In a vase on Monday: Now We Are Six

For six years,
And rambling too
(vases came later);
From brief
And private
Came years
Of friendship,
And so much more:
Many words,
Many gifts, and
A greater understanding
Of my garden,
Of the world
And of myself.

My grateful thanks,
To all.


Today’s vase, a blue pressed glass number from the 30s/40s, was bought just this week on eBay for Β£6.99 and contains a removable glass frog. Having had no success finding an actual ikebana vase on UK eBay, I searched instead for ‘vase with frog’ and bought this and AN Other (two others to be exact) this week, all with removable glass frogs. The glass frogs don’t work successfully with all stems but being removable can leave a central ‘hole’ which could be filled with a frog pin or floral foam or scrunched up wire even.

Chunky stems of Cornus flaviramea slotted perfectly into this frog, standing erect and holding six ‘blooms’ of my Rambling in the Garden logo, created by drawing round a pastry cutter on printouts of the original photo which was taken in 2003 with a works camera borrowed for the evening, one of my very first digital photos. A black background to the ‘Now We Are Six’ vase produces an almost three dimensional image but loses the vase itself, so was replaced with the white, shown below with a literary prop, one of A A Milne’s charming poetry books, full of old favourites like King John’s Christmas, Busy, Forgiven and Sneezles.

This is the first time since the instigation of IAVOM that my blogging anniversary has been on a Monday, so I hope you will excuse this small indulgence. I rather like the effect of the cut out flowers and I certainly like this new vase. With snow again in many parts of the UK over the weekend and inclement weather in other parts of Europe and the US, pickings may be lean amongst those who post a vase regularly on IAVOM. I have got off lightly with my blogging blooms, created as they were in the warmth of my kitchen, although a brief foray outside was required to cut the cornus. Do still join us today if you can, even if only a token vase is possible – or incorporate lateral thinking like my anniversary vase does.

Happy Blogging Everyone!

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104 Responses to In a vase on Monday: Now We Are Six

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  2. Christina says:

    Very Happy Blogversary Cathy. I love your clever cutouts and they do indeed look 3 dimensional. The vase is gorgeous, I must look on ebay sometime – I’ve never used it but you find lots of treasures. My post can be found here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – eBay is really useful for trying to find both specific things and things you didn’t even know you wanted!!

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    The mini daffodils in my garden are not standing up to their third snow onslaught, and looking decidedly sorry for themselves, so I loved seeing these perfect blooms!

  5. Ingenious! I was puzzling over those blooms until I read your post. Happy Anniversary – I lit a candle for you over on my blog!!!

  6. Anna says:

    Oh how clever Cathy – I thought they were real until I read further and that’s with my specs on. I like the new vase. Six years of regular blogging takes some doing so many, many congratulations on your anniversary! I’m so glad that I came across your blog and made a friend. It’s been lovely getting to know you here and in real life too. I braved the elements yesterday anticipating frost together with numb flowers and fingers this morning. My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you too, Anna – I can’t emphasise enough how important these blogging friendships have been, both individually and collectively. Thank you for braving the elements yesterday – it still chilly here today but nothing like the last two days, and it’s SUNNY! Whoohoo! πŸ™‚

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, you are amazing. What a clever way to celebrate an auspicious 6 years. Big congratulations and thanks also for sharing your world with us.

    • Cathy says:

      No more amazing than the rest of this garden blogging community, Susie, but thanks anyway πŸ˜‰ It is an absolute pleasure to be part of it

  8. Diana Studer says:

    From the Southern hemisphere, where I am unwilling to pick the few flowers in Cape Town’s drought, I have a sheaf of greens and leaves.

  9. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Happy Blogaversary Cathy. Your new vase is a fine treat for celebration. Happy IAVOM too. The cornus blooms are spectacular standing there erect to view.

  10. Diana Studer says:

    Happy sixth blogaversary – I chose an auspicious day for my first vase.

    Another trick to support flowers is to split a bit of branch into a y then wedge the three points across the opening of the (tallish) vase.

  11. Ali says:

    Happy Blogging Birthday! That’s so clever! Love the vase. And your choice of β€˜blooms’!

    Here’s mine:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ali – some anniversaries I have thought well in advance what I might do, but it was only a few days beforehand that I came up with this idea

  12. Has another year passed already? Time is speeding by so fast! Congrats on the 6th anniversary and a huge thank you for keeping us all inspired to grow and arrange flowers. Pickings are lean indeed, but I did manage something this weekend:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, six years have gone in a flash, but even IAVOM is clocking up the years too. I am so intrigued by your title and so curious to hear how the fairy has transformed your lean pickings

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  14. Happy Blogoversary Cathy! And thank you for bringing so much joy into all our lives with your vases and hosting IAVOM! Now We Are Six is one of my favourite books – my grandpa used to read poems from it to me as I sat on his knee as a little girl and now I read it to my own children… “…now I am six I’m as clever as clever, So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.”
    Here is my vase this week (with another nod to children’s literature)

    • Cathy says:

      Oh you are so welcome, Ciar – and I am glad you enjoy Now We are Six too. I have so many favourites in there. I wonder what you are nodding at today…?

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  16. Cath says:

    Congratulations! Many thanks for hosting IAVOM. I love your little vase – do you need to fill it up frequently? I’m linking to the home page, since my title picture is too square to work properly on the page.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cath, well, because the ‘blooms’ are only cut outs I didn’t think it neede ant water this time, but for future vases that could be an issue of course

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  18. Cathy says:

    Happy Blogging Anniversary Cathy! The paper flowers really fooled me at a first glance! A brilliant idea, especially considering the lack of real ones. And the new vase is lovely too. πŸ™‚ Luckily I brought in some branches to force, so I can share a vase again this week:
    Hope it warms up for you soon!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – I certainly didn’t intend to fool anyone, as in real life they are clearly 2 dimensional πŸ˜‰ Glad you have found at least a little something to pop in your vase today

  19. Happy Blogiversary! I will have to see when mine is. I thought you had an amazing new variety of Cornus in the UK, C. papierflora, I think. I like the vase and have a glass frog, you are right about needing proper stem sizes, many things just fall over in mine. Here is my vase

  20. Cathy congrats on a wonderful blog anniversary, and an equally wonderful IAVOM milestone. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part for so many years now. And what an ingenious vase and flowers. It took me a while to realize they were cutout, that’s how wonderful they look. And I adore the Ikebana vase. I need one too and will start searching for one.

    Snow has stopped but it is so cold and a foot of snow still remains on the garden. March has seemed like the new February here. It will be a very slow melt, but I think we may miss the storm, and spring may finally get a foothold. Here is my vase, although it is a technically a pot not a vase of some very beautiful and long-lasting flowers.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – IAVOM will have its own anniversary in November, when it will be 5. Five?!! Hope you do miss ‘the storm’ as you seem to have had more than your fair share of winter

  21. Given all the wonderful vases you’ve created over the years, I think trying new things is essential to both creativity and enjoyment of this process. Happy Anniversary! You’ve given all of us a reason to appreciate Mondays. My vase is here:

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  23. Lovely, lovely, lovely! I would be carrying that around the house with me all day just to admire it!
    Here is my contribution for this week:

  24. Peter Herpst says:

    What an imaginative creation! It’s wonderful and a perfect way to mark the day. Happy sixth blogaversary and thank you again for dreaming up and hosting In A Vase On Monday and for inviting us all to the party! My contribution is here:

  25. Congrats on being 6! I always enjoy IAVOM, though my shady garden rarely supplies flowers. Hope the weather improves for you soon.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Marian – as a gardener I do tend to take the weather as it comes, but it has rather taken us by surprise this March

  26. Kris P says:

    Happy blog anniversary, Cathy! And congratulations on the vase finds as well. You did a great job filling the blue one and I look forward to seeing the others. As always, thanks for hosting IaVoM too! Aided by a little rain, spring is roaring into my area of Southern California like a lion as you can see here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris, I am really pleased with the eBay purchases even if they weren’t exactly what I was looking for. Glad spring is roaring in for you – here it just a little whimper at the moment )

  27. Alison C says:

    Congratulations and thank you for continuing to inspire us. This is an interesting vase and a good find. I look forward to seeing it again and the others. I’m a huge fan of AA Milne and love those poems.
    Not exactly flowers but here is my link:

  28. Heyjude says:

    Happy Blogoversary Cathy! Your cutouts fooled me! Love the little vase and in my favourite colour too. I am very glad I found you and your blog as you are an inspiration to us all πŸ™‚

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  30. Here’s my IAVOM:
    I have some errands to run, but then I will return to check out everyone’s posts!

  31. Noelle says:

    Happy blogglingversary and congratulations….art in a vase with 🐸…..well done .

  32. Happy anniversary! What a very pretty Vase on a Monday to celebrate, especially with the Now we are Six book. This is my first contribution to your meme for 2018.

    • Cathy says:

      Thought I had replied to this but must not have clicked ‘send’. Welcome back Ronnie and thanks. I have a feeling you started your own blog at about the same time as I did

      • Hi! It as only yesterday I checked out when I started my blog – January 2011. Seven years! I have not always posted religiously so nowhere near as many followers as you and I am not very good at responding which makes all the difference. This is something I really must address πŸ˜„

        • Cathy says:

          Comment and replying to comments can be so rewarding and this is how blogging friendships are created – but it can be time consuming and I deliberately cut down my posts after my first two years. IAVOM takes up a lot of time on a Monday but the meme brings so much joy so it is worth it πŸ™‚

  33. FlowerAlley says:

    You mean much to many. Keep up the good work.

  34. Alison says:

    Congratulations on 6 years of blogging. I hope you continue for many more. I’ve found some wonderful friends through blogging. I’m really glad i started participating in this meme too. I love your cutouts! My post today is here:

  35. Now we are Six, such a joy to read in my youth. Well done on reaching 6 as a blogger. That vase with frog was a great find and shows off the flowers brilliantly.
    My vase is at

  36. It took me a while to understand your post because the flowers in the photo look so real! I love your creative handmade arrangement! Happy sixth year and many more to come!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Terri – seeing it in real life it is so clearly 2 dimensional, so at first it was surprising to me that it wasn’t obvious to everyone πŸ˜‰

  37. rusty duck says:

    Bravo! Happy Anniversary Cathy πŸ™‚

  38. smallsunnygarden says:

    What a fab way to celebrate – congratulations, Cathy! Six years is quite a lot of dedication and a labour of love! Thanks for your early interest in my much-younger blog some three and a half years ago πŸ™‚
    Believe it or not, I have made vases the past two Mondays, but not managed to post them. This week I’m back at last:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Amy. I noticed you hadn’t posted and was wondering if you were OK. Glad you were still able to make vases though

  39. I read all your blogs, probably for the last 3 years anyway, love it, don’t often comment, but felt I had to today, Congratulations for your six years. I just love ‘Now we are six’ too.

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  41. Congratulations Cathy and thanks for all the inspiration! Look forward to seeing your new vases soon. I love that book!
    Here is my vase:

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Allison – and I’m sure I shall be using the other two vases soon! Good to hear how many people like Now We are Six too πŸ™‚

  42. Chloris says:

    Six years blogging? Many congratulations, what an achievement. And what a lovely way to celebrate with a vase. You are such an inspiration to your many followers.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – it just creeps up, as does every birthday πŸ˜‰ It was nice to have it coincide with IAVOM this year

  43. Sam says:

    How wonderful (it took me a while to work out what was in your vase – clever)! Congratulations on 6 years of blogging. That’s a wonderful achievement and I’m so glad you are still here, posting your lovely inspiring posts. Thank you for starting IAVOM and generously hosting it for us all. Sorry I didn’t have time to take part this week but hope to next week (when there should be more to choose from in the garden and it won’t be under snow!). Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      Glad you liked it Sam and that it created a bit of puzzlement to many people πŸ˜‰ Certainly hope that we won’t be under snow next week and that there will be more to choose from – but there are always paper flowers if there isn’t!

  44. Cathy congratulations for your six years blogging! Finding her blog more than a year ago has made me learn many things and have her in great esteem and great sympathy. Today if I do not read it in the comments, I believe that the flowers are real and not paper! They are great: stop real. She is an artist. They are beautiful with the new blue glass vase that is very beautiful and next to the book of poems. It is a lovely composition. Cathy I feel that it is with snow: here in Spain we are the same, with snow and a lot of cold. Keep the heat. Happy 6th Anniversary. Greetings from Margarita. πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you so much Margarita and I am glad you enjoy reading it. You are always so generous with your comments

      • Cathy my comments are not generous, they are real. You are generous with all of us with your comments that teach us many things. You are very kind. Thank you. Greetings from Margarita. πŸ™‚

  45. Eliza Waters says:

    Happy Blogiversary, Cathy. Thanks for hosting IAVOM all these years, a remarkable meme!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Eliza – although this was the anniversary of the blog as a whole and not IAVOM which has its own (5 in November!)

  46. johnvic8 says:

    Six years and counting. Congratulations. Your blog is a most welcome addition to my life. Thank you for your inspiration. And continue to take good care of that Golfer fellow.

  47. What a clever vase! I had to do a double take. Congratulations on your six year blogiversary. I hope spring is just around the corner (for real).

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – and I think it is although the UK is still expecting some snow in places this week

      • More snow! Oh my goodness it’s really hanging on. Our east coast US is dealing with the fourth big storm this season as well. I hope everyone gets their slice of spring weather soon.

        • Cathy says:

          This winter has been very different from other recent winters, with sporadic periods of snow in December and then several in March – nearly behind us now, I think

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