In a Vase on Monday: Dinky Pinky

It may not be very clear from the above photograph, but today’s dinky little vase on Monday contains a few sprigs of Corydalis ‘Beth Evans’ and shiny purple leaves of  Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ – a shame, because they make a nice combination, seen a little better from the back:

The back view also shows the little pinkie of the disembodied hand’ (rather like ‘Thing’ from the fictional Addams Family) that the vase sits on, probably originally designed to hold a tea light. So, a dinky pinky vase all round.

Dinky or not, pink or otherwise, please share your own vases today, filled with whatever you can find from your own gardens or foraged locally.

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46 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Dinky Pinky

  1. Hello Cathy I have managed to join you today. I hope this will be the start of my season of vases. I love pittosporum Tom Thumb but know that it would hate my windy open garden. ‘Thing’ is a quirky addition to your garden arrangement.

  2. the running wave says:

    Very dinky, and very pinkie! I love the colours all together like that. I like pittosporum and that is a particularly lovely colour. And I am glad you mentioned a disembodied hand, because I wasn’t quite sure!! Great fun! I have dinky vases today too! Amanda

  3. Hi Cathy, at last, I’m able to join in again! Your little pink vase is delightful but the hand …. just a bit spooky perhaps. At first sight I was completely fooled. The pittosporum and corydalis are lovely together and I like the unusual vase is the perfect container. My offering is, by comparison, much more usual:

    • Cathy says:

      Good to have you with us again, Elizabeth – I hope you are both well now. The vase is not actually part of the hand, but I don’t suppose you can tell that from the picture – it fitted perfectly in th space for the tea light

  4. Two plants I am not very familiar with; they make a great combo. Snow started melting significantly yesterday, though it is likely not over for the season. But I was able to go out and gather a few snowdrops; my first garden vase in months!

  5. A burgundy Pittosporum, is it burgundy year round? This is new to me. I like the hand, uh, thing. And the color combination is wonderful – thought it was Coleus and Salvia! Oh well. Here is my vase today

  6. Noelle says:

    Sweet little arrangement…Beth is going beautifully in the garden here too. However I have been overcome by a dreaded but not THE dreaded lurgy!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh so sorry to hear about the lurgy and hope you are not being ostracised because of it! I believe the corydalis spreads well, but I haven’t had mine long enough to know – is yours spreading?

  7. Kris Peterson says:

    That’s a very clever presentation, Cathy. I recently saw another photo of that lovely Pittosporum and I’m now on the look-out for it – what a fabulous plant! The Corydalis is wonderful too but I have a better chance of growing the Pittosporum than the Corydalis. Here’s my post:

    Thanks for hosting!

  8. Cathy here I am again after a long break. The Pittosporum I love its color and the Corydalis is divine. I love the sculpture of the hand and thanks for clarifying that it is incorporeal because at first I was not very clear. The vase that has been incorporated is ideal for plants: I really like how it looks. Thank you for that wonderful announcement of spring. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Glad to have you with us again, Margarita and I hope that your health has improved. The hand is very realistic, isn’t it?!

      • Cathy the hand is hyperrealistic and is divine on the garden floor! My health is still just as bad: stuck in a bottomless pit and unable to get out of it. Thanks Cathy for worrying about my health. Greetings from Margarita x

        • Cathy says:

          I am so sorry you feel that way Margarita and wish there was at least some hope of improvement

          • Cathy I think the improvement is in following step by step every day and that time will heal that strong pain. That does not mean that my dear Father is always with me in my heart and I love him very much. But there will always be an attenuated pain that I still feel after 26 years on March 1 for my dear older brother who died with 29 years of cancer and whom I love very much and is also in my heart. Cathy thank you very much for your concern, I thank you from my heart. Greetings from Margarita x

          • Cathy says:

            Your grief is strong, Margarita. Do you not sometimes feel you miss out by not looking for joy in the moment…

  9. Linda Casper says:

    You do have a lovely colour combination there, Cathy.
    Here is my rushed effort

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Linda – I was really peased with they worked together…I had decided on the corydalis then looked around for some foliage to accompany it

  10. Anna says:

    Definitely a most dinky pinky Cathy. I like the way that the hand seems to be curling round and cherishing the vase. Heavy rain stopped play for me this afternoon so I’m without a vase.

  11. Anna says:

    Definitely a most dinky pinky Cathy. I like the way that the hand seems to be curling round and cherishing the vase. Heavy rain stopped play for me this afternoon so I’m without a vase.

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  13. pbmgarden says:

    Joining you late in the day. Happy to see so many vases being shared this week. Cathy, I really love this arrangement. The red pittosporum is new to me also. Quite effective with the Beth Evans.

  14. karen says:

    I love the corydalis. I have a pale pink one that’s in flower now. Love your hand sculpture too. Your garden is full of exciting things. I must add more statues and art to mine. Here’s my vase this week

  15. Marshall Hosel says:

    Interesting article. Looking forward to the growing season.

  16. tonytomeo says:

    The foliage alone is delightful. I think of Pittosporum as utilitarian shrubbery. It takes some getting use to as cut foliage, although formerly common Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegata’ was popular in floral design even in the 1980s.

  17. Cathy tried to find moments of joy like seeing your blogs or those of Karen and the others that I follow from gardening that I discovered in IAVOM and we are like a great family of bloggers. I also follow several YouTube channels of plants that give me joy. When I go down the street I look at the dogs and they look at me and I end up stopping to pet them with the permission of the owner and I am happy. I have my little moments of joy. But since yesterday, Saturday, due to the large number of Coronavirus cases, the Government has decreed the State of Alarm throughout the country. Everything is closed except for food stores, pharmacies and gas stations. You cannot go out on the street except to go to these places, to get the dog down and to go to work. Colleges and Universities have closed. All the companies that have been able have sent their employees home with telework, my sister among them. We are all homebound. At the moment for 15 days but they will surely extend it. So we are in Spain. The armed forces have been mobilized to help the police that patrol so that people do not break the rules, because in very serious cases they can even put you in jail. The normal thing is that they scold you severely and escort you home and if you repeat the offense you will be fined 3,000 euros. Well Cathy I say goodbye to you with much affection thanking you from the heart for your concern for me. Greetings from Margarita.

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