In a Vase on Monday: a Little Love

Still reeling from the abundance of March blooms, it took me longer than usual to choose from amongst them for IAVOM. There were a number of options for teeny vases, but I was hoping for something bigger this week and eventually decided to start with some of the fragrant narcissi from the Coop. The Coop is a lean-to greenhouse leaning against the wall of our extension, and the window of our ‘shower room’ now opens into it: curiously, today I found myself detecting the whiff of hyacinth and narcissi inside the house, through the closed double glazed window!

Clutching stems of Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’, I rambled around the garden and added rehomed white hyacinth, Leucojum ‘Gravetye Giant’, Narcissus ‘Snow Baby’, Hellebore foetidus and leaves of spotty laurel. Picking out this charity shop vase because of its colour, reflecting as it does the green of the hellebore and the laurel, I decided to have the side with the motif facing the front, unlike the previous time it was chosen, and this gave me the title which up to that point had eluded me. Whether or not we agree with the sentiment expressed on the vase (after all, why am I less than 5 feet tall if this was the case…?), I am sure there will be a poem in the selection of romantic verse brought together in ‘The Nation’s Favourite Love Poems’ that expresses how we have felt at some point in our lives. Not that I was asked for my favourite – John Donne’s ‘The Expiration’ – which is not included…

Do share your favourite love poem if you like, along with something gleaned from your garden or foraged nearby and popped into a receptacle of some sort – or perhaps share the love by giving your pickings to a friend, family member or stranger.

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41 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: a Little Love

  1. What a beautiful start to the day. This came to mind – seems appropriate:

  2. I am always amazed by how many species look so different in white. Daffodils, for example are magical when white…

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  4. I now have a earworm of ‘Give a Little Love’!
    A Vase and a gorgeous piece of vintage rust this week:

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  6. Annette says:

    A delight- and thoughtful vase, Cathy. Love is really all we need and how sad that so many people have been (and continue to be!) starved of the most important emotion there is. I love your little container too, it looks so fresh together with the white flowers. I’d love Leucojum but I don’t think they’d appreciate my hot and dry summer soil. Here’s my vase: Wishing you and the Golfer a happy Easter xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you, Annette – at least as of today people’s movements in the UK can be a little less limited than they have been, so hopefully there will be more opportunity for sharing love soon. I am enjoying looking at my vase, which I agree looks really fresh

  7. Noelle M says:

    Yes even our flower arranging is an ode to love, reminding us of this most import of human emotions. Your spring green arrangement in my favourite coloured vase is very touching. Here is my vase today:

    • Cathy says:

      As I hadn’t planned going down the ‘love’ route, I didn’t do the obvious linking to our vases, but I am glad people are thinking of that connection. No favourite love poems yet though, which I had been looking forward to hearing!

  8. It makes me smile, reading you have so many blooms to choose from in March; we have the opposite situation! My tiny blooms are; however, white, like yours.

    • Cathy says:

      Choosing is easier when there are only few!! It’s great to have you joining in again, especially with the limited resources you have

  9. pbmgarden says:

    How nice to have hyacinth in bloom. I like your green and white theme and the vase was a great find. I’d like to be one who is able to recite the appropriate verse for any occasion but poetry hasn’t taken to me! Instead I’d like to offer you phrases from a metta meditation (Loving Kindness meditation):
    May you be happy and peaceful.
    May you be healthy and strong.
    May you feel calm, safe and protected.
    And may you live life with ease.

    In A Vase On Monday – Fanciful Flight

    • Cathy says:

      The hyacinths that start off as ‘forced’ for indoor use are such a different shape once they are planted out, but seem to come back reliably each year. Thanks for your little meditation, such gentle and loving words

  10. I love charteusy plants and the color of the vase – might be ochre? I am not sure I have seen that Hellebore before, very pretty and is the spotty Laurel Aucuba japonica? Here is my vase

  11. Kris P says:

    I do love green flowers (and in fact just received a delayed shipment of green Lisianthus plugs). The white flowers with the soft green are luscious. I like the vase and its sentiment too – after all, people don’t just “grow” in height 😉 Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Green lisianthus sound delightful and I look forward to seeing them in a vase in due course, Kris. Yes, we can grow in all sorts of ways, especially if nurtured by others, or ourselves even

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Prolific hellebore! I suppose that particular species has big floral trusses like that. I am still none too keen on hellebores, but was impressed by how well the common sort, as well as the Helleborus argutifolius (or whatever it is) did here this year, so am noticing how pretty they are for everyone else, and noticing why everyone else is so fond of them.

  13. the running wave says:

    Green and white is such a peaceful and fresh colour combination! I love it. Susie’s Loving Kindness meditation is a perfect offering for today – I can’t think of anything better! Loving kindness for others (and oneself too!) combined with our lovely flowers – what could be a better start to the week. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Me too, Amanda. I tend to forget about this hellebore for vases, and yet I think it probably lasts better than the ‘oriental’ ones.

  14. Anna says:

    A most cool and soothing combination Cathy. Amazing to think that you could smell the hyacinths and narcissi from within 😂 I hope that the Golfer’s foot has fully improved so that he was able to do the golf course justice this morning. I hope to be back next week with a vase and a favourite love poem.

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  16. Cathy says:

    Fresh spring green and white are lovely and do have something romantic about them. The Hellebore is one I must add to my collection. I also love John Donne’s poetry since studying it at school and my favourite of all is probably The Sun Rising which definitely classes as a love poem. 😉 I have a vase today! 😃
    Have a good week Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – this hellebore is such a good do-er and although sometimes short-lived it does happily seed around gently. And it’s been in flower for ages! I studied Donne at A-level too, which is where I learned to love his poetry – the Sun Rising, which I like very much too, is in the book…

  17. Diana Studer says:

    Such a beautiful autumn day here – and 2 nieces need virtual posies

    • Cathy says:

      I hadn’t realised you were Southern hemisphere till today, Diane, so apologies for that and I am off to look at your posies now…

  18. Diana Studer says:

    PS love pretty leaves, that vase is a most enticing shade of green!

    • Cathy says:

      It didn’t take more than a few seconds to pick out this vase from my ‘vase cupboard’ as it works so well with the contents

  19. Your green and white flower combination is adorable and the vase is lovely with its gorgeous color. I love white daffodils. The green hellebore is divine and lush, wonderful, I love it. Spotted bay leaves are very beautiful. It is a magnificent arrangement, fresh, spring, splendid, very special: I love it. What would life be without love: it would be nothing. Love of flowers, family, Mother, Father, birds, sun, rain, moon, dogs, cats, poetry, books …… Putting the book of love poems as an accompaniment to the vase of flowers is wonderful, I love it. Cathy take good care of yourself and the golfer. Have a good weekend. Happy Easter. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

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