In a Vase on Monday: Rhapsody in Blue

IMG_1733The title and focus of this week’s vase was decided a week ago, partly inspired by Hillward’s ‘blue’ post (thank you Sara) which made me more aware of all the emerging blues in my own garden. Today was therefore simply a matter of picking a handful of the various blues and stuffing them in an appropriate container – something along those lines anyway!

The moody blues comprised Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ (love that one!) and P. ‘Opal’, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, muscari, blue Anemone blanda and Symphytum ‘Hidcote Blue’, a pale blue comfrey much loved by bees. In the absence of the blue ribbed ‘poison’ bottle that I was sure there was somewhere around the house I used other props from our ‘spare’ bedroom, which has a blue and white theme. The picture shelf there was not quite wide enough for the chosen jug to sit in front one of the big meat platters so, after a little judicial dusting (no need to go overboard), it just took its place between other artefacts on the shelf et voilΓ !

IMG_1736I am really pleased with the end result of this and with the varied flowers in the jug I am pretty optimistic that it will still be looking as pretty by the end of the week, even if one or two have begun to droop or fade. Again it shows that a simple grouping of flowers can look really effective without the need for any arranging – so please do consider joining in either regularly or occasionally. Those of us who do so are finding great pleasure in the challenge of finding pleasing combinations of flowers and foliage and appropriate props, so try it and see. Just leave a link to this post on your own blog and a link in a comment on this post back to your own so we can share in your delights too.

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42 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Rhapsody in Blue

  1. Such beautiful flowers. They look great in that vase as well. I may well have to give this challenge a go. πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sophie – the challenge makes you think differently about possible vases too. It would be lovely if you could join in sometimes.

  2. Debra says:

    Beautiful, just love doing in a vase on Monday. Mine today is yellow.

  3. Petal & Pins says:

    Garden Greetings from Tasmania! Here’s a link to my In a Vase on Monday

  4. Pauline says:

    Blue is my favourite colour and I think blue flowers are so gorgeous. I noticed yesterday how many blue flowers were out in the garden, they make a nice contrast to all the yellow!

    • Cathy says:

      They do indeed Pauline – and I particularly love the blue of P. Blue Ensign and anemone blanda which I see as I write this.

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  6. Christina says:

    That is so pretty and delicate Cathy, my vase is not delicate at all, its all about contrast today. Here’s the link:
    and thanks as always for thinking up this meme and hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina. It’s always exciting having these links come through and not really knowing what to expect till I click on them πŸ˜‰

  7. Kris P says:

    The blue flowers are perfect with the blue and white vase and the addition of the similarly colored crockery is a nice touch. Here’s my 1st contribution to your meme, with thanks for playing host:

  8. Chloris says:

    Blue and white, my favourite colour combination. it looks stunning. I love the china too. I am joining your meme today

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris. It was very dusty china I am afraid to say – but hey! there is a lot more to life than dusting, isn’t there?! Looking forward to finding out what is in your vase although I think there is a bit of your link missing…ps went back and changed the link after I had visited the post

  9. Cathy this is stunning especially with the vase. As the garden starts to wake up, I hope to join in!

  10. Annette says:

    This is wonderful – blue looks always so refreshing and clean. Such harmony and I love the way you included the light blue colours which somehow lift the other darker blues. A delight! I’m under a lot of pressure but couldn’t help it and had to do one too!!! It made me feel so good – so thanks for that, Cathy πŸ™‚ My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Annette – and I am so glad that you allowed yourself some light relief to show us your fritillaries. Please do take more breaks….

  11. Catherine says:

    Beautify! Instant smiles right here! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Sarah says:

    Lovely Cathy! I love the dark green of the foliage. I’m all pinks today!

    • Cathy says:

      Blue and green make such a good combination, don’t they? Thanks for joining in – I shall be off to look at your pink ASAP πŸ™‚

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  14. Julie says:

    I really love your vase today Cathy – blue and white china is a favourite of mine and I love the cool calm blues of your flowers. A total contrast to mine this week! I also love Blue Ensign – I added some to my woodland just yesterday. I must investigate the comfrey – are you growing to make plant food or just as a garden plant? Either way it works well with your vase.

    You can find mine at

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Julie – the comfrey is essentially for the garden, but I do pull up clumps and throw them on the compost heap periodically and do intend to soak them in a bucket too. Hasn’t lasted in the jug though – perhaps the ends needed to be dunked in hot water first. Hope your Blue Ensign settles in quickly! Sorry to be a bit late checking yours out – look forward to seeing it!

  15. pbmgarden says:

    Such a striking arrangement Cathy. Lovely use of blue flowers and accessories. As always, thanks for hosting. Here’s my contribution for the week:

  16. Anna says:

    Oh simply beautiful Cathy. I think that is possibly my favourite of your vases to date – maybe that’s because I most partial to the blues. I would have never thought of putting pulmonaria in a vase and wonder how long it will last. I think that the touch of ‘Opal’ is inspired bringing the arrangement to life.
    PS Can’t see a speck of dust πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      I used pulmonaria one of the other weeks and it lasted really well, although it seemed to take a day to settle in. ‘Opal’ was new to me last year and flowers really strongly. The dust was wiped off the visible areas (only) before the photos were taken….. πŸ˜‰

  17. hillwards says:

    My pleasure! What a lovely combination of blues you have, I particularly love those amenones.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sara – I wasn’t sure what the anemones would be like in a vase, particularly as they close up every night, but so far they are still looking fresh

  18. Hi! Chloris prompted me to come and take a look! The display is lovely – simple flowers, in a perfectly matching container! Almost tempted to go and buy some blue and white crockery especially! And even thinking of joining in!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi there – thanks for dropping in.Do join in whenever you feel the time is right – you would be most welcome. Most of the blue and white bits we have were from a Β£2 box at an auction and aren’t perfect, but you can’t see chips and cracks when they are on a shelf!

  19. Sally says:

    How beautiful! A delight to my color starved eyes!

  20. I love everything about this little combo. I missed Monday but will share your post on digwithdorris as several non blogging friends are enjoying it so much. It has inspired them to take snips from their own gardens and put them in vessels as well as vases. How cool is that. D.

    • Cathy says:

      I really appreciate your comments and it’s lovely to know that other people are picking up on the idea of picking bits and pieces too. The ‘combo’ is still looking as fresh as it did on Monday, and even the comfrey which originally drooped has perked up and is looking better than ever πŸ™‚

  21. Reblogged this on digwithdorris and commented:
    I know that one or two of my non blogging readers are enjoying the In a vase post. I am really pleased about this as it seems to have inspired you to pick pretties from the garden and bring them in to enjoy at closer quarters. So for you, and you all know who you are, here are a couple of lovelies to share.

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