In a Vase on Monday: Dawn is Breaking

After the excitement of IAVOM’s fifth anniversary last week we are back to ‘normal’ today; it was lovely to see all the ‘not’ vases and great that everyone rose to the challenge in some way or another to celebrate the occasion, showing what an inspirational lot you are. Thank you for humouring my request and for your continued enthusiasm. As promised, the name of everyone (with a UK contact address) who commented last week

was put into a draw, and the Golfer drew Karen (of Bramble Garden)’s name out of the fish dish – a £10 garden gift voucher will be posted out to you, Karen, once you have sent me your postal address.

Instead of an anniversary, today’s vase celebrates the numerous buds that have recently broken out on Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’, growing in the shrub border. Buds have been very sporadic until this year but are so easily ruined by frost so I shall enjoy them while I can. Their distinctive fragrance (vanilla? I am not sure) is not yet evident outside but is certainly discernible inside when not competing with cooking smells in the kitchen. A few stray leaves were removed from the essentially bare stems which lent themselves to an ikebana style arrangement and a new purchase was pressed into service, a blue rectangular receptacle from Chive, simply made from slabs of clay with a rectangular opening hand cut in the upper surface. Knowing how much I liked Chive’s quirky animal vases, Sandra of Wild Daffodil kindly alerted me to their recent sale; however, faced with just TOO much choice of creatures, instead of animal vases I chose a couple of ikebana ones!

Joining the stems of viburnum were two Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’ leaves, always a joy to see with their glossy dark green leaves and silver veining, and a clematis seedhead, along with broken open beech nut cases from a neighbour’s beech tree, which heavily litter our woodland floor. Interestingly, we rarely get beech seedlings appearing whereas the

hazel nuts similarly purloined by the local squirrel population are regularly forgotten and pop up as new little hazel trees throughout the garden – are beech nuts best eaten fresh, do you think? Do they have a BBE date? Having cut down our last two remaining hazel trees this autumn (the product of previous squirrel activity), the minor problem of hazel afforestation should soon be a thing of the past…

Are there flowers or is their foliage in your garden that you could snip today and pop into a vase (or not) to bring pleasure into your week? We have been learning to look at our gardens in a different way for IAVOM, thinking out of the box to create a vase every week of the year if we can, and last week’s contributions will have given many of us some new ideas. It has proved inspirational to share these contributions, so please leave links to and from this post so we can do so.

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62 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Dawn is Breaking

  1. Oh! I LOVE that ikebana vase! So glad to know you found something you liked from Chive.
    I must go out and see if my vibernum is flowering I do love the scent.

    • Cathy says:

      There was lots I liked at Chive – that was the problem!! I think I need to see them in person and handle them though for easier decision making

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  3. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Cathy – so sorry to miss last week and well done to all in our little IaVoM community – but very especially you – for such a wonderful anniversary.
    Love your vase this week – very sculptural!
    Here’s mine – considerably perkier than I’m feeling on this cold, blustery day!
    Have a good week.

  4. Christina says:

    What a coincidence! we have both chosen an Ikebana style vase for this week, although I think yours is more typical to type and mine a little forced! I always think that flower buds in winter give us such hope for spring and see us through winter. Here’s my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Indeed – although I didn’t make any attempt at real ikebana style for this one, but just kept it simple. I agree about the flower buds and definitely advocate having lots of winter interest in a garden

  5. Oh what an elegant and stylish arrangement Cathy. The arum leaf I picked a couple of weeks ago is still going strong! I wonder what percentage of nuts are hidden by squirrels and never reclaimed. Here their speciality is conkers. I’ve not heard of ‘Chive’ so will pay a visit forthwith – it’s a fabulous dish. Here is my little vase inspired by an allotment visit on a beautiful sunny afternoon where there were still one or two signs of summer :
    Many congratulations to Karen 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Still going strong – that’s amazing! I think the squirrels’ memories are poor, as there always lots of little holes where there was clearly no hazel nut to begin with! Chive make a great ram]nge of vases, but there is just SO much choice! Signs of summer? That’s good 😉

  6. Anca Tirca says:

    So inspirational, thanks, Cathy! Sorry for a late Happy anniversary! My vase:

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Wonderful use of your new vase Cathy! Great shape and color of your vase itself and I like how the textures of the materials all work together. A Viburnum is something I’ve thought to add to my garden, but never settled on. Time to think about one again. Have a great week.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie – the vase is a little smaller than I envisaged (although they gave the measurements!) and sadly the rectangular frog I bought at the same time is too large to fit through the opening!

  8. Hello Cathy, your Ikebana dish is fabulous – lovely colour. Viburnum ‘Dawn”s flowers are such a pretty shade of pink, perfect with that shade of blue. I’ve not seen beech nuts on our little tree but that’s perhaps because it is still young yet. I live in hope! Clematis seed heads are brilliant doers – I have some in a vase in the hall that have been there for weeks. Congratulations to Karen – I’m sure she will enjoy deciding on what to spend the gift card. I have a very simple vaseful today:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth. The blooms are a real sugary pink but so often are affected by the weather so it is lovely to see such a good showing of them now. This clematis head was the last remaining one I could find except the less fluffy ones on Gravetye Beauty – they do lookpretty in a vase, don’t they?

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  10. Annette says:

    Hi Cathy, your vase is delightful and your ‘Dawn’ is ahead of mine which is also full of buds. Apologies for my late birthday wishes but better late than never: I’m so pleased to have met you through our blogs and must say that your meme has boosted my creativity big time. Best wishes to you and the Golfer xx

  11. The Arum is one of the few things that is still in a growth stage in my garden. Though I have not been out to look at it since Saturday’s snow, so it is probably done for the winter. That is a lovely new vase both in color and shape. I’m sure you will enjoy more of its possibilities on future Mondays.

  12. Noelle says:

    Love the way you have put this vase together Cathy. The Arum leaves look wonderful, and I can just imagine how wonderful the Viburnum smells. Yes do enjoy this glorious shrub. Love the new vase…my contribution this week:

  13. Wonderful simplicity.

  14. What a lovely vase (adore the dish) and I adore the arum foliage…really brightens a vase. Seedheads also intrigue me this time of year. I wish we had not gotten the 2 ft of snow that fell late last week but we are buried and my garden is done. I am sad as I still had work to do, but I was able to find a few blooms, before the snow, still braving the cold in my front gardens for vases this week. Wishing you a wonderful week Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Two feet of snow, Donna?! I suppose it must help that you are used to large falls for much of the winter but I guess you would always prefer them to be delayed as much as possible! I hope you continue to find some blooms in your front gardens to bring you pleasure

  15. Very pretty combination of color and texture, I don’t think of pink buds in late fall as existing in the UK. i do love the Arum for the varigation. Here is my vase this week

  16. Peter Herpst says:

    Although some consider Arum a bit aggressive, I love the way they fill in otherwise blank spots in the winter garden with fresh green foliage and would never want to be without their cheerful winter presence. So happy that you are able to enjoy your Viburnum blooms this year and hope they continue to bring you joy through the winter. Beautiful combination as always! My contribution is here:

  17. Kris P says:

    Your Viburnum flowers are very pretty and of course you have to take advantage of them before a freeze takes them out. Squirrels are always “helpful” in the garden, aren’t they? Mine believe that unripe guavas should be stored underground like nuts for some reason but, luckily for me, I’ve yet to see any sprout. While there are fewer flowers here, there’s no real shortage so I’ve got plenty to fill one – or 2 😉 – vases:

    • Cathy says:

      Guavas too? Well, I wouldn’t know about those and my soft fruit is in a fruit cage so I don’t know what squirrels might take a fancy to if they had half a chance!

  18. Cathy your new blue Ikebana vase is a beauty like your Ikebana arrangement. The Viburnum has a divine pink color and is very beautiful. The leaves of Arum I love, they are wonderful: I remember that when I was little my mother had this same plant and I was fascinated by the leaves, I was in charge of watering with a small shower while my mother was behind me controlling the water that she was throwing. The seed head of Clematis is ethereal, fantastic. It’s a magnificent Ikebana vase, I love it. Have a nice week. Greetings from Margarita.

  19. Alison C says:

    Dawn is so pretty, I hope she doesn’t get damaged by frost. Those leaves really make as statement and Clematis seed heads always look attractive. I often forget to collect them until they are weather damaged. Look forward to seeing more arrangements in your new purchase.
    I’m trying to establish some Hazel here. They are not doing well as I need to keep the grass down more but yesterday I beheaded one with the strimmer. Ooops!
    Here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      She is indeed, but I shall enjoy them while I can as they may not look pretty much longer with frosts likely this week… 😦 This was the only feathery clematis seedhead left so I don’t know if others got blown away – it certainly would be a good idea to collect them early on ps I could have sent you umpteen replacement hazels if I had known…! 😉

  20. karen says:

    Oh, is that my name pulled out of the fish dish? How lovely!!! What a nice surprise. Here’s my IAVOM. Thank you Cathy for hosting my favourite meme. I love seeing what everyone’s growing and using in their gardens. It feels like a proper gardening club.

  21. tonytomeo says:

    Those Italian arums again! Others were talking about it, both for the foliage, and the berries. It is a weed to us, but I am sort of learning to like it now, after hearing what others say about it. Heck, if I can not get rid of it, I may as well like it.

  22. Your garden is still producing beauty. ❤️ My flowers today I didn’t grow but they have a sweeter meaning to me:

  23. Chloris says:

    The arum is so pretty for arrangements, I love it with snowdrops too. And now the viburnum is in bloom I suppose it is officially winter, but your pretty Dawn is one of its compensations.

    • Cathy says:

      Nah, not winter yet although it was cold and blustery today…and I set heaters up in the greenhouses and partially bubble wrapped one 😉

  24. Amanda says:

    I love those leaves Cathy. I have some too, still sitting in a flowerpot having been dug up when we moved a couple of years ago. I think they are very handsome indeed. I am still looking for a good place to plant them out in our ‘new’ garden. I am now in Australia, having arrived in Melbourne last night, but I did manage to get my offering into the ether before heading off on Monday morning. Here is my vase for this week. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Crikey! It will be very different in Australia than it is here, with close to freezing temperatures all day today! Hope you can try and post the odd Antipodean vase while you are away… And of course your arum can wait a bit longer!

  25. That’s a lovely ikebana vase – I’ve got viburnum flowering (no idea of the kind) but I’ve not noticed a scent.
    Here’s my vase this week 🙂 and a book review too – weather is freezing here this week.
    lots love Bec xx

  26. Cathy says:

    I love Arum, but haven’t really got a spot shady or damp enough for them. So it is nice to see the leaves in other people’s vases occasionally – a very pretty vase too.

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