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Monday, 15 May 2017

Frothy spring Lilac in a vase on Monday.

I'm so happy to be able to have vases bursting with flowers again. I know I'm so lucky to have flowers all over the house at very little expense. (If you don't count the blood, sweat and tears and woman hours involved in the production and I don't, it's a complete joy). 
I've made an exuberant arrangement to showcase this white lilac. I decided to only choose silver, green and white and I love how it turned out. 

In the vase:
Elaeagnus x ebbingei (I think?) foliage - the new growth is a lovely silver colour
Viburnum opulus
White lilac
Cow parsley 

I'd already picked some Phacelia yesterday. It's just coming into flower where it has seeded from last year. It's such a mad flower, the way it unfurls and has the soft sticky out bits which I'm sure have a botanical name. I used it in another vase:

In this vase:
Cerinthe major purpurescens
Phacelia tanacetifolia
Inherited rose. This is not the kind of rose I would choose if I were to buy one but it starts flowering first, finishes last and smells just as a rose should. It's a pretty two tone colour. I can't ask any more of a plant and it's right outside my bedroom window. It's a bungalow, by the way, in case you wonder why I keep planting there. 

Oh, and both vases smell wonderful. 

I had to take pictures inside as it has been raining! There is a joyous sound of rain dripping into water butts. We had a real good amount of rain overnight and then more showers today (Sunday). The plants are soaking it up and rejoicing. 
Now we move from water watch to slug patrol. They are already in evidence and rubbing their slimy hands with glee. 

For inventive and inspiring vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who encourages us to put something In a Vase on Monday. Thanks Cathy, for inspiring us. 

15 comments:

  1. What a beautiful frothy arrangement! And it must have a wonderful scent!

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    1. It does, I have to stick my nose in whenever I pass.

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  2. The limited color palette on your first arrangement is very successful. Beautiful. The colors of the rose and Phacelia tanacetifolia in the second one work great together. I was unfamiliar with Phacelia. Will have to see how it might work in NC.

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    1. It is often sold as a green manure and the bees love it. The flowers last a long time and it's pretty too!

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  3. Oh that is exuberant! Good decision on restricting the colour palette as it looks great, as does your second vase where those colours work perfectly together. I know what you mean about the rose as I don't think I would choose it myself and yet it would hard to deny how pretty it looks, and obliging as well, from what you say! Thanks for sharing, Alison, as always

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    1. Thank you. I thought I'd try the purple and pink and it's certainly bright.

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  4. I love the over-blown effect of your white, green and silver vase - very Vita, Sissinghurst's white garden is more accurately called the "white, green and silver" garden.

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  5. They are both absolutely wonderful Alison! Those frothy whites and the green make a gorgeous display - cow parsley is always lovely as a filler, and the second one is just as stunning. I actually love that rose and would definitely pick that one up in a garden centre! ;-)

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    1. Thank you. The rose is growing on me now that I have it inside.

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  6. Both arrangements are glorious, Alison, although I admit a preference for the elegant white one. How wonderful to have lilacs! I'm envious of the rain as well as the lilacs but we can't reasonably expect more until fall.

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    1. We, on the other hand, will be lucky if it stops now and then!

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  7. Your arrangements are stunning! Your eye for color and texture inspire me. I can almost smell the sweet fragrances from here.

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  8. Your courses of action are dazzling! Your eye for shading and surface rouse me. I can nearly notice the sweet aromas from here....

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