In a Vase on Monday: Ballad of the Blue Heron

Remembering that tulips tend not to need any additional frippery when in a vase, IAVOM today is purely that: tulips. Three stems of lily flowered Ballade and three of fringed tulip Blue Heron, displayed in matching blue glass bottles of the usual car boot origin, accompanied by a…well, let’s call it a blue heron.

The heron prop belonged to the Golfer’s Mum and despite being a cheap Chinese import with a broken wing he has kept it for sentimental reasons, partly because it was his Mother’s and partly because of the heron connection. Before he and I were acquainted he was pointing out ‘an eron’ to someone else and in genuine innocence I asked what an ‘eron’ was, as yet unaware of the Brummie disdain for ‘h’s at the start of words; it wasn’t quite the moment our relationship began but it was certainly the initial awareness and more than 20 years later the incident is not surprisingly a standing joke between us and herons hold a special place in our hearts. Incidentally, the heron connection is the reason behind my email address, ‘corrabhan’ being the Gaelic word for heron.

Yesterday, when this vase was created, was another unexpectedly sunny day although not as sunny as the day before; both days were forecast to be overcast after initially sunny starts, so the forecast for some rain early this week will instead be a matter of  ‘wait and see’. The projected chilly nights seem to have a little more credence, as the bitter cold felt by bloggers in mainland Europe has been real enough. Whatever the weather, I hope all the usual Monday vase makers are still able to do so – and of course any new contributors to IAVOM would also be very welcome. Just pick something from your garden or forage locally and pop your finds in a vase or other container, sharing it with us by including the usual links to and from this post – then enjoy your vase during the coming days. Easy peasy…

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72 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Ballad of the Blue Heron

  1. domnuio says:

    So beautiful those tulips

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  4. So glad to be joining in today Cathy:

    Fun to hear about your connection with the heron. Those tulips look like cousins.

  5. jenhumm116 says:

    What a lovely story – and striking arrangement.
    Also, while I’m on, I’ve only just realised I’ve managed to ‘unfollow’ you – thought you were a bit quiet! 😉
    Here’s mine for this week – testament to the power of IaVoM….

  6. Joanna says:

    Lovely blue vases, Cathy. And the heron is nice touch. Here is my vase for today

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Joanna – as they have quite narrow necks the number of blooms they can be used for is limited…I could just squeeze 3 in each!

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  8. Cath says:

    Beautiful tulips – it’s nice that they are similar but different, and I think they look great with the blue heron. You must have the most amazing car boot sales over there. Here is my vase, celebrating a long weekend with family.

    • Cathy says:

      I think there is just a lot of them, Cath – there are 2 big ones every weekend within about 5 miles of here, with extra on bank holidays, plus all the smaller ones too. You tend to get a lot of traders at them too, rather than just householders, and there can be huge amounts of dross whoch you couldn’t imagine anybody ever buying. We tend to go to the Bank Hol ones and occasional Sundays if the weather is OK

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  11. Cathy says:

    Glorious colours Cathy! I love the background (and the ‘eron story!) We are having extremely cold nights here – but wonderful sunshine during the day. It’s perfect to keep the tulips going (some have been flowering for 4 weeks now!). Unfortunately my ‘Ballade’ are just going over today. Nice to enjoy yours! My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I love the shape of the lily flowered tulips. We too are forecast some cold nights this week, but only down to about 1 degree, so hopefully the things I have been hardening off will be fine with that but I might put fleece over them just in case

      • Cathy says:

        Yes – what a godsend fleece is! Have you seen the pictures of the French vineyards lit by candles to try and ward off the frost – really spectacular. Our vines have been rather damaged too – we need to sit on the Vine Terrace more late at night with candles going (brrr … just kidding!)

        • Cathy says:

          I had heard about them but not seen them – I will google and see. And if you do sit on your Vine Terrace with candles we need to see some photographic evidence… 😉

  12. Simple, sentimental, and stunning. I even love the color backdrop that sets both blooms and props of beautifully.
    I am able to contribute a vase this week: Hoping you are enjoying a mild spring soon. Cold, cold air is taking over here, opposite seasons. I’m not ready.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks NBN – sometimes simple can be surprisingly successful. The background is a piece of felt – I have a stack of different colours left over from a craft project a few Christmases ago and they come in really useful for backdrops! It has been a very pleasant April here but drier than usual although the UK is expecting a ‘cold snap’ – not as cold as yours though, I shouldn’t imagine! Brrr!

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Your tulips are gorgeous. Beautifully staged and photographed well. A Great Blue Heron visits our community’s pond occasionally. Just majestical to see him fly over. It’s all red for me today–
    Thanks for hosting Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – I did google ‘blue heron’ to see if it was an actual species so learned that it was found mostly in North and Central America. I guess they are bigger than the usual grey heron of the UK?

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  16. Brummie? I have a Heron in my post as well, but no beautiful blue tulips. Love the blue bottles. I have collected several. Here is the Florida Heron.

  17. jenmac13 says:

    Hi Cathy, those tulips are beautiful, and I love that quirky heron! Thanks for hosting this lovely meme 🙂
    This week, it’s bleeding hearts and bluebells in my vase.

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  19. Cathy says:

    They are really gorgeous Cathy. So cheery and so pretty. And the heron link is a happy one! 😉 Love those fringed ones. I have got tulips today too. Have a great week!

  20. Tulips SCREAM spring to me. I love seeing them.

  21. Leanne says:

    We have a blue heron that lives in the pond behind our house. It is amazing to see when it takes off in flight. Majestic would be the correct word to describe it, I think. Thank you for hosting Cathy! Here is my IAVOM:

  22. Linda B. says:

    Wonderful vase and even better story! We have been having bursts of warm sunny weather but surprisingly cold overnights still. None of my flowers seem to have suffered. Now rain is forcast for most of the week. I must admit our weather has not been bad and actually has been quite typical for April. My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – as always, it is interesting to hear about the weather in different parts of the world. I am glad your plants are comfortable with your weather, anyway!

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  24. Christina says:

    I do think that tulips are perfect on their own, with nothing to detract from their beauty. This pair are gorgeous. Thanks for hosting, here’s my very quick post:

  25. Great photos of your tulips…the soft background helps capture every detail.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Marian – sometimes the background fabric looks a completely different colour in the photograph, but this was quite true to the real thing and as you say it worked well.

  26. I was admiring the fabulous colour of ‘Blue Heron’ when my phone went into battery saving mode and the screen went dark, and so I hope I manage to finish my comments before it dies altogether! Just to say they are lovely and definitely need no accompaniment. Love the story behind the ‘eron! Here’s mine, just a quickie this week:

  27. Cathy W says:

    Oh, those tulips are beautiful! Thank you for sharing – and for sharing your heron story. 🙂 I love this IAVOM idea.

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  29. Annette says:

    I love your little stories, Cathy, there’s so much dedication and love shining throughout your vases and blog. The heron must be delighted next to these beauties 🙂 Here’s my vase:
    Happy Monday everyone!

  30. Kris P says:

    The porcelain heron may be battle-weary but he makes an elegant prop for your beautiful tulips, Cathy. I hope sunnier days find you this week – our weather is taking on a decidedly summer bent (already!). My vases can be found here:

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  32. Sam says:

    Such a lovely tale to go with your beautiful tulips, Cathy. I’d like more pink tulips in my garden, so I’ll add these two to my list. I especially like Ballade. I, too, have some tulips to show this week (and it’s lovely to be joining you again after a few busy weeks). Many thanks, as ever, for hosting. Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sam – but I would say these tulips are more of a lilac colour than pink, in real life that is! Glad you have been able to squeeze a moment to join in today 🙂

  33. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your tulips are beautiful and look exceptionally so arranged in the blue bottles. Your heron story is very sweet and makes your post especially fun. My single bloom in a mug is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Peter, although I think ‘exceptionally arranged’ is pushing it a bit -‘ plonked’ is nearer the mark although the one tulip is perhaps leaning artfully across the others… 😉

  34. Eliza Waters says:

    Tulips need no other fanfare– these are no exception– lovely color. I enjoyed your ‘eron’ story!
    My vase:

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  36. Great title,a beautiful pairing and nicely cohesive theme! I really like the darker tones in your Blue Heron tulip.
    My vase is far less elegant, but does contain a fringed tulip! It is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Allison – once I had decided on these tulips everything else fell into place instantly, as it often does these days 😉

  37. johnvic8 says:

    I love the story behind your vase this week. I’m glad to learn that Golfers can be romantic as well.

  38. AlisonC says:

    Oh these tulips are just beautiful. Such lovely colours and great together in the blue vases. Your heron is the perfect accompaniment and you stage it all so well with the toning background too. Here is my link-

  39. smallsunnygarden says:

    The epitome of elegance… ❤ Ballade is an old favorite of mine, partly because it is so pretty, and no doubt partly because it had a greater aptitude for coming back in my first garden. Your account of the 'eron is wonderful 😉
    Here is my link – not much story to it but delightful to have around:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, I hope it will ‘do’ just as well here then Amy – they are in a pot now, but I will plant them in the ground as they begin to go over.

  40. Anna says:

    The tulips look as if they were made to go together Cathy whilst The Golfer’s ‘eron looks as if it has paused by a deep blue pool for some liquid refreshment. Regional accents make life so much
    richer 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Oh definitely true about the accents, Anna – even though sometimes there can be a bit of confusion (although he thinks I am taking the Mickey, of course, but then he doesn’t hear himself speak!)

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