In a Vase on Monday: Short Changed and Blue

Such a simply put together vase was not my intention for today; however, using these hyacinths, my 10p each bargains from a month ago, was. Purchased and planted on 17th December, I think they were a little confused about the season due to sitting outside in a partially sheltered garden centre display for a number of months; I kept the six bulbs I bought (3 blue, 3 pink) in a cold room in semi-darkness for a couple of weeks but suddenly found flower spikes on some so moved them immediately into the light. These 3 spikes were from 2 bulbs and there is a single pink one in the other pot; the remaining 3 bulbs have not a single shoot emerging between them so perhaps it’s worth returning the pots to the cold and relative dark again for further encouragement now these spikes have been cut.

A foray outside to pick accompanying greenery and twigs was planned, but yesterday’s weather forecast of a grey morning with a hint of sleet had morphed into a morning of snow; time was short as I was due out in the afternoon so  the hyacinths had to hold the fort on their own. The photograph on the left shows the view from our ‘back sitting room’, the room that was emptied to become the ‘café’ for our open garden events. As well as the two pots of hyacinths, there are pots of early narcissi, some in bud, two new potted foliage plants which I hope to keep alive, a couple of manky orchids that seem unlikely to flower again, and the unplanned mixed bag of amaryllis/hippeastrum. Just think how much more stunning they would have been if they were all of the same variety…!

Having three blue vintage hyacinth  vases, these were an inevitable choice to pop the three stems in – possibly a little too tall for the length of stem, and in hindsight a few pebbles in the bottom would have elevated the blooms. My chosen prop was to have been a music cassette of the Joni Mitchell album ‘Blue’, probably purchased in the early 70s but certainly not played for well over 20 years – but could I find it? No, I could not – however, having Googled the lyrics of the title song for a snippet that could be used for the title of the post I realised how naive a student I must have been at the time I used to listen to the album as the content went completely over my head! Hey ho, we are all older and wiser now… Instead, I included a sphere of lovely sparkly blue lapis lazuli, a gemstone believed to have many spiritual properties and to be especially beneficial to the throat and third eye chakras.

Meanwhile, Hippeastrum ‘Dancing Queen’ is still looking pretty good after a fortnight in a vase, with only the slightest hint of browning on the tips of  one of the blooms. Seeing this one flowering at the same time as the group in the back sitting room makes it obvious how much larger the latter blooms are – Dancing Queen, as well as being double, seems more elegant and refined in comparison.

I may have short changed myself with the content of today’s vase, but the fragrance more than makes up for it with none of the relative subtlety of last week’s viburnum, lonicera and sarcococca. I wonder what other people’s vases will focus on today – form, fragrance, foliage or fun? If you can manage to get out into your January gardens and find something to pop into a vase or jam jar then please share it with is too by leaving the usual links to and from this post.

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66 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Short Changed and Blue

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  3. I know what you mean about song lyrics – don’t know about this one but lots from the 60s seem to be celebrating extremely unhealthy relationships!! As you sat we re older and wiser now 🙂
    I can enjoy the memory of the scent from your photos as I don’t have any inside this year. It also makes me remember a trip to Holland when the tulips and hyacinths were in bloom – driving through fields of hyacinths is intoxicating!
    A bit of nonsense as my display today:

    • Cathy says:

      Gosh, I can’t quite imagine what a field of hyacinths would smell like – intoxicating, as you say, but would it be overpoweringly so?

  4. Christina says:

    Well, your purchase was a bargain! Very pretty all blue with Lapis and vase all reflecting the blue of the hyacinths. So is a Lapis necklace a good thing to wear (I’m lucky enough to have some that R bought for me in Nepal. Here’s my contribution today:

    • Cathy says:

      I hadn’t planted any hyacinths for this season and had been regretting it a little, so I was pleased to have the bargain opportunity, Christina. And yes, lapiz can boost your intuition and help you speak your truth, amongst other benefits

    • Cathy says:

      Just reading your comment on The Shrub Queen’s blog – I put my pelargonium cuttings straight into pots and they invariably root like this, pretty quickly too.

      • Christina says:

        I did that too, at the same time and I’m pretty sure they have taken, I just thought I’d try a different method too as lots of people say it’s easier in water but I’ve never found that to be true!

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  6. Cath says:

    I love the scent of hyacinths, and these are a very ‘true’ looking blue. I will have to wear my Lapis lazuli broach more often. Hard to imagine grinding up such a lovely thing, even to make a beautiful blue paint.

    • Cathy says:

      I thought the hyacinths were quite a pale blue, compared to others I have had – these had no name, other than ‘blue’! Yes, it must have taken a lot of lapiz to create a useable amount of paint!

  7. We are in another warm up with rain coming so the almost 2 ft of snow we just got will be gone again to be replaced with temps in a couple of days in the 20s. My garden prefers a cover of snow with these freezingtemps…oh well it has been a cold and snowy winter so far, so a respite will be nice too!

    My very favorite spring bulb hyacinths, and one I have had no luck in growing indoors….so I am loving your vase and props. Right now I am still working through lots of healing and my post is mostly about that journey….but I reserved room for an old vase and a new one as my indoor bulbs are blooming now. Creating these vases as been part of my healing and I couldn’t be without them now!

    • Cathy says:

      I am always fascinated to read about the different weather patterns that other bloggers face, so thank you for sharing yours. I am pleased you enjoyed the hyacinths today – and benefit so much from creating vases too

  8. pbmgarden says:

    You’ve made my day with the lovely vision that is your vase of hyacinth. A harbinger of spring (despite your sleet and snow!). The lapis is gorgeous and begs to be held. We too had snow, a big one for us, with many patches remaining.

    • Cathy says:

      The snow stopped about midday on Sunday and then it rained for the rest of the day so the snow quickly went! I wonder how much snow you had…? Glad you liked the hyacinths 🙂

  9. The totally blue scene is wonderful and focuses my mind of the Hyacinth. My neighbor goes to great trouble to grow Hyacinths in pots every year just for the scent. I have had some ‘Oh’ moments listening to old lyrics as well. Here is my vase
    My husband loved the Aldi chocolate.

  10. Joanna says:

    So lovely and I can almost smell them! Hyacintha are one of my favorites, but I can’t have them indoors because my family is allergic to them. The flowery scene in front of the glass doors with the snowy background is wonderful, too!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, when I was teaching, one of my colleagues could not come inside our classroom once the hyacinths the children had grown came into bloom! The snow looked so prettym but it had gone by the same afternoon after it turned to rain

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  12. I don’t think you have short changed yourself at all Cathy – those blues are quite beautiful, enhanced by your backdrop. Here in Sussex we have been wishing for snow – at least the children have – although I know the rest of the country is probably sick of it! Here is my contribution on an almost spring-like Monday:

    • Cathy says:

      In the Midlands we only had the snow in December which was around for a few days (gone by the afternoon yetserday) – Elder Daughter in Surrey had snow yesterday morning too, their first, so at least it is reaching a bit further south! Blue always seems so welcome in a flower because it is less common, or that’s how it seems to me

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  14. Annette says:

    What a glorious sight from your sitting room, Cathy – delightful snowy garden scene framed by those stunning Hippeastrum! I’m not a friend of snow or winter for that matter but I’m so fed up with the rain and wouldn’t mind a touch of snow at this stage. Are the hyacinths scented? True blue for sure and as always quirky and so very YOU. Greetings from the valley of the rain…

    • Cathy says:

      Glad you liked to see the view from this window – it looks out onto the streamside and the shrub border, with the apple trees beyond. Yes, the hyacinths certainly do have a fragrance which I am enjoying at close quarters

  15. Peter Herpst says:

    The heavy rain here this morning is far less picturesque than your lovely snow. Blue is my favorite hyacinth color and these look marvelous in your blue vase. The lapis lazuli sphere is a perfect blue prop. It’s very exciting to see early flowers blooming, whispering the promise of spring. Thank you again for hosting this delightful meme! My vase is here:

    • Cathy says:

      We had some blue sky today, Peter – and the vents in the greenhouse even opened a little, a complete change from yesterday! Glad you like the hyacinths – I think blue is my favourite of them too, although I do look the purply ones like Woodstock too

  16. Kris P says:

    I’d pick up Hyacinths too if I could find a bargain like that! I hope the others bloom for you too. There’s no snow or rain either here and it’s beginning to look as though we’re skipping our rainy season altogether and proceeding straight into spring. While I love spring, the plants could use rain now to sustain them through our very long dry season. Oh well, for now the irrigation system fills the gap (at least until water restrictions are tightened again). Here’s my post:

  17. Adam Leone says:

    Loving this! am I a bit late for the in a vase on a Monday post? I have a truly spectacular orchid I’m dying to show off! 🙂

  18. Oh, the dancing queen is beautiful! So delicate. And the hyacinths– I can almost smell them. You reminded me I need to get some flowers to brighten my home. And while today I do not have a vase, I am sharing my new plant acquisitions which I hope to have in a vase this Spring/Summer:

  19. Anna says:

    Oh they are three lovely plump spikes Cathy and they look good just on their tod. I’m not sure where that snow came from yesterday – huge flakes here for a while and not predicted either. I must have been with you in that class of naive students in the ’70s. I think I was just held spellbound by her voice that the words passed me by. It’s shape, subtle colour and old pickle jar from me this week over here :

    • Cathy says:

      No evidence left of the snow today here, but the floodwater is on the way up again after the rain that followed it. Glad it wasn’t just me and words, Anna!!

  20. Chloris says:

    How pretty your window looks with all its plants. I have blue hyacinths too, I love the colour as well as the perfume. I have to put them out later though when the scent becomes a bit rank as they mature. As for Joni, I still love her songs and listen to her. What a talented lady, there’s no one like her.

    • Cathy says:

      There’s not usually as many pots there, but I have recently decided to try again with some greenery because that kind of plant really suits the ambience of that room. The bulbs will go out once they are over, though. I have sneezed a lot today, which I wondered might be a hyacinth fragrance thing… 😉 And I must kep looking for that Joni Mitchell tape – or buy the CD or a download, I suppose, although the latter wouldn’t work for a vase prop though!

  21. Cathy says:

    A splash of blue is surely a sign that spring is on the way! Wish I could smell them. 😉 We have snow on the ground, thankfully hiding the mess the storms left behind last week, so I shall have to miss a week and simply enjoy yours and everyone else’s vases!

    • Cathy says:

      Even though they are grown inside! 🙂 Sorry to hear you have had storms and more snow. Here in the Midlands we escaped much of last week’s bad weather and although it snowed on Sunday morning it was never going to stay for long. It is milder today and the vents in the greenhouse even opened a tiny bit this morning!!

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  23. karen says:

    I love that view from the “cafe” windows. Mum and I enjoyed sitting there in the summer. Your hyacinths are a beautiful blue. I’m still waiting to see what colour my amaryllis are. Here’s my vase this week. Love karen x

  24. rickii says:

    The close-up makes me feel like sticking my nose right in there.

  25. Oh how I love hyacinth. I think they’re my favorite bulb. Sorry to hear that the snow thwarted your plans, but sometimes having a limited choice forces creativity. The scent of a hyacinth is otherworldly. So glad you have some to keep you company indoors.

  26. Eliza Waters says:

    I think the mixed Hippeastrums are lovely, regardless. I love the view of the snow outside your inside bulb garden. Wonderful contrast!

    • Cathy says:

      They are certainly floriferous, regardless of the colours! The snow went as quickly as it came, but it was certainly pretty at the time

  27. tonytomeo says:

    Those hyacinth ROK! (I thought they were lilac when I saw the picture.) They are one of the best flowers for blue, and they also look excellent in white!

  28. smallsunnygarden says:

    Your hyacinths need no other support – they’re lovely! And how fabulous to have matching blue hyacinth vases…
    I thought I would be picking narcissus today, but that is not what happened…

  29. Sally says:

    Oh, a touch of spring! Your arrangements are lovely and an inspiration.

    • Cathy says:

      Haha – not much in the way of ‘arrangement’ this week though! Glad you liked to see them though – plonked or arranged, bringing your own blooms inside is such a lovely thing to do

  30. Alison C says:

    What a bargain and so lovely to see in January. I don’t think you’ve been short changed as it’s so pretty. You amaryllis are still wonderful, I can’t believe they’ve lasted so long. We didn’t get any snow just lots and lots of rain. I’m disappointed to to have been able to post a vase but life got in the way and sometimes something has to give. On the plus side – snowdrops and hellebores are flowering and I’ve picked a sprig of Sarcocca today which is scenting the whole house. Roll on spring!

    • Cathy says:

      Only shortchanged inasmuch as it was hyacinths and nothng else – a bit of greenery wouldn’t have gone amiss! Good to read you have got some late winter/early spring bloomers to enjoy now, Alison 🙂

  31. Noelle says:

    Your vase of hyacinths looks as sweet as it smells….sadly strong scents are bringing on severe migraines for me at the moment, which I hope is only temporary.

  32. GORGEOUS!! I love these blooms. I wish I could grow flowers like this, but my cats eat them. Someday I’ll cat-proof an area that’s perfect for flowers, and I hope I’m as successful as you with these!

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