Ina Vase on Monday: Home Fires

Today’s vase contains a number of yesterday’s firsts – the unnamed dahlia, the three calendula varieties (Indian Prince, Sunset Buff and Snow Princess) – and Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’, another photographed but unused first, Euphorbia oblongata and a temporarily russet fern. Glowing like the home fires we are encouraged to keep burning, they called out for an appropriate prop and this vintage crested (‘Sheffield’) Carlton Ware pottery souvenir in the form of a kitchen ‘range’ fitted the bill perfectly. The Caithness Glass vase with its simple orange and yellow swirls seemed to lose its impact, however, when filled with stems.

As well as this fiery bunch, I cut cornflower and sweet peas yesterday for two separate posies, so I guess this is the start of months of opportunity in the cutting beds, supported by the bounty of the rest of a summer garden. How lucky I am to have these resources, and how lovely it is to be able to share them, whether in the form of posies or opening the garden to visitors.

If you have resources in your own garden or garnered nearby, whether minimal or abundant, that you would like to pop in a vase or jam jar and share with the wider IAVOM community, then please leave links to and from this post.

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25 Responses to Ina Vase on Monday: Home Fires

  1. Noelle M says:

    What a tiny piece of special pottery. I wonder when it was made, do you know? Those Calendula are a lovely shade and go so well with the Alstromeria. Is it by some form of telepathy that I can up with a fiery theme?

    • Cathy says:

      I meant to post a link – souvenirs like these were around from mid Victorian times (once the railways opened up the UK to ‘the masses’) until WW2. Yes, telepathy, why not!

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    It’s a nice array of your new blooms, Cathy! We’ve all had to stoke those home fires the past year! I like the dahlia and calendula combo especially. Is calendula difficult to grow?

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  4. Cathy says:

    A wonderful selection of summery fiery colours. I really like the calendula. Must grow some again next year. Your miniature range is sweet too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here is my vase for today. Thanks Cathy, and have a wonderful week in your garden!

    • Cathy says:

      How bizzare – you posted early and I still managed to miss it… so sorry…๐Ÿ™„ I have learned to love calendula in recent years

  5. I think you have inspired me to try Calendulas again, the ones I had looked a little too much like Dandelions (and got leaf miners) Those are so pretty and again it is about the variety! It is wonderful to be out and about and leave the home fires for a bit.

  6. Kris P says:

    I love the color combination of course. Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ is a gem and perhaps one of the few perennial plants we share. The Calendula seeds I sowed this year made a poor showing but I’ll be trying them again as they’ve become one of my favorite annuals. Thanks for hosting, Cathy, and here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      I did briefly have Indian Summer before but somehow neglected it, so I shall not let that happen again! It was recently described here a s a plant you would give more than 10 out of 10, and I look forward to using it in many more vases this summer, Indian or not! It’s interesting that it is one of the few perennial plants we share

  7. Anna says:

    Oh I like those warm glowing colours Cathy and the little range complete with the sentiment at their feet. A beautiful elegant dahlia. I have not sown any calendula ‘Snow Princess’ this year but do have some end of May sown calendula ‘Sunset Buff’ coming on nicely. I’ve never tried to grow alstroemeria. Must give them a whirl! My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna. Sunset Buff is new to me this year and I am enjoying her company already. This alstroemeria is highly recommended by all and sundry and I trust it will live up to its reputation ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. Wow, this feels almost like an autumn vase, certainly colour-wise and, I suppose, with the ‘home fires’ theme. I love Alstroemeria โ€˜Indian Summerโ€™ and it flowers forever. I had a go growing Calendula ‘Sunset Buff’ last year and was v. pleased with its performance, so I hope you will be too. Nice to see that fern in your arrangement. I always forget that they look great in vases!
    Here are my peonies:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I suppose it is a bit unusual for an early summer vase, but the calendula were the first things to flower in the cutting beds and don’t seem to have been delayed like many other things

  10. Fun, fun! I like the idea of gathering “firsts” for an arrangement. I might have to borrow that idea one of these days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Eliza Waters says:

    I love that calendula – such a beautiful colour!

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Alstroemeria has certainly become popular, even if the tall sorts that are so good for cutting are still difficult to obtain. I can remember when they were considered to be new and ‘exotic’ (as in unusual). In the summer of 1986, I worked on a farm that grew them as a cut flower crop.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes a lot of them are much shorter, but I believe there a number in this ‘Summer’ series which are also ‘good doers’

      • tonytomeo says:

        Not only are they short, but their stems and leaves are more succulent and easily damaged. They look weird to me. Is the ‘Summer’ series more like the lanky cut flower types. Is ‘Indian Summer’ in that group? Although I am not so keen on the foliar color, the plant seems to be a good compromise, with reasonably tall stems for cutting, but a relatively dense and mounding form that looks good in the garden.

        • Cathy says:

          Yes, the stems of I Summer are a bit floppy and mine certainly needs support but now that it is at its full height it seems sturdier

          • tonytomeo says:

            Well, that is normal for the cut flower types. They get taller than they can support, although the stems are good for cutting. They tend to flop from the base while the rest of the stem remains intact. Bedding types have stouter stems, but . . . .just to not look the same. There are some that are somewhere in between.

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