In a Vase on Monday: What Elegant Ladies are Wearing These Days

Just over 5 weeks ago I posted a Monday vase with the first tulips of the year, tulips I had noted down on planting as ‘Elegant Lady’ but could now see were something completely different. I remembered later that soon after planting I had removed the elegant ladies from two smaller tubs and replanted them in one big one, where they are just coming into bloom. With such elegant bodies and delicate white complexions with a hint of rouge, these ladies are clearly ready to dress up and hit the town.

Today they are wearing floaty green giwns of Lathyrus vernus ‘Alboroseus’, sprinkled with delicate pink, and bright accessories courtesy of Argyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink; clouds of sweet pea ‘Winter Sunshine’ perfume follow in their wake as they head off in the subtle peat coloured Caithness Glass vase to make their mark on society. I am sure they would be sporting a glittering brooch or necklace dripping with diamonds, given half a chance, but I am not a jewellery person and could only conjure up a simple Art Nouveau style brooch, sitting unused in a drawer for many years, to grace the occasion – sorry Ladies!

I will observe them from a discrete distance and report back on their behaviour!

Perhaps there are some pretty ladies in your garden that you would like to share with us today – if so, please leave the usual links to and from this post.

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43 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: What Elegant Ladies are Wearing These Days

  1. tonytomeo says:
    Goodness! While others are writing about the gowns, accessories and jewelry of elegant ladies, I write about a bad habit involving the cheap and trashy sort. Oh well. I do not intend to make a habit of this, and if I try again, I intend to get better pictures.

  2. Linda Casper says:

    A very elegant arrangement indeed. A quick dash in the garden produced this for my vase .

  3. Your green glass vase is so beautiful and perfect for the muted purples and pinks. The white tulips, so aloof looking as they decide when to deign us by opening, will be glorious!

    • Cathy says:

      Curiously the vase isn’t green , but brown (hence ‘peat’) – when I photographed it I thought it appeared green too! Also curiously, the tulips are opening in a deep cream colour, so must fade to white as they open as there is one outside fully open

  4. pbmgarden says:

    ‘Elegant Lady’ lives up to her name. I like the pinks in the vase reinforced by the green of the Lathyrus–all nicely done. Thanks for hosting us Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I too liked the freshness of the pinks against the soft green of the foliage and closed tulip buds (now beginning to open)

  5. Love the Grandaisy, that is new to me and the Elegant Ladies, what a wonderful name. I am the same with jewelry. Wish I could have a whiff of the vase. I tried Sweet Peas this winter and the nematodes ate them. My vase this week,

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  7. Annette says:

    Your charming description of those elegant ladies with their silken clothing and delicious perfume trailing behind them made me smile, Cathy. They’re gorgeous indeed and look splendid among their well chosen companions. Will the daisy continue to flower throughout summer? A true star reminding me of the South African wildflowers which also have such intriguing details. Here’s my somewhat wild(ish) contribution: Wishing you and the Golfer a good week xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – the blooms and text just came together when I came to prepare the vase. I buy the argyranthemum as plugs for planting in pots and it will indeed flower all summer if deadheaded and watered

  8. Noelle M says:

    You arrangement would make the prettiest of tussie mussies for any elegant lady, whether chaperoned or not. Did you grown the pretty Agyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink’ from seed? It matches the Lathyrus beautifully. Here is my addition to the tussie mussies today:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle – I didn’t think I would be able to create a vase with tulips and sweet peas together, but was pleased with how this worked out. The argyranthem came from plug plants but I might see how easy it is to grow from seed as I bought in quite a few for pots and it formed a big chunk of my bedding plant order!

  9. Kris P says:

    With or without jewelry, your ladies are elegant, Cathy. I love ‘Grandaisy Pink’. Her cousin ‘Grandaisy Yellow’ is in my garden now. This hybrid is new to me but I’ll be looking for it in different colors. As I rush off to the market, here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – I have just checked the catalogue I bought (as plugs) the argyranthemum from, and they sell them in bright yellow, re/orange and white, as well as the pink. I use them in pots and they will flower all summer, but as I write I am thinking I will add some to some of the borders where there are gaps…

  10. the running wave says:

    What a delightful and elegant vase Cathy! So summery, dainty and delicious! It’s rather nice to confine the selection to one colour and accompanying green. Fresh and lovely. Just back from our week on Colonsay so I have a meagre offering today but it’s there and hopefully next week I can find something rather more sumptuous! Amanda

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  12. Cathy says:

    What lovely imagery Cathy! I can imagine them going down to London for afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason, or perhaps Claridge’s! 😉 Gorgeous shades of pink and green. I am sharing some of my pretty ladies too today: Thanks as always! 😃

  13. Anna Higgins says:

    What fine ladies indeed Cathy and all most pretty in pink. I love your post title – it sounds like the header for a feature in the sort of magazine a Jane Austen heroine might have read. Your brooch is a most fitting and subtle companion your pick of flowers rather than any glittering and sparkly gems. I’m not one for wearing jewels either with the exception of earrings 😄 No vase from me today but I hope to be back with one next week.

  14. Eliza Waters says:

    The Argyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink’ is so striking, as is the whole arrangement. Thanks for sharing another beautiful bouquet you’ve created this week, Susie!

  15. Wow, very elegant, Cathy! The colors, the form, the vase…everything about it is perfect!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beth, it seemed quite a simple choice of material, but put together the results works better than I might have imagined

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