In a Vase on Monday: the Spanner in the Billiard Room

Beginning to pick blooms for today’s vase, I was struck with their sheer redness, especially Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, which somehow brought to mind Miss Scarlett from the board game Cluedo, hence the additional props of the spanner and the billiard room (although thankfully no actual murder was committed).

Joining the Bishop and Miss Scarlett are Dahlia ‘Geoffrey Kent’, a clutch of vibrant red zinnias from ‘Giant Dahlia Mix’, Scabious ‘Black Knight’, Persicaria ‘Fat Domino’ and Oreganum ‘Rosenkuppel’. I had hopes of a classical arrangement rather than my usual ‘pick and plonk’ attempts but after failing to make an even half-satisfactory start I abandoned the idea and instead collected the blooms into a posy, tied it with string and splayed the stems out before placing the result in the rose bowl, surrounding it with ever-useful little pebbles to hold it in place. Not quite what I had in mind, but a tolerable result.

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39 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: the Spanner in the Billiard Room

  1. Very dark and dramatic, Cathy… the colour of blood gave me a shiver…

  2. Beautiful reds – I purposefully chose annual varieties for this year’s garden, next I’ll have to choose more specific colours as well. I’m hard pressed to find any reds in the garden at the moment. Interesting to hear that you tied the stems together first, then splayed them and put them in the bowl…

    • Cathy says:

      I haven’t enough reds either, Chris, and perhaps specifically searching for red annuals would be a worthwhile exercise

  3. Rich scarlet beauties. With a spanner! Wonderful, love the Dahlias – I am jealous of the Dahlias always and love to see them. I have some reds today as well and a similar arrangement tale.

    • Cathy says:

      Not enough reds in the garden, Amy, although I am thrilled with the red zinnias – well, all my xinnias really!

      • Do you find the reds difficult to photograph – some of the more burgundy toned ones never look right in a photo to me. I am thrilled with your Zinnias, too. Mine always look dwarfed.

        • Cathy says:

          Yes, reds can be difficult but when I looked back at those in the post they are reasobably accurate this time, although Bishop of Llandaff is also more vibrant for real. And looking at the deep red of the zinnia I can see I will need to try and seek out seeds in that colour specifically… Overall, the zinnias look so exotic, belying their relative easiness to grow – but I would avoid any labelled as ‘dwarf’!

  4. Kris P says:

    I love all the deep reds – and your ability to pull fanciful blog titles out of the air! Not to speak of your vast collection of suitable props…My first dahlia flowers are now beginning to unfurl but not soon enough to make the cut for this week’s post. Here it is:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Suzie – I was pretty sure we still had Cleudo somewhere in the house but I had to move quite a few things to get to it… the player’s notes suggest it was last played when my girls were in their mid teens, so that means more than 20 years ago! What a long waiting game you have had for your dahlias…

  5. the running wave says:

    I think Miss Scarlett would feel very much at home amongst all these scarlet beauties!! Very dramatic and a tad sinister I guess! Red is such a statement even in flower form! I love your vase! Nothing again from me. I can’t seem to get my act together to find material for a vase, and tussle with WordPress, but I am enjoying everyone else’s vases and maybe once the autumn comes and there is less excuse to be outside I can sit down for longer and work it all out! Sorry! Best wishes to you Cathy. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      I hadn’t thought of it being at all sinister, despite the Cleudo link, but looking at the vase now after several people have said similar things I can see that this is the case, especially with the addition of the scabious. Hope you are feeling very much more at home in your new house now and have found a home for the contents of all your boxes – and thank you for continuing to visit IAVOM even when not sharing your own vases

      • the running wave says:

        Thank you Cathy. I am nearly there with getting the house sorted, but with no thanks to various carpenters/joiners who have let me down in my attempts to get a good strong shelf made for the kitchen, to put all my favourite pots, bowls, etc on. You would never believe it could be so hard to get a SHELF put up! All the trades are so busy that a simple little job just doesn’t interest them! They come and measure and say they will give me a price and then nothing! Sent my blood pressure through the roof with frustration! Anyway, the infant garden is coming on and there is much solace there! A

        • Cathy says:

          It is such an opportunity for an odd-job person to mop up these little jobs, if you can find someone you know is reliable as they don’t need to actually be a carpenter or joiner…the Golfer has done lots of these tasks in the past but it’s a bit far for him to go for this one! Glad your garden is coming along

  6. bcparkison says:

    Pretty…and you come up with the cutest props.Smart.

  7. pbmgarden says:

    You’ve outdone yourself Cathy. The rich reds are just fabulous and you’ve arranged them in a lovely way. Thanks for hosting this delightful Monday experience.

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks, Susie – I was thinking of the kind of arrangement which you do so well but just didn’t manage it, although more blooms might have helped

  8. Anna says:

    Oh beautiful rich and sultry colours in your vase Cathy and the prefect contrast to the black playing cards. Your end result looks arranged not plonked to my eyes. Miss Scarlett is very much the femme fatale and very suspect I think. No vase from me today – on a mission to fill the green waste bin before collection tomorrow morning and then the heavens opened …. yet again!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna. I never trusted Professor Plum , personally….๐Ÿ˜‰ I know just what you mean about trying to fill your green bin – it might sound a tad stupid, but it seems an opportunity wasted otherwise, and perhaps even more so in the winter when we have a gap of about 6 weeks with no collection! Curiously very little rain here, despite forecasts – just the odd short misty shower

  9. Cathy I love the red colors of all your fabulous flowers: they make a magnificent, wonderful vase. I love all the flowers, but especially the dahlias, the zinnias and the scabiosa are divine, spectacular. Miss Scarlett does must be delighted with her color. What fond memories the board game Cluedo brings me: how much I liked playing it. Cathy how clever you are to link the blog title with the flower vase thanks to Miss Scarlett and the Billard Room and the wrench from the Cluedo game: I love it. Cathy have a wonderful week. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you so much Margarita – I thought of Cleudo straight away but wasn’t absolutely sue if we still had the game here. Best wishes to you and your mother too

      • Cathy thank you very much for keeping my Mother in mind and for everything. I must have my Cluedo in the storage room, I guess! I haven’t played him in many years but it was a lot of fun. All the best for the golfer and for you. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  10. Sharon says:

    I had the red bishop dahlia but it seems to have not survived a second winter in the raised bed. Single colour arrangements work so well. I do feel your pain of vision vs reality – this week’s vase was rearranged three times and I’m still twitching it.

    • Cathy says:

      What a shame about your Bishop – will you replace him? I had him a few years ago and lost him, but replaced him last year whn I remembered how vibrantly scarlet he was (in hindsight I could have construed a whole story about him and Miss Scarlet!). I wonder if you are still twitchy about your own vase now – I look at mine and if I hadn’t tied my stems together I cut cut the sprig of oreganum on the left a little shorter… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. Cathy says:

    Wonderful rich colours Cathy. At first glance I thought you had blackberries in it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But they were that lovely Scabious. I had no idea what the title referred to until reading on, as I have never played Cluedoโ€ฆ I’m a bit late with my link, but made it before midnight UK time at least! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – the scabious is SO late this year and is only just flowering, as Monty’s was in last week’s GW. I thought it was the setback of my poor compost when I sowed seeds, but perhaps it is weather related after all. Sorry (?) to learn that playing Cleudo has not been amongst your life experiences, but perhaps you have still been aware of the concept – or would you like me to explain it…?!! ๐Ÿ˜

  13. tonytomeo says:

    Ornamental oregano? Very interesting. How is the flavor?

  14. Wow, I’d say much more beautiful than “tolerable.” The scarlet color is so dramatic!

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Beth – I kept cutting the stems shorter and looking at it now I think once I put them together as a posy I could probably have got away with longer stems and a taller vase, but never mind, there will be other weeks…! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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