The vase for this Monday’s meme hosted by the lovely Cathy at Rambling in the garden was an experiment with oasis. I don’t really use oasis because I’m not much of an “arranger”; I like to plonk and go so to speak. However, I saw some in a local shop and thought I’d try it out. I have been planning on cutting some roses so I can really enjoy their scented loveliness up close and I often struggle to make roses sit up straight and behave so perhaps the oasis will do the trick….
One of my favourite roses is a pale lavender colour and has the most rosey scent ever; it is aptly named ‘Heaven Scent’. I’ve only had this rose for a year but it is pickled in blooms. I managed to take some cuttings from it last year and one of the cuttings is now in bloom too.
Isn’t it just gorgeous. I love yellow and lilac as a colour combination so chose to include another rose called ‘Casino’. This rose is a climber and is also scented and ideal as a cut flower. I chose it last winter and wanted it to grow over a trellis archway in my vege garden. Now it’s summer and it’s an absolute delight as I can enjoy it in all it’s scented, yellowy loveliness every time I walk through to the greenhouse.
It’s a very pale lemony yellow; very subtle. For foliage I spotted a Pseudopanax Cyril Watson. Are you impressed I know the name?! I have to admit I kept the label on this one. I was attracted to the seed head which being a lime green colour really suited the lilac and yellow of the roses. The trifoliate leaf shape is also slightly unusual.
Finally I found a little clump of flowers in a bed I’m clearing. Of course I don’t know what it is or what it’s called but it must be a bulb of some sort and it has leaves like thick blades of grass. Anyway, I thought it’d look great stuck randomly throughout the display. See, I always revert back to randomness even when using oasis!
It’s very sweet isn’t it. Looks a lot like lavender but there is no scent at all. It’s also got a really sturdy little stem so an absolute breeze pushing into the oasis.
It was a nice sunny day so I accessorised with props that I was planning on using after writing this post! The oasis made arranging these blooms an absolute breeze! They were so well behaved; not a twist or a turn out of place. I suppose I should also mention that I used a gravy boat for the vase! I love it’s little feet!
Here’s a bird’s eye view…..
….and one from the back.
So this is my offering for this Monday’s Flowers in a Vase, as part of Cathy’s inspiring and wonderful meme at Rambling in the garden. Pop along and have a look and perhaps be inspired to join in.