In a Vase on Monday: Sticks and Stones

When writing about the pink sticks in the garden on a recent Six on Saturday, I already had in mind a Monday vase with sticks of some sort, and here they are today. The sticks I have chosen are pink sticks Prunus mume ‘Beni Chidori’, yellow sticks of forsythia from a neighbour’s hedge, white sticks of the locally ubiquitous wild something-or-other which may or may not be plum, and curly sticks of twisted hazel Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’, placed in a chunky rectangular (sorry, cuboid) glass vase and held in place with polished pebbles.

Rather prettier stones than these polished pebbles are the crystal chakra palmstones laid in a semicircle at the base of the vase, from left to right haematite (root chakra), red jasper (sacral), yellow calcite (solar plexus), rose quartz (heart), sodalite (throat), amethyst (third eye), quartz (crown) There are, however, other crystals that could be appropriate to support each of the chakras.

The twigs in the vase are all shouting ‘spring!’ in their respective languages and, like the trees around them, are also now teasing us with the first sign of their new leaves, bringing the promise of a gradual greening of the garden, enclosing us within a shroud of fresh new growth…hallelujah!

If you have any twigs or seasonal signs in your garden – or anything from it that brings you pleasure – then please do share it with us on IAVOM, leaving links to and from this post.


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28 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Sticks and Stones

  1. Wonderful – the contorted hazel is my favorite. I love sticks in arrangements, do they last long for you? I did not know all the of those crystals and do not have a complete set, missing the red jasper. I have a smiliar chunky vase (a candleholder) I need to use it! Happy Monday and thanks for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle. Considering the stems are all woody they do last quite well, and buds on the ‘wild plum’ will always open when in vase. Carnelian would be a good substitute for the sakral chakra

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  3. Annette says:

    A lovely display so full of promise! I wonder if the stones help? It’s getting milder now, I’m looking forward to my Pilates sessions in the garden. I planted a Prunus mume last year which is still a baby though, different variety. Here’s my contribution: By the way I’ve checked right away and was amazed to find that my blog is already 8 years old, bit younger than yours. Again happy birthday and a happy start into spring to you both xx

    • Cathy says:

      See, I didn’t think you were very much behind, Annette! Glad to read the weather is improving for you – enjoy your Pilates! I should really be domg some Tai Chi outside but I always seem to be busy with something else πŸ™„ Look forward to seeing your Prunus mume sometime – Chloris has a number of different varieties of them

  4. Kris P says:

    There are few flowering trees in my garden and none currently in bloom but I admire yours. I’m off on my grocery run this morning but I do have a IAVOM post (of course):

    Thanks for hosting, Cathy!

  5. the running wave says:

    And what lovely colourful sticks and stones they are! I am so glad you don’t have a name for that prunus twig! I am always so impressed by your knowledge of every name of every flower and leaf you include in your vases, but the wild prunus in bloom at the moment are more or less unidentifiable and so I also just call them prunus! Very dainty and pretty! I’ve got springtime twigs in my vase today too! Have a good week Cathy. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      So you are not going tobe able to tell me what the prunus is then, Amanda? I really thought you might do and felt quite ignorant that I didn’t know what something very odrinary and commonplace actually was…! I suppose I have no reason not to be good with the names of evrything in the garden as everything was chose and panted by me πŸ˜‰ Glad you liked the vase

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Great way to highlight the colorful trees and shrubs of this time of year. Each stem is beautiful in its own right. I admire your chakra stones as well. Do you meditate with them?
    Thanks for hosting Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      I love sticks like this in a vase, Susie. And yes, I do use crystals in meditation but I also have a qualification in crystal healing although it has been some time I did any.

  7. Noelle M says:

    What lovely trees and shrubs you have in the garden Cathy, and you have made a very pleasing arrangement with them and with your special semi-precious stones. By coincidence Birch Twigs feature in my vase today:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, and we had some more aerial photos of the garden taken today, and it’s fun to see how they show up from the air too

      • Noelle M says:

        I do hope you will show the pictures on your blog. I think you posted some before, and putting them side to side will be fun, though I wonder whether you new small bit of wall building will show?

        • Cathy says:

          I don’t know if you can zoom in on other blogs, but I can spend ages zooming in on these aerial shots in my photo editor. You can see the new little paved bit easily, but the wall is tucked down the side of the house and unless directly above it the drone is unlikely to capture it. I could show them side by side on the blog but the scale would make comparisons hard. The first 3 are all (I think!) on the blog under The Garden tab, as well as in posts, and I will do the same for the 4th one soonish..

  8. Cathy I love all your sticks that say spring: the pinks of Prunus mume, yellows of forsythia, wild whites surely wild plum, twisted hazelnut. I love the pebble vase and the sticks look great on it. It is a spring arrangement, magnificent, divine, I love it. I love all the crystal chakra palm trees: hematite, red jasper, yellow calcite, rose quartz, sodalite, amethyst and quartz; divine and wonderful. They are beautiful next to the vase, I love them. You and the golfer stay safe and take good care of each other. Best wishes Cathy for Spring to come fully to your garden and there is an explosion of color. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  9. So pretty. I love the twisty sticks and definitely springy.. Here ours have not started blooming but that is how I can tell that spring is near for us.

    • Cathy says:

      I have belatedly found this in my spam box, Angie, so apologies for not seeing this sooner. Sticks were definitely in order for this vase, as there were so many about – and that’s not including cornus which is delightfully sticky at the moment but just about to be cut back!

  10. Very pretty, Cathy. I always find the deep pink of Prunus mume β€˜Beni Chidori’ quite shocking, but I don’t really understand why. How big is your tree? Does it have the same effect in the garden I wonder?

    • Cathy says:

      I bought mine as a half standard, on a stem of 3ft or 1 metre, and it is about the same again above. I don’t intend to let it grow any taller and trimmed it back successfully last year so will repeat that this year. I think if a specimen is growing in the open it might look shockingly bright but this is in a border next to a lonicera and Vib Dawn, both flowering, and I don’t think would shock you πŸ˜‰

  11. tonytomeo says:

    That rich pink flowering apricot looks like Eastern redbud. That is what I thought it was.

  12. Anna says:

    Some beautiful spring stickiness Cathy. ‘Beni Chidori ’looks such an intense colour even the forsythia pales in comparison. Another crystal added to my still small but growing collection πŸ˜‚ A beautiful spring day here yesterday – much greenhouse sorting done.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – love the idea of the spring stickiness! Glad to hear that the greenhouse is benefitting from your attention πŸ‘

  13. Cathy says:

    They certainly are shouting ‘Spring’ and waving in joy too! πŸ˜‰ What a lovely crowd. πŸ˜ƒ I think our Spring arrived today and my Jetfire daffs and a few little spring bulbs finally opened. So hope to join in again next week!

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