In a Vase on Monday: Taking Liberties, With Black Stockings

Today’s vase just fell into place, including the title! These antirrhinum were ripe for an airing today, picked from an unexpectedly overwintered plant that has grown into a sturdy and attractive plant. Sown last year, they didn’t do especially well then although I did get a few blooms but even these did not open fully. It makes me wonder if it would make sense to sow them in summer or autumn for flowering the following year to give them a chance to bulk up – has anybody else done this?

This variety is meant to be Liberty Classic Scarlet, although when it flowered last year I wasn’t convinced that it was correctly labelled, as it seemed more orange in tone than I expected and had a yellow throat. The name, however, whether correct or not, when paired with a stem of newly-flowering Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’, quickly generated the title and prop, with the Miss Scarlett card from our game of Cleudo ably contributing to the overall effect, as she plies her trade for a second time.

Having picked the blooms earlier in the day yesterday than I usually do, I plunged them into this enamelled jug for a number of hours as any good florist or IAVOM-er always does as a matter of course (ahem…!), and decided to use the same jug for the final display, using some glass pebbles to help the wayward thalictrum remain upright.

I always enjoy creating my vases each Monday and get immense pleasure from bringing blooms inside; everything coming together so quickly and easily brings an added glow, and so does the unexpected quality of the antirrhinum blooms themselves. I suspect other contributors feel much the same way, so what will be bringing you pleasure in your vases today? Please leave links to and from this post and share them with the rest of us.

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44 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Taking Liberties, With Black Stockings

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  2. Annette says:

    I used to have snapdragons seeding about in the courtyard of our Irish garden and they always make me smile as we used to play with them when we were kids. Don’t grow them anymore now so can’t give you any advice. I’m still looking for the black stockings 😁. Here’s my vase: https://personaleden.wordpress.com/2022/05/23/in-a-vase-on-a-monday-times-of-plenty/
    Have a good week xx

    • Cathy says:

      And I have one in a paving crack which I am waiting to see if it will bloom and, if so, what it is! Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ has distinctively dark stems – a most attractive plant

  3. Snapdragons are almost always considered as an annual here, although I’ve discovered they self seed and that’s always a great and happy surprise. If I had a greenhouse I’d likely try to over winter them, like rosemary… It’s the last of the daffs in my garden!
    https://countygardening.wordpress.com/2022/05/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-late-spring/

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, if I did try sowing them the year before I don’t know if I would want to risk leaving them outside over the winter – but I DO have a greenhouse and there would be room to overwinter them inside if need be

  4. Heyjude says:

    I keep meaning to get some snapdragons – are they easy to raise from seed? I always think they look such English cottage garden flowers (childhood memories) along with Sweet Williams which I do have.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, surprisingly easy because the seeds are tiny so the gerinated seedlings are tiny too, but don’t seem to take long to look get going once they are pricked out

  5. Horticat says:

    Thalictrum is a new plant to me – I’d never heard of it before this week and have never seen it in Australia. It makes a lovely addition to your arrangement, Cathy. My bunch this week relies on coloured foliage, rather than blooms for interest…and a feline prop.

  6. Pretty with Scarlett. Why is the Thalictrum called Black Stockings? I thought it was a Veronia, not sure I have seen Thalictrum before. The backdrop looks great with the vase and colors. I grew that Snap as a winter annual and it was much deeper red. Thanks for hosting, I always enjoy my vases and the process. https://theshrubqueen.com/2022/05/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-eastern-line/

    • Cathy says:

      The thalictrum is a cultivated form of the wild meadow rue and this one has a distinctive dark stem. I meant to look back at the Sarah Raven website to see what colour it was meant to be, and there other in the same series (I grew the Lavender too, and one of these has overwintered too)

      • I was noticing some Salvias with black stems that I really like. A bit of contrast to the green ones. There is a Rue that can be grown here, not sure which one – I like the Thalictrum.

        • Cathy says:

          It’s an attractive airy plant some of them grow taller than this one but are a ‘see through’ sort of plant so could go anywhere in a border

  7. Donna Donabella says:

    How I wish my antirrhinum would overwinter. Pansies and violas do but not the antirrhinum. I just purchased some to put in annual containers today or tomorrow to finish up the annual container. I have more about the annuals in my post with a viney vase. Love the title and the display! https://gardenseyeview.com/2022/05/23/decorating-my-soul/

    • Cathy says:

      They don’t reliably overwinter though, Donna – it was just one of each from 2 different varieties, but they have definitely come back stronger and look as if the flowers will open all the way up the stem which they didn’t do last year

  8. Sharon says:

    I’ve included a self-seeded antirrinhum in my vase. I agree Cathy, I think an autumn sowing produces sturdier plants that flower earlier too. My vase is the first flower harvest from the plot http://lifeonalondonplot.com/2022/05/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-6/

    • Cathy says:

      Hello Sharon – good to have you with us this week and I hope you have settled nicely into your new home. Thanks for passing on your experience of autumn sowing antirrhinum – I will definitely give it a try. Where do you overwinter your young plants?

      • Sharon says:

        Thanks Cathy, I’m getting there – I hung pictures a few weeks ago! Autumn sowing and overwintering were pre-house move activities but started the seeds off in the greenhouse and if I needed space would move them to the polytunnel early spring as young plants.

        • Cathy says:

          So the settling-in is being done in a timely manner then…?! 😁 Hope it is feeling like home though πŸ‘ I am definitely going to try a late summer or autumn sowing of antitthinum, as long as I can get seeds by then

  9. bcparkison says:

    I once read that to have fresh fruit and flowers in the home was true wealth. I stand by this thought.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I love bringing flowers into the house but tend to just have them in the kitchen where I now I will see them – unless we had anyone to stay in which case they would ahve a posy in their room, of course!

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  11. Cathy says:

    They look lovely against your dark background. A good way to show off Thalictrum.The name is intriguing. Does it have a black stem? I love that colour of the snapdragons too. πŸ˜ƒ I have a couple of plants that have survived two winters in succession now, but both were originally sown in spring. There are a few seedlings too, but not sure if they will come to much. There is certainly one way to find out if they could be sown later for the following year… πŸ˜‰ Here is my vase for today. Thanks Cathy! πŸ€— https://wordsandherbs.wordpress.com/2022/05/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-snowballs/

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the thalictrum has really dark stems – such a pretty plant. I just left the couple f overwintered plants where they were in the cutting beds, so they are now surrrounded by all of this year’s occupants!

  12. Oh I love the creative thinking behind your post title Cathy πŸ˜‚ I’m already sold on thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ – every part of the plant is so attractive. I’ve sown snapdragons in September before but it has taken them a couple of years to establish and flower in profusion. I wonder about your idea of a summer sowing though. Certainly worth a go. Here is my vase this Monday : https://greentapestry.blogspot.com/2022/05/iavom-more-darling-buds.html

    • Cathy says:

      I agree about Black Stockings, Anna – it is so distinctive, and even though I have had mine less than a year it is easily outperforming the other so-far-feeble ones that I have for some time. It’s certainly worth experimenting with the antirrhinum, I think, as they do seem to need longer to bulk up and flower properly

  13. Kris P says:

    Clever title! I’m glad the snaps came through for you, if belatedly. I didn’t succeed in growing snapdragons from seed the one time I tried but the plug plants definitely do better here planted during the winter months to bloom in spring. I’m trying to make use of my cool season plants while they last: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2022/05/in-vase-on-monday-making-use-of-my-cool.html

  14. Noelle says:

    Your title is quite saucy this week, which adds to the titillation or the frisson of reading your post. Is your thalictrum in full sun? The young leaves of mine get scorched by the sun. I may have to sow a different variety such as ‘Black Stockings’, Here is my vase: https://noellemace.blogspot.com/2022/05/in-vase-on-monday-remembering-and.html

    • Cathy says:

      I hoped there would be at least a little titillation this week, Noelle! I have two different Black Stockings (a pair, I suppose that makes them!!) and neither of them are in full sun, but do get it for part of the day, so hearing about your experience is intersting and something I will watch out for. I have other thalictrum but they are barely established, even though I have had them a few years

      • Noelle says:

        Seed of Black Stocking swill be sought and sown, is there a seed merchant you would recommend?

        • Cathy says:

          I got mine as a plant Noelle, but if Chiltern Seeds has it I would go there as a first choice. I could invesigate how to collect seed later in the year, if you like, although am not overly confident of doing so! The plant is too young to split yet.

  15. pbmgarden says:

    A daring-sounding title today Cathy! I am not familiar with thalictrum growing around here. Will have to check. Love the snapdragons and vase.I managed a couple of snapdragons this year that are just starting to flower. Snapdragons are often planted here in fall and overwinter. Thanks for hosting.
    A late entry for me. https://pbmgarden.blog/2022/05/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-flowering-purple/

    • Cathy says:

      There are several different varieties of thalictrum here in the UK, with different heights and blooms. It certainl sounds as if antirrhinum have a mind of their own, wherever they are grown – look forward to seeing yours, if you could spare any for a vase, that is!

  16. I have some self-seeded antirrhinums that have overwintered into sturdy plants.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s intriguing, as last year this plant was nowhere near a sturdy as it is now, and the flowers never opened properly

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  18. tonytomeo says:

    My niece does that with sweet peas, by planting them in autumn to grow slowly through winter and then bloom for spring. It is too much work for me. I just put them out as winter ends. They wold bloom more with a head start. Anyway, I have never done it intentionally with snapdragon. However, they grow on their own in that manner. The seasons are weird for them here anyway. They sort of bloom when they want to.

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