In a Vase on Monday: Confection

Today’s vase is Unashamedly Pink: pink Dahlia ‘Dorothy Rose’, ‘Pink Sundae’ clary sage, Limonium ‘Rose Light’, Helichrysum ‘Silvery Rose’, Achillea ‘Cerise Queen’and Persicaria ‘Pink Elephant’, all pink by name or nature, along with pinky-red stems of a heuchera and a head of on-the-turn self-seeded Bupleurum rotundifolium. Destined as a birthday posy for a friend, the blooms were tied with pink string and temporarily displayed in a pink Caithness Glass vase with a disgusting looking bit of confectionery (happily consumed by the golfer) as a prop.

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43 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Confection

  1. Sharon says:

    Happy birthday to your friend, Iโ€™m sure sheโ€™ll love that posy. Here is my vase

  2. pbmgarden says:

    So lovely Cathy! Lucky friend. Your dahlias are looking quite healthy and beautiful. Great you found so many shades of pink and textures. Have a good week and thanks for hosting.

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  3. I love the pink! And I think I’d love the nougat! And we have the same straw flower!!

  4. Noelle M says:

    I can just imagine the grin on your friend’s face as you give her this lovely posy of flowers. The seed heads of Bupleurum rotundifolium are particularly interesting. Thanks for hosting us all Cathy. Here is my first vase of August.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, she was pleased, Noelle. The bupleurum is really useful in vases and it gently self seeds – I haven’t actually sown it for a few years, but am perhaps a bit compacent about it reappearing each year!

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  6. Cathy says:

    You have some delightful shades of pink there, and such variety. I love the pink sage. I am growing a different kind of everlasting flower this year (Xeranthemum), but Silvery Rose is one I will grow again. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ My vase is a completely different colour scheme. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I love anything pink and this is no exception. Your dahlias are looking beautiful! After three years of massive failures with dahlias for various reasons, this year they are starting to bloom and I am excited! ๐Ÿ™‚ Another thing that is growing profusely are the roses, which I used for todayโ€™s vase.

    Thank you for always being a charming host, Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh I am so pleased things are looking up for your dahlias and I really happy they do you proud this year. My roses are having a break for a few weeks so I am looking forward to seeing yours!

  8. This is truly pretty in pink. The textures and contrasts within the same color range are wonderful. The nougat I am not so sure about. Happy Monday and thank you for hosting.

  9. Hello Cathy, it’s been a while but, as you probably know, it’s been a bad year here and the garden has been through necessity left to it’s own devices.I can report that it really doesn’t take long for a garden to become overgrown and out of control. Still, I keep trying and I have more recently been able to start picking flowers and fill vases again. The house looked too sad for too long without them. This week’s vase is here:

    • Goodness, I’ve only just realised that I said nothing about your pretty pink posy. I reckon your friend must have loved it and I hope she had a lovely birthday. I particularly like the pink clary. I’m listening to Monty Don’s latest book, My Garden World, and he’s just been waxing lyrical about wild clary. If I ever get my borders knocked into shape again, I hope to grow some clary next year.

      • Cathy says:

        A wild clary, I am not sure I new about this. It is such an easy and relaible annual to grow and I have it in 3 separate colours. It has been invaluable in posies

    • Cathy says:

      Oh hello Elizabeth and welcome back! I am so sorry it has proved to be a particularly difficult year for you and I hope you and your family are through the worst of it now. You must be pleased to be able to get out and try to enjoy your garden again, as well as being able to pick blooms to bring inside

  10. Kris P says:

    I’m envious of your dahlias, although I finally have some big, fat buds on mine. I hope your friend enjoyed her birthday confection as much as the Golfer enjoyed his treat. Thanks for hosting and here’s my post:

  11. Anna says:

    Your friend must have been delighted with your beautiful birthday floral offering Cathy. Am I right in thinking that you grew that most pretty ‘Dorothy Rose’ dahlia last year? The helychrisyum is most aptly named and really lights up your posy. The Golfer must have a very sweet tooth ๐Ÿ˜„ Only the one flower in my vase today but it was most special to me :

    • Cathy says:

      I think she was, Anna. Yes, I have had Dorothy Rose for about 3 years now, my favourite along with the purple Top Totty ps I waved at you today as we passed near Runcorn on the M6 on the way back from my Mum’s… ๐Ÿ˜

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  13. Luscious colours. Here is my Monday Vase:

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  14. Lovely. I really do enjoy Dahlias. Mine are taking their time again (partial shade conditions), but I’ll continue to plant them every year. Sometimes they surprise me with their splendor. Maybe someday I’ll have a sunnier garden. Your arrangement is gorgeous, as always.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beth, and its intriguing to know you keep persisting with yours despite the difficulties. Is there a different part of the garden you could plant them in, or a pot you could move round as the sun does?

  15. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, that’s a lot of . . . pink. I mean, that is PINK! . . . unless it also includes some of those fancier shades of pink with fancy names. Do you know perennial pea (or everlasting pea)? Would you say that it is pink or magenta?

    • Cathy says:

      Well yes, I would say the perennial pea is magenta, which I would also say was a shade of pink!! ๐Ÿ˜

      • tonytomeo says:

        Okay; that is one of those mysterious colors that guys do not perceive well. I think of magenta as the color of ‘Barbara Karst’ bougainvillea.

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  17. Cath says:

    I love the pink Dahlia and the everlasting, and the pink elephant is so cute! I don’t think I have tried using a persecaria in a vase, although I love it in the garden. Here is my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      The taller pericaria look so striking in a vase, but this was the first time I have used this variety – I love the way the blooms are so wayward!

  18. Cathy your friend must be delighted with her birthday present in the form of this lovely bouquet. Pink dahlias are spectacular, I love them. Helichrysum is divine as is sage. I love all the pink flowers in your bouquet, they are wonderful, like the magnificent bouquet they form: it is fabulous, beautiful, wonderful. Cathy I have not written in so long on your blogs because I have had an attack in the lumbar area for more than a week where I have herniated discs, which has left me in bed due to pain in my legs, groin, lower back, waist, back and neck. Without being able to sit down. Now I’m a little better, but my back hurts when I write. This time she hit me hard. It was to gain weight: cleaning the terrace, I took some 50 l bags of earth and raised them to the height of the railing to clean the soot, as well as some clay pots. I went down to the street and when I went upstairs my back began to hurt: in the afternoon I could no longer move from the pain. I hope you and the golfer are in good health. Take good care of both of you. Enjoy your wonderful garden. I wish you all the best. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Margarita, I am sorry about your back pain, espcially as you were being so careful not to overdo things. Do you have any frineds or other family locally who could help you out?

      • Cathy thank you so much for your kind words. I have my sister 5 minutes away by car, but she is teleworking and also she has surgery on her right elbow for tenditis and when she finishes working she has to put her arm to rest on pillows because she swells it up. And her husband, my brother-in-law, who is a charming person and very helpful, has three titanium neck vertebrae and cannot make any effort. We are all for the disposal !!! My brother, who is currently saved, lives on the Mediterranean coast. But we cope well between my mother and me. We make a good team. What happens is that I don’t have to do stupid things like lifting weights because I know what happens to me later. And every day it gets worse. But that’s how I am !! And you have to live life as it presents itself. Cathy you are a friend. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

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