In a Vase on Monday – Clouds of Summer

“When you’re a kid, you lay in the grass and watch the clouds going over, and you literally don’t have a thought in your mind. It’s purely meditation, and we lose that.” ~Dick Van Dyke

That childhood magic. That meditation with literally nothing in your mind but the sweet senses of smell, sight, touch, hearing as you observe nature. Looking for the simplicity that it all brings, the unburdening.

And to find it, I just have to look out at my garden. See a color. A flower. A combo. And I am there just daydreaming with my senses.

Recently, I saw a burst of floral magic growing on a trellis just outside my patio door filled with clouds of blooms. It is a clematis called, Chacewater. A beautiful, rare find from Brushwood Nursery.

I love how it takes off in spring and fills the trellis with beautiful green foliage waiting until June to start to show buds hanging like raindrops from the vine.

And then it bursts forth in blooms that just keep going well in to July before it finishes.

I hate cutting any of the blooms or buds, but this year I felt compelled to take a few here and there to place in a delicate Belleek vase of bone china.

The clouds of blooms brought indoors to lose myself in.

And they last a long time in the vase.

With this vase, I am joining in with the wonderful meme, In A Vase On Monday, from Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden.

All the pictures shared in this post were taken with my Nikon Coolpix or iPhone camera, and manipulated on my iPhone using the apps, Pixlr and Prisma. 

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14 Replies to “In a Vase on Monday – Clouds of Summer”

  1. Your clematis dance to a wonderful tune in your beautiful vase. I think it was worth bringing those indoors, they show such grace and elegance,

  2. How wonderful to find that childhood magic just outside your door, Donna. It’s a beautiful plant and I’m glad you didn’t deny yourself the opportunity to enjoy it inside as well as out.

  3. Oh how lovely, Donna, especially if they last well in a vase as you say though do – but of course on the plant itself they will bloom for a few months at least, won’t they? I tend to forget about using clematis in a vase, but have always been surprised how well they work when I do. Do all the buds start with that hint of blue?

    1. The buds start tiny and green and then bulge to a purple blue before opening to a yellow purple flower and maturing to white and purple. They last about a month to 6 weeks depending on the amount of rain they get. They have had many inches of late and lots of afternoon sunshine.

  4. Such a delicate and beautiful clematis! It looks lovely in your Belleek vase. I only by accident found out that clematis make excellent cut flowers when I snipped one when I was trimming a nearby bush. A happy surprise that I will repeat in the future. 🙂

  5. So very pretty Donna! And your vase is absolutely perfect for it. I would also feel compelled to cut a few for a vase. I hope it will flower for many weeks for you!

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