In a Vase on Monday: White ‘n’ Blue

I mentioned to Christina during the week that the only blues blooming in the garden at the moment were a few Anemone blanda; however, rambling to find material for today’s vase has not only proved me wrong but shows that I don’t know my garden as intimately as I thought I did! However, as the muscari have not fully opened I felt the title ‘White ‘n’ Blue’ was more appropriate than a more traditional ‘Blue ‘n’ White’.

Joining the stalwart muscari are two sparse blue spikes of hyacinth, previously grown inside, a single stem of a self-seeded and thus anonymous pulmonaria and the curious blue, white and pink blooms of comfrey Symphytum ‘Hidcote Blue’ which is rarely out of flower. The whites are courtesy of Arabis ‘Old Gold’, also rarely out of flower, Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ (stems of the blue A blanda were too short to pick), a rehomed (and on the cusp of being displaced if the bulb had been dug out along with the stem) white hyacinth spike and a clutch of dwarf Narcissus ‘Snow Baby’ which I had forgotten had been included in my last Peter Nyssen order. I think we would all be a little perplexed if snow fell in such a creamy white shade as these little babies – and the brief sprinkling we unexpectedly woke to yesterday morning was certainly a more traditional white. If we had ‘slept in’ (not sure what that is…!) we would have missed it as it did not linger long.

The blooms were plonked in an informally organised way into a vintage but unmarked little jug and photographed against a blue background, accompanied by a piece of white fluorite in a naturally occurring octahedron and a piece of tumbled and polished lapizs lazuli, the lapis being considered a ‘feel better’ stone that brings vitality and wisdom and promote natural gifts and creative expression and the ‘clear’ fluorite to link the physical and spiritual bodies and help one see more clearly.

I was aware after plonking that this is the first vase of substance, albeit relatively small, for a few months, the intervening weeks having brought minimal numbers of stems and sticks instead – not that More means Better of course, just that More is Different. Will yours be a More or a Minimal vase today? Whatever you find in your gardens to plonk in a vase and bring you added pleasure please allow us to share it by adding links to and from his post – see you soon!

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54 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: White ‘n’ Blue

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  2. Christina says:

    I thought you might have more blue than you thought. Love your vase today with its beautiful combination of spring bulbs. Here’s my link:
    I had also chosen the title to reflect the colour in the vase, coincidence!

    • Cathy says:

      I’m so sure the muscari were still green the last time I looked πŸ˜‰ It’s certainly good to have these blue splashes again

  3. Morning Cathy. I’m joining you today I have some sweet smelling pretties to share.

  4. How lovely is your white and blue mix! I love the anemones but have yet to grow some myself. I shall put them on my to do list for 2020

  5. Heyjude says:

    My favourite colours, blue and white. Your vase is a delight to see this morning.

  6. AlisonC says:

    I think, at this time of year, tiny things appear very quickly and because they are small we might not notice them. Blue and white always look good and I do like a blue and white jug. Very exciting to be able to pick a real spring posy with so many different thngs. Here is my link:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I am sure you are right, Alison – I discovered I have some corydalis flowering too (new in the autumn), which I had also missed

  7. Amanda says:

    Cathy, that is just a delicious collection of spring beauties! Glorious. I have a few blue anemones out in the garden but too few to pick! I love your white ones, in fact I love everything in your vase this week! Thank you. Here is my little offering today. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Awhanks Amanda – the white ones seem to have really long and almost unruly stems, much better for picking. Too few blue ones here too, apart from ther short stems!

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  9. Sam says:

    Lovely flowers, colours and jug πŸ™‚ Beautiful combination. My Monday vase is super-minimal this week:
    Thanks, Cathy! Sam x

  10. Blue and white is a favorite color combination of mine, I have a collection of Blue Willow china, so I love the jug and the flowers..heading to Google shortly to look up Arabis. It always surprise how much I find while looking in the garden. My vase today is more color

    • Cathy says:

      All my blue & white bits are oddments bought form car boots, useful for vases or just display but not a dinner party!! The arabis in theory is a bit of a non-entity but that is an unfair description because it always has a presence, with variegated leaves and a long flowering season

      • My Blue Willow is oddments for the most part as well. I like the serving pieces,but rarely use them. I looked up Arabis, it is native to Canada,no wonder I have never seen any! I love those stalwart plants for the garden.

  11. Peter Herpst says:

    So glad that your snow was just a dusting and not another beast from the east like last year. Such a pretty jug, perfect for the white and blue blooms your garden provided this week. It’s nice to see abundance return to vases! My offering is here:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Peter. There has been a brisk and chilly wind in recent days but lots of sunshine too -it was nearly 30 degrees in my ‘working’ greenhouse today because of the sun, but the insulating bubble wrap was flapping about in the wind!

  12. Chloris says:

    I love your blue and white arrangement. I wasn’t going to do one this week but you inspired me. Glad to see gorgeous little ‘Snow Baby’, isn’t it just the cutest?
    Here goes with the short link again. It looks like gobbledy- gook to me but if it works never mind.

    • Cathy says:

      Just that – gobbledy gook, but it works, a useful tool for those a little technologically challenged… πŸ˜‰ Good to know that I have inspired you today πŸ™‚ Snow Baby is at the back of my special snowdrop bed which maintains its white focus when the snowdrops are over

  13. Noelle says:

    The white and blue choice is really pretty, and you have a good variety there. Snow? The flowers peeping through must have a pretty sight. We had winds, relentless almost all weekend.

    • Cathy says:

      When I say sprinkling it really was just a sprinkling and a selective one at that – just like a dusting of icing sugar on a yummy Victoria Sandwich (it makes such a difference, doesn’t it, and it doesn’t seem to be because of the extra sweetness). I digress πŸ˜‰ Rain removed it in minutes. Blustery here too, but not relentless, and gorious sunshine inbetween

  14. bcparkison says:

    wow! That blue background really sets the stage.

    • Cathy says:

      I have several large pieces of coloured felt which I often use for backdrops – but there is only enough of this blue for a small vase!

  15. Kris P says:

    Blue and white (and white and blue) combinations are among my very favorites but, while I have a fair amount of blue at the moment, I’m sadly under-supplied with white blooms. As you know, I seldom do “minimal” and this week’s post is no exception to the rule. I think it can safely be said that spring has arrived in coastal Southern California. Thanks, as always for hosting. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Blue is always in shorter supply here than other colours, sadly. It’s hard to decide when to be confident that spring is actually here, can’t it?

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  17. jenmac13 says:

    It’s a pleasure to see so many spring flowers in this week’s vases. It’s lovely when old favourites emerge again, so nice to see hyacinth and anemones bursting forth this week.
    My offering for this Monday is a very simple vase of hellebore, that didn’t seem to need much extra fancification… πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it’s one of the joys of gardening, isn’t it? The knowledge that they will emerge again helps to keep us upbeat over the winter montsh

  18. White and blue or blue and white is always a most calm and easy on the eye combination Cathy. I’m most taken with the dinky little ‘Snow Baby’. I saw it at the Malvern Spring Show last year but then forgot to buy bulbs later in the year 😦 The snowdrops vamooshed all too quickly this year but maybe the two of them might overlap for a while in other years. That anonymous self seeded pulmonaria gets about – it’s making an appearance in my vase too this week πŸ˜„ :

    • Cathy says:

      PN has Snow Baby so make a note for your next order (sorry, do you order from PN? I just assume most of us do!)! My self-seeded pulmonaria is in a completely different part of the garden from any other so I have no idea how it got there!

  19. Cathy is a delight your bunch of flowers, I love white with blue. The Muscari, the Comfrey, the white hyacinth, the soft Anemone “White Splendor”, Daffodils “Snow Baby”: I like them all. The jug is divine as a vase. I love. Have a very good week. Greetings from Margarita.

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  21. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous! This vase shouts spring and blue skies! I do love those little (almost) white daffodils and the anemone. Here is my vase for today: Thanks Cathy!

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  23. tonytomeo says:

    Anemone blanda flowers are bigger than I thought they were. Perhaps that dwarf ‘Snow Baby’ narcissus is just smaller than it looks. (That is probably why it is a ‘dwarf’, duh.) Anyway, they are all so pretty. White is still my favorite, and I know blue is not common among flowers.

  24. karen says:

    That’s absolutely gorgeous. I love the blue and white theme. Very pretty jug. Here’s my vase this week

  25. karen says:

    Ps I found your post on perchspective.

    • Cathy says:

      Hmm, I had a notification of this but don’t know whether the blog is just highlighting other people’s posts or whether it is suggesting it is original – is reblogging ethical?

  26. smallsunnygarden says:

    I love blue and white – always have! And just as much the other way round. πŸ˜‰ It’s fabulous you found such a variety of things popping up; it must indeed be springtime!

    Your Snow Baby narcissus looks like a little charmer, and I must plant some Anemone blanda here this autumn. I used to plant the mixes but somehow only ever got blues. Do you start with named whites and just let them seed? Or did I just have bad luck with the mixes? Hmmm…

    My vase is quite small, so perhaps it’s a Minimal vase, but it feels like More because there are actually flowers in it… and I’m not saying what they are – because very honestly, I don’t know! πŸ˜‰

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I was thrilled to have such a bounteous posy again. I would always buy separate white and blue packs and have tried ‘pink’ ones too but they never did well. It’s intriguing that our IAVOM vases cause us to debate even with ourselves πŸ˜‰

  27. What a perfect spring bouquet. I am finally seeing a bit of bare ground and snowdrops poking up, so I hope to have a vase one of these Mondays.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda, and it’s good to know that winter is beginning to think of moving on for you. Look forward to seeing you back on IAVOM soon!

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