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Monday, 10 April 2017

In a vase on Monday

What a fantastic weekend we have had weatherwise. I'm sorry if yours wasn't so good. We had warm,even hot, sunshine and have been able to spend to whole weekend outside. There was plenty to do and we end the weekend tired but satisfied that we have made a huge difference by tidying, burning, clipping, trimming and generally fettling. Not to mention weeding, of course. If only it would stay tidy.
There was plenty of time to look around and decide what to put in a vase for Monday.
I chose this Spirea foliage. (Again).



 Some of it is reverting here. I think so anyway, I hope someone will correct me if that is not the case. So I thought I'd prune out the darker branches and use them in vases. Though they are beautifully coloured too, I'd hate to lose the bright reds and oranges. Perhaps I'll try rooting some bits. I have had good success with sticking twigs in the ground. Probably about 50:50 with things rooting or not, so it's worth a go.

 
 
I'd already chosen the white bells and a few other bits. In the end though I left everything else out as I think the white flowers against the dark foliage are perfect on their own.

I've also got these tulips on my kitchen windowsill. So far they are behaving well. They are tightly packed in. These are more Darwin Hybrids and I chose all the salmon ones.

 
Last week I picked tight buds and arranged them with foliage to hold them in place. What I didn't realise was that tulip stems continue to grow after they've been picked. I learnt this from Julie at Peonies and Posies.

So even though I did chop some off the stems they became rather unruly.
Look how beautiful they were though! They were like silk dresses. I kept them until they were very far gone. Definitely growing old gracefully.



For colourful and creative vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. In a vase on Monday

9 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you got a stretch of pleasant weather. Ours was mixed - we got a little more rain (yay!) but the wind has been surly. Your white vase creation is very pretty and I love the salmon tulips, of course. I learned that cut tulips continue to grow after being cut from blogs too, but I'm unlikely to have any personal experience with that as the lovely things stubbornly refuse to grow here.

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    1. Our cold wind has dropped for a while. That's a shame tulips won't grow for you. I suppose it's too warm. They are a joy. I'm sure you can grow plenty of things we can't.

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  2. Oh that was definitely the right choice, just these pure white bells and the spiraea foliage in that lovely white vase. Your tulips are gorgeous too - most of my new ones are Darwin tulips and I hadn't appreciated how much bigger the flowerheads would be. They seem huge! Your tulips from ast week have aged beautifully, haven't they?

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    1. Yes, they are huge. I have more dainty ones not yet picked, including some very pretty minature ones returning form last year. Now I'll have to do some investigations through old emails to find out what they were...

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  3. Your tulips are lovely. The white container with white flowers is stunning. The touch of Spirea foliage was just right. Glad you had nice weather and could enjoy a full range of gardening.

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    1. Thank you. It was a good weekend and another long bank holiday weekend to come. Yeay.

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  4. I also love watching tulips gracefully age until they drop all their petals. :) The colour of yours is quite lovely. And the white bells with your foliage arw very effective too! We have had some beautiful weather here as well, but the warmth disappeared today, despite sunshine. Still, for April I am not complaining!

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    1. I agree, it's much colder here now too but still dry and sunny. We'll be complaining soon it's too dry!

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  5. I wish I could age as gracefully as a tulip - lovely pictures of yours doing their thing! This weeks vase is very sweetly pretty. We've had some beautiful weather this last 20 days as well. Gorgeous sunshine ... enjoy the spring!

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