just joey rose with statice and hydrangeas

In a Vase on Monday – Just Joey and Bridal Bouquet

Just Joey is just such a lovely and unusual rose, and although it’s not turning into a big bush, it’s in a tough place beside the driveway, continually battling off the attentions of a purple penstemon on one side and a rosemary on the other. Not to mention the weeds and grasses.
On the other side of the driveway is Bridal Bouquet, one of our first hydrangeas, and one that was bought from a nursery rather than from a cutting, so I know what it’s called.

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English Roses and gladiolus cut flowers

In a Vase on Monday – Coral

I read somewhere after I bought it that the Rose ‘Benjamin Britten’ is an odd Coral red, and it is really. The petals are a lipstick orange shading to red when the blooms are opening, changing to pinky red lipstick and yellow when open. I thought it was going to be a pure light red, but I don’t regret it. I love the scent, and it has done well on a clay bank where others have struggled.

Benjamin Britten Rose

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Roses in a jug inside

In a Vase on Monday, Strawberry Hill and Comtesse de Cayla

It’s terrible when the iPad tries to help with spelling plant names. Something which normally seems so clever just falls apart when it hits a name like ‘Cayla’. Zoe Victoire Talon, the Comptesse, lived 100 years before the rose was bred in 1902 by Guillot (I have to fight to keep this from becoming ‘guillotine’). Her picture shows her looking elegant and refined like this rose.

Roses Strawberry Hill and Comtesse du Cayla

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columbine canadensis

In a Vase on Monday – Ixia Giant Yellow with Columbines and Salvia

There is a wealth of purple at the moment, in fact there is a wealth of flowers in general now, as the days lengthen quickly and the soil is still wet. I considered a completely royal purple vase, with hints of regal gold, but in the end I really wanted to use the lovely giant yellow ixias, and I absolutely love the little red and yellow columbine Aquilegia canadensis.

cut flowers ixia salvia columbine phlomis

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dutch-iris-and california-poppy-cut flowers

In a Vase on Monday – Sun and Moon

The full moon rose as orange and round as one of these calendulas last night, although I was thinking of sunshine as I picked them and the California Poppies at the end of the day. California Poppies, Calendula, Cynoglossum, and Dill sow themselves around the garden if they can find a nice place. I sometimes take them for granted, but I’m very grateful for them.

tulips-scilla-natalensis-cut-flowers

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