Monday, April 6, 2015

In a Vase on Monday: Spring Splendor

It's hard to ignore the roses when they bloom.  I don't have a large collection and most get too much shade to bloom well.  But I found 3 'Buttercream' roses in bloom and, although 2 were already looking battered by the wind that sweeps through the garden almost every afternoon, I thought the third was vase-worthy so I constructed an arrangement around it for "In a Vase on Monday," the meme sponsored by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.



Here's what I included:

  • Abelia x grandiflora 'Hopley's Variegated' and 'Kaleidoscope'
  • Argyrantemum frutescens 'Butterfly'
  • Narcissus (no ID)
  • Rosa 'Buttercream'
  • Solanum xanti 'Mountain Pride'

The stems in the first 2 photos both come from Abelia 'Hopley's Variegated' and the stems shown in the 3rd photo came from 'Kaleidoscope'

The always useful Argyranthemum 'Butterfly'

Although I'm usually meticulous about keeping a record of what I plant, I fall flat when it comes to bulbs - my best guess is that these are Narcissus 'White Lion'

'Buttercream' rose, inherited with the house

Solanum xanti, a California native has bloomed continuously since I planted it in early November (but it's hard to photograph so please excuse my fuzzy photo)


I have no experimental or secondary vases to offer this week.  My yellow and purple concoction landed on the dining room table.



Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see her vase and find links to the contributions of other gardeners.  Best wishes for a wonderful week.  We have a chance of rain to look forward to here, unusual for April - my area isn't expected to get much but every drop that falls on the state of California is welcome!


All material © 2012-2015 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

26 comments:

  1. Another great arrangement! Yellow roses are favorites of mine and this vase shows off
    'Buttercream' very well. You can't go wrong with yellow and purple!

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    1. I agree - yellow and purple is one of my favorite color combinations.

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  2. Those daffs are spectacular. I have not had good luck with doubles. And yours work so beautifully with the rose. A perfect Spring bouquet.

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    1. I think these are the only double daffodils I have (although I've already admitted the faults in my recordkeeping when it comes to bulbs). I grew the same variety in my old garden. It was one of the few that was reliable in our climate.

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  3. A butter-cream rose is a butter- cream rose and it can never be ignored, nice vase, Kris! I wonder how can you have roses and daffodils flowering at the same time? In my garden roses are in bloom much later, late May/ June.

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    1. Your climate is probably very different from mine, Anca. My area of Southern California doesn't get anything that you would call winter weather (no snow! no frost!) and our spring seems to arrive earlier every year. We had temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) in March!

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  4. I am growing yellow roses for the first time this year after seeing so many gorgeous ones on blogs and in vases last year, so I look forward to having them in my own vase in due course! It is fascinating to see the different stems that people include with their blooms - it it is really encouraging us to look around our gardens in even greater detail. Thanks for sharing - and I hope you get more than just a few drops of rain!!

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    1. Despite the morning weather forecast, there's no rain in sight yet. The Weather Underground projects that my area will receive 0.14 inches (0.35 cm) of rain late tomorrow. Something is better than nothing...

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  5. Hi Kris. I love the colour scheme this week - fresh lemony yellows and spring-like greens with that pretty Abelia foliage and the daffodils, and of course that gorgeous rose! The Solanum sets everything off really nicely too. :)

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    1. I'm very impressed by the Solanum thus far, Cathy. I wish I'd bought more of these shrubs when I saw them - they seem to have disappeared from the local nurseries.

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  6. A beautiful colour scheme this week Kris - just right for spring. You are so lucky to have roses flowering with narcissi!

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    1. The daffodils surprised me, Julie. Most withered away in our unseasonable March heatwaves. This batch was well-timed, blooming along with a sudden downshift in our temperatures.

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  7. Kris that Abelia foliage is really gorgeous and works so well together with those yellow roses...a perfect name 'Buttercream'

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    1. Both Abelia suddenly produced tall shoots this month, Donna, almost demanding to be cut. The rose struggles with the wind here but it's a lovely soft color.

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  8. What a lovely spring- like colour combination. I love your welll- named rose which is a new one to me. How lovely to see spring daffodils, summer roses and late - summer Solanum brought together. Solanum xanti has a lovely dark flower.

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    1. This Solanum, a California native, has bloomed non-stop since November, when I planted it. It shows no signs of stopping.

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  9. What an intriguing combination Kris, a garden with roses and Narcissus at the same time seems really strange to me. But the colours work beautifully together and I should be used to odd combination because it happens here too. I'm just used to the English climate where daffodils flower in March and Roses in June!

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    1. And here I was thinking that my roses were late in blooming! Our timetable is clearly very different.

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  10. A beautiful spring arrangement.

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  11. a glorious rose and super with that foliage too and how lovely to have inherited it with your garden! I don't have room to grow any roses, but I do love them especially for their fragrance.

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    1. I love roses but have added just 2 shrubs since moving in more than 4 years ago. Inherited or new, most of mine are relatively small shrubs - more sun and more water would probably change that but they're not likely to get either in this garden.

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  12. Your rose-inspired arrangement is beautiful Kris. The colors in the narcissus work great with the rose and that Solanum is nice. Like you, I try to record my plants but sometimes a name escapes. Here's hoping the water situation improves in CA soon. It is worrisome to see what's happening there.

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    1. The water concerns here deepen with each passing day, Susie. We got 1/10th of an inch of rain yesterday and some of Northern California got considerably more but that late season storm isn't going to reverse the drought or our new water restrictions.

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  13. 'Buttercream' is the perfect name for that rose. Solanum is a beautiful counterpoint to the butter and cream yellows.

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    1. That Solanum, a California native, has been a remarkable performer in my garden, blooming steadily since November. If I see more, I'm going to snap them up. Actually, I should probably look into propagating from the ones I have.

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