In a Vase on Monday: Continuing the Thread

IMG_6738I had envisaged having to compile a green vase with mostly foliage before now, but early spring surprises postponed this necessity – and with Tête-à-Tête beginning to flower it could have been a floral vase again today but foregoing that opportunity I went with this green one instead.

Taking green blooms of a self-seeded euphorbia (not sure which one) and Hellebore foetidus as a starting point I added distinctive foliage of spotted laurel, an almost lime green ivy, fresh aquilegia growth and stiff epimedium leaves with their appealing bronze halo. Placed in the green spherical glass vase that has been used before they needed a handful of glass pebbles keep the wayward stems in place and the ivy, which never dangles the way you would like it to, tucked in behind other stems to keep it under control.


Mindful of all the shades of green in the garden I was rummaging in the loft for tubes of green acrylic paint to reflect this range when a box of embroidery threads caught my eye  and with far more shades of thread than paint the props were now a foregone conclusion. Neatly and opportunely they also gave me the title, linking as the threads do to last week’s Stitching a Garden Tapestry haiku – more than any other colour it is the green threads that hold the garden tapestry together.

So there we have it, another Vase on Monday, everything falling into place as it always seems to do. What will fall into your vase this week? Do share what you have found in your garden or foraged nearby to fill your vase by leaving the usual links to and from this post.


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81 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Continuing the Thread

  1. I couldn’t agree more Cathy…shades of green scream spring! Love all the greens especially the hellebores. Waiting on spring here…winter is making a comeback later this week so your greens are a welcome sight. And the threads are a perfect prop.

    Here’s my link for this week:

  2. AnnetteM says:

    Inspired title and props. Yet again. How do you come up with all these ideas?

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  4. Lovely greens, and such a nice link to the photo challenge.

  5. sultanabun says:

    That is wonderful and very inspiring. I’m not good at seeing the green.

  6. Christina says:

    This is truly beautiful Cathy, I love the subtle greens and how they work together. The green threads are a touch of genius, I agree with Annette – how do you do it? Here’s my link:

  7. Anca Tîrcă says:

    These shades of green make you feel happy and full of energy. Great vase, Cathy! Mine is rather blue :)) :

  8. Annette says:

    Hi Cathy, yes, we all long for spring and isn’t your vase beautiful as always: a lovely arrangement of greenery and then the cheeky threads which have written ‘Cathy’ all over them. Nobody else would think of such a detail! Here’s my contribution: Thanks for inspiring me to think about something suitable – it feels so good, being creative, and I really think I should take part more often 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – in a way this green vase feels like a treat, something I have saved up for all winter as I expected to fall back on largely foliage before now

  9. Cath says:

    What a beautiful vase. I especially like the Hellebore and the Euphorbia, but it’s all lovely together and the threads are perfect. I’m not entirely happy with mine this week but there it is.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath – and I wanted my vase to be a little more rounded than it was but I had to let the stems do their own thing in the end!

  10. pbmgarden says:

    Ah, Cathy, so impressive! I think monochromatic flower arrangements are the ultimate in elegance. Great textures and I love the little thread packets you included for interest. Here’s to a good week for you.
    My vase is:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – and strangely it is only since we began our vases that it occurred to me that monochromatic didn’t always mean just black & white!

  11. You do have a vase of greens. Very good. I love the thread thread…..

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  13. Cathy says:

    There are so many shades of green aren’t there, and it never ceases to amaze me when spring arrives and all the differnet hues of green unfold. Lovely with your hellebores, and the threads and tapestry theme are perfect! A few green shoots are now appearing in my garden too, so here’s my vase for today:

  14. I think the background color is one of the best parts of the vase – the foliage is a lovely combination as well. Spotted Laurel is new to me, I thought that was Aucuba! The vases do often just fall into place and I often end up with something entirely different from the original idea. Here is my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      I have a stash of different colour felt left from a Christmas project and have been using them as a backdrop to avoid cluttered backgrounds, especially when the weather is bed – I drape it over a very grubby bench, with newspaper underneath to keep the felt clean! Seems a bit of a cop out really 😉 Spotted laurel is the common name for aucuba but it is one of those plants I didn’t particularly choose to have so don’t really give it the time of day – or try to remember its proper name!

      • Felt? that is neat. I love the color combination. One of the most difficult aspects of this is getting a true picture of the vase – it has made me appreciate photographers a lot more. I move the vase to different settings and then choose the best picture. Spotted Laurel would be called Gold Dust Aucuba here and it does tend to be around where it grows well. I grew to like it because it is indestructible.

        • Cathy says:

          Perhaps I will like it in due course 😉 And yes, I agree with you about the skill of photographers – I try to take my vase pictures outside because the light is better

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  16. Sam says:

    Ooh, I do like this Cathy. I find green a very soothing colour and I love your prop of green threads. My vase this week is at: Thank you for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sam – loking at the vase now the different components certainly don’t have to compete with each other because they are all just different shades of the same colour! I guess Imogen has paid you a visit today…?

  17. I love foliage plants so this is definitely one of my favorite creations of yours. Then add some embroidery flosses and I am hooked. Another lovely Monday. My vase is here:

  18. Noelle says:

    Love the theme of your arrangement this week Cathy..if only we had time to embroider all those leaves…maybe once a year, but this weekly meme is just what we need to make us look closely and appreciate plants in our garden. This week I have a Welsh special:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle- and it makes me just a little sad that I don’t have time to embroider even ONE leaf these days. Except of course that this is because I am doing other things that I enjoy… 😉

  19. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your well of creativity is a deep one, Cathy. A beautiful combination of greens! I cheated a bit (again) with my Monday offering:

  20. I agree, your arrangements are inspired and so creative. The tones and tires of all those greens are fab as is the arrangement of complementary threads.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate – and I am still excited as Monday approaches every week, not knowing what is going to suggest itself… 😉

  21. Kris P says:

    This is one of my favorites, Cathy! I was thinking of buying Aucuba japonica for my own garden after seeing it in a local nursery last week and now, after seeing it in your pretty vase, I think I need to run back to see if I can get it before it’s gone. My vase is at the other end of the color spectrum – it’s screaming coral:

    • Cathy says:

      And my aucuba was purchased as it was a bargain basement plant at the end of a season and the Golfer felt very sorry for it…as for me, I just shoved it on the fringe of the woodland where I could forget about it till I wanted to use one of its pretty leaves in a vase!

  22. Shades of green are always inspiring and I especially love green flowers. Continuing “the thread” I used my green vase collection this week…

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  24. Julie says:

    You are so right Cathy to say that the threads of green hold our gardens together and how lovely to base a vase around these threads – sometimes flowers are just not necessary! I smiled at your comment about the ivy – I agree – it always curls in the wrong direction!

    My rather sombre post this week is at:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – I wasn’t thinking of it like that when I snipped the contents but perhaps there is something magical going on as I prepare the vase, that put’s these thoughts and words into my head…

  25. homeslip says:

    I love the stinking hellebore and think it is such an underrated garden plant. I’ve had it in my garden for ever and always enjoy seeing the lime green nodding flowers. Your green composition is beautiful, and the green threads a perfect foil. I am wracked and wrecked with cottage renovation Cathy, but we have drifts of snowdrops in the new garden which makes up for a lot.

    • Cathy says:

      Wracked and wrecked? Oh Sarah, please take care of yourself – this cottage is beginning to get under your skin now, I think. The first of these ‘stinking’ hellebores I had (does it really deserve that name?!) gave up the ghost but then seedlings began appearing a couple of years later, of which this is one. I like it too

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  27. This vase feels like it is just bursting with energy and I love the cheeky euphorbia peeking round the back.
    My vase is full of colourful twigs at

  28. rickii says:

    I have a thing for green flowers, which is odd, since everything else is mostly green. Anyway, I love your study in green. I used Hellebores (somewhat apologetically) in a much more limited way:

  29. Eliza Waters says:

    Sensational green palette – it’s beautiful!

  30. Hannah says:

    Your greens are amazingly available, Cathy, I especially admire your Hellebores and I think Euphorbia in the upper left of the last photo with the red tips on the green flowers. All the green shades do look so earthy in appeal, contrasting with the whites and browns of the usual winter scene. My link for today is-

  31. Amy says:

    I love the all-green combination, Cathy 🙂 (I’ve dreamed of making all-green garden borders someday, but that is certainly not in the immediate future!) Your vase shows how rich a colour it is with all those nuances of hue… as do the wonderful threads!
    Spring is definitely in the air here, so today’s vase is unabashedly bright:

    • Cathy says:

      I am glad to hear that spring is in the air for you Amy – lovely and bright here, but chilly, and the days are getting noticeably longer. My special snowdrop border is just white and green but I am still trying to establish more greens and whites for later in the year

  32. Renee says:

    How wonderful with all the shades of green! Somehow, this comes across as even more spring-like than last week’s vase.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Renee – and what an interesting observation that is! There is certainly a green glow about the vase – and a freshness too

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  34. Chloris says:

    I love your green arrangement, such a restful colour. Before I left my previous garden I had been thinking of creating an area of green with no flowers, just beautiful foliage.
    I have a spotty Aucuba in my garden, growing between Euonymus ‘ Emerald ‘ n’ Gold’ and Garrya elliptica. I would never have planted this combination mysel because I was always prejudiced against spotty laurels. I have to admit I love this corner now, specially in winter. Your arrangement shows how pretty it can look combined with other foliage.

  35. Elizabeth says:

    Love your all green arrangement, Cathy. Another good idea to remember when flowers are scarce, as it the use of embroidery threads for props … I’d say that was truly inspired. Love the little embroidered scene too. Apologies for commenting so late. I did my post yesterday evening and then was distracted by my daughter and completely forgot. Here’s the link:

  36. I do love that Cathy! It is often so amazing, taking “colour” out of a planting scheme, whether a vase or a border, to appreciate green as a garden “colour” rather than just a background. It is so calm and refreshing!

  37. Oh my that is inspired. Beautiful!

  38. Anna says:

    Just catching up with this week’s vases Cathy. I must admit that I’ve never particularly like spotty laurels but what a great backdrop the foliage makes to all the other shades of green. Who needs colour?

  39. That’s really pretty Cathy.

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