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.