In a Vase on…erm, Sunday: Five Years a Blogger

I am taking the liberty of posting my Monday vase a day early – because today it is five years since I began blogging and combining the occasion with the first showing of this lovely vase has been my plan since Christmas when I received it from talented Elder Daughter. She painted it at one of those paint-it-yourself pottery places that have sprung up and the thought that clearly went into the design and application brought tears to my eyes (in a way no other present has ever done) when I opened the completely unexpected gift  – just how much more personalised could a gift be? And isn’t it beautiful?

Today the vase holds some pretty pink pleasurable preludes of spring, notably the Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’ which I have failed to grow to flowering stage up to now and therefore thrilled to have achieved this year. Started off in pots in the greenhouse in October and November they suddenly began producing buds and were duly cossetted last week in the hope there would be some open blooms today, which there are – hurrah! Equally sudden in producing blooms is the fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris, culled from the woodland and adjacent path edges and opening from tight bud to full snakeshead glory within an hour or two of being brought inside. Reducing potential hellebore flop, slightly ‘over’ hellebore blooms were added as in this state they tend to hold their own for more than just a few days. Completing the pretty pinks are Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ and the strikingly bright Bergenia ‘Abendglut’. The square profile of the vase with its gradually splayed sides allows the blooms to gently and attractively loll over the edges.

Like most of our garden blogging community I had little concept of where my tentative entry into blogging five years ago would take me, either figuratively or geographically. It has enriched my life in unmeasurable ways through contact with other bloggers, increasing my knowledge and gardening skills and forging on-line supportive friendships with a diverse bunch of people. Geographically it has taken me up and down the UK from the Outer Hebrides to Gloucestershire to meet other bloggers and there has been a similar and generous two-way flow of plants and seeds around the UK and beyond. For me, there is a joy to be found in the actual writing too, the ‘long form’ of social media as Loree of Danger Garden put it when she talked her 8th blogging anniversary last week. Although I deliberately reduced the frequency of posts after the first two years as my immersion in blogging world (and simultaneously in my garden) deepened, it still satisfies an inner ‘need’ to write, sometimes in poetic form as regular readers will know. So hurrah! for blogging, and garden blogging in particular πŸ™‚

In a Vase on Monday, now into its fourth year and an integral fixture of the week for many of us, has been an unexpectedly successful feature of this blog and despite an anniversary of its own every November it seemed a fitting tribute to the personalised gift from Elder Daughter to combine this blogging anniversary with IAVOM just for today. Even without a blogging anniversary, you can still share the occasion and seek out material from your own garden or foraged nearby and pop it in a vase to bring you joy during the week, creating your own IAVOM post with links to and from this one so that we can share in your pleasure.

Finally, a big thank you to all readers of this blog, whether regularly, weekly or just occasionally. Thank you for enriching my life with your comments, support and friendship – long may it continue.



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98 Responses to In a Vase on…erm, Sunday: Five Years a Blogger

  1. Steve says:

    Congratulations on your blogging. I have yet to get to a years worth of blogging so we will just have to wait to see if I also get to five years!

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Happy 5th blogiversary, Cathy. Your daughter is very talented to create such a beautiful, personalized vase, perfect for this special occasion!

  3. rusty duck says:

    Happy Anniversary! Keeping a blog going for five years is a huge commitment given how much work it takes. Well done Cathy. You enrich our lives with your knowledge and wit.

  4. What a fabulous vase! Perfect to celebrate your blogaversary. Congratulations!. I am so happy I found your blog. You are an inspiration not only to put flowers in a vase on Monday but all your gardening and poetic missives. As you say…long may it continue.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Lisa – although it still seems strange in a way that something I do essentially for my own pleasure and fulfillment should also bring pleasure to others

  5. Christina says:

    Dear Cathy, congratulations on your fifth blog anniversary! That is quite an accomplishment! I really enjoy reading your blog and come here on a regular base. Very often the beauty of your garden and your writing has cheered me up and love your In a Vase on Monday-meme!
    Your vase today is so special, completely appropriate for the occasion. I love the informal arrangement of the delicate pink spring flowers and the handpainted vase of your daughter is such a wonderful gift.
    After a long time I am contributing a vase myself today:
    Hope you and your readers like it!
    Warm regards,

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Christina – I am pleased to hear that my blog has brought cheer into your life. Interaction with other bloggers was an unexpected and joyful aspect of blogging which I had not considered when I started

  6. seedymum says:

    Hi Cathy, congratulations on 5 years of blogging. Like Steve I am a newbie. Love your daughter’s vase and the fritillaries – I planted some in the autumn and can’t wait for them to flower.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks ‘Seedymum’; I do hope your fritillaries flower for you. Mine are taking time to establish but I know that once they do they should seed around, which will be nice!

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  8. Congratulations Cathy! What a beautifully painted vase – what thought and expertise! I have loved all I have learnt from you and your blog and enjoyed immensely IAVOM and the community it creates. I’m sure we will meet one day – looking forward to it!

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, thanks for your kind words Sandra – and yes, we will definitely meet up in due course – we haven’t made it to the SW for a number of years (although are ‘passing through’ it soon, on the train) but the time will come… πŸ˜‰

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  10. Christina says:

    Sincere congratulations on your 5th blogging anniversary! I think I must have found you soon after you started. I realise I have just past my 7th Anniversary without remembering to mark the day. Your daughter’s gift is gorgeous, what a very thoughtful present. Have a lovely week. My link is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks you Christina – it was a number of months before I ‘found’ other blogs, having begun in isolation, so probably the summer of 2012 when I dared to make a comment and realised the benefit of adding categories and tags. My first GBBD and GBFD were in September and as we have learned, things snowball once you post comments and join memes!

  11. Alison C says:

    Congratulations, Who would have thought that blogging has brought so much joy. I’m glad I found you, via Elizabeth, as I’m loving making the vases and reading your posts. This is a beautiful pink arrangement in a beautiful vase. What a thing to treasure and what a thoughtful gift. Here is my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh indeed Alison, and this ‘social’ side of blogging was something I had not even considered before. And you are right, I will treasure this vase

  12. Jennifer says:

    How clever – happy celebrations, I see the beautiful vase has a tree (five years is wood!) it looks like a little woodland scene and is lovely!

  13. Congratulations, Cathy, what an achievement – you really are such an inspiration. Love the vase filled with its confection of spring blooms, a perfect way to celebrate.

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  15. jenmac13 says:

    Many congratulations on your blogaversary! Thanks for your generous spirit and inspiring bouquets. And the crazy little props are pure magic πŸ™‚

    Here’s my effort for the week:

  16. pbmgarden says:

    What a special gift from your daughter–tears were entirely appropriate. Happy blogging anniversary Cathy. Your arrangement of flowers in the new vase is full of charm. I seldom see fritillary around here and am always intrigued. Glad Sylphide has done well for you this year.
    I experimented with a formal design this week. Your Monday vase meme has spurred me to explore and create. Thank you for providing this opportunity and for your generous, kind friendship across the ocean.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words and friensship too, Susie. Some gardeners are troubled by deer or pheasants nibbling their fritillaries but they seem untroubled by any pests here. In fact I believe there is a large protected area of fritillaries near here, on a small island in the local river – it must be a real joy to see them in the wild.

  17. Hurrah for five years and the vase. The vase and the sentiment behind it also brought tears to my eyes. So sweet and thoughtful and beautiful and something you will treasure. I am also enjoying the contents of the vase, especially the Fritillary and I did not realize Anemones came in that color, spring in a vase. Here is another version of spring from across the pond.

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  19. Congratulations on your anniversary! Beautiful flowers. I don’t have an arrangement of my own today, but I posted an antique image of snowdrops in a glass in honor of the first day of spring and linked to this post.

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  21. Cathy says:

    Congratulations! I hope we will all still be blogging and posting Monday vases in another five years! That vase is delightful – what a lovely gift, and the flowers you have chosen really do it justice. Pulmonaria is one of my favourite flowers (one of many!) and my first tiny flower opened this morning, so we will no doubt be catching you up soon! Here is my vase – a celebration of the spring equinox. Happy blogging Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – pulmonaria are quite underrated, I think. I love to see a big clump of them and hope to add some more named varieties to mine this year. I have several which came from the garden of a friend’s parents but none of them were labelled. Enjoy yours! I had forgotten the equinox was coming up until people mentioned it today πŸ˜‰

  22. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Such a special, personal, and delightful gift and your arrangement is perfect! Wishing you a happy blogaversary & many happy returns of the day! My contribution this week is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Peter – I was so pleased to be using the vase for the first time, having waited since Christmas to do so πŸ˜‰

  23. Martha Strain says:

    I enjoy your blog so very much! Always interesting to see what’s budding and blooming in your garden across the pond and compare to my garden in the US zone 7a minus/7b plus (the foothills of the North Carolina mountains). Happy blogging anniversary!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Martha – and I like hearing what’s blooming everywhere else too! The US is such a vast place and it’s hard to keep tabs on how the zones work in practice πŸ˜‰

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  25. Belle and Candle says:

    Congratulations on 5 years blogging. I’ve always really enjoyed these posts from other bloggers and never thought to join in before, so today I’ve had a go! Hope I’ve done it right! Keep up the lovely posts x

  26. Linda B. says:

    Congrats! What a wonderful daughter. She really knows the way to your heart. No vase this week but things are coming up and the snow has melted again.

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  28. Annette says:

    Happy blogging birthday, dearest Cathy, so glad I’ve found you out there! The pot is gorgeous, how thoughtful of your daughter, and the contents are even more gorgeous –if that is possible– and just the right thing to celebrate the occasion. May there be many more enjoyable blogger years. Best wishes…and oh, yes, I’ve got a vase too πŸ˜‰ :

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you so much Annette – it is good to feel I have so many blogging friends around the world. Oh, and I have suggested to Elder Daughter that she should read today’s post so she can see what lovely things people are saying about her creation πŸ˜‰

  29. Congratulations on reaching such an esteemed milestone and for this lovely concept of sharing one’s vase with a like-minded community of floral enthusiasts. You are an inspiration.

    Here’s what’s in my vase this Monday morning in San Francisco:


    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Chronica and welcome – the IAVOM meme added a whole new dimension to the blog and has changed Mondays for many of us.

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  31. Sam says:

    Gosh, five years! That’s brilliant – well done on keeping it up for so long and to such a high standard. Hugely impressive. And thank you SO much for hosting this meme. I absolutely love taking part and miss it when I can’t. It’s a pleasure to visit you here and see what others have put together – a lovely community of like-minded bloggers. Your vase this week is lovely – what a talented, thoughtful daughter – and full of lovely spring flowers. Here’s to many more blogging years! My vase this week is:
    Thank you, Cathy. Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sam – its the blogging banter that makes the years rush past, I think, as it certainly doesn’t seem like 5 years πŸ™‚ It is good to know that both the blog and ths meme gives pleasure to people other than myself

  32. Kris P says:

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary, Cathy! Your daughter’s creation was the perfect gift and your pride in her thoughtfulness and creativity is well-earned. I have tremendous appreciation for your commitment to the “IaVoM” meme too. I joined in with a degree of trepidation after abandoning 2 others focused on floral arrangements, one because it was seasonal and the other because the host frequently forgot to host. In contrast, you keep things rolling regardless of weather challenges, vacations and other demands – that’s COMMITMENT! You’ve also brought a sense of camaraderie to blogdom that I’ve seldom seen elsewhere. So hurrah for you! Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh I am glad you appreciate the commitment Kris – initially I suggested others joined in too to give me an incentive to post every week, but of course we all knew it grew beyond something that simple! I do like the discipline though, and I know how much it means to people these days to posting the vase and following up comments and other people’s vases has become a Monday priority for me. Your comment about the camaraderie was really touching so thank you for that, it’s much appreciated Kris

  33. A busy week and no inspiration from my wet garden has me without a vase to share today, but I needed to comment just to say Happy Anniversary! That vase is such a sweet gift, and your beautiful flowers show it off well. Thank you so much for your contributions to the blogosphere!

  34. What a sweet way to commemorate such a milestone! Happy Blog-iversary! I’m so glad to have found your blog as it brings so much joy to my week. The vase is absolutely adorable; a truly lovely gift from your daughter!!!
    My contribution for this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks NBN – I suspect that quite often we come across other blogs purely by chance. I had googled to try and find a plant name and that took me to the Patient Gardener, the first blog other than my own I had ever come across, and that’s when my blogging sphere began to expand

  35. Anna says:

    Oh many, many congratulations on that fifth anniversary Cathy and I hope that ‘Rambling In The Garden’ flourishes for years to come. I’m so glad that I came across your blog. An apt and unique gift from your daughter who has inherited your thoughtful and creative genes. Well done on getting those anemones to flower. Did you keep them in the greenhouse throughout the winter? Mine at the allotment are not quite there yet but are showing buds. MY IAVOM is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna, and I hope it and all my blogging relationships continue to flourish too πŸ™‚ I have tried a couple of times with Sylphide planted directly in the ground, but with no success, so yes, these have been in the greenhouse but I have put them outside now and would love to replant them. What conditions would you say yours grow in on your allotment? ps thanks for your lovely long email πŸ™‚

  36. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations on your fifth blogging anniversary, Cathy, and long may you continue! Your gift from your daughter is one of a kind and simply delightful. Your arrangement is beautiful and as far from the blue/yellow combination I associate with spring as could be. I love the pinks of the anemones and the pulmonaria – Trevi Fountain is one to remember. My spring vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth – I still haven’t manage a ‘blue arrangement’ this season, although keep meaning to. I just wanted it to be pinks for this vase. Oh, and some pictures show Trevi Fountain with bluer flowers than these

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  38. Well done on your fifth blogging anniversary Cathy and many thanks for hosting IAVOM which has inspired so many of us. What a lovely vase and talented daughter too! I haven’t noticed any snake’s head frits out here, so I must go searching. They look so medieval don’t they? Very pretty in pink.
    Here is is my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Mediaeval? Oh yes, I see what you mean although wouldn’t be able to say exactly why… πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your kind words – and of course it works both ways as far as blogging relationships go

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  40. Congratulations Cathy – what a great achievement! I did see your post yesterday on Bloglovin but waited to leave my comment here – I am not really sure how commenting works there? And what a fabulous vase – I have a daughter who likes a bit of pottery making/painting so I will certainly be showing this to her! I have found the first anemones in my garden this week but the stems are very short on these early flowers so I will have to wait for a week or two before I can start to cut. The advantage of growing under cover is longer stem lengths. Congratulations again & I am looking forward to the next 5 years!!

    My post is at:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Julie – and I have no idea about bloglovin, so can’t help you there! These pottery places are such a good idea for something really personal, aren’t they? That’s a good point about stem lengths _ I wasn’t sure how long these would be, but they were just about right. I will definitely replant them outside but buy more bulbs for next as a back up as they are so pretty

  41. Brian Skeys says:

    Congratulations on having a talented and thoughtful elder daughter and on blogging for five years.

  42. jenhumm116 says:

    Many congratulations on your five year anniversary! And thank you so much for your lovely meme and the wonderful community it has engendered.
    Now, what about our IaVoM meet up??
    And ps, beautiful vase in all ways!

    • Cathy says:

      You are most welcome, Jen – it has been a great pleasure for me as well as other bloggers say it is for them! And yes, I shall shortly be making a sugggestion about meeting up – just haven’t got round to it yet!

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  44. Gillian says:

    Happy Blogging Anniversary Cathy. Beautiful flowers and your vase certainly is extra special this week.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Gillian – I have been dying to use this vase ever since I got it but wanted to make the occasion at least slightly auspicious πŸ™‚

  45. karen says:

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. Such a beautiful,special Vase. So lovely. I shall be hinting strongly to my daughters….. Here’s my mossy vase this week… Love karen xxx

  46. johnvic8 says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary. Your posts have been so beautiful; I’m glad I found you and have enjoyed seeing how your garden has evolved over time. I particularly appreciate your including your Golfer in your activities.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks John – and I do always let the Golfer know when you have been asking after him, which of course he appreciates πŸ˜‰

  47. croftgarden says:

    You are a wonderful example to us all and it has been a pleasure to follow the development of your garden and your blog over the years. I will refrain from tweaking your tail with a tease and let you enjoy basking in the aura of praise and congratulations.

  48. Mariana M says:

    Hi, someone very kindly told me about your website and In a Vase on Monday, as this past Monday I blogged about my own cut flowers for first time. Being a ‘new born’ in blogging terms I can already tell I am going to enjoy this! I will be making a note to participate on Mondays πŸ™‚

  49. smallsunnygarden says:

    Such a lovely post to find here, Cathy! I have been down sick and just got back to the blogosphere… Smiling now πŸ™‚ The design on the precious vase is so perfect, and your spring pinks are just right for it, though I can imagine any number of other flowers and colors also, so I suspect this vase will get a good deal of use! Congratulations on the big anniversary too, with thanks for being such a kind and generous host of IaVoM!
    I had to wait till I felt better to do justice to the lovely things cropping up in the garden, but here is this week’s vase at last:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh I am so sorry to hear you have been a bit sickly and hope you are your usual self again now. I have had my usual ‘rest’ from responding to comments so am late reading this and seeing your vase too.

  50. I am having a catch up morning Cathy and I am disappointed not to have joined you on Monday as it was such an anniversary for you . 5 years blogging, fantastic. I always enjoy your posts and getting to know you through this forum is amazing and not what I expected when I started blogging. The vase your daughter crafted is so sweet and thoughtful and of course you found some beauties to put in it. Congratulations Cathy

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Dorris. I wonder if any of us had any idea where blogging was going to take us when we started? I didn’t even consider the possibility of contact with other bloggers when I started, let alone the possibility of blogging friendships – but I knew nothing about blogs anyway!

  51. Chloris says:

    Congratulations on producing such a talented daughter and on your anniversary, dear Cathy. 5 years, what an achievement! I love the beautiful vase. I have got a bit behind with blogging this week and with life too, new projects in the garden have been making such demands, but I will send your snowdrops next week.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Chloris – look forward to the snowdrop in due course. I was jumping up and down with excitement in the greenhouse last week when I found that BOTH the dierama and galtonia seeds you sent me had suddenly begun germinating, completely out of the blue and with no attention for a number of months. Then yesterday I found the pretty apricot violet you gave me was flowering for the first time – hurrah for all of those and thanks to you for making them happen πŸ˜€

  52. Barbara says:

    That vase is very precious indeed and absolutely stunning. I love hellebores but that snake plant thingy is divine. I’ve never seen anything quite like that.

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