In a Vase on Monday – Faded Elegance


This week’s vase is a simple one of Agapanthus ardernei hybrids.

I have two wonderful clumps of agapanthus, this one and a very dark blue one and they are situated in ideal conditions soil-wise. However, it seems the sunlight that reaches them, although appearing full on to me, isn’t to the agapanthus’ liking so they have been growing horizontally presumably looking for better light.  I have given up trying to straighten them and made plans to reduce the neighbouring tree instead.  As they are growing so horizontally it has been difficult to admire the flower-heads and with the torrential rain we have had over the last two days I decided to cut them all and bring them inside so I could enjoy them as they go over.


I rather like these white flowers, they make a nice change to the blues that seem to be more popular.  I am also wondering if having the blue and white clumps together isn’t a little passée so I might think about moving one of the clumps a little further away.


As for the vase I seem to remember buying it for my mother from Woolworths for a small sum of money many many years ago when I was probably around 8 or 9.  I must have reacquired it from her at some point possibly when I got my first home and was in need of a vase.  The vase works well with the glass dish from my viewpoint on the sofa but in the photograph it does seem to clash a little – oh well I think it looks good.

For more weekly vases pop over to Cathy’s and have a ramble around while you are there.

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

16 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – Faded Elegance”

  1. Sigh… agapanthus…. I have been admiring them in some local gardens recently but although I have two clumps (of blue) they have never flowered since they were removed form their pots. I know they like root restriction but i read recently (Bob Brown) that they don’t like to be crowded either… I hope your childhood vase is stable with those long stems. Such a simple vase but definitely elegant (as agapanthus always would be possibly) and surely not faded?! Thanks for sharing ps I have sent you an email

    1. Hi Cathy
      I’m not at all convinced they like root restriction, mine have flowered better since I planted them out. I added lots of grit to the soil so they had good drainage and gave them a good feed in the spring.

  2. Gorgeous blooms, the epitome of elegance. It’s wonderful that these family keepsakes like your vase enjoy an outing. (Blue tac under top heavy stem vases or Japanese flower beads in them works a treat (-; ).

    1. Hi Kate
      Despite appearances the vase is not top heavy, amazing I know. It had quite a thick glass base and I think that counter acts the flowers. It shouldn’t stay upright but it does!

  3. Helen I think the vase works perfectly with the flowers that have a tinge of purple and with the dish as a nice contrast. I have not seen the white agapanthus and rather like it…I wish I could grow these but they are not hardy to my growing zone.

  4. Here in southern California, Agapanthus get little respect as the plants can be found everywhere but I love them. (That’s a good thing as the garden I inherited with our current house is rife with them.) You’re right, though, that the white ones are relatively uncommon even here. They all make nice specimens in a vase, as your’s proves.

  5. I tried to grow Agapanthus up here but it didn’t grow, too cold. The flowers complement the scene in the upper painting, while the vase color complements the lower photo, so the arrangement goes well with your decor.

  6. I love white agapanthus and think yours look great in the woollies vase. Given that they are growing at funny angles to reach the sun, I think having them in a vase is a good solution, you’d never know from this arrangement.

    1. Hi Dorris
      you are right, its been nice to admire them in the vase especially as it has rained so much this week and I would never really have appreciated them.

  7. White is always so elegant…mine clump in the garden is doing very well, better than it did in its pot, so my blue ones are following into the ground this autumn. Isn’t it lovely to have shared vases.

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