In a Vase on Monday: thirteen flowers

Thirteen flowers for my daughter who is 13 today, 13th March. It is a joy to witness this girl making her way in the world and I can think of nothing more fitting than thirteen beautiful blooms to celebrate her birthday.

She is usually the first one up in the mornings in our house; she breezes into our bedroom, gives me a quick hug, then she’s off to get ready for school. Hair takes longer to do these days – looks are becoming increasingly important but she’s not interested in wearing make-up for school yet. She’s keen to fit in but is confident enough to be herself and not follow the crowd. It’s very rare for her to be downhearted and when she is I can usually lift her out of it and make her laugh. When I’m downhearted, she’s the one who notices and asks me what’s up. We understand each other, this girl and I. I’m aware that we may not get on so well in the years to come and she may have days when she absolutely hates me, so I am making the most of this happy, calm time.

We had her birthday party yesterday – trampolining followed by hotdogs and birthday cake back home, and games of sardines until parents collected their daughters. Our two boys laid low in their rooms until all the guests had gone… Today, we have a family birthday tea with another cake (Victoria sponge is her cake of choice – in the oven as a type). Not a bad way to start the week.

I was lucky to find thirteen different flowers in bloom in the garden at this time of year; I wouldn’t usually put all these colours together in a vase but they provide a vibrant burst of colour. The flowers are (from left to right in the first photograph): primrose, snowdrop, Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’, scented narcissus (can’t remember the variety), narcissus ‘Tete-a-tete’, euphorbia (not sure which one), marigold, hesperantha, hellebore, violet, Anemone blanda, muscari and pulmonaria.

I’m joining in as usual with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden (who has tulips already!) for the weekly get-together of Monday vases. Do pop over to her blog and see what she and others have put together from their gardens.

Wishing you a happy week.

 

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47 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: thirteen flowers

  1. Happy birthday to your daughter, I hope she’s having a lovely day. It’s such a great age isn’t it, a world of possibilities and fun stretching out ahead. I laughed at the idea of your boys hiding out in their rooms until the coast was clear. I hope there was a little cake left for them. Have a great day Sam. CJ xx

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  2. Happy Birthday to your daughter! She sounds like a really lovely girl. Trampolining sounds fun. I don’t think we have 13 flowers in our garden yet, must go and check. Enjoy the family birthday party. x

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  3. Oh what a tribute to your birthday girl – the 13 blooms and the whole content of the post itself. how lovely 🙂 The blooms look so effective, laid out like that on the lace edged cloth – a wonderful montage. Thanks for sharing Sam

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  4. Just beautiful. She sounds like a very special young lady. I love having a daughter, which sort of surprised me. I have never had a good relationship with my own mother and I worried a lot about how I’d do with a girl myself. It’s going well so far but I know I have far to go. Happy birthday to your daughter!

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  5. The bouquet is a beautiful way to acknowledge your daughter’s birthday, Sam! She sounds like a wonderful child/young woman and your pride in her is fully justified. You did well by her with the birthday celebration too.

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  6. What a lovely idea, beautifully presented – and many happy returns to your daughter!
    I have to confess to having been a rather horrible teen, so I lived in trepidation that my daughter would behave similarly. I’m delighted and relieved to say she didn’t, and there was barely a cross word between 13 and now (19).
    Fingers crossed that special mother-daughter bond continues for both of us!

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  7. A lovely tribute to the birthday girl (to whom I extend Belated greetings) — I treasure a tiny coalport vase that my mother filled with lilies-of-the-valley on my 18th birthday, and I wouldn’t be surprised if your daughter remembers this vase-ful you put together for her 13th many decades into the future….

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  8. Loving the synchronicity of this Sam – and a happy birthday to your daughter, hope she enjoyed her day. It sounds like you and she have a lovely relationship that will last through the years ahead.

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  9. Happy birthday to you Miss Teenager!!!! Your flowers a just gorgeous. I do hope you enjoy them as much as I have. Have an amazing first teen year xx

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  10. That is a gorgeous way to display and photograph the flowers Sam, and they do look pretty all together in a vase. Yes, a perfect bouquet for a (still) little girl. Hope you had a wonderful family day with her!

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  11. A lovely way to celebrate your daughter’s birthday. Each stage of development is different, we should as you say enjoy each one in turn. I feel blessed to have two wonderful daughters and granddaughters.

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  12. What a special way to mark your daughter’s 13th birthday. Hope you all had a lovely day with the sun shining yesterday. I especially liked the way you laid the flowers out on the tea tray cloth to photograph, a definite vintage vibe there! I can hardly believe you have calendula, hesperantha and anemone coronaria in flower in mid-March – here the garden and plot are still quite frigid although both blue and white anemone blanda are popping up everywhere and the pear tree is about to burst.

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  13. You had better get planting if you want 16 flowers for her 16th birthday! What a lovely way to mark your daughter’s birthday. I suspect that, with you and Agnes, your daughter will remain confident and close to you through her teens. Enjoy having her in the house. My daughter is grown and far away. I think I’ll give her a call!

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    1. It’s odd to think that one day in the not too distant future our children may live far away but that’s the way it goes, isn’t it? I hope you got to speak to your daughter. Yes, 16 flowers in mid-March might be pushing it!

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  14. Congratulations to your daughter, that is a lovely way to celebrate by picking 13 flowers from the garden. I had to smile as all but one are in my garden too. It’s amazing how the marigolds have gone on through the winter. Sarah x

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  15. What beautiful flowers! Happy birthday to your daughter as well, I’m glad she had a lovely day. It’s not easy being the Mum of a teenager, so good luck as you negotiate those choppy waters, although it sounds as if you’re doing all the right things so I’m sure you’ll both come through the other side as good friends xx

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  16. Thirteen – a very special milestone. Your daughter and mine have birthdays just a few days apart. My ‘wee’ girl was 23 this year, and spent her birthday at a volunteer project in Laos. They fly so soon! I loved the teenage years with mine – an absolute joy – and wishing you the same.

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