In a Vase on Monday: of the Orient

I am fairly sure I have used this combination or something similar before, but being about to prune ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ from which the rosehips came, I couldn’t resist. So we have three rosehips with their crown-like sepals in three mini test tubes, accompanied by three kings, the three wise men of the East. The regal gentlemen came as part of a set of cake directions, and they hot-footed it from our Christmas cake to act as props for IAVOM, although in truth they didn’t spend long on the cake because it was so crowded they were evicted before the first slice was made.

When they have done their second duty of the season and are allowed to stand down they will return to their box for another year, as will the other wise men who are still making their way slowly round our living room ready to join the rest of the nativity scene on Twefth Night, just in time to go back inside their box (the stable). On recent Grannie days, three year old The Tinker (who started nursery in September) has been exercising her new found knowledge of the Christmas Story and has repeatedly tried to put them away as they ‘weren’t there yet’. No doubt by the time they come out of their box again next year, after a term of ‘big school’, she will be an expert!

Waking up yesterday and finding not only the previous day’s snow had disappeared, but also the remnants of that from earlier in the way, heralded a subtle change in the weather – it may only have been a couple of degrees warmer, but it felt different and the light was different too, somehow softer. Strange though it may seem, there usually comes a point in January when this is the case, albeit less than a month since the winter solstice. There was certainly no excuse for not being in the garden, so pruning ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ and its abundant hips was my first priority:

For those able to venture out into their gardens too, perhaps you too can cut something to pop in a vase or handy test tube, or forage something on a local walk to share with us all on IAVOM…

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22 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: of the Orient

  1. Noelle says:

    Enjoyed your charming post, and thanks too to Tinker for adding that ah, bless! moment. Happy New Year Cathy. Here is my ‘Firework’ in a Vase on Monday.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Noelle, and yes it was an enlightening response from The Tinker, as she rarely tells Younger Daughter anything about what she has done at nursery, this was a roundabout way of finding out ๐Ÿ˜€ Look forward to seeing you fireworks!

  2. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely nativity set with rose-hip adornments, Cathy. Great to have a young one around to whom you can pass on traditions. We’ve had rain, rain and more rain the past several weeks with only a few camellias able to tolerate it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie. Going to nursery (just mornings) has made such a difference to The Tinker and it is good to begin to have ‘conversations’. Has it been heavy rain, Susie, or just persistent? Sorry if it has spoiled some of your camellias

      • pbmgarden says:

        The rain has been extremely heavy at times and prolonged. Today I’m hoping we don’t get the predicted mixed wintry weather as we’re off to a necessary appointment later. Just rain so far. Fingers crossed.

  3. The rose hips are spectacular. The biggest ones I have ever seen and the wise men seem to like them as well. I sense the January change here, it seems not quite as dark and the shadows are diminishing, though the moon has been full here and the moonlight brilliant. Here is my vase this first Monday – Happy New Year, Cathy and thank you for hosting.

  4. I adore those vases….perfect for the season with the rose hips. I hope to back to posting a vase now and again. Possibly even next week. Nothing in the new garden at the moment to cut.

    • Cathy says:

      Hello Donna and thank you – good to hear from you after such a long time. Hope all is well – and a new garden? You have moved? Look forward to hearing more from you when you are ready

  5. Kris P says:

    Those are impressive rose hips and your granddaughter’s insistence on getting things right is impressive too! I’ve fallen back on the winter mainstays of my garden this week:

  6. Cathy says:

    Such a simple idea and yet so effective with the three kings! Love it! I have barely ventured out today as it is so icy everywhere. And it is so cosy indoors! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – it is good to show that simple can be effective, and hopefully may encourage others to post even just a single bloom or twig or seedhead. Hope you see an end to your icy conditions soon – how cold has it been? Temperatures got up to about 5 degrees here today, but I wanted to go through my seeds and see what else I needed to order, so wasn’t out for more than my usual ramble

      • Cathy says:

        It has been hovering around freezing point for days, with the occasional partial thaw in the afternoon and then refreezing at night. So despite our attempts to keep the yard ice free we are playing it safe and keeping busy indoors at the moment!

        • Cathy says:

          And I don’t suppose you need to go away from home at the moment because of the circumstances, except perhaps for shopping – how far away is the village/town where you would shop? What are your current Covid restrictions?

          • Cathy says:

            Hi Cathy. It’s actually only a couple of miles to the supermarket in the nearest village as they are much smaller than in the UK but there are more of them. I need to go by car though as there are woods in between us and the main routes. Restrictions are currently similar to yours… absolutely everything except food stores or chemists are closed, and the schools too. Also there is a limit of 15km radius travel in hotspots and a 9pm curfew in Bavaria and some other states. But we can meet ONE person from another household, indoors or out! โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธโ„๏ธ

  7. Cathy I love rose hips so big and perfect. One for each Wise King who will already see the Child Jesus in the Portal to adore him. I love your births and your Magi. It is wonderful that your granddaughter knows when to put the Magi. I am very happy that you transmit it the belief in the birth of the Child God and the coming of the Magi to adore him and give him gold, incense and myrrh. Happy Kings !!! I’m glad the temperature turned up. Here today we have been at 0ยบC all day. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  8. Anna says:

    What fabulous rose hips Cathy accompanied by three wise men. I like the Tinker’s logic. As children we would always argue which one of us would place baby Jesus in the crib early on Christmas Day. Fortunately the porcelain figure has survived to tell the tale.

    • Cathy says:

      Ah yes, when there were still only three of us and we took turns to open the advent calendar I always managed to open them on my birthday and three days after, both of which had ‘special’ pictures – I think one was a robin. My younger sister was born in ’59, so I was still young myself of course. No chocolate in those days of course! Who has your baby Jesus now, and do they have the rest of the scene still?

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, yes, it is that time of year. I have not started pruning the roses yet. I have many to relocate this winter too!

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