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Monday, 12 June 2017

Floral abundance in a vase on Monday.

Let's gloss over our Autumnal weather and have quick look at how the Cirsium from last week lasted. 

This is them on Saturday. Showing no sign of drooping or decay. A good choice as were all the others. I've cut them down for a smaller vase but they have all lasted a week and onwards. 

No apologies for the excess of pink this week! If you don't like pink look away now.
I'm thrilled to have a pink peony flowering, doubly so as it was a piece from my Mum's garden last year and I expected it to sulk for a while. I was less pleased to find the blooms on the ground, battered down by rain and wind. 
A good excuse to cut them and bring them in. Shown here with Artemisia 'Powis Castle'. 
Sumptuous, I hope you agree. I have yet to get to the bottom of the colour difference. She says it can't be two plants but one flower is all pink and the other has cream petals in the centre. 

I've also made a small well behaved arrangement for the table. 
I'm not sure where this rose bowl came from. To my shame I've forgotten and it was probably a relative who passed away. I don't use is much as things tend to fall out easily even though it has a mesh cover. Also the water runs out quickly and it's not easy to re-fill. But enough complaints. 
I don't think this will last very long but it's so pretty while it does.


White = Macmillan Nurse - Light pink = NoID
I had to have Philadelphus this week. A huge inherited shrub is just coming into flower. One sniff and I'm transported back to my childhood home. This one was in flower when we moved here two years ago.


Dark pink = Harlow Carr
I stuffed in lots of small stems then filled in with roses. 
Purple - Rhapsody in Blue
The poor roses are battered down too but there are plenty of buds to come. The do need some support so I aim to build a sort of dome cage frame for Harlow Carr who is very floppy. I did this once before quite successfully. Just need to go and do it!

For plenty of interesting and creative vases from around the world visit Cathy - Rambling in the Garden  -In a vase on Monday. 

I had a lovely time on Sunday at The Bishop's Palace in Wells. The gardens are beautifully cared for and over flowing with roses just now. There was a gardening festival on and lots of lovely plants for sale. I met Noelle there. She knows the gardens very well so it was perfect to go round with her, get to know each other and chat about plants. 

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    1. Thanks, I can't argue with that.

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  2. Sumptuous indeed, Alison! Can anyone turn away from peonies, pink or otherwise? I can't, even though they spark immediate envy. Your roses are glorious too. I adore that 'Rhapsody in Blue'. I have a few blooms on my similarly-colored 'Ebb Tide' rose but I couldn't think what to do with them and I suspect the flowers will be gone before inspiration strikes as heat is in the future forecast.

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    1. I've never managed to get a peony to flower so am very excited. It's a shame the heat destroys your flowers as soon as they bloom.

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  3. Oh how lovely to meet Noelle when you went to Wells! I am amazed at the cirsium from last week - it's not something I have but I noticed them at Chatsworth and was wondering about adding them in due course. But your roses! And the peonies! Sumptuous probably isn't a strong enough word :)I know just what you mean about rose bowls - and any vase with a mesh or holes for that matter ;)

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    1. The Cirsium has been brilliant in the border too. I believe it to be short lived but so far has survived and bulked up for two years here and I brought it with me, so I'd had it for a year or two before that.

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  4. Both arrangements are fabulous but the combination of pink peonies and grey artemesia is stunning. Happy new week!

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    1. Thank you. A classic colour combination.

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  5. Alison, beautiful flowers. I'm sharing peonies too on the blog and like you our Alexander Fleming produced the pink blooms but there were a few that were pink and cream color like yours.

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    1. Msybe it's a thing they do! All gorgeous anyway. :)

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  6. Wow, Peonies always impress me never having been able to have any - I think you described it best with sumptuous.I am not much of a pink person but I LOVE those!

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    1. I like all colours in their turn. These are full on pink, certainly!

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  7. I always claim not to be a rose person, but these are so pretty Alison! That purply blue one is gorgeous!

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    1. I think roses very hugely. Also a scraggy bush covered in blackspot is not attractive at all, they certainly have their problems.

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  8. The roses are so lovely...and together with the silver foliage, as pretty as a picture!

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  9. The roses are so lovely...and together with the silver foliage, as pretty as a picture!

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