In a Vase on Monday: On the Early Spring Catwalk…

img_8888… can be seen this delightful frilly white concoction, edged with green; a flamboyant lilac satin creation with an egg yolk yellow trim; a demure primrose yellow negligee in soft flannelette; wild and wacky blue silk, shot with white and sporting an extravagantly patterned lapel, and for the fashion conscious young ladies a cheeky number designed to complement their fresh faced freckly complexions. Complementing these on-trend creations areย  yellow fragrant fascinators and the latest accessories in deepest burgundy, oh and polka dot parasols and mint green wedges too!

catwalkI couldn’t resist taking advantage of these early spring delights for today’s vase, even though I knew some of the blooms would not last many days – last week’s irises certainly didn’t. In the Caithness Glass dish and held in place with a stainless steel frog covered with tiny polished pebbles are Iris reticulata ‘Katharine Hodgkins’, Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ (common double snowdrop), Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Purple’, Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’, Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ and Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’. The tiny shoes belong to Barbie, and the cocktail umbrella was bought in anticipation from eBay some time ago after regretting not having one as a prop for a previous vase.

img_8896I am enjoying seeing all these fashionable creations as I ramble round my garden but for a few days I can enjoy them inside too. What is fashionable in your garden today? Do take a few minutes to pick something if you can and plonk it in a vase to bring you pleasure in your home too – and if you have time to upload a post about your vase then do share it with us by leaving links to and from this post as we know from experience how much joy our Monday vases can bring.


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83 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: On the Early Spring Catwalk…

  1. Luscious! I’m right there in the front row. Your post reminds me of David Ellwands book Fairieality:
    I have three of the hardback book – don’t ask!
    Looking it up I see there are loads of related websites – that’s me lost for the day!

  2. Wow Cathy, what a colourful selection, and so beautifully displayed. I ordered my first floral frog yesterday and am looking forward to seeing with I can do with it when it arrives- you have given me some very good ideas. My snowdrops have been quite a way behind yours, but finally opened this weekend so I could share them today:

    • Cathy says:

      Hope you have ordered a stainless steel one – I previously bought some that were just steel, and they rusted in contact with water… I am glad your snowdrops are catching up although my common ones are still nowhere near their peak

  3. Alison C says:

    What a selection! There is more and more to see every day. I think if your vase gives a few days joy , that is fine, there will be something new out by Thursday! (I am quite taken by the green wedges). Beautifully displayed and described. I want to scurry out again and have another rummage.
    Here is my link:

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  5. jenmac13 says:

    Hi Cathy, thanks for sharing your gorgeous display of spring flowers.
    I’ve made my first Monday vase, I hope the link works!

  6. Pretty and fun, Cathy! Isn’t the ikat design similar to the markings on the iris?

    • Cathy says:

      Ikat – is that what it is? I had vague thoughts that it might have been given to me by a visitor from Malaysia and that probably confirms it. But what an observation about the iris – that is so apt, and completely unintentional ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thnaks for pointing it out

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  8. Annette says:

    Oh Cathy, this vase must be one of your finest! The delicate flowers, the lively background and your props – just perfect!!! Happy Monday and an equally happy week to you and all the others ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Christina says:

    What a fun creation for today’s ‘vase’. Perfect title as the rush of spring creations does indeed begin to strut their stuff. Have a great week, and happy gardening! Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – yes, I thought the analogy was appropriate. I am champing at the bit to get on with stuff outside but want to finish this decorating first (which is why I should have done it over the winter of course). Have a good week yourself

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  12. Steve says:

    It great that spring is here and the fresh flowers are coming out. My vase is creating really as it was taken in a hotel in Mumbai. Hope you do not mind!

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  14. Cathy says:

    Your display is a real joy indeed this week Cathy! Beautifully and imaginatively presented as usual! I have at last got one snowdrop in flower. And of course it had to be picked…. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a great week!

  15. Oh I do like all this merry spring jolliness. What a nice array of flowers. My favourite is Katharine Hodgkins, as always. Apologies for another ‘not quite a vase’ from me this week: … I hope to be producing actual vases of actual flowers some day soon!

    • Cathy says:

      ‘Merry spring jolliness’ – what a lovely phrase, and great for a post title too! Not-quite-a-vase is fine; it’s all in the spirit of the meme

  16. A delightful fashion statement – and I love the fabric. Barbies shoes might be my favorite element, mint green sandals are perfect. The ephemeral nature of some of the cut flowers makes me appreciate them more – the Hong Kong Orchids in my garden are irresistible to me. Here is my vase this week:

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  18. What a fun concept! You certainly have enough for Fashion Week…and Barbie’s wedges crack me up:^) I’m in at:

  19. Linda B. says:

    Very clever and so many lovely things in bloom in your garden. I have that common double snowdrop and it is far and away my best grower. My bouquet barely meets your standard this week, but here it is:

  20. Peter Herpst says:

    An early spring explosion of beauty and energy! The ebullience of the new season is embodied in your floral fashion show! I threw some snowdrops into a jar this week:

  21. Nicely done, right down to the fabulous fabric of the catwalk itself! Touches of spring seem to be appearing everywhere (although we’re socked in by rain again this morning, which I have to try harder to see as a good thing now). I conjured up some touches of spring myself:

    Thanks for hosting, Cathy!

  22. I’m green with envy, spring is certainly exploding in your part of the world. Not so much here in mine. Winter’s ravishes have cut into the garden’s bounty. Still I put together a post:

  23. Anna says:

    Oh eat your heart out Victoria Beckham! What an exquisite and unique seasonal ensemble. Your post has jolted my memory – if I can find it I have something I picked out of a Cumbrian hedgerow just for you. Just a plonking from me this week :

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  25. Teri S says:

    You’ve inspired me to blow the dust of my ikebana vases and get myself out in the garden! Spring is breaking here in Tennessee.

  26. Brian Skeys says:

    A lovely spring parade Cathy. As you know, I am at the height of fashion when out in the garden!๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  28. I love this Cathy! Wonderful staging and such a pretty collect of flowers and foliage. (I must work on foliage provision in the garden, it is something I totally overlook when buying plants).
    I have a simple spring posy today:

  29. Eliza Waters says:

    Great fun! Love the catwalk take, Cathy.

  30. Love your presentation! Such wonderful flowers – seeing them lightens up the heart! Here is my submission – late, but still on a Monday!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – and it does my heart good to see them too. How many hours ahead of the UK are you? It’s definitely still evening here ๐Ÿ™‚

      • At the moment we are two hours ahead. Once you move your clocks up an hour for spring and we move back an hour for winter, we’ll be on the same zone – except for a few odd weeks in the middle when it’s an hour difference because the change day won’t be the same.

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  32. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Cathy, what a splendid mix of little beauties you have today. The little primrose is delightful. Mine are not in flower yet but I’m sure they soon will be. I’ve picked a star, or rather lots of stars, this week:

    • Cathy says:

      The primroses are surprisingly resilient in a vase – but hard to find a stem of decent length. Coincidentally, I have just sent you an email, Elizabeth.

  33. What a lovely collection Cathy & I love Barbie’s fab shoes!! I think I am finally catching up in the garden as I now have iris in flower and crocus about to appear. Isn’t it lovely to have the borders filling up again!

    My vase this week is at:

    • Cathy says:

      I am glad you are beginning to catch up with the garden – you have had so many other things to contend with but the garden brings you such pleasure too. My crocus are amazing, appearing from nowhere – makes me think I ought to get even more ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. smallsunnygarden says:

    Your spring 2017 show is fabulous, Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚ Your descriptions of course sent me back to parse out the flower choices a bit more: you have a lot of different flowers in bloom now!
    For me, it was the perfumes that took the lead this week…:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy, I enjoyed designing the collection! Noticed more fragrance in my garden this morning too as temperatures have been 10-12 degrees C overnight, so a much milder start to the day

  35. Alyse says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of blooms! I’m so impressed. (Where do you garden, again?) How lovely, and kudos to the forethought on your plantings and good gardening. I managed to get this blog up. The simple things.

  36. Your colorful display is gorgeous Cathy and has me longing for spring! This has made my day! No “In A Vase” for me this week, but am sharing some spring gardening tips.

    • Cathy says:

      They are a joy to see at the moment, Lee, especially the crocus which appeared overnight and seem to have spread a lot since last year

  37. Methinks you’ve been reading too many fashion mags!๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s so lovely to see all these pretty spring blooms together in a vase. I haven’t felt as if I’ve enough blooms available for a vase. Must try harder!

  38. What beautiful flowers!! I always enjoy seeing what you’ve done.

  39. G.F. says:

    Hello Cathy – you have gone from strength to strength while I wasn’t looking ๐Ÿ™‚
    What a display and such lovely early bouquets.
    I’ve been rather ill – still am sadly, but I would love to come back and join in again for a while if I may.

    • Cathy says:

      So sorry you have not been well and hope things have improved for you. Please feeel free to join in as and when you are able to or want to

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