In a Vase on Monday: Rhapsody in Green

The posy I created to give to the friend who picks me up on a Thursday for our barbershop singing looked so pretty that I decided to recreate it for today. It was, quite simply, a rhapsody in various shades of green, demonstrating – as so many of us have come to learn – that foliage plays a huge part in our gardens, providing an infinite range of monochrome colours and textures.

To the mature ivy and its flowers, Euphorbia oblongata with its lime green bracts,  and the dangling phuopsis that were included in Thursday’s posy I added a sprig of spotty laurel and a few green crinkly leaves of Heuchera ‘Malachite’. The euphorbia was added on impulse to another buy earlier in the year, the Heuchera was a must-inclusion in a larger heuchera order when I saw the name (malachite being one of my favourite minerals) and the phuopsis which  I had not heard of until I ordered from Claire Austin was chosen then for its low growing, front-of-border attributes. It does flower, but they can’t make much impact as I don’t remember any blooms!

The stems of the ivy, laurel and euphorbia were conditioned in boiling water and then tied into a posy as the ivy stems kept popping out of the vase when I tried to arrange them. The vase is a heavy green spherical one that came from a low key antique fair some years ago, chosen for its green-ness and not (at the time) for its potential use as a vase; I was pleased with the way the roundedness of the posy reflected the shape of  the vase. Intriguingly, I had already decided to use malachite as a prop, so the last minute crinkly heuchera was an unplanned and happy coincidence; the chosen malachite prop was a chessboard and three malachite chess pieces (knight, rook and pawn).

Thank you for all your lovely comments last week on IAVOM’s fourth birthday and for your enthusiasm surrounding the additional challenge of a vase-less vase – these ranged from toilets and potties to vegetables and no receptacles at all. It was such fun to see them all and to know that you had fun coming up with your choices. I shall be putting my thinking cap on for an equally enjoyable challenge for next year! There were 24 vases posted, and as promised a winner has been randomly drawn to win Sarah Raven’s book ‘The Cutting Garden’: Alison from A Blog About Compost. Please email me your address, Alison, and I shall get the book sent as soon as I can. Well done, and thanks again to everyone for your support, whether you posted a vase or not.

In the meantime normal service has been resumed and we can go back to ‘real’ vases again, although perhaps we will see now more alternative containers being used in the future. What will be in yours today? Whatever it is, it will bring you pleasure during the week as we have learned even the simplest and tiniest of vases can do. If you would like to share it with us on IAVOM just include links from your post to this, and to yours from a comment on this page. See you soon!

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65 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Rhapsody in Green

  1. tonytomeo says:

    That ivy seems popular nowadays.

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A stunning celebration of green, every gardener’s joy. My vase is singing the rainy day blues:

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Malachite is a favorite of mine as well. Green is such a soothing and healing color, isn’t it?
    My vase this week:

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  5. A very timely reminder that we shouldn’t forget to use foliage in our vases, especially as flowers are harder to come by during the winter months. I really enjoy the creativity that comes when you set us a theme, challenge or prompt and loved all the ideas that people came up with last week. It made everyone become very inventive and there were some good laughs to be had too. Congratulations to Alison for winning the prize!
    Mine today is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Joanna – and I was especially pleased that almost everyone who was aware of the challenge rose to it. As you say, having a challenge encourages creativuty

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  7. Cath says:

    Beautiful! Foliage often plays the background role, but it’s worth featuring. I love Euphorbia but have never tried it in a vase. Maybe I’ll try it with poppies, since it sounds like it needs heat to stop the sap from flowing as well. Here is my vase :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath – I am hoping this one is not a spreader as I ahve got rid of other euphorbias in the past because seedlings pop up all over the garden!

  8. I absolutely love all these shades of green which are currently missing from my garden due to early snow….you really have shown what we can do with all our wonderful foliage. I tend to gloss over foliage for vases so i will remember this.

    My post is a lesson and a vase but picked well before this week….I wanted to showcase some of the last vases I picked before the weather turned so I hope it is OK for a few weeks. Here’s the link:

  9. pbmgarden says:

    A real stunner Cathy! I thought to do something similar with foliage this week but flowers got in the way. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

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  12. Hi Cathy, there is something very ancient about bringing green into our houses at this time of year, and you have done it beautifully. Having joined IAVOM for the first time last week on your fourth anniversary I am back this week with a few more flowers as promised. Thanks for hosting and hope to join you again soon.

    • Cathy says:

      Good to have you with us again – the meme really makes us looka at our gardens in a different way and we pick up such a lot of information from comments and other vases

  13. Cathy says:

    Really lovely Cathy – gorgeous shades of green! I love green stones and minerals too, and the Malachite goes beautifully. Here’s mine for today:
    Have a lovely week!

  14. Christina says:

    Foliage often takes a background place in my vases but when I have used some, the vase is always much better! I love the round vase and the foliage arrangement proves that we really don’t need flowers at all. Thank you so much for all your support over the last couple of weeks Cathy, it has been very much appreciated. Here’s my post today:

  15. Lovely, I love greens and textures, perfect with the vase and the shape of the arrangement. I love Malachite as well and recently learned we have a Malachite butterfly here with green markings. Trying to plant host plants for these butterflies. Here is my vase:

  16. I did a “green” vase as well today and it is interesting to see how different they look. Here it is:

  17. Noelle says:

    I had an early peek at your arrangement, and it gave me hope. I went out into the garden, and was completely surprised: However I am also inspired to try one like yours in weeks to come.

  18. That’s a creative mix of foliage, Cathy! As vase worthy flowers are becoming more scare in my own garden, I may be following suit in future weeks with arrangements of foliage (possibly succulents) too. Although there are some sign that my Lisianthus may be making a comeback…Thanks for hosting and here’s my post this week:

  19. Anna says:

    Oh what an attractive array of green loveliness Cathy but it’s that beautiful chessboard that has really caught my eye this week. I’ve never seen a round chessboard before and will have to show it to himself who made the odd chess set or two in his younger days. I’m also intrigued to find out more about malachite and will refer to your kind gift later 🙂 Congratulations to Alison who really thought out of the box last week. One or two late lingerers from me today:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – but please don’t confuse Himself as the chessboard still has an 8×8 square within the circle!. They tend to come from Africa, I believe.

  20. Alison C says:

    That was a surprise I did’t expect to come home to but cheers up this miserable wet evening. Thank you Cathy and I’m sorry I can’t share the prize with everyone.
    All the green in your vase is very refreshing. I’ve been eyeing up a few green things with a view to using them now there is so little colour. I like the lovely round shape and just a few tendrils.
    Here is my link. I still have some colour :
    The flowers anyway, I’m not sure if I do. x

    • Cathy says:

      Glad you liked the surprise and that it perked up your miserable and wet evening 🙂 One of the things I liked about the foliage was just how healthy it looked, not tailing off like many blooms do at this time of year

  21. johnvic8 says:

    A very nice arrangement this week. New and different.

  22. karen says:

    I love all the shades of green, especially that very glossy deep green ivy. Do you know the quote “Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” By Albert Camus. I thought of you. Here’s my IAVOM. I’m in the pink this week. Thankfully Thanks for hosting my favourite meme. Karen x

  23. Cathy a lovely green vase for a divine foliage that forms a lovely arrangement. I love the Euphorbia and the other shades of green of the other plants: they form a wonderful bouquet. Yes, I say bouquet that is a bouquet of flowers and here there are no flowers but foliage and it is as beautiful as flowers. I love the malachite chessboard: green is beautiful and relaxing. Greetings from Margarita.

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  25. I’m a big fan of green-on-green, and you do it one green better! Very handsome, long-lasting arrangement, Cathy. Here’s mine:

  26. Anca Tirca says:

    This green is so reinvigorating for this time of the year!

  27. petal & pins says:

    Love how lush and cool it looks( we’re having a run of hot days in Hobart so it’s very soothing to look at!!)
    here’s my simple vase

  28. smallsunnygarden says:

    I love your all-green bouquet, Cathy – also the vase!
    I’ve gone with rose and lavender this week…:

  29. Chloris says:

    I love all the greens and the vase is gorgeous. Phuopsis is a pretty little thing but have you notided it smells of fox?

  30. Alison C says:

    It really does look so vibrant. Even the autumn colour is almost over now and I haven’t made it to Stourhead yet as I wanted to do this year. I can’t see your email address, I’m obviously looking in the wrong place.

    • Cathy says:

      How far from Stourhead are you? Hope you make it while there are still leaves on the trees! You should be able to find my email address on one of my comments on your blog (but it may be different from WordPress) but if not I shall find yours and contact you

  31. Joanna says:

    Lovely shades of green, especially since we are looking at mostly brown and some white, here! I was looking forward to seeing what everyone found for IAVOM but yesterday slipped by without my even realizing it was Monday! I’m not sure how that happened! Lol!

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  33. Bec says:

    What a lovely vase – it’s really got me thinking about what greenery to include in my vases. It’s good to be back doing IAVOM 🙂 I’ve got another flower that shouldn’t really be around this time of year – and I wrote about selfcare and being kind – Here’s my vase 🙂 have a lovely week love bec xx

  34. Diana Studer says:

    Love the extra layer of interest with the chessboard reflected in the green glass bowl.
    I will be joining in tomorrow.

  35. that’s gorgeous!

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