias didn’t perform as well as you hoped as the flower is most pretty. I wonder if ‘Phyllis’ might feature on your plant sales table on your next open day – if so please will you put my name down against one 😄 My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      I was so pleased to get the tulips dealt with, although with them all going in pots it doesn’t actually take very long, even though there are a lot of them! Phyllis will definitely be on a plant stall next year assuming we open at some stage. Her downside she is not reliably hardy so I now lift her each year, but cuttings grow and flower readily in one season – and she is a late flowerer too. If you made it here in February she won’t be on the plant stall but will be lurking and available for you 😉

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  11. Cathy says:

    Everything has come together so beautifully Cathy. 😃 I love the pinks and mauves with the pink background. So impressed with the Salvia too. Love it!
    Here is my vase for today. Glad to be back after missing a week. 😃

  12. Very nice! Aren’t Fuchsias the best? And the other plants you included are fabulous, too. This is a really great meme, and I’m hoping to join in more in the months ahead. Thanks for hosting. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Personally I am not a huge fuchsia fan Beth! Glad to read that you are enjoying the meme and that you would like to share vases with us – occasionally or regularly you would always be welcome

  13. Cathy says:

    Entranced by that handstitched quilt, Cathy, as much as by the vase. Did you create it? And, my goodness, there seem to be more Salvia varieties every day. A lovely, warming vase.

    • Cathy says:

      No, sadly the quilt is not one I made although I do hope to create even a tiny quilted item some day! Phyllis is so late flowering and really needs a big clump to make an impact, but she is still pretty

  14. tonytomeo says:

    That is unfortunate about the fuchsias. I would tend to leave them in the garden, even if unsatisfactory. (They do not get overwintered here.)

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