In a Vase on Monday: Moondance


Since featuring the little vase my Mum made for our last visit here in July she has been reading my vase posts in a new light and is more aware of the challenges in finding something to pop in a vase each week. For this Christmas visit, however, her search could only find some of the hebe which I have also included in my own vase today – but what an amazing bloom it is! Such a gorgeous shade of purpley-blue and flowering off and on throughout the year – what a star!

Anticipating using the same hebe, I had been casting my eye over the fairly barren contents of the rest of her garden for other material, and even the Golfer had commented on the dried self seeded grasses which have readily colonised one of the borders – real rustly-in-the-wind stuff. It was not till Sunday morning that my inspiration came – in the form of the moon shining brightly in the sky above Mull, its light dancing across the sea towards me. Having seen the moon disappearing below the horizon at a similar time (around 8.30am) only two days before this seemed especially bizarre, but at least this time I remembered my camera and was able to capture the moment.

As luck would have it, a more sheltered corner produced some dried honesty seedheads and thus today’s vase was created – honesty for the moon, dried grasses for the moonlight and hebe for the dark morning sea, placed in a little Caithness Glass vase in a colourway I do not have at home. I was led a merry moondance trying to photograph the vase against a background of sea and Mull to replicate the position of the moon, as the wind kept whipping up the contents and blowing the moon off course, threatening to topple the vase from its precarious stance on the garden wall.

So there it is, a wonderful day for a moondance*. What can you find or forage for your own Monday vase? Do share it with us, leaving links to and from this post as usual. Being away from home I may be a little late replying  to comments or viewing your vases but nevertheless I look forward to seeing and reading about them.


*Van Morrison ‘Moondance’

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53 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Moondance

  1. Annette says:

    Pretty vase, Cathy, and the full moon hovering on top makes it so special. I love Van Morrison’s music by the way. Hope you’re not affected by the terrible rain and flooding. Thinking of you and wishing you a happy Monday! PS: My hebe is such a star as well, flowering all year.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette. Apart from a stormy Christmas Eve it has been relatively calm while we have been here although heavy rain is forecast for Weds. Not sure whether to expect disruption to our rail journey home though as we will be passing through the flooded areas of NW England. No flooding back home, I believe

  2. Hannah says:

    Your vase looks so pretty against the background of the sea and cloudbank over the cliffs. The silvery honesty does make a nice moon, and the Hebes are so pretty with the blue vase. I like your moon shot with the reflections on the sea, and distant cliffs.

  3. What a beautiful and imaginative post!

  4. Cath says:

    Beautiful post Cathy, the Lunaria looks like it’s hanging from the grasses. Gorgeous colours, and the Hebe flowers look especially big and healthy. I have done another Christmas vase for the table, but have been looking longingly at the deep blue Hydrangea Blaumeise and the walking Iris – I want some more colours. I must plant some honesty so I can have some of those pretty moons in Autumn. The moon has been spectacular this holiday. We are just watching it now and it’s rising big and yellow. The other night it rose at 8:30 pm and it was huge and really red.
    Here’s my vase.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks , Cath. Yes, they are large hebe blooms and the plant itself is massive, despite occasional heavy lopping – certainly the only colour in Mum’s garden. At home the moon would have been shining directly into our bedroom in the evening so I look forward to that on our return

  5. Cathy says:

    What a beautiful post and vase Cathy. I love the shiny Lunaria seedhead – now so clearly demonstrating how it got its name, and the sea in the background makes it quite magical. I had that song in my head even before you mentioned it. (An old favourite of mine!) We also enjoyed the moon over Christmas – we saw it on our walk on Christmas Eve, rising grandly above the woods as the sun set over the hills opposite. The Hebe really is lovely and the vase matches the colour of the sea perfectly. 🙂

  6. I think this last vase of 2015 is the best….a perfect backdrop of the sea and moon (love that moon shot too)…what a blissful spot! And the Lunaria seedhead couldn’t have been a more perfect central plant for the vase along with the purply hebe. I was also humming the song as soon as I saw your post title…I bet it stays in my head all day now with your lovely images.

    A very special Christmas moon to celebrate! Here is my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – sorry about the ‘earworm’ although it could have been worse! The moon seems to have taken a special significance this month somehow, doesn’t it?

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  8. Stunning backdrop! Gorgeous little Caithness vase. Best wishes to your Mum, please wish her a flower-filled happy New Year. Here’s mine – all sorts of craziness going on in the garden:

  9. What a lovely poetic post today.

  10. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, I love your “moondance” with all the elements so carefully imagined. That is a great color on the hebe and I’m happy to see a blue sky too. Enjoy your visit.

  11. Anna says:

    Your imagination never ceases to amaze me Cathy with that glowing lunaria seed head providing the most perfect substitute moon. Did you hear that it was the first Christmas full moon since 1977?! Glad to read that no vases were harmed in the making thereof – I can imagine the wobbling about in the wind. Was the Golfer crouched down on the other side of the wall ready to catch it if it fell? Enjoy the rest of your stay with your Mum and safe journey home. My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – it might have been a good idea to have the Golfer on hand as I didn’t mention the minutes spent on slippery rocks down towards the sea where I was trying to find a spot out of the wind before giving up and going back to the wall where I started!

  12. Lovely vase and view. Nothing to forage from my garden though I do have a vase. Winter has arrived here with a vengeance: colder than normal temps, gusting winds and snow. Ugh. My vase is here :

  13. Anca Tîrcă says:

    The most beautiful vase ever, Cathy, and the perfect title! Full Moon on Christmas for the first time since 1937. Great shot!

    This is my vase:

  14. Kris P says:

    I love how your contributions are always accompanied by an interesting back-story, Cathy! I was also struck with how similar the views of the blue sky, sea and hills in the distance look to my own vista this morning (so long as I squint to block out the mass of houses between us and those hills). The same massive moon has been on view here and I’m impressed at the job you did in representing it with your floral creation. For my part, I’ve taken advantage of todays “IAVOM” post to also acknowledge my 3rd blog anniversary: Thanks, as always, for hosting and I wish you the best with your holiday visit.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – certainly no houses to block the view here. Beautiful when sunny and calm but it is just as likely to be rainy and windy and rough! Lots of us have been including the moon in our posts this week, haven’t we? Congrats on 3 years of blogging!

  15. I love the vase and the hebe is special. I have been trying for several years to get a hebe to grow in my environment with little luck, they are such gorgeous plants.

  16. Peter/Outlaw says:

    How beautiful! A great combination and wonderful theme. My Monday vase can be found here:

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  18. Julie says:

    Beautiful & inspired Cathy – I love both of your photos!! I have had to rehash a previous vase as I am so short of time today – but I really wanted to check in and wish you and your family a very happy new year!!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you for your best wishes Julie – your family are safely back from their travels I guess? Must confess I haven’ t thought much beyond Christmas yet! Definitely not busy here – unusually for us there has been much sleeping and slobbing going on!

  19. Love the moondance and I must get some of that Hebe, supposedly will grow here in South Florida, it is a spectacular color and goes perfectly with the vase and sky. Here is my vase
    Happy New Year!

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  21. jenhumm116 says:

    By the look of it, a wonderful day for a moondance! Just lovely.

    Here’s mine, done in a terrible rush on Christmas Eve, prior to loading into the car with dog, Christmas pudding, chestnut stuffing and family members:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jen – hope you had a safe journey and a lovely Christmas. We are pleased to be travelling home lighter, without pudding, cake, brandy butter and mincemeat!

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  23. How beautiful! Your photo looks almost tropical, and so pretty with the money plant held up like a full ‘Christmas’ moon in the sky! There was time today (finally) to cut and arrange a vase. So happy to join you again!

  24. Amy says:

    A splendid idea and creation, Cathy! I do love the lunaria 🙂
    I am trying cyclamen again as it worked quite well in an earlier vase:

  25. Noelle says:

    Hello Cathy, such a lovely vase, and as to The Moon…it was beautiful, and your lunaria against the sky and sea is a real tribute. I hope you like my post this week, a day late I am afraid:

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  27. Bec says:

    This is a very beautiful vase and flower choice. – very simple but it looks wonderful against the sky. I bet it was a bit gusty at times. I hope you’re having a wonderful time in Mull – I really miss Scotland. My vase is terribly late but I wanted to celebrate my Very Missed Dad’s birthday. Here is it – have a lovely time with your mum. Love bec xx

    • Cathy says:

      Don’t worry about it not being Monday – it’s good to be able to dedicate a vase, even if doing so is tinged with sadness. You can see Mull across the sea from my Mum’s but she is on a different island – it was quite stormy on Christmas Eve but we were back home before Frank hit Scotland

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