… once I caught a fish alive….
In truth, it’s not something I have ever done (but I did once have to unhook a live fish from Elder Daughter’s fishing line and throw it back in the lake when ED was about 10 and suddenly realised she didn’t want to eat the fish for tea after all), but this vintage Dartmouth Pottery fish platter is my (not) vase today; alongside the footed platter is a matching flat one. Five dried gomphrena (‘Strawberry Fields’) blooms were placed on the footed platter to represent the five years that In a Vase on Monday has been going … that’s 260 vases!
Having started to pick blooms and post a vase on Monday each week for my own benefit, inviting others to join in gave me an even greater incentive to keep doing it – and here we all are still! Usually between 20 and 30 bloggers post a vase, some every week and some just as and when, whilst others are happy to enjoy our vases without creating their own. It has never been about ‘showing off’ arranging skills and ‘pick and plonk’ vases are appreciated just as much as grander or more stylistic ones, but we nevertheless learn from each other in terms of sowing, growing and arranging – and My Goodness! we are a supportive bunch! For many of us it has changed the way we think about our gardens too.
It was a joy to look back over my last year of vases in preparation for today, and I have picked out a favourite from each month:
March’s vase, created for the sixth anniversary of this blog, Rambling in the Garden, still sits in the kitchen, constructed from six chunky stems of cornus with blooms cut from card pictures of the blog’s header.
I set a challenge for bloggers to present a (not) vase today, with no limitations on how this was interpreted – I chose to place my blooms on rather than in a receptacle, and the receptacle certainly wasn’t a vase, but who even mentioned a receptacle? Don’t worry if you didn’t get the message or choose to post your usual vase instead, that’s fine. All those who comment or post a vase today will go into a draw to win a £10 gardening voucher, unfortunately limited to those in the UK or with a UK contact address. Just like every Monday, I look forward to seeing the vases you post (please leave links to and from this post) – and thanks for your support of the meme over the last five years. Mondays have never been the same since!