In A Vase On Monday – Salome & Quince

The Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) hedge is in full bloom this week, drawing in bumblebees, a flashy male Baltimore oriole and our summer resident ruby-throated hummingbird. It is not a plant I love– its exuberant growth must be trimmed frequently, its rhizome suckers and thorns are annoying, but it is forgiven every spring when it blooms.

Narcissus ‘Salome’s peachy trumpets seemed a good complement to the coral quince and its reddish-bronze new leaves. For foliage, I added bright green Patrinia gibbosa and a few Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) fiddleheads.

Does anyone recognize Gumby and Pokey? As a child I watched their primitive claymation antics on TV faithfully. I wished I could lift my leg back and skate quickly and magically the way Gumby did! I saw Pokey’s orange coat and thought he’d be a good prop for today’s arrangement.

The pitcher belonged to my grandmother and is J & G Meakin English ‘Waldorf’ ironstone from Hanley.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
This entry was posted in Country Gardening, My Photos and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

71 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Salome & Quince

  1. Anne says:

    Would you believe, South Africans could only enjoy television from 5th January 1976!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Oh, my, really? I didn’t know that. A twenty year delay may not have been all that bad. 😉 I stopped watching in 1989 and haven’t missed it at all. When I see it now on holiday or visiting, I can’t believe the garbage that passes for ‘entertainment.’ Yikes!

  2. Christina says:

    I’m going to enjoy reliving spring through your vases Eliza. Here we are slipping into summer although the temperatures are still quite cool.

  3. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    stunning arrangement!

  4. Cathy says:

    Yes, that is a lovely colour combination Eliza. I’m afraid your characters are unfamiliar to me – we clearly didn’t get that programme on British children’s TV! Love the old English vase.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. Yes, I wondered if it would only be an American thing. YouTube (my link gives the intro) has lots of episodes that I sometimes watch with my young neighbors. Those times were much more innocent and the episodes seem quite laughable now, but fun all the same. 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on Purplerays and commented:
    Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. ~ Eliza Waters

  6. Gorgeous. Eliza you’re a magician the way you bring flower arranging to an art form and The story behind the treasures in your garden – bumblebees ruby throated humming birds all a part of the description 😊

  7. Belle and Candle says:


  8. Val Boyko says:

    What a lovely wake-up vase Eliza! The colors sing Spring. 💛

  9. Kathy Sturr says:

    Gumby and Pokey steel the show in spite of those gorgeous blooms Eliza! I love Quince. I wish I had more space (uh oh). Another wonderful, over the top arrangement!

  10. I love the sense of whimsy here, Eliza with the props!!

  11. Alice Pratt says:

    Beautiful! Happy your Hummingbirds are back! Being a child from the (very early, early ’50’s 😮) Pokey & Gumby were a favorite show…Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Lone Ranger & Mouseketeers as well.

  12. Laurie Graves says:

    Gumby and Pokey were the first things I noticed 😉 I watched their show all the time when I was young. And, of course, another fabulous arrangement.

  13. Lovely arrangement of warm, spring hues! I love the quince! I planted a quince shrub this year after seeing one in bloom in early March. The variety I purchased is thornless and apparently, disease and pest resistant. It’s quite a bright punch of color at the edge of my yard. Blessings, Sarah

  14. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD says:

    What a perfect pairing. I had to laugh at the idea of a quince hedge as having one quince that blooms annually is a big deal here!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Linda. The former owners must have loved quince as they planted at least a dozen as a hedge next to the front walk. I have to trim it several times a year to make sure no one gets stabbed by the thorns when they pass by. I know enough to steer clear of it, but others don’t!

  15. Chloris says:

    A lovely colour combination Eliza. I just love Salome.

  16. Your vase is lovely. Do you get to use it often or is it more of an heirloom, being your grandmother’s? The fiddleheads are a great accompaniment to your beautiful blooms and Pokey and Gumby were the smile I desperately needed today!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, I use it mainly as a vase, as my mother did before me. It may have been intended for cream (a lot!) or gravy.
      Glad G & P were able to lift your spirits today. 🙂

  17. The quince flowers really are gorgeous – I would probably put up with a lot to have those in the garden, too!

  18. Cathy says:

    I don’t know these characters but they make for great props – I suspect they are a bit like ‘Morph’ that was on children’s programmes in the UK. Now that my ornamental quince is taking off I need to heed your warnings before it is too late – as you say, the flowers are gorgeous, and the narcissi and fiddleheads look lovely with them

  19. Kris P says:

    Beautiful as the floral and foliage elements in your vase are, Eliza, I got a good laugh when I scrolled down and saw Gumby and his equine companion. They make great props!

  20. Brenda says:

    If your hummingbird is back, I must be on the lookout soon for ours. We haven’t seen any sign of them yet. Lucky you to have a Baltimore Oriole. I love them but have only seen them once in our yard. Gumby and Pokey were a fixture of my childhood. It’s a bit startling to see them in color!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Haha, that’s right G&P was in B&W. The episodes on YouTube are very entertaining, if you haven’t seen them.
      The Oriole never stays past quince bloom, unfortunately. The closest I’ve seen a nest is at the river. Elms used to be their tree, but sadly, they are no more.
      But happily, the hummers stick around all summer.

  21. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Lovely.. Interesting that the Japanese quince was attracting the bumblebees. I didn’t notice any on ours but it was flowering a couple of weeks ago.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      The queens are hungry after hibernation and don’t seem to mind nonnative plants like quince and privet. They hedge is buzzing with them.

      • Murtagh's Meadow says:

        Our emerging queens tend to focus on willow and dandelion. But I agree anything that gets them food I am sure they would be happy.

  22. susurrus says:

    I always enjoy seeing quince flowers with daffodils, whatever the varieties. The fiddleheads are an inspired touch and I love the whimsy.

  23. pbmgarden says:

    Eliza, I like these colors together. I’d like a quince but have resisted for reasons you cited with the suckers and thorns. But it’s so pretty.

  24. Annually forgiven Quince, beautiful bulbs and Gumby and Pokey. Perfect.

  25. Absolutely beautiful arrangement and I loved the addition of Gumby and Pokey!

  26. arlingwoman says:

    Gumby and Pokey! And quince! How perfect can it be? I do love quince. It’s just magical. Of course, I’ve never had one in my yard…

  27. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Oh yes, I remember Gumby and Pokey! Your chosen vessel, having belonged to your grandmother, filled with the ebulient new life of spring present, accompanied by figures from our childhood – A shuttle weaving through time to create a tapestry of immediate beauty and worthy of deeper contemplation.

  28. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous colour combination!

  29. Cath says:

    I love the fern fronds, so Spring-like. I love Japanese Quince too, and have tried several times to grow it only to have it nipped off by hares I think – they do their own landscaping – opening up lines of sight and maintaining them. Perhaps I will try again now that there is more cover.

  30. AlisonC says:

    Beautiful peachy tones in your beautiful jug. For a moment I thought you’d added nettles there but I see now you didn’t . They are bright green but might not be very comfortable to collect!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alison. There is a nice bunch of nettles just down the road that I think about harvesting, but I never remember to bring gloves and clippers. I hear the greens and tea are very good for you!

  31. Beautiful colours and shapes set off by the ironstone vase!

  32. Jewels says:

    Another lovely arrangement Eliza! I remember Gumby and Pokey! 🙂

  33. pastpeter says:

    Eliza, that is a lovely arrangement!

  34. Love the unexpected Gumby and Pokey additions!!!

  35. Surrounded by wealth…🤗

Comments are closed.