In a Vase on Monday: Peace, Prosperity and Goodwill

IMG_6402And that includes goodwill to the poinsettia, which is NOT my favourite plant but having a December birthday invariably means I receive one most years at sometime during the month – so rather than letting it languish as I have a tendency to do it has been snipped and used in today’s vase.

The intention was always there for a seasonal vase of some sort, but the addition of the spiky green blooms of Chrysanthemum ‘Green Anastasia’ was prompted by their sudden half-hearted appearance during the week and adds a ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the overall effect. I have been completely underwhelmed by the performance of the chrysanthemums I tried out this year and am unlikely to repeat the exercise although I wouldn’t discount the lack of chrysanthemum experience of the gardener as a factor in their relative failure. Nevertheless, their bright-greenness sits well alongside the spiky ivy flowers and the variegated holly.

IMG_6407Mindful of the drying effect of bringing potted snowdrops inside, I moved last week’s ‘vase’ outside after a few days, recycling the witch hazel and twisted hazel (both looking as fresh as they did a week ago) in today’s vase. The vase itself is a small glass container (about 3″ high) with a slightly incurved rim, designed to hold a tea light, and as the poinsettia was relatively top heavy the stems were inserted into floral foam. I use the latter only rarely and in retrospect glass pebbles would probably have provided equally effective support. To hide the foam I gathered up a square of silver tissue paper, fastening it out of sight near the rim with a rubber band.

The vase was photographed outside against another sheet of decorative tissue paper, this IMG_6406time covered in stars, but finding appropriate props wasn’t quite as straightforward. I remembered these bright red money envelopes almost immediately – they came in a package from Hong Kong with a Tai Chi jacket which the Golfer is giving me for Christmas, with instructions to fill them with money and give them as gifts for good luck and prosperity* in the new year – and they certainly complement the equally bright poinsettia. In the absence of anything dove-like (a chicken would be a poor substitute) to symbolise peace it took a little scouring of the premises to come up with this acrylic hologram of the world held safely in a pair of compassionate hands, a peaceful gesture indeed.

As this is my last vase before Christmas I would like to wish peace, prosperity and goodwill to you and all mankind. It may be a mere speck in the bigger picture but our Monday vases have generated untold goodwill amongst bloggers and readers and enriched our lives in many different ways – so please continue to do so by sharing your own vases in the usual way, leaving links to and from this post.

With seasonal love to you all, Cathy

IMG_6403* kung hei fat choy congratulations and be prosperous

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62 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Peace, Prosperity and Goodwill

  1. rusty duck says:

    Happy Christmas Cathy and well done for all your vases this year. I may not have participated, but I’ve enjoyed every one.

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  3. Inspired use of poinsettia. I’ve tried to keep them going for another year and always failed, poor things. Thank you for your seasonal good wishes. I do hope you and your family have a wonderful time of celebration this week. Here’s my summery vase!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sandra – certainly no likelihood of me ever trying to keep a poinsettia going for another year!! Our turn to go up to my Mum’s this year, so packing needed for that too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. What a fabulous vase Cathy with all the Christmas trimmings and perfect plant material. And I love the sentiment as well…wishing you peace, prosperity and goodwill too! Happy Christmas!

    Here is my vase for the holidays….similar materials to last year’s but I loved it for the Solstice and upcoming Christmas. Hope you enjoy it:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – I was tempted to look back and see what I had put in my pre-Christmas vase last year but resisted and just went with my instincts!

  5. Ann Edwards Photography says:

    the lovely green chrysanthemum works well with the vibrant red poinsettia. I share a December birthday with you, but have never been given a poinsettia! You are quite right that these Monday vases have enriched our lives in many ways – seasonal good wishes to you and your family. Here is my link –

  6. Chas Spain says:

    Great going Cathy – have a superb Christmas

  7. Sam says:

    Very festive. Have a wonderful Christmas Cathy and here’s to a new year full of good things. Sam x

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  9. Cath says:

    Happy Christrmas Cathy, and thank you for the inspiration this year. I love your green Chrysanthemum, it’s such a great colour, and it looks fab with the poinsettia. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and look forward to more Monday vases in the New Year.
    Here’s my Christmas vase for this week

  10. Annette says:

    Happy birthday (belated?) to you, dear Cathy, and thanks for being such an inspiration through the year. Up to now I’ve not got a Poinsettia but this may still happen ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. pbmgarden says:

    Happy Birthday Cathy. Your seasonal vase is lovely. Poinsettias have a narrow window of welcome at my house. I love them for a couple of weeks, then I’m ready to move on. Smart of you to harvest the leaves for your vase. Peace and love to you and yours. Susie

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie, birthday been and gone! It was seeing poinsettias in vases last week that made me decide to take advantage of my gift, which up to then had been virtually ignored ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. homeslip says:

    Happy Birthday Cathy. Sharing in the joys of this meme has been one of my blogging highlights this year. Thank you for all your wonderful inspirational vases and support. Merry Christmas.
    Sarah x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sarah – the birthday was earlier in the month – even the cards are down now, and I seem to have misled people a little. So pleased you enjoy In a Vase on Monday – it is certainly the highlight of my week ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Wonderful, I like the Poinsettia in the arrangement and agree with you – here in Florida they are sold as bedding plants and people plant them outside. I find this odd.

    Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to you.

    Here is my link:

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  15. Cathy says:

    The photos are lovely Cathy, and make your poinsettia look dreamy and romantic. Mine wilted last night, so a quick bath was needed to rejuvenate it… Lovely props too. Thank you so much for all your lovely vases and your encouraging comments during the year. Happy Christmas Cathy!

  16. That Chrysanthemum is a great addition even if it did not perform in the garden as you wished. And you are right that this meme has given so many of us pleasure and a weekly creative push to add something from our garden to the mix. I’m featuring a poinsettia as well this week. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  17. Chloris says:

    I am not keen on poinsettias either but it looks lovely, giving your arrangement a bright festive touch. And how endlessly inventive you are with your props! I love it.
    Best wishes to you and the Golfer, Cathy and a very Happy Christmas.โ€ฆhristmas-cheer/

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – I wonder if I will get to the end of my seemingly bottomless prop pot one of these days….? Our seasonal best wishes to you and the Pianist (which came out as Painist the first time I wrote it!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Noelle says:

    Your vases and this meme have been one of the stars in my year. A Very Happy Birthday, and Best Wishes to you and the Golfer, Happiness and Health in the New Year. As always Luck is always welcome…

  19. Anna says:

    Snap! We have one ingredient in common this week Cathy – well in my case it’s the only one ๐Ÿ™‚ Your season arrangement is most eye-catching and your props as ingenious as always. Many best wishes for your birthday – I hope that your special day was/is filled with fun and flowers. I hope that you both enjoy the festivities to come. Happy Christmas!

    My little vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Oh I wonder what it is in your vase – I was going to guess at Anastasia and then I noticed your title in the link so am probably right!! Liverpool was a birthday trip Anna, so yes fun and poppies and meeting you again!!

  20. Peter/Outlaw says:

    The happiest of birthdays to you, Cathy. I join you in wishing peace, prosperity and goodwill to all and thank you for being the gracious host of this incredible party! Your arrangement is bright, festive and full of joy! My contribution can be found here:

  21. Kris P says:

    Your vase posts have indeed been a celebration of goodwill, Cathy! Thanks for your dedicated service as host and the constant source of inspiration you’ve provided. I hope you enjoy a very happy birthday and have a merry Christmas! Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris, it has of course been a pleasure to host the meme and although it takes more than just a few hours to reply to everyone and view there vases it is worth it knowing how much we all benefit from sharing them.

  22. Brian Skeys says:

    Have a good Christmas Cathy. I have enjoyed my first year in the blogging community also meeting you and the golfer earlier in the year.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Brian, and the same to both of you – I have had the pleasure of meeting EIGHT bloggers this year, a pleasure indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Eliza Waters says:

    I love the idea of using poinsettias as a cut flower, they add such vibrancy to an arrangement. I like the green mums (even if they didn’t perform as well as you had hoped) and the variegated holly, which I wish I could grow, but it is too cold here.
    Do you get my ping backs? They never seem to show up for some reason. Here’s my link: Thank you for hosting and have a Merry Christmas!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Eliza – it seems strange that it is too cold for holly where you are as it naturalises so well in the UK. I don’t know why your pingbacks aren’t shown – I have checked to make sure they are not disallowed and it seems strange that yours is also a WordPress blog.

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  25. Julie says:

    What a seasonal treat Cathy – I think it is an excellent idea to use poinsettia plants like this! My chrysanthemums have been disappointing this year as well – I usually feed them regularly as the flower buds develop but missed this stage this year due to my knee – my flowers are much smaller as a result. I am glad to be back with contribution this week:

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!

  26. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Cathy, your arrangement is lovely and inspired … I would never have thought of using a poinsettia and I always receive at least one for Christmas every year too ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the green of the chrysanthemums is so perfect in your arrangement..I’m back after a necessary break but still gathering roses – at Christmas! The link to my vase is:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth – there are still a few roses here but I gave them a rest this week!

      • Elizabeth says:

        Thanks for your lovely comment. I can’t believe how pretty my roses are still, especially when they should be sleeping by now. In answer to your question, it’s the jar that is red and not the water … I haven’t got round to copying your trick of dying water yet ๐Ÿ™‚

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  29. Another beautiful composition. I like the way the leaves and bracts work together so that the whole posey appears as though it were being unwrapped. My link is

  30. rickii says:

    I’ve been a slacker lately, what with all the holiday hubub. I do continue to follow and enjoy. Merry Christmas!

  31. Amy says:

    Wishing you all the best, Cathy – with a big thank you for all the enjoyment your blog and this meme have given ๐Ÿ˜€ I do hope that chrysanthemum gives you a bit more; the colour is wonderful. I’ve never had much luck with poinsettias on my own responsibility, though they are very nostalgic plants for me. At any rate, there are none in this week’s vase ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you so much Amy for all your kind words. I have 2 of these chrysanthemum plants and 2 of another green one, but these two blooms are the only ones so far!!

  32. Christina says:

    Happy Birthday for whenever it was, well done for hosting this meme, no vase from me today as we were travelling between relations all day on Monday. Have a great Christmas!

  33. Your holiday vase looks very cheery.You can thank that poinsettia sender for the color. Merry Christmas!

  34. jenhumm116 says:

    A lovely Christmassy vase.
    I was in such a busy tizzy I forgot to link my post here yesterday!

    Have a fabulous Christmas Cathy and thanks for hosting this lovely meme.

  35. Sarah says:

    I just discovered this blog meme and wanted to try it out. Computer troubles kept me from posting until today.
    It involves a convertible vase and a cat (if you like cats). Cheers and Happy Holidays!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Sarah – thanks for joining in and sorry I couldn’t catch up with your post until today. It is a really supportive meme and hopefully you will want to join us most weeks

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