Six Years of In a Vase on Monday: Wotcher Shortie!

Welcome to the sixth anniversary of In a Vase on Monday! Approximately 312 vases later, the meme seems to be as popular as ever amongst both vase makers and vase viewers, irreversably changing both the viewpoints and habits of many of us, for example “I could never bring myself to cut the flowers in my garden” or “I am rubbish at arranging flowers”. Even “I don’t have any vases” or “I don’t have any flowers” just don’t cut it these days either, as IAVOM requires neither a vase nor flowers as we have discovered whilst expanding our horizons over the years.

For most anniversaries I have thrown down a challenge, to encourage us to try something which may be out of our comfort zone, and this year I suggested readers produce a miniature arrangement, perhaps no more than 6″ (15cms) in each dimension. I planned to set the bar really low (the height of the vase that is!), but the result depends on which part we consider is ‘the vase’ and which is ‘the prop’: the overall height of all components, however, comes out at a little under 5″.

In the matching little jugs, both vintage sample pieces from the fairly local Bretby Pottery, are snippets of Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’, Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’, Erigeron karvinskianus, Verbena bonariensis, remnants of annual bedding plant Nemesia ‘Poetry Mixed’ and new foliage of Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’. Initially I planned to use just the smaller of the two jugs, which without the little chair is a mere 2.5″, but when I came to trim the material that had been cut I decided to use the larger jug too as the overall effect was too pleasing to my eye not to do so. The chair is a copy of a Charles Rennie Mackintosh chair from The Hill House in Glasgow, slotted together from a little plywood ‘kit’ that caught my eye some time ago and which has been begging for a prop slot in IAVOM ever since – so why has it made it today?

Let’s look at the title of the post, ‘Wotcher Shortie!’: ‘wotcher’ is UK slang of 19th century Cockney derivation or earlier, a friendly greeting and contraction of ‘what cheer’ or possibly “what are you up to?”. Friendly banter between the Golfer and myself might, when referring to a chair, instead say ‘wotcher’, and for those bloggers who have met me in person it would come as no surprise that he often calls me Shortie (as a term of endearment of course!)…so for a miniature vase on a little chair, ‘Wotcher Shortie!’ seemed appropriate.

I do hope many of you will rise to today’s small challenge, and any new contributors would be especially welcome. To everyone who has supported the meme in different ways over the years, some right from the start, I would like to extend a great big thank you. Created to discipline myself into regularly cutting material from the garden and bringing the pleasure of the garden inside, it did just that and much much more, becoming an institution in itself, and a very supportive institution at that…long may it continue!

As a thank you to contributors of vases on this 6th anniversary I have a giveaway which sadly I forgot to photograph – some biodegradable floral foam: ‘OASIS® Bio Floral Foam Maxlife which has been shown by ASTM D5511 to biodegrade 51.5% within 365 days in biologically active landfill conditions’. Offering it in this draw is not intended to suggest I am recommending its use but having heard about it from Susie I thought it was worth a try.

To remind you of some of the last year’s vases, here are my favourites from each of the last 12 months:

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60 Responses to Six Years of In a Vase on Monday: Wotcher Shortie!

  1. Karen says:

    Congrats and Happy Anniversary. I have enjoyed viewing posts and others posts from this meme, although I haven’t participated until recently. I love your miniature flower arrangement and vase, the colour scheme is very pretty.

  2. alison41 says:

    I enjoyed seeing the 12 month’s pics. My vote goes to top, 2nd left: sweetpeas, I think? not quite sure. I enjoy this themed Monday – thanks for doing it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Alison, I am glad you enjoy popping in. I chose the sweet peas as my favourite for that month (May?) because it was the first time ever I had been able to pick such a big bunch

  3. the running wave says:

    Hooray and congratulations Cathy! It really is wonderful and enjoyable weekly discipline to spend time looking and thinking about the next vase. Something inspiring and beautiful with which to start the new week. An inspirational idea and I love your vases this week, AND their prop. What a brilliant little chair! Here are my two little offerings. I didn’t actually measure them, but I am hoping the egg cup gives an idea that they are both very diddy! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      So glad you decided to join us, Amanda – you are almost always the first one to post each Monday so I would notice if you were not there!

      • the running wave says:

        Early riser!! Hope you are having a good day and I am sure there will be oodles of posts today, to celebrate your lovely INAVOM! A

        • Cathy says:

          Thought you must be – I am too, but am out by 7.00 to go swimming so write my post on Sunday and schedule it to post at 9.00 on Monday!


  5. Good morning Cathy and congratulations on six years of this great garden get-together! I think I’d count myself as amongst those who could never ‘bring myself to cut flowers’ since, if I wanted to see them, all I had to do is step out the back door. Discovering your weekly theme has given me a reason (excuse?) to enjoy the fruits of my (and mother nature’s!!) labour even after the sun goes down and before I and Shileau (the dog) take our first ‘ramble’ around in the morning. Thanks! Here’s my contribution – created last week, before everything was crisped by the cold.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s good to hear, Chris, that IAVOM has brought about some positive changes – and thank you for becoming one of the newest and most regular contributors

  6. Noelle says:

    Congratulations Cathy, and thanks for carrying on and bringing us all together. Much friendship has ensued, and also inspiration abounds, with help and advice generously on offer. Here is my little contribution from one titch to another: Wotcher!

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Noelle – the friendship and support amongst fellow bloggers has been wonderful, and yes, how much we have learned and how many new plants or seeds we have acquired! Thanks for joining in regularly again after your move

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  8. Cathy says:

    Congratulations Cathy! And many thanks for being so dedicated to this meme and inspiring us all to go out whatever the weather and bring some flowers/foliage etc indoors. 🙂 Your props and title (with the explanation) are as always ingenious, and the flowers lovely. 🙂
    Here is my link for today:

  9. Congrats Cathy for six years of hosting and giving us all a stage to share and view each others creations!

  10. Happy Anniversary!! And thank you for six years of blog fun. Oh, and the UK speak translation of the title. I love that tiny chair, what a perfect prop, my mother had some pottery jugs like those – I am amazed at how many flowers are still beautiful after the cold weather. Here is my mini vase

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  12. Well done Cathy! 6 years. Here’s my small ones

  13. Annette says:

    Happy anniversary, dear Cathy, and thanks for all the fun, inspiration, knowledge and challenge you’ve provided over the years! It’s a bit scary that it’s already six years – gosh, where has the time gone!!! Apologies for not sticking to the miniature vase, it just happens to be…well, a surprise really, but I hope you like it anyway: Hope you and the Golfer are in good form and find plenty of time to enjoy autumn. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Annette, and yes, knowing how quickly the 6 years has gone is a bit scary – I am sure you will have written many many more books by the time the next 6 years comes round! It has been a privilege to host the meme, knowing how much pleasure it brings peopel

      • Annette says:

        apologies for not sticking to the 6inches, I do these things when time allows and cannot keep in touch on a regular basis but every time I join in I have so much joy – hope to meet you before the next 6 years are over 🙂

        • Cathy says:

          That’s fine – it wasn’t obligatory, so I am pleased that most people have managed to keep them little. And I hope to meet your too, Annette, the sooner the better!

  14. Chloris says:

    Happy anniversary, six years is a wonderful achievement.This meme has brought so much pleasure to so many people, well done Cathy. I love your little posies and that adorable little chair. I never thought of you as little because you have a big personality. Of course I have to join in to celebrate such an auspicious occasion .

    • Cathy says:

      Oh – I don’t think anyone has described me that way before, Chloris, and I am touched…the shy introvert of my early life has been truly transformed over the years. Glad you were able to join in today

  15. Joanna says:

    Happy anniversary to IAVOM! I haven’t participated as much as I would have liked this year but it is a wonderful meme with so many friendly, talented, encouraging people. 🙂 I love your miniature arrangements. They look like they would be perfect in Tasha Tudor’s dollhouse!
    I wasn’t expecting to join in today either but just had to when I heard it was your anniversary and managed to find a few withered flowers left in the garden. Winter is just about here with a big snowstorm expected tonight!

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Joanna and thanks for making a special effort to mark this auspicious occasion. Hope your winter holds off a little longer…!

  16. Kris P says:

    Congratulations and happy anniversary, Cathy! May your meme live on and continue to bring you and others joy. You certainly met the challenge with your 2 darling little arrangements. I didn’t quite make it, although I tried – my 2 arrangements are each between 7 and 8 inches. Here they are:

  17. Happy Anniversary! We have been having very early snowfalls and unusually cold temps so my vase making is in short supply. Love this tiny challenge. I will keep it in mind for all those small spring bloomers. A Monday does not roll around (or rather Sunday night) without me thinking of you, flowers and containers. Thanks for a lovely beginning to my week.

  18. johnvic8 says:

    Congratulations on your six year anniversary. With a garden no longer I have not been able to participate, but I continue to enjoy the work of others…and particularly you and your Golfing friend. Please keep the meme going.

    • Cathy says:

      So good to hear from you, John, and know that you are still popping in. I hope you and ‘Mrs Vic’ are both well and healthy and ghappily settled in your apartment, despite it being gardenless. You are so kind to always remember the Golfer and I always pass your best wishes on to him (he is under the weather with a coughing lurgy at the moment, poor boy)

  19. Eliza Waters says:

    Congrats on reaching 6 years with IAVOM, the most addictive of memes! Your mini-arrangement is so dear, Cathy. I managed to scrounge up some blooms, despite the garden being truly done for the season.

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  21. Congratulations!!!!!
    Just popping in with a link – I’ll be back tomorrow to read properly xx

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  23. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks for the amazing amount of effort and organisation you put into this meme. Love these Little and Large arrangements … also that you bothered with the ruler!!!!
    Here are my shorties:

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Allison and I am glad the effort and organisation is appreciated – I know it brings pleasure to a lot of people (myself included, of course!). Without the ruler it would have been hard to gauge what sise the vases were, I think – I thought of putting a coin next to them, but those outside the UK might still be unsure

  24. ladyfi says:

    Pretty shots. And congrats!

  25. Many congratulations on the anniversary of ‘In A Vase on Monday’ Cathy and many, many thanks for all the pleasure that your meme has bought over the years. As always lovely flowers to celebrate and the prefect prop to go with them. I don’t know how you do it! ‘Wotcha’ is a greeting that I don’t often hear where I’m living now but it’s one that I came across regularly in my younger days. My late in the day post is here :

  26. Cathy congratulations on your sixth anniversary of IAVOM !!! Many Congratulations for gathering around your meme for so many years and many more! I do not publish but I would not conceive a Monday without “In a Vase on Monday”: I enjoy the camaraderie that has been formed between bloggers and with the beautiful vases and comments. I feel within a group. And all this thanks to you, Cathy. Cathy you are fantastic, my most sincere congratulations 🥰💐🌹 and continue like this for many years. Your tiny floral arrangement is adorable with the vintage jug and tiny chair. The flowers are divine. It is a magnificent and wonderful set, I love it. Greetings from Margarita.

  27. rickii says:

    Living proof that “good things come in small packages”. As Michael Jackson would say: “you really started something”.

  28. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, you always make me smile and teach me something with your wonderful Monday vases. I absolutely love your creative offering today. Thanks so much for being here each week. Happy Anniversary.

  29. tonytomeo says:

    After reading the ingredients, I sometimes need to look at the vase again to see what I didi not identify. When I read the there was fleabane in there, I was looking for their tiny lowers. They do not seem so tiny in those small vases. I went right past the nandina foliage.

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