No 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!
There 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.
I 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.
The three little asymmetrical vases look very cute with the Narcissus. I like your props on the number 3, Cathy. My link is
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!
I love your vases, whether simple or otherwise. I better go out and look!
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!
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. https://myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/in-a-vase-on-monday-and-more-tulips/
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!
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!
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: https://personaleden.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/in-a-vase-on-a-monday-beam-me-up-scottie/ 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 🙂
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!
Wow, I’m impressed! Frost forecast for tonight so I better wrap up warm and some of my plants too!
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.
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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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.
-20… brrr and double brrrrrrr! 😉 As you suggest, any bloom brave enough to withstand winter is to be admired
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.
Thanks Cath – and I suppose with minimal vase contents there is less to distract the eye and perhaps we might notice smaller details?
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.
Oh thanks John – hopefully you will be reunited with your garden again soon!
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:https://theshrubqueen.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/in-a-vase-on-monday-caribbean-delight
Thanks Amy – I was battling the gusts whilst I photographed them as the wind kept trying to ship up the felt fabric and knock everything over!
It is windy here today, gusts to 20 mph and rain showers. The Heliconias are probably plotting their takeover with the extra moisture.
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.
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
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: http://eachlittleworld.typepad.com/each_little_world/2016/02/the-vase-stands-alone.html
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… 😉
I love the combination this week Cathy: Three. I have been inspired by you through and through..as you will see! http://noellemace.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/in-vase-on-monday-three-corned-vase.html
Thanks Noelle – and of course I am really curious now!
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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!
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!
Interesting and beautiful, such a pleasure for the eye.
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: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/02/bloom-day-in-vase-on-monday-february.html
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!
Sometimes less is more, as they say and your vases just prove they are right.
Mine is here:http://timpingradina.blogspot.ro/2016/02/in-vase-on-monday-little-bit-of-forest.html
Since posting IOVOM, I have begun to realise that this is often the case , Anca
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: https://homeslip.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/in-a-vase-on-Monday-looking-for-a-hook/
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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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: http://bannersbyricki.com/archives/5231
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!
I love this simple, quick, and still very effective arrangement! My offering is also a quickie and can be found here: http://www.outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2016/02/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-and-pink.html
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!
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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 http://peoniesandposies.com/2016/02/12/growing-sweet-peas-part-2/.
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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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 …. http://silverscrappers.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/in-vase-on-monday-essence-of-spring.html
Thanks Elizabeth – and I am learning to respect the laurel!
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 🙂 https://viewsfrommygardenbench.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/in-a-vase-on-monday-hellebore-half-cup-full-afternoon-tea-at-tatton-park/. Have a lovely week and hope it’s not top cold. Love bec xx
Thanks Bec – and what an intriguing title your vase post has!
Thank you – I’m a bit rubbish at thinking about post titles – the tend to be what it say on the tin 🙂
And why not?! 🙂
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 😉 http://smallsunnygarden.blogspot.com/2016/02/in-vase-belated-valentine.html
Thanks Amy – strange that the narcissi here are earlier than usual but the crocus about normal. They tend not to bloom together.
I love the idea of a group of three vases. I like yours, what interesting shapes.
So simple but lovely. And the essence of spring!
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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