In a Vase on Monday. Singing the Blues.

I wasn’t going to do a vase on Monday today because I am thoroughly discombobulated by this endless wind and didn’t want to go outside. Yesterday, I ducked and dived and had several near misses as walnut branches crashed onto the shed roof whilst I was sowing some seeds. Weeping Willow and Acer drummondii branches fell about like confetti and a huge holly heaved itself out of the ground and came tumbling down only minutes after I had passed by. I don’t regret the holly but it brought with it a specially nice honeysuckle  which looked wonderful last summer and a climbing rose that I grew from seed.

Rose grown from Seed.

The nearby gorgeous Cerdicyphyllum japonicum ‘Pendulum’ now sports a duct tape bandage and the Pianist and I spent a large part of the day  risking life and limb whilst we wrestled with the prickly corpse. It is not a job that promotes marital harmony. But after his adventures with the chainsaw the Pianist came in and cooked us the most delicious chicken dinner, so double Brownie points to him.

Anyway, I digress, what has this to do with Monday vases you might ask . Nothing at all, it just explains my reluctance to go outside.  But inspired by Cathy’s blue and white arrangement, I resisted the impulse to don my cycle helmet and bravely went out bare- headed in search of blue flowers. Everyone loves blue flowers and surprisingly March brings quite a few of them. I love the combination of blue and yellow and there is plenty of choice right now for a vase based on these colours.

The iris I used looks like Iris unguicularis, but it is in fact Iris lazica which unlike unguicularis I can spell. This iris comes from the Black Sea and is not so fussy about a sun baked position and a bone dry soil. It is smothered in an abundance of flowers from now until the end of March. Other blue flowers are grape hyacinths, Muscari ‘Jenny Robinson’ and ‘Valerie Finnis’  both in the palest baby blue. Deeper blue flowers are varieties of Pulmonaria officinalis,  daisy flowers of Anemone blanda and forgetmenot flowers of  Brunnera macrophylla.  Spiky rosemary is also in bloom now.

I have been cutting yellow forsythia to open inside for weeks and now it is coming into bloom outside so I used a couple of sprigs. The little  yellow mimosa-like balls belong to the tree Cornus mas.

And this is a chance to use some of the dainty little narcissus flowers which I love. They include little ‘Tête-à-tête’ the native Narcisuss pseudonarcissus which rapidly seeds around, orange- trumpeted ‘Jetfire’ and the double ‘Rip Van Winkle’ which looks as if modern hybridisers have been fiddling around with it but it has been around since 1884.


Last week I put daffodils into a vase with daffodils on it and violets into a vase with violets on it and this week I have gone even further and I have a vase with writing on it. I am only one perilous step away from having a vase with my name on it and fluffy dice in the car. But it is just the right colour and at least the writing is in French. I bought it the year we got married when you are allowed to be sentimental. It says nous deux.

Do pop over to see Cathy’s lovely blue and white arrangement. I was delighted to see she has  included the adorable little Narcissus ‘Snow Baby’ which is a must for people with greenhouses. I am going to check out the other Monday vases now, I am looking forward to seeing some lovely spring flowers.

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46 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Singing the Blues.

  1. bcparkison says:

    I love blue and yellow and your collection is stunning.
    Those winds do bring danger. A large pine fell across the road out front and blocked traffic for a while. Do be careful and maybe keep the bike helment handy.

    • Chloris says:

      I love blue and yellow together. I suppose we have to expect winds in March but I do hate them. Apparently it is going to be very windy across the UK all week.

  2. Cathy says:

    OK, so you have more blues than I do – and a lot more yellows too 😉 – but what an effective and abundant posy they make., well worth the risk of picking the component parts. It has been breezy here too, but no damage fortunately other than bits of silver birch twig. Will your rose and honeysuckle survive their misadventure, do you think? I am pleased to hear that the Pianist is not withdrawing his culinary favours in protest after the outdoor exertions. Thanks for sharing

    • Chloris says:

      And I forgot to mention I also included some blue hyacinths. I like the way the ones in the garden are daintier than the fat forced ones. I have cut the rose and honeysuckle right down, I suppose they will come again but they have nothing to climb up now.

      • Cathy says:

        I almost mentioned the hyacinths’s skinniness too – it makes them a different kettle of fish altogether, And hmm, yes, they will need something to climb up – so is this the oportunity to buy a new tree?

      • Chloris says:

        No, I suspect honey fungus was responsible for making the tree vulnerable so I won’t put another tree just here. I can’t get the stump out anyway. I will take some cuttings.

      • Cathy says:

        Both sound like wise decisions

  3. Noelle says:

    Vous deux did well in tackling the aftermath of the high winds, and your Nous deux vase just the one to show off those rich yellows. The Muscari Jenny Robinson is quite unusual but make a wonderful space for itself surrounded by the yellows.

  4. Island Time says:

    Very pretty. Glad you survived the flying limbs etc. in the process of gathering this lovely bouquet. Still freezing here as of yesterday and the only blossom anywhere in sight are the white snowdrops, thank goodness for them! A change in the weather now, so keeping fingers crossed while dreaming of blues and yellows. Thank you for yours!

    • Chloris says:

      I hope your spring is really on its way now, it takes its time in your part of the world. Here we have endless wind but the spring flowers are all opening regardless.

  5. Heyjude says:

    I loved Cathy’s Blue and White, but your Blue and Yellow composition is also very beautiful. I have one yellow double daff in a shot glass as the wind blew it down. I am reluctant to pick flowers from my garden, though with these winds I may well soon have enough without having to! A shame about the holly, that honeysuckle looks very impressive.

    • Chloris says:

      I love blue and white or blue and yellow in flowers. have loads of daffodils planted by somebody else and as they are getting blown over anyway I am enjoying them in vases. I don’t much feel like going down the garden to admire them at the moment whilst Gareth is doing his worst.

  6. Your vase today looks like a Dutch painting. I have those days with my husband, as he doesn’t enjoy outside work. We hauled my big tropical hibiscuses out of the garage yesterday.

  7. Christina says:

    The flowers are perfect is your sunny coloured vase. Your weather sounds even worse than the wind we often have here. We are due more this week too; gusts up to 100 km per hour! I do hope it doesn’t actually do that.

  8. Kris P says:

    That sounds like some windstorm! Our Santa Ana winds may spread fire and knock down a few trees but they’ve never done anything quite so destructive to my own garden as you describe. Your arrangement is an exercise in determination as well as a thing of beauty. Your spring is up to a jubilant start.

    • Chloris says:

      These winds are awful at the moment. They are very destructive, I am looking anxiously at my fence at the moment. But spring is certainly singing out with beautiful flowers despite the winds.

  9. snowbird says:

    I do hope you manage to save the rose and honeysuckle. I loathe wind, it’s the same here, branches keep crashing on the greenhouse and the enormous beech trees are almost bent double. The winds will be with us all week, let’s hope we survive them! That is a beautiful vase, such lovely spring flowers.xxx

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Dina. Yes, it’s Gareth having a tantrum right now and ruining all our gardening projects. Still I expect you are too busy baby worshipping to notice too much.

      • snowbird says:

        I am baby worshipping far more than I expected, still, I can’t get enough of my little urchin, apart from when she’s gripey, it’s a good job she likes my singing.xxx

  10. Cathy says:

    I am glad you didn’t come to any harm while dealing with the damage, and also while finding these lovely flowers to share. I do appreciate the risks you took! 🙂 Spring is very slow in coming here and we have had lots of wind and icy showers too.

  11. AlisonC says:

    A beautiful collection and worth braving the outside for. A real spring posy. I don’t like this wind at all and we are promised more this week. No damage so far (fingers crossed) but things blowing all over the place. Stand against the fluffy dice.

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Grape hyacinth seems to be more popular than I would have guessed. I notice it in catalogues, but have only bee interested in the old varieties of it. It can naturalize where it is happy.

    • Chloris says:

      Muscari armeniacum is invasive and gives grape hyacinths a bad name. I prefer the pale blue, pinks and white ones which are much prettier and not invasive. My favourite is the yellow Muscari macrocarpum which is fragrant but unfotunately not hardy.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Oh, they don’t have a bad name here. Although they naturalize somewhat where they get water, they do not become invasive, and will not spread far from the landscape. A few might spread into riparian situations, but do not compete well with more aggressive vegetation. Because it is what was so popular when I was a kid, it is what I compare all others too, which is why I dislike the modern varieties. Unfortunately, it is not commonly available. I can order it online, but likely find it in a local garden before I do that.

  13. bittster says:

    Glad you survived the mayhem without any major bumps to the head!
    The vase looks wonderful, I love all the little daffodils and the blue really sets them off nicely.

  14. smallsunnygarden says:

    Thank you for sharing your spring beauties despite the very discouraging effects of the wind! Such a lovely lot, and the irises really push it over the top in my eyes. I’ve never been overly fond of double narcissus with the exception of Queen Anne’s, but your little Rip van Winkle might convince me to give it a try…

  15. A gorgeous collection! So sorry to hear about your garden damage. I’m getting well and truly fed up with this weather. Another day at home listening to the rain hammer down and the wind roar whilst pretending to do something useful. Grrrrrr! OK, got that off my chest, feel better now 🙂 xxx

  16. Sam says:

    It’s a howling gale today here, too, and is forecast to be horribly windy for a few more days. Yuk. Well done for braving the tempest and putting together this lovely collection. Beautiful.

  17. Discombobulated is such a great word although the state it describes is not in the least bit pleasant. I’m sorry to hear about the felled holly but thank goodness that it didn’t fall on top of you Chloris! Were you able to save the rose and honeysuckle? My dad was a primary school teacher and always dreaded windy days as he was convinced that it had a dire effect on the children’s behaviour. We can expect another unpleasant day tomorrow by all accounts 😦 In the meantime you’re vase is absolutely glorious and just the perfect tonic for this grim weather.

    • Chloris says:

      You are like me Anna, you enjoy words. The honeysuckle and rose are little stumps that will grow again but they have nothing to grow up now. I used to teach years ago and yes, teachers dread windy days. The winds show no sign of going until Sunday which is a depressing outlook.

  18. Gorgeous, Liz. You are the intrepid gardener this week. I love it. Wind discombobulates me after a while as well. April is our windy time here. Not looking forward to it. That honeysuckle, Wow!

  19. The honeysuckle is beautiful, and I love all the blue and yellow in the arrangement.

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