Vase on Monday – Astrantia

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Joining in with Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday, featuring Astrantia and Leycesteria Formosaastrantia

And Cee’s Flower of the Day – astrantiaDSC_0004

Astrantia has such a ghostly etherial quality, which I really like very much. If you would like to see a larger version of the above photo click here to go to my PHOTOS Page.whiteb

It is hard to photograph well on these dull days, so I tried several positons and then used the special ‘highlighting’ effect on my camera.

The pots I have used this week are a beautiful glazed pottery green-tea cup which was given as a present by Kimonoboy in Japan – more of him and his shop in a later post; a crackle-glazed little pot, another charity shop find; and they sit on a rectangular plate/dish – I bought several of these back in my dinner-party-days in the 70s for a Japanese themed menu, I attempted a sushi starter which I put on these plates – they were actually sold as butter dishes – nowadays I find them to be perfect to use as paint palettes – a piece of greaseproof paper over a thin layer of water and then put blobs of your acrylic paints on top of the greaseproof – the paint stays wet and workable for hourspots

My houseplant of the week: Oxalis

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It was languishing in a shady corner of my house and as soon as I gave it more light it started to flower – I LOVE this plant – thank you to Linda who gave this to me a few years ago – I think of her every time I see it. ❤ The leaves are like butterflies and they close at night – enchanting!

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38 responses to “Vase on Monday – Astrantia

  1. Well done, it is realy beautyful!

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  2. These flowers are beautiful, and the small vases are ideal for setting off the gentle and calming colours. I am amazed you still have astrantia and leycesteria in flower. We really are in different climate zones!

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  3. Ann Edwards Photography

    Astrantia is one of my all-time favourite flowers and the image on your photos page is just stunning.

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  4. The Astrantia is lovely, I’ve just planted one which is similar and one with variegated leaves. I hope the look as gorgeous as yours.

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  5. A great arrangement…great harmony between the flowers and the vases.

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  6. This so pretty – its ethereal beauty is gorgeous!

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  7. I love the blue-green celadon glaze on your pots and your flowers are a delight. How lucky to still have astrantia in flower and the leycesteria echoes the colour of the oxalis perfectly.

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    • Oh my! what a beautiful word ‘celadon’, thank you SO much for introducing me to it – I just looked it up – so romantic – I’m going to be weaving into sentences whenever I can! Ha! Don’t be surprised if it turns up in a haiku before long.
      I think astrantia is supposed to flower June to August – the seasons have gone topsy-turvy – but lovely to see unexpected flowers appearing.
      Cel-a-don …… mmmmmm!

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  8. Stunning. You have a real gift for arranging.

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  9. I love this arrangement, both the flowers and the vases, You really do have a way with arranging these Daffy that really shows them off to their best advantage, Beautiful 🙂

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  10. The oxalis leaves look very pretty.

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  11. I too love astrantia, so reliable and long flowering – and the contrast with the leycesteria is brilliant. Thanks for sharing

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  12. I love, Love, LOVE Astrantia but I’ve never succeeded in growing them here, probably because they need more water than they get. I recently planted Leycesteria formosa, though it’s much too early to tell if it’ll take here. In any case, the two flowers are beautiful in combination!

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    • Thanks Kris, so glad you like the pairing. I only planted the Astrantia in late August and expected to have to wait until next summer to see flowers, it must like where it is, facing north and sheltered by a high fence.

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  13. What a beauty especially seeing astrantia. I love Japanese pottery and the color in yours is gorgeous.

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  14. I can see why you call it ghostly…it’s gorgeous.

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  15. Love the Astrantia that is a new plant to me. I appreciate photographers more since trying to take photos of the vases! I like the photo as well.

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  16. Your arrangement is really beautiful, I love the combinations of shape and form and your White Astrantia photograph quite lovely.

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  17. Lovely arrangement and setting.

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