In a Vase on Monday: Fragile Foraged Flora

IMG_7250Following Mum’s visit southwards for Younger Daughter’s (Youngest Grandchild’s) wedding we have brought her back home and will be on our own journey home again whilst you are posting your Monday vases. I will catch up with them in the next day or two, but will probably not be able to respond to all your friendly comments on my own vase this time around – apologies for that.

IMG_7256Foraging in the roadside verges on the island my Monday vase is filled with the local wild flora, a fragile posy when compared with the rugged landscape all around and especially with the slate shoreline where the vase was photographed. Supported by the relatively sturdy twigs of willow (possibly Eared Willow) with emerging furry catkins are the furled frond of a fern, bluebells, primroses, wood anemones, lady’s smock (Cardamine pratensis) and what we think might be a type of Cerastrium or ‘mouse-ear’. The bluebells are so much bluer than my own at home and in this location must be truly native with no chance of clandestine affairs with Spanish lotharios.

IMG_7252It was an interesting experience searching amongst my Mum’s vases and other receptacles for something appropriate to display these wild blooms and I found a pretty pair of vases that I don’t recall having seen before. I did not recognise them as Caithness Glass, which many of her vases are, although they looked distinctly Scottish with their thistle shape and colouring. It was therefore a surprise to find a label on the second vase inscribed ‘A Touch of Glass’, from the Isle of Wight – the opposite end of the country to Mum’s island – and she has no idea how she came by them.

I know there will be lots of tulips awaiting me at home for my next vase, but it was a pleasure to search out these fragile blooms just for today. What will you find for your vases when you venture out to pick today? Do share what you have chosen by leaving the usual links.


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35 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Fragile Foraged Flora

  1. Christina says:

    You are a star Cathy – nothing stops you creating a vase and post for us. Well done; here’s my post:

  2. Hannah says:

    Those are flowers I could find here in my yard, now that strikes me as rather odd. The Bluebells seem to last a long time in a vase, and the glass vases are very cute. I’ve been wanting a Caitness vase but the shipping costs add a lot to the prices. I’m actually making some clay vases again and picked out some colorful glazes for when I finally get around to firing them. How nice that you could drive your Mum home, hope you had a Happy Mother’s Day!

    My link is-

  3. pbmgarden says:

    The vase of flowers in the rugged landscape is otherworldly, especially in the second photo. Wow! Nice. Enjoy your trip back home. Thanks for being a dedicated host. My vase is

  4. Wow this is a delightful and special vase….I agree with Christina, you are a star finding flowers for vases wherever you go. I absolutely adore the glass vase it is gorgeous in design and color and I love the location of where you placed the vase….that long view is especially wonderful. Safe travels and enjoy your visit North!

    Here is my vase this week….

  5. Anna says:

    That stretch of seashore looks most intriguing Cathy. It must be hard to tear yourself away especially when the weather is so fine. Safe journey home. Hope that you find somewhere convivial to stop and stretch your legs along the way and have a bite to eat. I’ve been slightly naughty this week with my vase which is here :

  6. Annette says:

    Beautiful title, picture and seascape, Cathy. Such a great setting for your delicate posy, I just love it. Have a good trip! I’ve done another trip down memory lane, I’m afraid 😉

  7. Just from seeing your vase, I would love to see this place. My beach is all sand. The slate is really intriguing. Lovely vase and flowers, pure English Bluebells are beautiful! Wild Bluebells and Primroses seem like a magical fairyland to me. I was thinking of my mum when I created my vase, here is the link:

  8. What a contrast between your delicate posy and the setting. A lot of drama for Monday morning!. Here’s my vase:

  9. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Quite a special vase, nothing can stop us, right? This is my vase, with fragile little ones as well:

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  11. jenhumm116 says:

    Oh Cathy, that’s just charming. Mine’s rather more chunky!

  12. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your ability to not only find beauty wherever you find yourself on Sunday but to also collect some of it and arrange it in a receptacle for our enjoyment is admirable. Another sweet arrangement and stunning setting! You are an inspiration! My vase is here:

  13. Chloris says:

    Enterprising as ever, dear Cathy. Nothing gets in the way of your vase on monday. You can’t beat a vase of native flowers, they are so fresh and dainty. How dramatic those rocks look. I am joining in in today.

  14. You did a wonderful job finding beautiful flowers. I like the stark contrast with the rocky shoreline too. Have a safe trip home, Cathy, and thanks for hosting. Here’s my post:

  15. Loree L Bohl says:

    I love the contrast of the flowers and glass with the big rocks and their stark coloring. Taking our vase arrangements on the road seems like great fun. My contribution this week is extremely simple:

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  17. Julie says:

    Thank you Cathy for sharing these lovely wild flowers – they are so beautiful! I am also away from home so have included something that I made on Saturday for todays vase: I hope you have a good journey home – there will be plenty to look forward to on your return.

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  19. Sam says:

    This is such a pretty vase, Cathy, and in a magnificent setting. My contribution this week is:
    I look forward to seeing your tulips next week. Sam x

  20. johnvic8 says:

    A wonderful use of local flowers. Lovely.

  21. Eliza Waters says:

    Wild flowers often make the most beguiling arrangements – yours is lovely.
    My contribution this week:

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  23. Cathy says:

    That is a lovely composition with the harsh rocky background. You deserve a medal Cathy – for inspiring us all week after week even when you are not even at home! Thanks! Here is my vase for today:
    Have a safe trip home.

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  25. What a sport, Cathy! You manage to find something to put in a vase wherever you go. Your mother’s little island looks magical, and I did chuckle about the Spanish lotharios. My first vase of the year is here:

  26. I love your wild flower bunch. I have not joined you with a vase today as I have been busy aerating my lawn and now it is raining. How you find the time is beyond me.

  27. Elizabeth says:

    Nothing seems to stop you finding suitable material for a vase no matter where you are, Cathy. Such determination! The wild flowers make a very pretty arrangement and, yes, those native bluebells are so much bluer than their Spanish cousins. I have both varieties in bloom at the moment and I will try to keep them separate in the hope of avoiding those clandestine affairs. My vase can be found here:

  28. Amy Myers says:

    Such a wonderful bit of wild cheerfulness, Cathy 🙂 and so special that you could make (and photograph!) it en route! Hope you have a safe trip and homecoming to all the tulips!
    I’ve turned up the heat a bit with my vase this week, besides adding a most unexpected flower (unexpected for flower vases, that is):

  29. Cathy says:

    Just lovely Cathy!

  30. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    So dedicated! My contribution (my first and a day late):

    • Cathy says:

      Just found 3 versions of your comment in spam – my apologies on behalf of WordPress! Thanks for popping in (well, trying to) and and joining in 🙂

  31. Cathy says:

    Cathy – sorry to use your post like this. I visited both Amy Myers’ and Kris Peterson’s vases and wanted to leave a comment. Can’t work it out. Can you advise me? Once again, sorry to intrude on the pleasure everyone’s taking in your vase!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Cathy – isn’t it a nuisance when you try to leave a comment and it just doesn’t work? I will email you with info on how I do it

      • Cathy says:

        Thanks so very much for taking the time Cathy – very much appreciated. Received email, will try later! Thanks again.

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