In a Vase on Monday: Hope Springs Eternal

I was pruning roses yesterday and found this clutch of buds amongst the prunings of Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’. Instead of consigning them to the compost heap I decided to bring them inside and pop them in a vase for Monday, hoping there was still enough life in them for the buds to open. Unlike some out-of-season rosebuds which ‘ball’ as a result of winter cold and dampness, these buds seemed healthy enough and perhaps stand a chance. Joining them in the blue sundae glass is a leaf of Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’, sadly becoming a little coy and turning away when its photograph was taken The prop is a little diecast lead water pump, of the style produced by Britains, which could easily have been fed by a spring in real life.

I remembered too late that this is the first vase of 2020 and was not the route I intended to take, but hey ho…! I shall have to store those thoughts up in the inner recesses somewhere for the start of another year instead! If I haven’t already wished you the best possible 2020, I do so now, and look forward to seeing what you have found in your gardens to pop into your own vases today and for a year of Mondays beyond.

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29 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Hope Springs Eternal

  1. the running wave says:

    Love your vase Cathy! A rose in winter is something special, and I am very fond of the arum leaf. I have a pot with some of those, looking very perky bearing in mind how strongly the wind is howling around them today! I have resorted to something other than flowers today! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      These arum leaves are invariably gorgeous but the spathes certainly don’t like inclement weather. Chilly breeze here too this morning…brrr!

  2. jenanita01 says:

    I just know they will open… will you show us when the do?

  3. karen says:

    I’ve just picked an armful of forsythia to flower in the house. And there’s cherry branches too. Hoping your rose buds open. It’s been so mild here some of my roses are in flower too. Here’s my IAVOM for the week

  4. Sometimes I wonder what stems think when we bring them inside, yours are certainly having quite an adventure – taking in spring water through blue light, with a very jazzy companion – surely it will bring about an opening! Here there are builders (the roof is leaking) and to save these leaves from being buried in rubble, I found (made) a vase for them.

  5. The rosebuds look amazing, all things considered. It did not cross my mind this was the first vase of 2020 either. Oh, well. Love your little pump. I hope to see roses next week. Thanks for hosting,

    • Cathy says:

      The reddish colour of the foliage reflects the reddish tinge on the buds and it’s such an attractive rose at every stage.

  6. AlisonC says:

    A lovely thing to find and enjoy. Let’s hope they open up. Here is my little vase this week.

  7. bcparkison says:

    No rose buds here. Might be an Arum …I’ll need to check…under the fallen leaves.

  8. Noelle says:

    Do let us know if the buds open. In the meantime the round buds and dark red foliage with the arum are a great New Year arrangement. Best wishes for the New Year and happy gardening to you and all our IAVOM friends.

    • Cathy says:

      I shall try and remember to mention it next week, Noelle. Thanks for your good wishes and the very est to you and Mr S too

  9. Kris P says:

    I hope the rose buds do open! We can use all use signs of hope these days. I also didn’t think about this being the first vase of the new year until after the fact and, like you, pruned stems were the source of one of my vases this week. Happy new year and thanks for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      I think it is because we are mostly back to our usual routines this week and it seems as if all that festive period has long since gone!

  10. pbmgarden says:

    The rose buds seem an auspicious start to the new year of vases. Love the bright blue vase. I found an arum leaf today also.

  11. Anna says:

    Oh I hope that those little buds morph into bloom Cathy 😄

  12. Cathy the rose buds are wonderful, I love them just like the arum leaf. They are magnificent in the blue glass of ice cream as a vase. Cathy her miniatures are lovely: the lead water pump is fantastic. Happy New Year 2020 with my best wishes. Greetings from Margarita.

  13. Cathy says:

    I do hope they open for you Cathy, although they do look lovely even in bud. 🙂

  14. tonytomeo says:

    I am getting this two weeks late, so will likely eventually see if they bloomed already.

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