In a Vase on Monday: Three’s a Crowd

IMG_6765No longer hounded by a nagging feeling (after more than two years of Monday vases) that a vase such as today’s is so simple as to be tantamount to ‘cheating’, I have no qualms whatsoever about posting it. In fact, far from ‘cheating’ it fits perfectly into the ethos of the meme, which involves finding something from our garden or nearby to pop into a vase on a Monday – anything, be it flower or twig or leaf or some other garden find, and singular or plural – to bring joy us joy during the week. A simpler vase also has the advantage of suggesting that any of us can easily produce one, which of course we can – and produce it quickly too.

My simple vase, or group of vases, probably came from IKEA although don’t have an Ikea stamp on the bottom,  and each contains a simple trio of single stems of Narcissus Tête-à-Tête, Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ and last week’s unloved spotty laurel. Keeping with the trio theme, props are three cards from a set of wild flower themed playing cards, three dice and three dominoes. Any more than three sets of three threes would have made the display too crowded!

IMG_6766There was a stiff breeze blowing as I took the photographs against a large piece of yellow felt draped on the garden bench where many of my vase photographs are taken – the north east direction of the wind is made obvious by the lean of the narcissus, coincidentally reflected in the shape of the vases, seemingly also affected by the strength of the February breeze.

IMG_6760I have experienced the joy of my last vase for almost a full week, with the hellebore and euphorbia blooms only just beginning to droop and the vase looking bright and fresh throughout the seven days – wonderful! What will you find to pop into your vases today, however simple? Please share your Monday joy with us by including links to and from your post.


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62 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Three’s a Crowd

  1. Hannah says:

    The three little asymmetrical vases look very cute with the Narcissus. I like your props on the number 3, Cathy. My link is

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Hannah – and what a good idea to combine IOVM and GBBD. I had completely forgotten about the latter until yesterday evening, well after my post was written and scheduled!

  2. I love your vases, whether simple or otherwise. I better go out and look!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Dorris – it can be tempting to include as many blooms as possible, but I was pleased that I decided to stick with the minimal vases. Even the laurel and cornus were afterthoughts!

  3. Christina says:

    I love your vases; they look much too interesting to have come from Ikea (much as I like their vases). I do agree that just one flower popped in a vase gives huge amounts of pleasure and maybe I wouldn’t have thought of that before this meme. Here’s my link for today although it was in fact filled at the end of last week before the house was filled with friends and family here to see the Rugby match yesterday. Today there are more fresh tulips too, so I’ll update on my Wednesday post.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – the vases were pre IAVOM days and bought directly from wherever I got them and not a car boot sale, and if they were IKEA they would have cost no more than a pound or two. I am glad to have used them now! I wonder what the atmosphere was like for the rugby, assuming you had Italian as well as British friends there! Look forward to seeing your tulips again!

      • Christina says:

        The atmosphere was very friendly apparently. The men went to the rugby while the women spent the afternoon in Rome mostly admiring the dying Gaul at the Capitoline museum!

  4. Annette says:

    Your vase is so sunny today, feels good, Cathy! The amount of rain is in, as our good old Irish neighbour used to say, but I guess nothing can be done about it. I’m longing for warmth…had to cheer myself up last week, so nothing from the garden this time…hope you’ll forgive me but it was a great model for experimenting with my photography: Have a great week and lots of sunshine! Daffs are popping up everywhere, think it’ll be a good year for them, all full of buds 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      We have had lots of sunshine over the last week Annette – our solar panel monitor shows a succession of ‘sunniest days of the year’ and already February has provided more sunshine than January. But it is COLD!

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Three cheers for your trio of vases Cathy! The background and the spotted leaf accentuate your lovely Tête-à-tête. Thanks for hosting. I prepared two simple vases this week.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – after being so down on the spotted laurel last week I took pity on it as it proved to be a real do-er in the vase and today it was the perfect combination of yellow and green to support the T a T 😉

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  7. Love this lovely trio of vases. What a wonderful cheery background to accentuate the Tête-à-tête and spotted foliage. So much spring cheer in a simple flower. Here 3 more ft of snow and temps dipping to -20F. So winter keeps us frozen. I have some Paperwhites finally blooming for a flower filled vase this week.

  8. Cath says:

    Thanks for emphasising simplicity today, although your lovely vases and props seem more than simple. The wind was blowing for me too today, winding my lillies on a westward lean.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath – and I suppose with minimal vase contents there is less to distract the eye and perhaps we might notice smaller details?

  9. johnvic8 says:

    I second the remarks of Cath above: the simplicity of your arrangements really does make them special. I need that kind of inspiration to get through until my garden comes back.

  10. I love the leaning effect. And those vases. I also have a strong tendency to plant things in groups of three. Here is my vase:

  11. I don’t have a vase this Monday. My garden is covered with snow and it is so cold I won’t be getting out for anything other than walking Annie. I do so enjoy seeing what everyone else is making. Have a great Week.

    • Cathy says:

      I replied to this Lisa, but it seems to have disappeared so I shall try again… Think I was saying that we keep meaning to take ourselves on a brisk walk as although it is cold it has also been very sunny. Hope it improves for you soon

  12. I’m with Lisa. It snowed where I am also, but it is finally going to warm up this week which will be wonderful. I planted some early daffs last year so I am looking forward to being able to do a vase with them. Yours are lovely and the way the white dots on the dice pick up the spots on the leaf is a nice touch. I did put something together here:

    • Cathy says:

      Glad it is warming up for you Lisa – and thanks for still managing to put a vase together yourself. I hadn’t thought about the dots connection… 😉

  13. Noelle says:

    I love the combination this week Cathy: Three. I have been inspired by you through and you will see!

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  15. Cathy says:

    The yellows are very cheerful for a dreary February day Cathy! I like the way the yellow spots on the laurel show up next to the other yellows. Your playing cards are pretty too!
    Here are my vases for this week, also in the plural. 🙂 Thanks Cathy, and have a good week!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – it was lovely to shuffle through those pretty playing cards when I was looking for the threes, Cathy. Jogged my memory on the wild flowers I had forgotten!

  16. Interesting and beautiful, such a pleasure for the eye.

  17. Kris P says:

    Why is the spotted laurel “unloved”? It seems a multi-purpose foliage accent plant to me. In fact, I made true my commitment to pick up Aucuba japonica for my own garden as I mentioned doing last week. Thanks for providing a regular source of inspiration, Cathy!

    My IAVOM post is combined with my Bloom Day post this week. We’ve had heat and no rain but February has produced a floral explosion:

    • Cathy says:

      I wonder if it has a reputation for being very ordinary, like a whole range of shrubs which at one time used to be the only plants readily available to buy for the garden? I must learn to love it, as this seems so unfair to what is not an unattractive plant 😉 Well done for carrying out your intention of purchasing one for yourself!

  18. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Sometimes less is more, as they say and your vases just prove they are right.
    Mine is here:

  19. homeslip says:

    Another triumph Cathy. What interesting shapes these vases are and just perfect for showcasing simple flowers and foliage on a freezing February day. Mine is a little off the wall, but there are flowers, of sorts. Here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sarah – I had forgotten I had these vases till recently and have been waiting for an opportunity to use them. And yes, I don’t think I wanted to spend very long out in the Feb cold searching for vase material so thes T a T did very nicely, thank you very much!

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  21. rickii says:

    The simpler, the better is often the case. Your little trio sings a lovely tune.
    I need to seek out a better background for large arrangements but oh, well: here it is:

    • Cathy says:

      Thnaks rickii. The felt has proved really useful for backgrounds – I had lots left over from a Christmas project a few years back, and the different colours mean I have generally been able to match it to a vase contents. It covers a multitude of sins – like scruffy benches!

  22. Peter/Outlaw says:

    I love this simple, quick, and still very effective arrangement! My offering is also a quickie and can be found here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Peter – and it’s a useful reminder taht vases needn’t take a long time to put together. Pick and plonk is often perfect!

  23. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful simplicity!

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  25. Julie says:

    Well done for braving the cold to take your photos outside Cathy!! Your lovely Tete a tete look very refreshing and it is funny that we have both chosen the option of a number of small vases this week – you are right that it makes life so easy and always looks good. Thank you for linking to me yesterday – it was reassuring to see your overflowing greenhouses!

    My vase (s) this week is at

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – I didn’t actually think I had many options for blooms when I picked them, so was surprised when I took photos for GBBD. I may have been industrious with my sowings, but I am afraid there was not much planning involved and the seed buying was very ad hoc – perhaps next year… or perhaps I will just stick with the ad hoc approach!

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  27. Elizabeth says:

    Tete-a-tete daffodils are always a delight, Cathy. Yours look just right in the set of green vases and I agree that a simple arrangement of a few blooms can be very effective. I rather like your unloved spotted laurel. Had you not told us, I wouldn’t have known that your photos were taken outdoors in the wind; the felt backdrop is very deceiving. Daffodils feature in my vase today too ….

  28. Bec says:

    I really like the shape and colour of your vases – and lovely foliage, flower and prop combination. I had a trio of things in my vase as well. Here it is 🙂 Have a lovely week and hope it’s not top cold. Love bec xx

  29. Amy says:

    Some lovely three-spots – am still waiting for my first narcissus to open, but at least there are buds now! I quite agree about simplicity and the three simple blooms seem to fill everything out so well!
    As for mine: late a little kitsch, I suppose 😉

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – strange that the narcissi here are earlier than usual but the crocus about normal. They tend not to bloom together.

  30. Chloris says:

    I love the idea of a group of three vases. I like yours, what interesting shapes.

  31. Renee says:

    So simple but lovely. And the essence of spring!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it’s lovely to have the combination of snowdrops, hellebores and witch hazel. There are other hellebores in this border but you can’t see them in this photo.

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