In a Vase on Monday on a Snowy Day

The weather forecast for yesterday, when I planned to prepare my vase, was for snow, snow and more snow; rambling briskly around the garden before the snow started I plucked a few sprigs of Arabis ‘Old Gold’ and dark leaved Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’. The arabis is an unassuming little thing but creeps delightfully over the retaining wall that it borders, flowering off and on throughout the year, so is worthy of the attention it will get by popping it in today’s vase, whilst the pittosporum is a more showy occupant of the garden with its beautiful almost purple foliage.

After an invigorating walk in the increasingly heavy snow, the little snippets were popped into the sample-sized Bretby Pottery vase that often makes an appearance for miniature posies, and placed briefly in a snowy position before being photographed again inside. Inside is then where I stayed for the rest of the day, admiring the whiteness from the warmth within.

Snow reached much of the UK yesterday but, wherever you are, if you have been able to find anything in your garden to pop into a vase today then please share it with us by leaving links to and from this post… and stay warm and safe.

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30 Responses to In a Vase on Monday on a Snowy Day

  1. pbmgarden says:

    The snow makes a gorgeous backdrop for your vase and for your entire garden. I’m not familiar with Arabis–a pretty flower. Thank you so much for hosting each Monday, Cathy!
    No snow here so far this year and nothing much blooming outdoors, so indoor plants have been called into service once again this week:
    https://pbmgarden.blog/2021/01/25/in-a-vase-on-monday-blue-jar-tower/

    • Cathy says:

      Everything looks different in the snow, and it always surprises me how much the pink of the sitooterie stands out when almost everything else is white. I suppose arabis would be classed as a rock plant and as such is not something I would normally buy, but there must have been a reason at the time – possibly to make up the numbers when I was buying plants to go in a sink

  2. Heyjude says:

    Love the pot toppers! Hope no damage done. Snow looks lovely when you don’t have to go out in it, until it turns to slush.

    • Cathy says:

      It certainly made it more fun watching it, knowing I didn’t need to venture far, if at all! I don’t anticipate there will be any damage in the garden but it did occur to me that I could brush snow off some of the shrubs, to be on the safe side.

  3. Sometimes the contrast between Florida and the UK is striking. I am wearing shorts and it is sunny and 74F/23C outside! The snow is beautiful and I love your vase nestled into it. Everytime I see your Tom Thumb Pittosporum I wonder why it is not here. Such a pretty color and texture. Happy Monday! https://theshrubqueen.com/2021/01/25/in-a-vase-on-monday-go-big-or-go-home/ The vase also could not be more different than yours! Thanks for braving the elements.

  4. bcparkison says:

    Beautiful snow fall. Love the little jug too

    • Cathy says:

      It’s always a shame to disturb it, but the Golfer had to get something from the shed yesterday, and today when I went for my early ramble around the garden there were a lot of cat tracks in the garden, so it is no longer pristine…!

  5. Kris P says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot of snowy pictures out of the UK. It seems as though you’re getting more snow than I remember in the past but perhaps my memory is deceiving me. Your posy is pretty in the snow and out. We got some rain on Saturday and again last night, and today we’re having a bout with ferocious winds that don’t make any outdoor activity appealing but I got out yesterday morning between storms and found plenty as spring already seems on its way here, Thanks for hosting and here’s my post: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2021/01/in-vase-on-monday-more-than-i-expected.html

    • Cathy says:

      No, not more snow than in the past, just more variable. In my younger days there was always always snow through the winter months in varying amounts; these days sometimes there is none, and rarely a great deal. Glad you got some rain, even if you got ferocious winds with it

  6. Noelle M says:

    Felt as if I needed a rest regarding putting up a vase, particularly as the cyclamen posy is still lovely. Your little vase with the arabis and pittisporum is cute.

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  8. Cathy a big snowfall, your garden looks divine. I hope you had no damage to it. I love your jug used as a vase. The Arabis has wonderful flowers, I love them. The purple leaves of the Pittosporum are divine and look magnificent with the Arabis. It is a small but fantastic bouquet, I love it. The jug with the flowers is spectacular in the snow. Also inside. Cathy take good care of yourself and the golfer and be very careful with the snow. Keep you warm and warm indoors and safe. Contemplate and enjoy the snow from inside the house in the heat. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s not much compared to the snow in Madrid though, and because the schools are off and so many people are working from home during lockdown it has probably not caused very much inconvenience

      • Cathy I am glad that it was not a snowfall as hard as in Madrid and that it did not cause damage or have altered daily life much. However, I ask you to be very careful and that neither you nor the golfer leave the house if it is not necessary. Better safe at home and warm. Take care. A hug from my Mother and me. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  9. I love the colour that your Tom Thumb has gone! But what is arabis doing flowering now I wonder? You’ve had loads more snow than we did. I hope that you’ve made a snowman?
    Here is my vase: https://wp.me/pM8Y1-88l

    • Cathy says:

      The arabis usually starts flowering in early spring but then has random blooms off and on for the rest of the year. Sorry, no snowman, and I have been enjoying seeing pristine snow!

  10. Anna says:

    We had some snow yesterday morning Cathy but not as much as you and then a dusting overnight. Ours has more or less disappeared when I pulled the blinds down tonight. It’s most pleasant watching a snowy outside from a warm inside and knowing that you don’t have to go anywhere. ‘Tom Thumb’ has most attractive foliage.

    • Cathy says:

      Ours will take a little while to go, but we are due some milder days, which will help. How about the effects of your rain – has it left your garden very soggy?

  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Your garden looks so pretty in the snow. Glad you were able to get your vase contents collected before it was buried!

    • Cathy says:

      It was nice to admire the snow without being concerned about having to go anywhere in it – and it was barely minutes to pick the contents of the vase

  12. Cathy says:

    Pretty pictures! 😃 So lovely you could save some Arabis. Does it always flower through the winter?

  13. tonytomeo says:

    With weather like that, I would have done without a vase! I would have left the flowers outside with it. Your effort is commendable.

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