In a Vase on Monday : It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that zing)

IMG_5033I may have got a little carried away picking for today’s vase, but once the theme of ‘zinginess’ has suggested itself I just kept picking the brightest and boldest blooms possible and ended up with a real rainbow of colours. Thus we have a single ‘Double Price’ tulip, a trio of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, a few Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and an unnamed pink wallfower, Geum ‘Prince of Orange’, ‘Totally Tangerine’ and ‘Mrs Bradshaw’, single stems of Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ and Hellebore foetidus, red Sweet William ‘Black Prince’, bluebells, comfrey, self-seeded pink columbine and a handful of Nasturtium ‘Banana Split’. Oh, and some of that striking lime green aquilegia foliage that people either love or hate.

This must be my biggest vase of the year so far and needed this chunky vase that has been unused for months and as I trimmed the blooms I resisted the temptation to cut them too short and thus retained some height. The allium has such tall, straight and striking stems it was almost a shame to cut them but I knew their contribution to the vase would be welcomed. Surgery was neededย  for the pink wallflowers which were getting leggy but their colour was just what was needed and stripping dead blooms from the lower part of the stems improved their appearance. Time spent arranging the blooms was minimal (so what’s new?!) – just enough to mix the colours and achieve a relatively balanced look.

IMG_5031The first photographs were taken inside against the backdrop of a ‘mock’ stained glass door – a coloured plastic film is smoothed over the glass and looks quite effective – to try and match the zinginess of the blooms, but the light wasn’t brilliant and the clear glass of the vase showed the jumble of stems. Spur of the moment Plan B involved wrapping a sheet of sparkly card around the vase and cutting lengths of rainbow coloured ribbon and Plan C brought the vase outside to one of my favourite photo shoot locations. Photographing Monday vases outside always gives a better result and today’s was no exception.

With May’s abundance in the garden I suppose it is fitting to have a vase that represents this abundance and this zingy collection does seem to fit the bill. I wonder whether there will be other zingy vases today? It is so exciting seeing what our blogging friends find in their gardens to pop into a vase on a Monday morning – if you haven’t already joined us please do, either every week or just once in a while. It’s not competitive, just an encouragement to pick blooms and bring them into the house for your own pleasure – and if you add links to and from your post we can share in that pleasure too.


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70 Responses to In a Vase on Monday : It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that zing)

  1. Brian Skeys says:

    Do Wah, Do Wah, Do Wah, Do Wah! It certainly has that zing.

  2. Anna says:

    Wow! I need my sun glasses on Cathy even though it’s pouring down outside. Thanks for the earworm ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Christina says:

    that is certainly a vibrant vase Cathy! pinks and oranges – who says they don’t look great together, Zing that’s what we need in our lives this lovely May day. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina, and looking at my original two bold borders today I definitely need more hot pinks and purples in there with the orange and yellows

      • Bold borders! Yes! I’m gonna go for that, brilliant idea.

        • Cathy says:

          I used to have 2 ‘hot’ borders but they never stayed hot for long enough so following a suggestion from another blogger I decided to go down the ‘bold’ route and add pinks and purples which in time should work much better. Have a look at Sarah Raven’s ‘Bold and Brilliant garden’ book

  5. Helen Johnstone says:

    wow very zingy, for a moment I thought we had moved forward to late summer. Heres the link to mine

    • Cathy says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ although I suspect late summer might not be quite as zingy, but I am working on it so things don’t just tail off!

  6. This vase spells SPRING. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. homeslip says:

    So bright and colourful, just what we need today. I do love the way you let rip with this meme Cathy, no wonder so many of us love to join in. Right here goes with linking back to mine:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks ‘Homeslip’ – I am so glad other people have been encouraged to join in. Here goes at checking your link… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. Cathy says:

    Zing, panache, razzmatazz, whatever you call it it’s wonderful! I thought the vase was a metal jug at first – good idea with the card. And I do like that spot where you take the photos outdoors. I’ve got an earworm for you too today, Cathy…..

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I might have got away without the card having added the ribbons which were an inspired afterthought!!

  10. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, I love this happy arrangement. Isn’t it great to have such a bounty of blooms again? I also like the photo of the vase in front of the door. Despite the low light, it has a great composition. My vase is

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie. I put the vase together on Sunday afternoon and took photos in front of the door but then went back to it a couple of hours later and looked at more objectively – I was so pleased to have thought about adding the ribbons as they pick up the colours in the vase.

  11. No zing in my garden until June sometime….pastel spring rules right now….but I love the explosion of colors here….and I love the shadowy picture too…it shows the wonderful shape of the arrangement…..I have been keeping indoors for pictures as the garden is too weedy now…once it fills in with plants and flowers and the weeds have been eliminated I hope to get outside for some photo shoots….here is my vase today!

    • Cathy says:

      Isn’t it strange how the ‘zing’ suddenly arrives as it was all pastels here too until recently? I am still catching up on weeding from when we are away and with rain this week they will be growing as quickly as everything else!

  12. Really enjoyed seeing the progression of the photos and how you put it all together. I am amused as my garden has a fair amount of zing at the moment but I did the most restrained vase possible. There must be an Ellington song for my composition if I could think of it! My vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – perhaps there would be some benefit in always leaving time between first creating the vase and photographing/posting. I now tend to put mine together on Sundays as I am out for much of Monday morning and I like to post as early as I can so that others can link to it, so I now schedule it. ps you will think of a song in due course! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Zing is the way I’m going today too! Inspired by weeding the garden. Love your vase of abundant ZING!! Here’s my ‘Vase on Monday’:

  14. Do we think it’s MAY???

  15. What a beautiful vase and a great creative composition, Cathy! Have a week with plenty of zing!This is my vase:

  16. johnvic8 says:

    That is a zinger for sure. Wow! I don’t think I can come close to the zinginess.
    So here is my offering:

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  18. Kris P says:

    Zing is an understatement – it’s an explosion of spring! Thanks for hosting, Cathy. Here are my contributions this week:

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  20. croftgarden says:

    Nothing like starting the week with fizz, bang, wallop! I’m not sure I could cope with such an extrovert display before breakfast. A great earworm too. Allegedly earthworms can be cured by chewing gum! I think I’d rather have the earworm.

  21. rickii says:

    I love the moody drama of the indoor shot. Of course, it also tones down the vibrancy of the colors, so it’s good to see the other photos as well. Here’s what I crammed into today’s vase:

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  23. Brilliant in every sense, Cathy! It gives off so much energy, vibrance and happiness that I couldn’t help but smile when I saw your photos. Here’s mine:

    • Cathy says:

      Thnaks Joanna – it made me realise how the colours in the garden had suddenly changed from the more subtle hellebores and pulmonaria of early spring

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  25. Julie says:

    You certainly did achieve ‘zingy’ today Cathy – I love your colour choice and variety of flowers. The vase works well with the height of the blooms and it was an excellent idea to use the card to hide the stems – I never notice how the stems look until I take the photographs and then it always leaps out at me if they look untidy.

    Although we both chose alliums this week mine are decidedly un-zingy – perhaps a result of the grey wet day we have had or the post holiday rush to get up to date with other jobs! My contribution this week is at:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – and I am so looking forward to the other alliums coming out – and I must buy more of these PS ones as they look stunning and of course the ones in the vase have all opened now

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  27. Lily Lau says:

    You’re so creative, Cathy! I love what you did ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Your vase is truly “Zingy” and puts me in a party mood. Love the outdoor shots with ribbons, sparkle, and lush moss! How beautiful! And so many colorful flowers. You have such variety now that spring has settled in. Lovely ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here are more roses from me today, with a little Mountain Laurel added between them :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth – I am pleased I thought of these ribbons to enhance the vase and am sure there will be opportunities to use them again. And yes, parts of the garden are definitely beginning to look zingy!

  29. Amy says:

    I’m happy to see I wasn’t the only person who couldn’t resist going with the zing this time! I love the effect here, Cathy – especially the fact you were able to combine short and long stemmed flowers! I love getting to see sweet william with allium! And the ribbons were the perfect final touch ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Here is mine…

    • The Zing sisters!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – ‘zing’ was so representative of the garden that I just had to go with it! I had to trim the allium stems quite a lot but these SW which I grew from seed have really long flower stems, even though I pinched them out. The nasturtiums were the only yellow I had so were only just tucked in at the base! I was pleased with how well the ribbons worked, particularly as they were an afterthought ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. lindachilton says:

    Hi Cathy, I love this vase in both its presentations- bright and be ribboned and full of zing , and mysterious with its sculptural stems. I am just beginning with IAVOM and had not realized how difficult taking these photos could be. Here is my link

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – the photographing can be the hardest part, particularly if you haven’t got uncluttered walls and surfaces in your house! Taking them outside is invariably going to give better results (for an amateur photographer like me, anyway!)

  31. Cathy I love those colours, really energising.My late effort this week is the complete opposite, tell me what you think.

  32. Elizabeth says:

    I just love your vase this week, Cathy, and my husband would approve of it too. He loves bright, vibrant colours and this is reflected in his choice of plants for the garden. No soft pastels for him, the zingier and jazzier the better. I’ve gone for sunny yellow with pale pink for my very late entry this week:

  33. Glorious colours, I wish we had as much out here ๐Ÿ™‚

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  35. Bec says:

    You can’t beat rainbow colours and ribbons – thank you Cathy it’s really cheered me up. Thank you – especially as I’ve had a very weird few weeks – I’m late as usual too. I’ve gone for lilac and purple and my final tulip.
    I’m hoping for better weather so I can get out in the garden – I need to ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Hope all is well and you haven’t had lots of problems Bec. Thanks for your kind comments about the vase – I have enjoyed looking at it whilst it has been grey and rainy (hurrah!) outside ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Annette says:

    So joyful, Cathy, and am I right in assuming that it mirrors the state of the gardener’s heart and mind? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. I am in love with this arrangement! It is so bold, and something that I would never dare do (plus, my garden doesn’t produce even half as many colors), but it just works. The bright colors favor the informal, cascading shape, too. Bravo!

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