In a Vase on Monday: Hello 2018!

Just as last week was the first time since the inception of IAVOM that Christmas Day has fallen on a Monday, today is of course  the first time that New Year’s Day has been on a Monday. So let’s raise a glass and drink a toast to 2018 and to IAVOM!

Out of the bottle today came not rich red and plummy Merlot (although I did consider dying the water red) but sprigs of witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Jelena’, Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ and beaded bubbles of pyracantha, the latter filched on a morning walk from a Council planting on the roadside. The glass is Edinburgh Crystal, a wedding present from 21 years ago, and the stems are held in place by clear glass pebbles. The backdrop is the table runner I made many years ago for festive seasonal meals, the same one that last week’s table decoration sat upon.

It was a joy to see just how many people still posted a Vase on Monday on  Christmas Day last week or popped in to leave a comment – but quite unexpected too as I thought most people might have a break and focus on their festivities; perhaps it’s a reflection of how engrained in our routines it has become. Writing this post on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve I can tell you that we shall not be staying up tonight and will be tucked in bed and asleep way before midnight, so will be bright eyed and bushy tailed when your IAVOM posts start rolling in – unless you are having a day off and nursing a hangover instead!

Whether you celebrated seeing the New Year in or not I would like to wish you all the happiest and healthiest 2018 possible from the Golfer and myself, and many hours of joy in your gardens. To 2018!

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52 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Hello 2018!

  1. Alison C says:

    Happy New Year! I’m not quite as bushy tailed as usual but not hungover. Your arrangement looks like a bright glass of new year fireworks. The witch hazel is gorgeous and I look forward to seeing the rest as they bloom. I am hopeful of having more than one flower on mine this year. IAVOM is part of our routine but also it’s the meeting of people we feel we know in a small way. Wishing them well at Christmas is part of it. So on to another year, here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      And to you too Alison – I found myself still awake at midnight after all as neighbours had some very noisy fireworks! I hope your witch hazel flowers prolifically for you – one of mine has had no buds, but the rest have had their embryonic buds for a few months so it is just a waiting game

  2. Cathy says:

    Happy New Year Cathy! I always love seeing your witch hazels. Hope to be back next week. (Travelling from the UK home today). 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      And Happy New Year to you too, Cathy – and hope you are having a safe journey home. I am pleased to see that the emerging buds on H Ruby Glow are actually ruby in colour this year, unlike last year 😉

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  4. pbmgarden says:

    Health and happiness to you in this new year Cathy. It’s been fun to prepare some festive holiday themed vases this year. ‘Jelena’ is charming and I like the lovely wedding crystal. Thanks for all you do to keep us arranging and sharing.

    • Cathy says:

      And to you as well, Susie – thanks for your continued support and enthsiasm for this meme. It was a refreshing change to have festive oportunities for IAVOM – it won’t happen again for a few years!

  5. Cheers! a festive vase to start the new year! I think the berries are better in your neck of the woods and I wish I could smell the Witch Hazel. No berries or highly scented flowers from me today. Happy New Year and thank you for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      I had picked some yellow pyracantha earlier on the same walk, but the birds semed to prefer the yellow berries as they were a bit sparse so I was pleased to find these ones. Happy New Year to you too, Amy

  6. Happy New Year to you and yours Cathy! Love the festive vase for the New Year celebration.
    I delayed my holiday vase until today’s post as it is still going strong…I am pairing it with my new word for the year….wishing you an abundant, peaceful and joyful New Year!

  7. Noelle says:

    Happy New Year Cathy…thanks for keeping us on our toes…your ‘toast’ to the New Year together with your colourful arrangement starts us all off on a cheery note. Here’s the link to my post this week:

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Everyone should be taking the day off!

  9. Kris P says:

    Happy New Year, Cathy! No hangovers here either. I didn’t even stay up to watch the fireworks over the harbor as I’ve done many years. But rather than signifying a fuddy-duddy, I like to think that indicates an appreciation for what’s truly important, like the sunshine of a new day. I hope your new year brings lots of sunny, pleasant days in your garden and flowers for every week of the new year! Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes indeed, you and I are certainly no fuddy duddies – there is the potential for sunshine everyday and in everything 🙂 My very best wishes to you and your family too

  10. jenmac13 says:

    Happy New Year everyone!

    It’s lovely to see all these new year collections, thanks for hosting Cathy, and thanks for sharing everyone!. Here’s my NYE posy
    And I hope you all have a blooming lovely 2018!

  11. Peter says:

    A healthy, happy, and prosperous new year to you, dear Cathy! Thanks for continuing to host IAVOM! Your arrangement looks very festive indeed. We were also snoozing as the new year rolled around but the fireworks going off all over the place made us very aware that the hour had arrived. My vase is here:

  12. johnvic8 says:

    Welcome to 2018. My hope is for a year of peace and new blossoms. Happy New Year to you and the Golfer (I hope he shoots his age!)

    • Cathy says:

      Peace and new blossoms sound lovely, John – and the Golfer would be ecstatic to get in a round equivalent to his age! . Best wishes to you and the Arranger too

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  14. Anna says:

    Oh cheers Cathy and a most happy and healthy New Year to you both from both of us! Your vase is filled with brightness and cheer to ring in 2018. I did stay up way past midnight but went to bed perfectly sober after just one glass of homemade raspberry gin. I did pick a snippet or two for a vase but my camera is playing up and will not download my photos 😦 My brain is also addled – himself has a really heavy cold so neither of us are sleeping well. I will try to see if I can crack the problem tomorrow and post a late vase on a Tuesday xxx

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Anna – and to you and Himself too, hoping his cold is quickly gone and you can both catch up on your sleep again. Oh, and sort your camera problem out too. Your raspberry gin sounds interesting!

  15. Chloris says:

    A lovely festive vase with your beautiful witch hazel.
    Happy New Year, dear Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – Jelena is looking particularly beautiful this year as sometimes her colour is a bit ‘off’. The very best to you and the Pianist for 2018.

  16. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Even tho I don’t participate often I don’t miss one of these posts. I so enjoy seeing what everyone puts into their vases. So much talent and so many beautiful vases full. Happy New Year to you and the Golfer.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – I think we have all become much more confident about plonking flowers in our vases since we got involved with IAVOM! Thanks for your loyalty in always dropping in and best wishes to you and your family

  17. smallsunnygarden says:

    Some lovely red for the new year, Cathy 🙂 So glad to see your witch hazel flowers featuring today! And the pyracantha, which is also grown out here. Perhaps I should plant some as I’m always fussing about not having anything with good berries!
    Here is my first for 2018:
    Wishing you and the Golfer a wonderful year!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – the witch hazel stems were all growing very low down so their absence won’t be noticeable. I admire the berries of pyracantha, but I don’t think I would want to grow it in the garden, or at least I don’t have anywhere I could grow it.

  18. Happy New Year Cathy! Hope to join IAVOM again next week.

  19. Cathy wish you a Happy New Year 2018 full of peace, love and that all your wishes are fulfilled. That the Gardening is magnificent and full of piles of flowers with sunny days and also with rain when necessary. Your vase with red motifs is beautiful, especially the witch hazel. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you so much Margaritafor all your good ishes and support for me and the blog; I hope that you too have a happy and healthy year

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  21. Bec says:

    Happy Hogmanay Cathy and the golfer – I hope you have a brilliant 2018. Your Pyracantha looks excellent and I know how much you love witchhazel – I’m only two days late with mine, started writing on monday but it’s been too wet for photographs… a local work which will eventually lead to the new RHS Bridgewater Garden
    love Bec xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Bec – I wonder what 2018 will bring for all of us? Health and happiness I hope, and pretty and productive gardens. It was VERY grey here yesterday, but not as windy or wet as some places. Today is brighter

  22. Annette says:

    Lovely festive still life, Cathy. Our Jelena has also started to flower but thanks to Rudolf the shrub is only half its size now. Monsieur bought a wildlife camera…that’ll be the end of my peaceful nights, I guess ;)! Wishing you and the Golfer a very happy and healthy (gardening) year. Glad you’re out there 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Tut tut, naughty Rudolf 😦 Thankfully no such witch hazel munchers here! 🙂 Does Monsieur intend to stay up and watch the footage live? Do you? Personally, my sleep is too important for that 😉 I do hope for a calm and organised year for you both, one that ticks along nicely with nothing too intense and draining. Thanks for your friendship and support too

      • Annette says:

        Oh no, we won’t watch it live but knowing what’s going on may cause sleepless nights 😉 , two nights ago we had some wild boar visiting, luckily “only” in the meadow but imagine what they’d do to my garden…thinking about a better fence now! Thanks for the kind words xx

  23. Happy New Year Cathy!

  24. Brian Skeys says:

    Merlot is always welcome here Cathy. Happy New Year.

  25. Sam says:

    Happy New Year, Cathy. I’m impressed but not surprised you posted on Christmas and New Years Days! I hope you had a lovely festive time and look forward to joining you again soon for IAVOM. Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      Writing the briefest of posts the day before and scheduling them made it fairly easy, Sam. All quiet here over the festive period Sam, no doubt unlike your busy family home! Hope all was happy family fun for you.

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