In a Vase on Monday

spode jug, nigella seed heads, crochet cotton mandala

Nigella seed heads sit in a beautiful Green Spode jug, given to me many years ago by my mother-in-law.

It sits on the turquoise crocheted mandala which I have just finished, at last! It has been sitting in the WiPs pile for far too long. I will write another post soon about the edging I made.

I am joining in with In a Vase on Monday, Cathy’s weekly meme, where gardeners from all over the world pop things in a vase for us all to enjoy.

Gardeners are a generous lot and sharing seeds and plants is one of the great joys of gardening.

Cathy, very kindly, sent me some pink dandelions seeds last year. I sowed some in the garden but none came up. This year I sowed them in a Veg Trug, and the first one came into bloom at the weekend

pink dandelion

So pretty.

Another gardening triumph this year are these

Angels Fishing Rods

my friend Anne’s Angels Fishing Rods, grown from seed harvested from her garden at least 6 years ago – this is the first year they have flowered. I am so proud that I have managed to keep them going for 6 years not knowing if they would ever flower or not – it is a minor miracle. They are tall and beautiful, but hard to photograph to show their full splendour, dancing in the breeze.

Friend Andy is represented in my garden in Loganberry form πŸ™‚loganberry

I gave him a plant from my garden in about 2004, I moved a couple of times and then, when I moved to this house, he gave me a plant from his.

Then there is the gorgeous Hot Princess! My Flower of the Day, given to me by Nanacathy for my birthday.

rose, Hot Princess

She is such a gorgeous rose, all pink perfection with a beautiful delicate scent. She seems very happy here and has given me the confidence to try a few more roses in the border for next year.

I am also joining in with my daughter @newgatenarcissi for her Β #gardencollagemonthly

She is just getting into gardening and was so thrilled that a few of you joined in last month. Thank you ❀

I chose all the pinks for my July collage.


It is a great way to feel good about the garden and ignore all the work still to be done.

Happy Gardening!

31 responses to “In a Vase on Monday

  1. gorgeous, and that crochet is AWESOME!


  2. everything looks magnificent…enjoy


  3. krispeterson100

    I knew I was going to regret not saving my Nigella seedheads and now I do! I’ve never seen (nor heard of) a pink dandelion but I absolutely love it.


  4. I love the Nigella, both flowers and seedheads! I must find out where it grows in the US as I have never seen any here. I cannot imagine how long the Mandala took to complete, it is lovely, wonderful work.


  5. I love all the blues on your first still life. Your flowers photos are fabulous, as always πŸ˜€

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  6. I love the simplicity of nigella seed heads against the aqua wall and stunning crochet work– you are so talented! It must have taken you ages to complete that intricate work. Museum-worthy!

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  7. That’s an awful lot of nigella, Sandra – and so effective! Your mandala looks stunning, especially with that background. .I would be thrilled to have grown the fishing rods from seed too – aren’t they pretty? We are well blessed with the generosity of our blogging community, aren’t we? Will look over your border later – thanks for sharing it with us.

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    • You are right! I had masses of lovely blue flowers this year.
      I do love the blogging community – we are truly blessed. There are a few more pink dandelions out today – such pretty, delicate little flowers. Thank you! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  8. Like you I love remembering who gave me plants!

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  9. The mandala caught my eye, too. And what beautiful pinks!

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  10. Oh such lovely pics from the garden, and the mandala really caught my eye, it is stunning!

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  11. Interesting post and what a fabulous project you have just finished. Love the love in the mist too.

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  12. Love that Hot Princess!

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  13. Note to self: plant Nigella! Lovely arrangement and staging Sandra! My late aunt was never without her crochet and I have a pineapple patterned tablecloth I treasure. Plan to join with a grid again this month when I can find time. It was a good exercise and fun.

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    • Nigella is such good value – it seeds itself here, the flowers are pretty and the seed heads pretty as well.
      Yes the grid is fun isn’t it – I love seeing the concentration of colour, amkes me appreciate my garden more. πŸ™‚


  14. Gorgeous array of pinks to balance your Spode green and turquoise πŸ™‚ And what you call Angel’s Fishing Rods we call Fairy Fishing Rods. Not sure which I prefer!

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  15. A lovely simple arrangement that fits perfectly with the wall and the crocheted mandala.

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  16. Good to see you and the Hot Princess are in the pink today.

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  17. The mandala is such a lovely background for your vase today. And your border is looking amazing! πŸ˜ƒ

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