IMG_2212A quick and rather old-fashioned vase of tulips, forget-me-nots, cerinthe and euphorbia, and a pink drumstick primula. The pink double tulip is called ‘Chato’, which is funny to me as chato is Portuguese for boring or annoying. I am sure the breeders couldn’t have known that when they were naming this cheerful, charming beauty.

The cerinthe is all self-seeded from last year’s plants. I do have some tiny newly hand-sown seedlings coming on too, but the self-sown ones get cracking so much earlier, and are already buzzing with bees.

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and I do recommend visiting her page to see her vase and links to those of other garden bloggers across the world today. And why not join in with this fun challenge if you haven’t already?


19 thoughts on “Old-fashioned

  1. I love the combination of tulips, forget-me-nots, cerinthe and euphorbia, and a pink drumstick primula. They compliment each other beautifully. The photograph inspires me.

  2. Oh lovely, Joanna. I am still hopeful my cerinthes may self seed one of these days or at least overwinter, but my autumn sown ones were planted out a few weeks a go and are looking quite strong so that’s a good thing. Which euphorbia is this? It’s definitely a good foliage plant for a vase, providing a great contrast. Thanks for sharing

  3. Quickly arrangement it may be but it’s perfectly balanced and exceptionally pretty. It’s a puzzle how many floral cultivars get their names – there’s a Dianthus sold here called ‘Heart Attack’.

  4. Cerinthe seems popular in vases this week. Maybe I should try growing it again, and not just for the blue flowers but the lime foliage that can be clearly seen here. A beautiful vase Joanna – the vase itself goes perfectly with the vintage style flowers.

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