In a Vase on Monday: a Chicken and Egg Situation

IMG_7015With Easter approaching and recalling some pretty egg shaped vases Chloris used at this time last year I had been searching on eBay for one for myself, and although a number were available in the US postage costs made such purchases impractical. In the absence of anything suitable in the UK I decided to improvise with real eggs from our own chickens and some of my collection of chicken egg cups. I was beaten to it, however, by Frog End Dweller and her delightful sugar almond coloured eggs and egg cups last week – do have a look if you missed them.

IMG_7022Not completely deterred, I continued with my ideas but made sure there was a rather different emphasis, particularly with the chosen blooms. Instead of the earliest spring blooms I chose some Anemone blanda which I am trying to naturalise in the hedge border which is visible from the house and, heading further down the garden, a stem of the just-in-bloom fritillary, two heads of species tulip ‘Persian Pearl’ which were showing thier first hint of colour, bright blue blooms of Pulmonaria longifolia and a sprig of Hellebore foetidus. The bright emerging foliage of a tiny Acer ‘Katsura’ caught my eye on the return journey and a small side shoot was snipped to join the blooms.

IMG_7027I had already carefully removed the top section of one of our eggs and decanted the contents for later use, but deliberated for some time before choosing which egg cup to place it in, having perhaps too many to choose from… Nevertheless, it’s still possible this one, an example made in the late 1950s by Sonja Plastics in former East Germany,  might have used before. Using scraps of florist’s foam inside the empty shell, the stems could be kept relatively long, thus creating a bigger display than first envisaged – perhaps about 9″ (23cms).

chicken.eggProps were easy, considering my large collection of vintage chicken-themed collectables (kitsch/junk/dust-collectors?), beginning with the mini chocolate eggs around the base of the egg cup. These were joined by 3 tiny lead chickens, a tin Easter egg mould, biscuit cutter, an egg in the typical mottled colours of the resin based plastic which replaced Bakelite in the 1930s, and an Easter greetings postcard dating from 1923 held in a modern card-holder. IMG_7017

Spring is creeping into many northern hemisphere gardens, gradually increasing the quantity and variety of material available for Monday vases. Christina has been showcasing tulips for a number of weeks and I hope to be joining her with more than just a few species tulips soon, so next week who knows…? In the meantime, what will you be putting in your vases this Easter Monday? Please share them by leaving usual links.


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77 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: a Chicken and Egg Situation

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  2. What a collection! And such a lovely vase. I wonder if I could grow snake’s head fritillary – hmmm, they look so exotic. Here’s mine:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sandra – these fritillaries are not too difficult but light like shade and free draining soil but not completely dry. If they are happy they will seed themselves around – mine are very slow at establishing and yet they are spreading at my Mum’s where they seed in the paths

      • Hmm, free draining is a bit of a problem, my soil is wet clay in most of the garden. I am trying to add stuff to improve it but ……

        • Cathy says:

          Oh, the free draining is just what it said on the website I checked it out on – it certainly isn’t free draining where my Mum is as there is very little soil on top of slate bedrock

        • Noelle says:

          I used to go and see them growing wild in Cricklade, and there they grow in profusion in the water meadows, where they are water logged part of the year. It’s well worth visiting..the meadows are purple with them, so much so that you start to look out for the white ones.

          • Cathy says:

            The ‘free-draining’ reference on the website I checked puzzled me, as I know there is an SSSI with them on an island in the floodplain of our local town – and what you say confirms this. I don’t think there is easy public access to these local ones but I would love to see them in the wild

  3. Chloris says:

    My goodness, you could start an eggcup shop. I am always intrigued by all your props. What a pretty Easter arrangement.
    I have brought out my porcelain Easter egg again to join in with your meme.

    • Cathy says:

      Tee hee – haven’t added to the egg cup or any of the chicken ‘collection’ for years though Chloris 😉 So pleased you showed your egg vase today – I had to link to your blog generally rather than a specific post as there seems no way to search for a specific post or reference on your blog. It’s a function I find really useful. I shall change the link to show today’s vase

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  6. Christina says:

    I can see you’ve had lots of fun Cathy, the result is charming. A very happy Easter Monday to you and thanks for hosting; here my extravaganza!

    • Cathy says:

      Thnaks Christina. I nearly called my post Eggstravaganza – and isn’t it lovely to see all these extravagant spring blooms that bloggers are putting in their Easter vases today?

  7. Cath says:

    Very gorgeous. I love your species Tulips and the Fritillary. I received my Anemone blanda tubers (?) this week but the soil is still too warm to plant, so they will have to have a stay in the fridge. Here is my vase.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath – species tulips tend to be so reliable in the UK and will keep coming back. These are in pots with some small roses – I love to see them like this just as the buds are starting to open

  8. Cathy, I am in awe of your egg cup collection. It’s fantastic. Love the arrangement too, especially the view from on top. Happy Easter Monday

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Frogend Dweller – is there another name we can call you…? I still see chicken egg cups when we are out and about but haven’t added to the collection for ages

      • Hey Cathy …. yes of course. I am Allison.
        After last week’s vase I realised that I really need to get some pretty porcelain egg cups rather than the unbreakable plastic ones that I resorted to last week. (We’ve all grown up since they were needed!)

        • Cathy says:

          Thanks Allison – I checked through your blog and couldn’t find a reference to your name 😉 I do have some plastic chicken egg cups too, but sadly none of the egg cups are relics of my childhood…

  9. I love this. I have recently developed a fixation with having soft-boiled eggs for lunch.

    We spent the weekend in Copenhagen, so my photos today are from the Torvehallerne:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cindy – we are going through a phase of poached eggs at the moment although we can’t keep up with our chickens at the moment!

  10. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, you show such enthusiasm and spark with every one of your vases. I’ve been seeing A. blanda and yours convinces me I should try it myself. Is it fussy to grow? My vase this week is

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I recall it being much harder in the first few months of the meme, but I think we have all learned to look at vase opportunities in a different way since then. A bland is quite accommodating and should thrive in full sun or partial shade. Once establised they should readily spread into thick clumps

  11. What a pretty little bouquet today. Your collection of egg cups is as pretty as the bouquet. Happy Monday.

  12. In this case I would say the egg cups came first, not the chicken or the egg! Lovely collection and vase, I particularly like the tulips and the lead eggs. Here is my Easter vase:

  13. Wow wow wow! What a collection of egg cups! Beautiful display this week as usual!

  14. What a fabulous Easter vase! I love your collection….but I wouldn’t want to dust it! 🙂

    I have a simple vase as the flowers are still slow to show, and are few in the garden:

  15. Peter Herpst says:

    Quite an impressive collection! Your vase and props are wonderful as always. My vase also turned out to also be chicken-related quite by accident and also includes a postcard. So much fowl language!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Peter – I don’t know why I haven’t used any of these Easter cards before as I have a few of them…look forward to seeing yours…

  16. Anna says:

    Oh that’s a such a well illustrated and intriguing seasonal tableaux Cathy – so much detail to ponder over 🙂 Love the egg cup collection. I was reading about snow flurries and torrential rain in your neck of the woods today so hope that the elements are not spoiling any gardening plans.
    My vase nearly went flying but I managed to save it for posterity here :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – I had plenty of material to choose from! Regarding the weather, we had an inch of rain overnight which ended in snow flurries first thing this morning but since then it’s been surprisingly lovely. I have some garden timber to paint which I have had to put off but I have lots of inside things to do although I did sow a few more seeds this afternoon. Glad your vase survived!

  17. A particularly delightful bouquet. I love all the chicken items especially the tin mold. I have never grown Anemones but the ones in your bouquet are beautiful. I will have to see what’s available here. Alas, it has been cold, snowy and rainy so nothing from my garden today. But the snow has melted and the sun is out so I will go out in a while and cut back Hellebore foliage and pick up twigs and call it gardening!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – the Anemone blanda are some of the easiest anemone bulbs to grow I think, and spread well once they are established. Glad you have got some sunshine after your snow and rain – here too it has brightened up nicely after a very wet night

  18. johnvic8 says:

    So very creative. I love your new ideas. I do hope you and yours had a blessed Easter.

  19. Noelle says:

    What a lovely display…how long does it take you to choose just the right egg cup for your boiled egg in the morning?

    • Cathy says:

      Tee hee! Actually, it was only when I used one of the chicken egg cup in a previous vase post that I thought of using them to eat eggs our of!! We tend to choose the ones that are easiest to wash – usually some plain coloured glass ones so you can see when all the runy yolk has been washed off!! 😉

  20. Kris P says:

    You have real chickens?! How did I not know that? Your egg cup creation is lovely and I admire your dexterity in handling that fragile eggshell – I’m sure I would crush a dozen if I were to attempt to replicate your arrangement, not that I have any of those early spring bulb blooms to fill a shell anyway. However, spring is exploding here and I still have plenty of other blooms to share:

    Thanks for hosting, Cathy!

  21. I live your Easter finery, and what a fun collection! Here’s my vase:

  22. Such a fresh bright arrangement, charming. Happy Easter

  23. Eliza Waters says:

    Impressive egg/chicken collection! So happy it is spring at last!

  24. FlowerAlley says:

    Love, love,love this. I collect owls.

    • Cathy says:

      One of my friends once bought a collection of owls at an auction and was trying to sell them off – I bought 2 or 3 that could sit in the garden 😉

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  26. Cathy says:

    What gorgeous photos with that blue background Cathy! Love the blue Pulmonarias and that stunning last photo. And what a great array of egg cups – you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful props and collections! 🙂 Here are my Easter Monday vases – in the plural again.Have a great week Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – and I am irked that I have lost the label from this pulmonaria as it was definitely a named variety, unlike some of them that I have. Would you believe that the background is actually a piece of purple felt?!!! Have a good week too

  27. homeslip says:

    Delightful – thank you Cathy. I picked my first tulip (cream) and wallflowers (blood red) on Thursday which have been gracing my kitchen table all weekend. The scent of the wallflowers in the warmth of the kitchen has been wonderful.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sarah. It has been so exciting watching tulips bud up over recent weeks – making me determined to add more for next year. I did not grow up with wallflowers and still am not used to the thought of them having a fragrance – I have some grown from seed but they are nowhere near flowering yet. Glad you are enjoying your blooms 🙂

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  29. rickii says:

    If I was wondering before why chickens are so popular, I no longer wonder. A peek at your vast array of collectables is a clue to your ability to always come up with interesting containers and props. Hope your Easter was delightful. Here’s a peek at ours:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks rickii – yes, lots of chicken stuff around my kitchen, one way or another! Quiet weekend here with little chocolate involved…

  30. Julie says:

    Hi Cathy – I am sending easter good wishes today and also congratulations on your 4 year anniversary! I am sorry not to take part again this week – between elderly relatives and visiting children I just feel like my time is eaten away at the moment. I love your vase this week – anything chicken themed is right up my street! I found the first tulip in bloom in my garden today which is very exciting. I hope to be back on course next week but have a very heart breaking funeral to attend next Monday, so it might be the following week. I hope you have come through todays storms and have a good weeks gardening ahead to enjoy. xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for all your good wishes, Julie. I was aware we had not heard much from you of late and I am so sorry that there are tragic issues to deal with as well as family commitments. Our thoughts are with you and I hope you are still able to find scraps of joy such as that first tulip…

  31. Elizabeth says:

    A very imaginative display, Cathy. Just right for this time of the year. Your selection of materials is beautiful. In particular, the fritillary caught my eye – such a lovely flower. Your pulmonaria is way ahead of ours here though I have noticed there’s fresh growth popping through … that means a daily trip down to the bottom of the garden to see if I can spot those delightful wee flowers. Your collection of egg cups is wonderful but I’m glad it isn’t my job to dust them 🙂 My contribution this week is here –

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth – it is always a delight to see the fritillaries but they are in no rush to spread themselves in my garden! It aways surprises me how quickly the pulmonarias clump up again once they start – so hopefully yours won’t be long!

  32. Hannah says:

    I am flabbergasted by your egg cup collection, and your innovative way to display a bouquet in an eggshell, in a chicken vase no less. Lots of cute props and cute flowers too, Happy Easter! My link is-

  33. Amy Myers says:

    I do like them in the eggshell – especially as it’s from one of your hens! Naturalizing anemones sounds wonderful; do you have all whites? I found my “mixed anemones” always were blue despite the pictures on the tags 😉 Not that I have anything against blue anemones – love them!
    As also your tin mold and the cutter and…
    But rose season has just begun here, so I’m enjoying it while it lasts!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Amy – these A blanda are just white as I am not overly keen on contrasting mixtures although I do have a few blue ones elsewhere which don’t seem to establish as well. LOng way off roses here still!

  34. That’s quite an eggcup collection! Dusting must be a nightmare, but what fun. Lovely selection of blooms.

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