In a Vase on Monday: Penny Plain

There was no dithering today; I knew exactly which vase it was going to be and what was going to appear in it: this ‘flat’ car boot bargain and some of the first tulips that have opened. In fact it was a bargain vase all round as the unnamed white tulips came from an Aldi pack of 10 costing £1.49. I particularly like this vase for tulips because of the way the stems will flop over the sides as they get taller. Not surprisingly, the buds opened very soon after being brought inside, exposing their buttercup yellow and black innards.

The prop today is an old penny, dated 1899, a Queen Victoria ‘Widow Head’, and a very worn one at that. If anyone is curious about the value, it is negligible – not only because it is worn but because so many were issued. The ‘penny plain’ of the title refers to vintage postcard advertising, where cards cost a ‘penny plain, tuppence coloured’

I am sure there will be tulips in other vases today and with spring flowers appearing in most bloggers’ gardens (apologies to those US bloggers where they are not and to southern hemisphere bloggers where it is currently autumn) there seems to be an increasing choice for IAVOM contributors. What will it be today? Please share your vase with the rest of us by leaving links to and from this post as usual.

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61 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Penny Plain

  1. Amanda says:

    What a beautiful tulip Cathy! All the tulips in our garden are from Aldi – last year’s collection and they are just beginning to come out now. My post yesterday shows one or two. They are giving some lovely pops of colour in my little flowerbed! My vase today is a flower brick, and also a jam jar. I hope you and everyone else visiting today enjoy the declaration of Spring! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      I buy some from Aldi every year for containers – I particularly like their ‘purple mix’ which is full of leaf but no buds so far. Unusually, the variety of the white tulip was not given. Is it a vintage flower brick? I am off to find out

      • Amanda says:

        No not a vintage one, although I have had it for probably about thirty years! My cousin was married to the Devon potter, Colin Kellam, for a long time. We have a lot of his lovely pottery! The flower brick is a fun vase to use and I am sure it will be appearing again IAVOM!! A

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  3. Cathy says:

    So lovely to see tulips again. The buttery centre is delightful and your props ingenious as always!
    Here are some vases for my contributuion today :

  4. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Cathy – what a super combination.
    I don’t have enough tulips to spare any for vases this year, but I’ve certainly got plenty of Narcissi.
    Here’s mine:

  5. jenmac13 says:

    What a beautiful selection! So elegant and refined, very much unlike my collection this week. 😉

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  7. pbmgarden says:

    You know how to get the most out of a bargain! Love the tulips and that fine vase. Interesting info about the coin. Thanks for hosting, Cathy.

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  9. What a bargain those tulips were – they are gorgeous. I love the way they hold a secret inside.
    Here’s mine:

  10. An elegant bargain.

  11. Peter Herpst says:

    A pretty tulip in a perfect vase! The golden surprise inside your tulips is wonderful. I noticed a few species tulips blooming in my garden the other day but none of the hybrids have made themselves known yet. My April foolishness is here:

  12. I love a good bargain, especially when it works out like that! Nice and simply beautiful. Aldi does not sell tulips here! I would try them if they did. Not a tulip in sight in my vase..

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  14. Sam says:

    They look a little like species tulips, don’t they? Lovely. I’ll look out for tulips at Aldi in the autumn. I resisted picking any of mine today and instead went for old favourites –
    Thanks, as always, Cathy. Sam x

    • Cathy says:

      Tulip buds always look elegant, don’t they – then they let their hair down and become blowsy! These are out before any of my species ones

  15. I like the shape of the unopened tulips Cathy as well as those attractive egg-yolky insides. What a bulb bargain! I never had much joy with tulips but at that sort of price could be tempted to have another go 🙂 Interesting to read about the old penny. I didn’t realise that vintage was so prolific in their issue. I have a small stash of them but am not sure exactly which years. It will come as no surprise that my vase this week lacks tulips but there are other joys :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – I am sure LIDl probably sell similar packs in season. Unless the old pennies are from years where few were minted and are in exceptional condition their value will be minimal and many people will have the odd few stashed away, mostly very worn. Still worth checking though 😉

  16. Kris P says:

    Oh yes, my very brief flirtation with tulips is already over but I will enjoy seeing more of yours and those of other UK gardeners. Spring is in high gear in my part of the world now. I can already feel summer’s breath, which I fear will be arriving all too early this year. As always, thanks for hosting and here’s my post:

  17. smallsunnygarden says:

    I love the simplicity of this one, Cathy, and what a beautiful contrast between the closed and open blooms. Clearly I shall have to check Aldi’s for flowers. They weren’t around in Arizona (so far as I know) but they are plentiful here; and anyplace that has good deals on good flower bulbs is worth shopping at! 😉
    For my vase today there is a vintage creamer and some spring flowers… all quite small:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – it is often the case with tulips that a simple unadulerated vase vase works bestand I for one I love this this one today

  18. Annette says:

    Love your tulips with the egg yolk centre, Cathy. I had a bit of a fling vase-wise and environment-wise but didn’t get around to sharing it so shall try for next week. March has been extremely dry, we just had 32l of rain…how is it your end? have a good week xx

    • Cathy says:

      I can’t quite imagine what sort of a fling you were having, Annette, but I hope you and Monsieur enjoyed it! It has been dry here too although when I checked the total for March it was about 52mm, which is more than I thought and must have just been early in the month. Jan and Feb were much drier. I wasn’t sure what your 321 referred to…mm? Have a good week yourself ps are you fully recovered?

      • Annette says:

        32 litres (l=litre) per square meter, we took ourselves off to the wilderness for a couple of days which was so good! feeling better, face still very tender and my wrists give me a lot of trouble as I landed on them trying to protect my face…hope it’ll go eventually xx

        • Cathy says:

          I have not heard of that way of measuring rainfall – is that how it is done in your parts? How would that equate to our usual mm or inch measurements, which aren’t quoted per area? You realy have been through the mill and it will have forced you to ‘slow down’ which although frustrating could be a good thing

          • Annette says:

            hi Cathy, 1mm of rain measured in the pluviometer corresponds to 1 litre per square meter 🙂

          • Cathy says:

            Thanks for that – despite my interest in ‘weather’ I have not heard that equivalence before. Perhaps if I had had a separate pluviometer I would have done… Thanks Annette ☺

  19. Chloris says:

    Wow, that’s cheap and it is such a pretty tulip.

  20. Cathy that more wonderful tulips closed pure white and open I love with their colors yellow and black. I like the vase very much, flat, and it is magnificent with the tulips. I like the Queen Victoria penny of 1899, I had never seen any, thank you for teaching it. Have a nice week. Greetings from Margarita.

  21. Noelle says:

    Such a lovely calming tulip arrangement….

  22. Christina says:

    Lovely you have tulips! Sorry not to participate this week, there’s just so much to do at the moment. Tomorrow we’ve been promised rain all day so I might manage to do it then.

    • Cathy says:

      Indeed – and there are buds on many more! I am trying to have a blitz on the garden today as it is an unusually ’empty’ one; sadly it is very chilly with sleat forecast and we had a touch of frost last night too, Hope you get some jobs done too! ps buds on the wisteria are swelling nicely!

  23. karen says:

    Such a beautiful yellow tulip. Love your penny too. I must try to be more inventive! Sorry, there’s tulips from me too!

  24. tonytomeo says:

    Those don’t look like the sort of tulips that are typically purchased in stores. They look more like those that are becoming more popular in home gardens. I really do not know much about tulips or the simpler species, but to me, that is what these look like.

  25. rickii says:

    The simplicity of this speaks to my appreciation of minimalism…even tho I can rarely pull it off as successfully as you have here.

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