In a Vase on Monday – Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes (James Brown)


Charlotte potato flowers

I was checking the garden today when I noticed that our potatoes have started to flower. There are two rows of Lady Christl and two of Charlotte, but it is the Charlottes that are coming into flower. Their flowers are really rather lovely, pale lilac and white and could be mistaken for petunia flowers at first glance. So I picked some and decided to add a few other flowers to join Cathy’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ challenge.


It’s a shame that they were hanging their little heads, but they look cute dangling over the edge of the vase.

I added some nigella (love-in-the-mist). They are the most fantastic, easy-to-grow annual flower ever and they self-seed readily:


And picked some of those beautiful, strongly-scented, two-tone Matucana sweetpeas:


Plus some foxgloves, linaria, ox-eye daisies and quaking grass, Briza maxima. All self-seeded in fact.

Eventually I remembered that I had seen some potato vine flowers (Solanum laxum) by the greenhouse, so I couldn’t resist pick those too and mashing them all together …


See … Mashed potatoes

(Dee Dee Sharp this time!)

Don’t forget to check Cathy’s post for more vases.


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20 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – Mashed Potatoes

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Your title certainly aroused my curiosity! Very clever.
    A lovely combination – and aren’t self-sowers marvelous? I was just thinning Nigella seedlings this morning– we’re quite a bit behind you, but with the onset of hotter weather, I expect things will catch up soon.

  2. shoreacres says:

    I think the combination of colors is luscious. And believe it or not, even though I was in high school when that song was introduced, I don’t remember hearing it. I vaguely remember the dance called the mashed potato, but I don’t think it ever took the midwest by storm!

  3. Tina says:

    I’m swooning over all your pinks and purples!

    • Thanks. They are my favourites … a lot of my planting schemes tend towards this bit of the spectrum. I have to steel myself to go oranges, reds and occasionally yellows!

  4. pbmgarden says:

    These are so beautiful. Lovely colors.

  5. Cathy says:

    Oh your mashed up vase is such fun, particularly with self seeders to join the potatoes – those Charlotte flowers really are pretty and it’s lovely to see them. I haven’t grown potatoes for years but do flowers mean that they are ready to dig up? I can’t remember… Seeing more blue nigella in a vase I must ensure I encourage it to self seed here too – I have pink and white but the blue is probably the most striking. Thanks for joining us today, Allison

    • Soon for the potatoes, but not yet. I am anxious about the crop though, because of the minuscule amounts of rain we have had. Funny, but I’ve never grown mixed colours of nigella, just like I always grow blue clary sage, not the mixed. Says something about my character perhaps!

      • Cathy says:

        Oh me too, Allison – the only mixed things I am happy to grow are sweet peas and Busy Lizzies! The nigella are 2 separate varieties and interestingly I also grow a pink variety of clary sage as well as the blue, and did search for a white variety this year too – but it only seemed to be available in a mixed pack, which I didn’t want! Apparently the farmers near us who grow early potatoes couldn’t lift the crop because it was so dry

  6. Cathy says:

    Fabulous colours and fun mixing in a few unusual flowers too. The sweet peas are beautiful. 😃

  7. What a perfect combination. Really lovely.

  8. Chloris says:

    I grow Charlotte potatoes and I never noticed the pretty flowers. Such a pretty arrangement.

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