In a Vase on Monday: So Simple

Being as honest as the day is long, I will immediately come clean and say that this vase was prepared on FRIDAY and the tulips given to a friend on Saturday accompanied by prunings of a red-stemmed cornus. This was due to a busy weekend and not being at home on Monday. I may well be late responding to comments or seeing your vases because of this, but I shall do my best.

I have enjoyed Christina’s predominately tulip filled vases for a number of weeks and can see how easily my own vases could go the same way, as each day reveals new buds opening on my own tulips – but only on those planted in pots in previous seasons and not yet on any of last autumn’s plantings. Today’s tulips were in a mixed collection of named ‘pink tulips’ from Aldi a few years ago and from the illustration I think they must be ‘van Eijk’. They were placed simply, as the title implies, in a pretty red glass vase with no embellishment other than 5 red jasper crystals. The vase was snapped up from a car boot sale and has no markings to identify its source but is weighty and shouts ‘quality’. Jasper is believed to aid protection and grounding and bring courage and determination, with red jasper also encouraging insights and helping resolve unjust situations.

You may well be busy too, but even popping a few stems of tulips or narcissi or hedgerow twigs breaking into leaf into a jar or vase can be quickly done and put a smile on your face and bring you pleasure for several days, so do give it a go, especially if you have not joined us before. It can also bring pleasure to others if you share it with us by leaving links to and from this post. Enjoy your Monday, everybody! ๐Ÿ™‚

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74 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: So Simple

  1. And a happy Monday to you too! The simplicity and the boldness of color are quite lovely – I like the line of the design on the vase with the edges of the petals. I bet as the tulips open, this will continue to dazzle in its form and shades! My contribution this week is here:

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  3. Cathy says:

    Definitely put a smile on my face Cathy! The vase is a perfect match. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was sorry I missed last week, but pleased that I have a vase to share today:

  4. Beautiful! All goes together so well.

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  6. Christina says:

    Obviously I love your vase, I never tire of tulips, indeed there are some tulips in my vase again today but they aren’t the most important element this time. Always satisfying when special offers turn out to be a really good buy, the depth of colour of the tulips easily stands up to the rich red of the lovely vase. My vase was also not put together today, you’ll see why!

    • Cathy says:

      Despite what I said ( the post was written on Saturday), some of the new tulips in the shrub border are now in bloom and there will probably be more when we are back home ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like that way that most of Aldi’s bulbs and plants are named varieties, even though the 3 varieties of tulips in this case were mixed together

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  8. Cathy says:

    Just lovely Cathy – especially liked your comments about the vase and the jasper. The gorgeous colours definitely injected me with a bit of courage and determination. And finally I’ve got a few Monday flowers again too – here’s mine:

  9. monalisa says:

    Certainly put a grin all over Cathy! The vase is an immaculate match. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was sad I missed a week ago, however satisfied that I have a vase to share today..

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  11. Cath says:

    A lovely vase, what a score! These Monday Vases do bring great pleasure all week. Here is my Autumn vase :

  12. The effortlessness and the strength of shading are very flawless โ€“ I like the line of the plan on the vase with the edges of the petals..

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Simplicity reigns! The red vase reminds me of the shape of the tulips. Lovely and effective.
    Hope you are off doing something fun. Have a good time.
    I stubbornly fell back to using hyacinths again this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – yes, I thought this vase was perfect for these but I wasn’ t sure at first if the narrow neck would take all the bloms

  14. Belle and Candle says:

    Love the vase and tulip colour and shape combination. Here is my little Vintage Vase – inspired by Bette Davis….

  15. Linda B. says:

    Heard famed bulb expert Jacqueline van der Kloet speak on Saturday so I am dreaming of Tulips, which makes your bouquet a perfect treat this morning. I finally have the first few things flowering and so have a vase this week:

  16. Eliza Waters says:

    A perfect pairing of tulips to vase, the colors match so well. My vase this week:

  17. johnvic8 says:

    I love the simplicity of your arrangement this week. You are always so thoughtful in the way you pull together the flowers, the vase, and the little goodies on the side. Thanks.

  18. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your vase and tulips are a perfect match. So bold and happy, just like spring. Thank you for always starting the week off in such a delightful way! My contribution is here:

  19. Kris P says:

    I hope you’re enjoying your Monday wherever you are! Your tulips are pretty and the vase you selected was made-to-order. My vases this week sit at 2 extremes in terms of color:

  20. Love this! Especially the overhead shot. My entry is not my work, but I feel compelled to share. Thanks Cathy!

  21. Anna says:

    Oh what a partnership Cathy – vase and flowers are as one. I also like the way the swirls on the vase echo the petal edges. We came across a shop that sells crystals on our last trip to Cumbria. Only time for a flying visit but will be returning and I will look out for jaspar then. My vase underwent some tweaking between yesterday’s initial thoughts and the clear light of today :

  22. Hi Cathy,
    Happy Monday. I’m breaking the rules slightly because I just couldn’t cut these lovely tulips and spring flowers. I hope you enjoy them here! https://Lavendermoon girl’s

  23. Sam says:

    Lovely. These tulips are the right sort of pink (not the slightly artificial pink of Pink Impression!). Hope you’ve had a good weekend. Sorry I haven’t joined in today – hopefully next week. x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sam – but I do have some new tulips coming into bloom in the shrub border that look a slightly doubtful shade of pink… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Wow, that is a coincidence of color, the tulips and the vase being perfectly aligned in that pretty shade of pink. And, how right you are, just a few choice pickings popped into a vase brings a smile to one’s face.

    Here’s my offering today:

    Thanks for hosting this popular event that has us all grabbing our vases.

    • Cathy says:

      Glad you liked it – and glad you are enjoying joining in. I am having trouble commenting on blogspot blogs today but rest assured I will have looked at your vase too

  25. Alison C says:

    Simple is often good, though I love a vase stuffed full of blooms, you can really appreciate the details of one twig or a few flowers. Your tulips are very prettily marked and perfect with the vase.
    Here is my vase, also tulips. The vases do give me so much pleasure and I love looking at the other contributions.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Alison – perhaps we sometimes feel that if there are a lot of blooms in our gardens we need to use as many as we can to do them justice…? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  27. jenmac13 says:

    Hi Cathy, you have made a symphony of pink this week. What a lovely sweet colour๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท. My late little effort this week is of ranunculus and bleeding heart ๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ

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  29. Those tulips are doing very well to survive and reflower so well in pots Cathy – if I leave tulips in pots I invariably end up with a lot of leaves and a few small weak flowers so have to replant every year. They look lovely in that vase – car boot sales are great for new vases! I hope you are enjoying yourself wherever you are. xx

    My vase is at:

    • Cathy says:

      It’s a difficult decision whether to keep them or not – certainly don’t want to finish up with dozens of pots of unreliable tulips! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  31. smallsunnygarden says:

    It’s such a perfect combination, Cathy – love both the vase and the tulips โค Perhaps someday I will try forcing some tulips, but there is still too much to do getting the basic garden structure in, so that day is probably long off. Which means I am more than happy to see LOTS of tulips on other peoples' blogs! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I do have some other bulbs blooming though, hence this week's post:

  32. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Cathy – what a great combination of blooms and vase. Simple, but definitely striking!
    Sorry I didn’t link up yesterday – was having issues with my internet and couldn’t get hold of the link to copy.
    Here we go:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jen – internet issues are a pain, but I have to say that upgrading to fibre has made a huge difference not just to speed but consistency too

  33. Tulips are so lovely and the vase is as well. Hope you are having fun. I managed not to post this on Monday. OOps!

  34. Elizabeth W says:

    Hi Cathy, your tulips are beautiful in that stunning vase – well worth snapping up! Inexpensive mixed bags of bulbs are so tempting but labeling them by colour is not helpful when it comes time to write about the resultant blooms. We have lots of different varieties of daffodils all bought for a song in a bag containing a hundred or more but, sadly, we’ll never know their names. Interesting information about jasper. I think I need to find some – courage, determination and insight never go wrong! My late vase can be found here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth – I try to avoid unnamed varieties of any plants, and label all my plants except annuals, but that’s just me! I only gave a few of jasper’s attributes, so do look it up if you want to know more

      • Elizabeth W says:

        Thanks for your comment, Cathy. In answer to your suggestion, it’s taken a lot of nagging but I think my husband now knows not to save all plant labels. The window is on the stair landing and it would be lovely it was a real stained glass but it’s covered in faux stained glass effect film – an inexpensive alternative which still looks good.

  35. Chloris says:

    Beautiful tulips and a perfect match for the lovely vase.

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