In a Vase on Monday – in the pink with Pimms (and tennis)

In a Vase on Monday – in the pink with Pimms (and tennis)

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This week I’ve been watching a lot of tennis (and drinking Pimms).  It’s definitely part of my summer schedule to watch Wimbledon, I’ve watched it since I was a child.  My Mum loves watching tennis, so I caught the bug from her.  We went to Wimbledon in 1977 when I was 11 – Centre Court tickets. We saw Billy Jean King and Martina, Ile Nastase, a very young John McEnroe. we had a brilliant day. I’d love to go again, need to remember to apply for the ballot 🙂 A friend told me she won ballot tickets for the Ladies Final in 2009, when Serena beat Venus, so it’s worth a go.

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Dianthus and Lavender In My Vase on a Monday

So for today’s vase, I thought I’d do a Wimbledon theme.  There’s always plenty of flowers and plants around the Wimbledon site – and it all looks lovely from what you can see in on the TV/  I picked some dianthus (commonly known as pinks), some  purple perennial wallflower (which is still flowering!), white pelargonium and a different lavender from last week. These colours sum up summer for me – pinks, reds, purples and whites.  My strawberries are over so I couldn’t include them 🙁 The plants aren’t looking very happy in the heat even though they’re in the shade.

Hot hot hot in our garden

It is very dry in our garden, as we’ve only had significant rain one evening last week and once in June.  The temperature has been in mid-20s for a couple months now – with no cloud cover.  Our houses in the UK aren’t designed for this level of sustained heat.  I have the curtains shut at the front of the house and I am grateful for once for a north-facing back garden.  I’d been gardening in the shade when I can too. I’m using the watering can every day- the water butts are full again from last weeks rain so that helps.
The huge moorland fires at Winter Hill, by Bolton and Dovestones, by Oldham are only a few miles from me – the smell of smoke hung across the city centre for a few days two weeks ago.  The firefighters are still dampening down the peat, many footpaths and a few roads are closed.  Grim.

The flowers are displayed in a small jug with roses on, that I bought at Bodnant Garden, a National Trust property, where My Chap and I got engaged in June 2016.  We have picnics often so one of my small hampers is a prop too. I’ve written before about Bodnant, and the jug has appeared before, too:

I don’t have any dainty teacups to put in this shot, as I only have chunky big mugs for tea but I’m sure you get the idea with the mini jug, and the sign is a nod to the scoring in tennis and the small picnic hamper.

Do have a look at Cathy’s post in Rambling in the Garden – she has zinnias this week which I’ve never attempted to grow. Maybe next year.

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The History of Pimms 

I love Pimms – I drink it all year round, usually in pint glasses without fruit just mint and Ice.  Drinking pints of Pimms is my Dad’s fault as he couldn’t be bothered to go back into the kitchen to pour more Pimms when we were sat out enjoying the sunshine in the back garden.  I like the Blackberry and Elderflower Pimms too – it tastes like alcoholic Ribena.  Yoda likes Pimms too 😉  For those that don’t know Pimms was invented in 1823 by James Pimm who owned oyster bars in the City of London.  It’s a gin-based drink and even now the herbs and spices used are a secret recipe.  He went on to invent a number of Cups based on different spirits including No. 6 Cup (vodka),  No 3 Cup (based on Brandy) now available as Winter Pimms.  I drink Winter Pimms too and that’s lovely as a hot drink on a cold, wintery evening.   All the other Cups are phased out at the moment 🙁

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Here are some of my favourite Pimm’s recipes in addition to Pimms and lemonade.  My dad used to put borage in our Pimms but mint is fine too.

Pimms and ginger ale

  • 1 part Pimms and 3 parts ginger ale over ice

My Chap particularly likes this one with a quality ginger beer.

Cranberry Pimms 

  • 375ml  Pimm’s No.1 Cup
  • 1litre sparkling lemonade, chilled
  • 200ml cranberry juice
  • 1 sliced lemon as garnish
  • Mint leaves as garnish
  • Redcurrants or fresh berries, as the garnish

yoda collage with pimms

You can see that Yoda has aged a few years in these pictures too…

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Do you have any favourite summer drinks?  We love gin and tonic too. My Chap has a collection of gins.
What do you have planned for the week?

Carpe Diem

love Bec xxx xxx

 

18 Comments

  1. 16/07/2018 / 3:49 pm

    Oh I have learned a lot about Pimms today – and your drinking habits!! No special summer drinks for me – I have learned o enjoy plain tap water, and definitely not chilled 😉 Your pinks are so pretty, and such an underrated flower as they go on blooming for ages. Great props today too!

    • 28/07/2018 / 12:47 pm

      thanks Cathy – I mostly drink earl grey or peppermint tea in the garden 🙂 a pimms or two or gin at the weekend. I’m really enjoying making my little posies this year – there’s another one this week. lots love Bec xx

      • 30/07/2018 / 9:09 am

        So glad you are a position to be making posies regularly

  2. 16/07/2018 / 4:18 pm

    You can’t beat a nice Pimms on a hot day whilst watching Wimbledon.

  3. 16/07/2018 / 7:14 pm

    Its so hard, the games just make one so thirsty!!! And that is just for us sofa spectators….nice little posy, fit for presentation to a local tennis champion. Hope people go out and enjoy playing a game or two this summer.

    • 28/07/2018 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks Noelle 🙂 I’ve been doing lots of little posies this summer as my garden hasn’t coped well with the heat (apart from my lavender). I love watching tennis but not played it for years. Love Bec

  4. 16/07/2018 / 7:43 pm

    Not been to Bodnant for YEARS!! Love your stone Yoda xx

    • 16/07/2018 / 9:36 pm

      it’s well worth a visit anytime of year – they’ve opened out more of the garden. There’s a really good garden centre, some craft shops and an ace tea room. Ah thanks – My Chap bought him for me in a little garden centre near Blackburn about 6/7 years ago. He moves around the garden 🙂

  5. 16/07/2018 / 11:13 pm

    You found the perfect vase for your pinks! As Yoda approves of Pimms, perhaps I’ll have to try it.

    • 17/07/2018 / 10:53 am

      Thank you 🙂 its a mini jug so its handy for tiny flowers like pinks – aye give pimms a go – you can buy it pre mixed in cans.

  6. 18/07/2018 / 7:41 pm

    Love your dianthus and all the interesting items mentioned. You certainly picked a great year to visit Wimbledon. Hope you make it back. I’ve heard of Pimms but never tried it. Must get around to that!

  7. 18/07/2018 / 7:41 pm

    Love your dianthus and all the interesting items mentioned. You certainly picked a great year to visit Wimbledon. Hope you make it back. I’ve heard of Pimms but never tried it. Must get around to that!

    • 28/07/2018 / 12:48 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I hope I’ll get back to Wimbledon another time. If I lived in London I’d queque to get returns. You can get pimms with lemonade in cans in most supermarkets. Love Bec xx

  8. 28/07/2018 / 12:45 pm

    Thanks Noelle 🙂 I’ve been doing lots of little posies this summer as my garden hasn’t coped well with the heat (apart from my lavender). I love watching tennis but not played it for years. Love Bec

  9. 28/07/2018 / 12:47 pm

    thanks Cathy – I mostly drink earl grey or peppermint tea in the garden 🙂 a pimms or two or gin at the weekend. I’m really enjoying making my little posies this year – there’s another one this week. lots love Bec xx

    • 30/07/2018 / 9:09 am

      So glad you are a position to be making posies regularly

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