In a Vase on Monday: Late For the Party!

I didn’t give the idea of a vase to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last week a second thought, and hadn’t planned it this week either but, wanting to use the first of the outdoor sweet peas and some self-sown cornflower from the greenhouse, I was two thirds of the way to a royal vase, so just went with it.

The sweet peas, the scarlet King Edward VII, are royal in their own right and worth persevering with a poor germination rate for, having a typically glorious sweet pea fragrance; I have no idea where the cornflower originated from, possibly spent compost or maybe a windblown seed – who knows, but I have been happy to leave it where it is. I could choose between orlaya or Sweet William for the white element, both seed-sown and planted out in the blue & white border, and went with the latter, Dianthus ‘Alba’, sown last August. Ideally, the sweet peas and cornflower would have been distributed amongst the single white sprig, but it proved too dense. Previously I have sown mixed Sweet William, but for this season I sowed this white variety and pink ‘Oeschenberg’, and have found the blocks of single colour more appealing than a mix.

The vase, a commemorative Marmite jar from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ten years ago, is a prop in itself, but I have added a mini cake-topper flag for patriotic emphasis. For non-Brits not in the know, Marmite is an iconic British product, a savoury yeast extract that people traditionally love or hate; personally, I fall into neither camp, just having no need of it. It is generally spread on toast but can be used in add flavour in cooking. Note the clever play on words on the label…

The choice of blooms for my Monday vase is widening every week, as it is likely to be in most northern hemisphere gardens. Wherever you are, if you would like to join in with this Monday meme, just choose material from your own garden or foraged nearby and pop it into a vase or other receptacle and share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.


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29 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Late For the Party!

  1. Cornflowers are great arenโ€™t they? The S&S always devour them in my garden, sadly. I must try growing some orlaya, too. Thanks for hosting and sharing Cathy – here is my contribution this week!

    • Cathy says:

      That’s intersting, as I don’t think the s&s trouble them here. Orlaya can be a bit tricky to grow for some reason, but I did manage 5 plants which is better than nothing!

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  3. Rosie Amber says:

    Lovely display.

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  5. Cathy says:

    Oh, I am glad you put this vase together Cathy, for the Ma’amite jar alone! (I love it, but have to ration myself as it is unavailable here!) The blue of cornflowers is just soโ€ฆ. blue! A truer blue is hard to find in the garden. And the sweet peas and Dianthus must smell wonderful. Here is my summery vase for today. Many thanks, and have a great week Cathy!

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    • Cathy says:

      My Mum and two sisters are real afficianados but I don’t have toast at breakfast whch is when they seem to have it most. How long will an ‘8oz’ jar last for you, and do you always bring a stock back when you visit the UK? I agree so much about the cornflower – and this year I haven’t grown the 3 or 4 separate varieties I usually do but gone for a short mix, which is only just beginning to flower and is already looking disappointing, so I was really pleased to be able to give this one house room in the g/h!

      • Cathy says:

        A small jar lasts me several months, so I often ask for a parcel to be sent with some in for my birthday or Christmas! Not sure if it’s actually allowed in parcels now, with Brexit! I sometimes have a marmite sandwich with cress or vegan cheeseโ€ฆ

  6. Horticat says:

    Love your vase this week, Cathy. Did they make a Platinum Jubilee Ma’amite this time? Being an Aussie, of course I prefer Vegemite ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wish I could smell those royal sweet peas. Mine are tiny little shoots, just poking out of the ground. Thanks for hosting – it’s fun to contribute and see the creations of others. My vase this week is simple, sweet and succulent…

    • Cathy says:

      As I don’t buy Marmite, I don’t especially notice it when I shop, but I wondered about that too! Are Marmite and Vegemite noticeably different, in your opinion?

      • Horticat says:

        Yes, definitely. Marmite tastes sweeter to me. Look forward to seeing more of your sweet peas in future arrangements, Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Cathy says:

          I will take your word for it, but will make a point of trying Vegemite if I ever have the opportunity! The sweet pea blooms are coming thick and fast now ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Horticat says:

        I think Marmite is sweeter, but itโ€™s been a long time since I tried it. I eat Vegemite every day ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      I used to autumn sow all my sweet peas but found that sowing in Jan/Feb gave better results, so I stick with that except for my g/h varieties. This one was sown at the end of Jan

  7. I am toasting your celebratory arrangement – the Sweet Peas are beautiful and I am betting you are enjoying the fragrance. I love cornflowers and have not yet been able to grow any. I tried the Marmite while in the UK, firmly in the hate camp. Like they say here “you have to grow up on it” Thanks for hosting

    • Cathy says:

      These sweet peas are such a glorious shade (to my mind) – not quite red, but not really pink either. I grow them along with pale pink Gwendoline, and a then a general mix on my other supports. I don’t think I have had cornflower self-seed before, but I am pleased this one did

  8. Kris P says:

    I’m not sure a floral arrangement saluting the Jubilee could be any more perfect than that one, Cathy. The Ma’mamite is a bit perplexing, though – I can’t even imagine what that tastes like (or maybe I don’t want to). I love the cheery cornflowers. My own garden is entering something of a lull between spring and summer but of course I found flowers:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – I really wish I had thought of it last week! I can’t really describe the Marmite taste – it is a bi-product of the brewing industry but somehow almost tastes a bit meaty (like Oxo, if you know the cubes?). I wonder what you have found in your ‘lull’?

  9. pbmgarden says:

    A lovely and fitting arrangement. All elements are just lovely, Cathy. It’s a great time of year with more choices. Thanks for hosting. Have a good week.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie, my annuals seem to be very slow to get going this year, other than the sweet peas, so there is still little to pick in the cutting beds and I generally have to look elsewhere.

  10. Donna Donabella says:

    I love this arrangement….beautiful flowers and perfect colors for the Jubilee celebration. I love how you have the perfect vases. Always brings me a chuckle or a cheer. Here is another simple vase from me as the garden begins to flower more.

    • Cathy says:

      Thansk Donna – I hadn’t particularly thought of the jar as a vase at first and was looking for a royal prop, but I agree that it works well! Glad to be the source of a chuckle sometimes…! ๐Ÿ˜

  11. A fragrant bouquet fit to grace a Jubilee table Cathy ๐Ÿ˜€ Funnily enough himself himself was let loose to do some shopping yesterday and emerged with a jar of marmite but sadly not one that could ever become a collector’s item. We came home after a few days away to the first sweet pea in flower as well as two ripe strawberries.

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t know if they produced any commemmorative ones this time, but they do periodically have other ‘specials’, I believe. Hope you shared the strawberries between you! I have picked my first raspberries – probably the onlt thing I did in the garden in yesterday’s heat!

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, red, white and blue; how American! The white pink is white enough for the white garden. The bachelor button is blue enough for the blue garden next door. (It is a long story, and the blue part was not my idea, but is now tradition.) To me, it seems that bachelor button is best in blue. I actually prefer it to white for that flower.

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