Category Archives: Vase on Monday

It’s got to be Roses

After all the problems I have had this summer with sawfly on the roses and me giving the roses a good talking to, I think it has worked. For some anyway.

I had really honestly had enough of trying to salvage some of the ailing plants, no sooner had they started to recover from one attack along came another. So some have been dug up and binned. But to my astonishment about half a dozen near the conservatory have started to give out some beautiful blooms. Maybe the sawfly season is over and the weather is holding up and allowing the plants to do what they have been trying to do all summer..IMG_5484


Ballerina is now flowering for the first time this year, usually a very prolific bloomer, now although not many trusses it is very welcome all the same.


Buff Beauty.

This didn’t actually succumb to the dreaded sawfly but it was growing behind the granddaughters playhouse that we took down earlier in the summer. It had a prune and is now giving me some nice scented cutting material.


Young Lycidas.

And one of my favourite roses for it’s perfectly shaped flowers and exquisite perfume. This has quite a lot of strong growth and about ten or more flowers and buds. It’s going to get such a shock it the weather changes.

So a bit late in the day but for my Vase on Monday I have chosen Young Lycidas as my main flowers, along with Aster Alma Potschke and the stunning fading florets of Hydrangea Miranda looking more like a piece of faded old embroidery.IMG_2633

…this is my vase….


…..I hope it brightens your day as much as it did mine….

Thank you Cathy from Rambling in the Garden  for hosting this thread.


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End of the day

Yesterday I spend several hours pruning the climbing rose Iceburg. This is growing on a fence between us and our lovely neighbours. Amongst this are growing several clematis and all but one I could safely cut down, the last is a spring macropetala which has stopped me in my tracks. I now need to wait until the remaining bits of the rose have lost their leaves and a Virginia creeper has given me it’s lovely colour.

So at the end of the day I was left with some lovely roses and a piece of clematis that was having it’s last growth spurt of the year.

So this is my Vase on Monday….thank you Cathy from Rambling in the Garden for hosting this theme.



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Roses….Maybe time for a change….. !

As some of you know I have ( had ) a huge collection of roses. Ever since I started gardening seriously, about 30 years ago, I have had a passion for them. Collecting for type, colour or form or just for the name of them, the amount grew. But over the last few years we have had serious problems with Rose Sawfly. This infestation has decimated around half of my stock. I not only get one attack it is repeated several times in a season. So now I am wondering about a change, I have already taken out around 15 or so plants and destroyed them as they are getting weaker and weaker.


One rose in question is Blue Moon. Not a favourite anyway, but a bit of a novelty, only having a few blooms and getting so eaten the appearance is dreadful. This particular bloom is held up with a cocktail stick and sellotape,the flies have laid their eggs on the stem and once hatched the stem has got so weak it hung down looking so forlorn I had to pick it for my Vase on Monday .

So now I am left with a bit of a quandary, what am I going to replace all these roses with….do I see this as the start of another collection…….mmmmm let me think…. 🙂


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Pretty in Pink

A more delicate ‘Vase on Monday’ for me this week.


With all the rain yesterday everything is looking a little sad but I have managed to rescue some lovely blooms of the rose ‘Princesse De Nassau’. Along with these we have some of the last Kipper Cream sweetpeas, Achillia ptarmica ‘The Pearl’, and the gorgeous Anemone ‘Pamina’ which compliment the soft pink buds of the rose perfectly.

Enjoy your day…….

With thanks to Cathy from ‘Rambling in the Garden’ for idea for this post.



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Monday goes Vintage.

For my ‘Vase on Monday’ I have used an old enamel container. We went to a local market yesterday that was being held in an old bus shed. ‘Not The Camden Market ‘ Bartons plc .

Bartons hold lots of events throughout the year and the market although small is one I like to visit.Situated at the bottom of our avenue it makes for a nice stroll. Yesterday was no exception, perfect sunshine.

On a lovely stall selling my kind of old stuff ( the word is vintage  today ),I saw this.IMG_5284 IMG_5285

I’m not quite sure what it was used for, even the lady on the stall wasn’t sure. Anyway it had to come home with me.

So for my Monday vase I chose hydrangea again, all from one shrub, the colours are gorgeous.IMG_5286

Hope this brightens your monday.


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