In a Vase on Monday: Bishops and Chiefs

I was lacking inspiration for a title for today’s vase on Monday, and came up with the lame ‘Red, Red Wine’ because of the deep red of the dahlias and the availability of a prop, a fridge magnet with teeny (pretend!) bottles of wine (not the half-empty bottle of red that has been sitting in the kitchen for longer than it deserves and which I had clearly forgotten about!). Before completion of this post, however, inspiration arrived and the title changed although the prop will remain. If I have an idle moment, which is unlikely, perhaps I could consider what prop I might have used instead…

The vase itself is a cheap IKEA one, its dark heathery purple colour suiting the velvety deep red blooms of Dahlia ‘Bishop of Auckland’ whose simplicity and unpretentiousness I have been increasingly admiring recently. It was a dahlia favoured by departed blogging friend Dorris, who introduced me to her, and I enjoy it for its smaller blooms and the curved tips to the petals, less showy and brash than some of its bishopy cousins. Without giving it any thought, I once assumed there was a New Zealand connection, until I twigged that it will have been named after the small County Durham town of Bishop Auckland, where the early Bishops of Durham used to reside. Joining the Bishops in the vase we have two flowering stems of newly acquired Miscanthus ‘Red Chief’, a grass destined for the ex-snowdrop border – hence Bishops and Chiefs.

If you would like to join us on IAVOM today, all it takes is some pickings from your garden popped into a vase: then share them with us by leaving links to and from this post.

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30 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Bishops and Chiefs

  1. Noelle says:

    I like the way you have arrived at the source of your Dahlia’s name, and remembering Dorris at the same time. Here is my contribution today to the weekly party:

  2. Beautiful colour on the Dahlia and a wonderful memory of Dorris. The magnet made me think of Gulliver in Lilliput…

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  4. Cathy says:

    It is a lovely colour Cathy, and so nice to grow a flower that reminds you of Dorris. I do like the title too. Red Chief barely flowered for me this year. I hadn’t realized how much moisture Miscanthus need and had never had a problem with them before. (But this year was particularly extreme…)
    Here is my vase for today. When I have flowers like these it is a joy to join in with you, so many thanks as always!

    In a Vase on Monday: Helianthus tuberosus

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I often think of Dorris, and some plants will always bring her to mind. I hope Red Chief will be OK in the border here, as it’s not the moistest of borders. Good to know you have your own bounty to share with us today

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  6. Annette says:

    A beautiful, velvety arrangement that sits perfectly in its vase. I love single flowered dahlias and I’m always fascinated by the number of insects they attract. This year the dahlias have struggled because of the drought. I think in future I’ll grow them in the potager and in pots. Here’s my contribution: Wishing you and the Golfer a colourful, relaxing autumn x

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, there was a bee working all the blooms as I cut them, and I half-expected him to follw me indoors! Here, the dahlias perked up once it was cooler and we had some rain (although not a lot at first), and they now seem to be where they usually are at the end of September. Best wishes to you both too

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely dahlia and nice way to remember Dorris. We’re still practicing the extreme sport of health care (physical therapy at home), but I managed a quick vase today. Thanks for being here.

    • Cathy says:

      Do you ahve any support with the therapy, Dorri, or does it all fall in you? Do take care of yourself too 👍 I am pleased you found time to create a vase to bring some pleasure into your life

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  9. Dahlias are just the best, aren’t they? I love all the Bishop series and the miscanthus too. Here is my offering after a long time away: Hope all is well with you Cathy and with all the other IAVOMers, I shall enjoy catching up with everyone’s posts later over a cuppa! 🙂

  10. A beautiful vase as always. But what I really love is your phrase “bishopy cousins.” Perfect.

  11. Kris P says:

    The simple, single-petaled dahlias are also more attractive to pollinators, something I need to remember when I order dahlia tubers. Thanks as always for hosting, Cathy. Here’s my post:

  12. Nice Dahlia, I love the color. I had a similar red one but I like yours better. Very autumnal. Thanks for hosting,

  13. What a glorious deep shade of red Cathy and a plant that holds a special place in your heart too 😀

  14. tonytomeo says:

    ‘Bishop of Auckland’ seems to be a popular cultivar . . . elsewhere. I do not believe that I have ever met it before. Some less common cultivars are available at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, but I do not look.

    • Cathy says:

      Bishop of Llandaff is the most well-known and widely available of the Bishop series, Tony, here in the UK anyway

      • tonytomeo says:

        That does not sound as familiar as ‘Bishop of Auckland’, although I do remember that there were a few of the Clergy within that group. I am not so good with remembering the simpler of names.

  15. This was great. I love tiny things. That crate of wine is precious.

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