In a Vase on Monday: Teeny-Weeny

The first Anemone blanda are opening, and as blue is always such a welcome sight in the garden I have picked a few buds for today’s vase and popped them into a stoneware inkwell, along with almost perpetually flowering comfrey Symphytum ‘Hidcote Blue’ and a little piece of witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Rubin’ with its coral red spidery blooms picking out the pinky red of unopened comfrey blooms.

Several hours after putting the vase together I found the leaves of Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens‘, black mondo grass, which had been cut for inclusion but forgotten; a belated indoor photograph includes them and shows the anemones now opened in the warmth of the house. The grass seems to ‘lift’ the overall appearance and is definitely a worthwhile addition.

The teeny prop is a weeny tea tray, handmade and handpainted in France. To give you an idea of scale, the inkwell is approximately 7cm high and the tray 7cm between handles.

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31 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Teeny-Weeny

  1. Noelle M says:

    I ought to ‘pen’ a few words about your miniature arrangement: the props as ever are delightful, and thanks for posting such lovely blue anemones. Those little ink wells are just the thing for mini arrangements. Here is my contribution:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle – I particulary like the blue A blanda. And I have a usefully large collection of inkwells… 😉

  2. the running wave says:

    What a delightful trio Cathy! My blue anemones are just coming out too. I really love them, and also the witch hazels. I do love the very elusive and particular scent of witch hazel. It’s not like any other flower fragrance I can think of! Such a pretty vase! Amanda

  3. I love how the red witch hazel somehow makes the blue pop. My first vase of the year could also be called teeny-weeny! Hope you have a great week!

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Blue flowers are treasures. Love how you’ve presented your anemones today. The arching grass adds just the right lift as you say. (The miniature tea tray is adorable.) Enjoy your week and thanks for hosting each Monday.

  5. That is sweet. I love the little tea set. And the blue Anemone. I was wishing I had an inkwell the other day for flowers. Ebay hunt? I like an arching element in the back of arrangements. The Ophiopogon fits perfectly. Thanks for hosting.

  6. Kris P says:

    Now that’s a truly tiny tea set! I love the Anemone blanda but I haven’t been successful in growing them. I’m pleased that I can grow Anemone coronaria more easily. My post is a long one again as IAVOM collides with GBBD again this month but IAVOM is up first:

  7. Anna says:

    Oh the addition of the ophiopogon certainly enhances your vase Cathy. Your witch hazels certainly seem to be flowering over a good long spell. I am missing a red flowering variety so must remedy that. The dinky little tray complete with tea cups, teapot and milk jug is so sweet. I watched the final of ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’ last night and the remaining contestants had the challenge of making a tea service for a doll’s house. The base of the tea cups had to rest on a five pence coin! My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      I caught up with the Throwdown this morning, Anna – it fascinated me that they still ‘threw’ the tiny pieces (off the hump!) and I thought of my little set as I watched it. Yes, the witch hazels have spread out ther flowering between them – Amethyst started flowering only a couple of weeks ago, but Orange Peel was flowering before Christmas

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Very sweet miniature!

  9. That so pretty and petite…and the tea set is the perfect companion!

  10. tonytomeo says:

    Ah, it took me a minute to determine what Symphytum is. I do dig anemone too.

  11. The soft Anemone in blue is charming, splendid, adorable, I love it. Comfrey is splendid, captivating, I like it very much. Hamamelis “Rubin” is majestic, captivating for its color and its shape: I love it. The black mondo grass leaves enhance the bouquet, beautiful. Using the inkwell as a vase is great, it looks divine with the flowers, I love it. The vase is magnificent, wonderful, beautiful, divine, I love it. The tiny accessory tea tray is lovely, adorable, I love it. Cathy enjoy your first Anemone blanda. Take good care of yourself and the golfer, and keep both of you safe. My best wishes. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  12. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see Comfrey in your vase Cathy. In fact it is lovely to see all your flowers and that dear little tea service. Made me think of my doll’s house when I was little. 😃 I am slowly getting impatient with our Spring which seems to have decided it was too early after all!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – looking at the forecast for the next fortnight I am toying with taking the bubble wrap off the greenhouse as night temperatures are creeping up, but without any especially warm days yet. Still pleasant though. Hope your spring comes knocking soon!

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