There was no way of knowing three years ago just how much of an institution IAVOM would become, starting as it did as an incentive just for myself to pick material for a vase on a regular basis, with the invitation to join me just an informal suggestion. A handful of regular readers joined in right from the start and over the years the number of contributors has steadily risen, with 20 to 30 people posting vases each week and many others enjoying our contributions even if they don’t create their own vase.
It has been humbling to read the comments about how the meme has ‘changed’ people’s lives, changing their attitudes to picking and growing flowers, changing how they perceive their gardens. I can vouch for that myself, as Mondays have never been the same since the meme’s inception and the pleasure of picking and bringing blooms inside is now wholly engrained in my psyche, extending beyond my own pleasure by gifting blooms to others at every opportunity. I am more observant in the garden, seeking out foliage or less showy blooms to accompany the lead players and becoming more resourceful in the leaner months. An extra twist is the search for suitable props – and you all know I like a good title too!
I know it takes time to reply to all the comments and to view and comment on all contributors’ vases, but this is important to me, extending the hand of friendship and support in the same way I have received friendship and support from other bloggers. So thank you to everyone who has joined in over the years, whether at the forefront or on the sidelines – it is you who have made the meme what it is.
As always, I look forward to seeing your vases today, whether on the proposed ‘Three’ theme or not and, as promised, there were will be a draw for all vase contributors – the winner will receive this folding PVC vase (to pack in your case so you can create a vase on holiday perhaps..?).
In the meantime, look back at these trios of seasonal blooms, my nominal favourites for each month since last November: