In a Vase on Monday: Sweet

Welcome to In a Vase on Monday, the Monday meme where for nearly eight years we have been finding material from our gardens or foraged nearby to pop into a vase or other receptacle (or no receptacle at all) and bring the pleasure they give into our homes. This eighth anniversary will be recognised on 8th November so watch out for a challenge for our vases that day and a giveaway for one visitor to the blog.

Today’s vase again spurned the more obvious dahlias, as I sought out some unlikelier contents, something a little different. Verbena bonariensis was my original starting point, for the sole reason that this one particular plant was just too tall for my liking, and these trimmings were quickly joined by a few stems from nearby small shrub rose ‘Nathalie Nypels’, from the beds below the clematis colonnade, currently exhibiting a renewed flush of blooms. Added to this and giving structure were spent flower stems of Salvia ‘Purple Rain’ and, just ‘because’, the skeletal flowerhead of the unexpectedly blooming seed-sown white agapanthus. Finishing this ‘sweetly soft’ confection were some of the last Argyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink’ and a number of fluffy stems of Pennisetum villosum, grown from seed but still in pots which I must remember to return to the greenhouse before they succumb to any winter frosts.

The Golfer’s current stock of sweets only included mint imperials (albeit full of sugar, but tasting more minty than sweet) and an empty tub (several empty tubs, if one is honest, as they are on offer in Aldi) of Cadbury’s Celebrations, so my sweet prop today is a little drum of sweeteners. Perhaps by joining in today with your own vase you could ‘enjoy great tasting sweetness’ from the pleasure your vase brings you over the coming days? Just leave the usual links if you would like us to share in that pleasure.

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27 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Sweet

  1. pbmgarden says:

    A sweet charmer of a vase, Cathy, with the delicate-looking rose ‘Nathalie Nypels’. Nice selection of accompaniments. My husband has a sweet tooth also. Looking forward to seeing what your challenge will be.

    In A Vase On Monday – Zinnias And Zest

  2. Sweet little roses for the end of October. I like the color combination. I thought of you while making sweets this week – wishing for a mini spatula while frosting chocolate cupcakes!

  3. Noelle M says:

    Indded a sweet arrangment, and should the golfer see this, he may well feel that he needs to keep good stocks up just in case the lady needs them! Here is my contribution this week.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle – and I am sure another tub of Celebrations will appear in our shopping trolley later this week! I can’t believe how he can get through most a tub in no time… 😉

  4. Kris P says:

    Lovely pink roses, Cathy. We usually see some roses pop up here as part of our “second spring” but they’re mostly absent this year. Of course, they made a poor showing earlier this year as well. Roses, it seem, like water. I wish my Verbena looked as good as yours too – it doesn’t seem to last long here for some reason I’ve yet to fathom. I still have dahlias, though:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – this flush or soses was a real surprise – as is the verbena really, as it is the first time I have had anything resembling a decent plant of it! I am befginning to find seedlings of it now too, which is good, as it is a short lived perennial here

  5. Anna says:

    Oh that’s a pretty collection of flowers, flower heads and fluffiness Cathy. ‘Natalie Nypels’ looks like a most dainty creature. I wonder who she was. My vase this week also has a rose in it but perhaps a shorter and smaller cousin to your lovely lady :

  6. Sweet and lovely “Nathalie Nypels” roses are as sweet and divine as your vase – I love them. Salvia “Purple Rain” I love its color and shape. I love the color palette and all the flowers in your gorgeous and wonderful vase. Cathy your vase is sweet as sweet is the sweetener that you have accessory: I love it. Cathy take good care of yourself and the golfer. Have a happy week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Margarita – I was pleased with the overall effect of Monday’s blooms

      • Cathy more than pleased me, I loved the overall effect of the flowers. Cathy, sorry: once I published my opinion I realized that I had missed congratulating you because it will be 8 years since “In a Vase on Monday” on November 8. I am a great clueless. Mondays would be very sad without your magnificent bouquets of flowers and your intelligent words from the blog “In a Vase on Monday”, in addition to the other bouquets that can be admired in the links of your followers. Congratulations on him. Let it continue for another 8 years at least. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  7. Hi Cathy, I thought I’d surprise you today even if it’s late. I love your pretty and delicate arrangement this week. It’s a refreshing change from the usual bold and bright colours of autumn. Eight years is quite an achievement. I think I must have started participating quit soon afterwards. There’s mostly beautiful foliage in my garden at the moment, including my wee Amelanchier, but I did find a few late roses. Here’s the link:

    • Cathy says:

      And it’s a nice surprise to hear from you – hope you are continuing to improve. I find the vase refreshing to look at, I must admit, so I was pleased I avoided the dahlias this week

  8. the running wave says:

    Dainty! Adorable – pretty in pink! What an adorable vase and I feel it is probably summer’s last hoorah from you lovely garden Cathy? No vase from me today I’m afraid! Sorry! I do have a few bits and pieces still flowering from the last few months but I just didn’t get out there to pick them and put in a vase. Next week! Thank you for these little ladies though – delightful. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the roses were a nice surprise, and too retty not to use in a vase – and the verbena looks so much better cut short for a vase than at the top of a spindly stem!!

  9. Definitely sweet, and lovely, as always. I hope I can join in on the 8th. Happy Anniversary! This is one of my favorite memes–both to participate and to view the entries. 🙂

  10. smallsunnygarden says:

    Your posy should satisfy a sweet tooth, Cathy; I love all the froth and sugar in this combination. I had no idea that spent Salvia stems could be so decorative.
    I’m looking forward to the anniversary challenge. 🙂
    Here’s my post this week–not much mystery in the title!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy. The salvia is S vertcillata and a different form from any others I have seen, and such a good do-er. Check it out and you will see what I mean

  11. tonytomeo says:

    I am sorry that I still can not participate. Your flowers and the others are all so pretty.

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