In a Vase on Monday: Best Laid Plans and the Optimist

Having received some flowers for my birthday earlier this month I noticed a couple of days ago that, amidst the faded stocks and dianthus, the lovely purple-blue alstroemeria still looked good, and therefore decided to base a vase around them. Sadly, even the best laid plans don’t always work out, and when I removed the stems from the vase the petals just dropped off…oops!

Closer inspection, however, revealed a few unopened buds on one stem and so, with my usual optimism, I continued with the plan, partnering the alstroemeria with a stem of twisted hazel and its catkins, placing them in a vintage green ‘poison’ bottle with, for a prop, a 2022 calendar for future planning. I have used this particular brand of calendar for as long as I can remember, and suffer momentary panic when I seek it out for the following year and don’t instantly find it (it took 3 attempts to get this one!)!

We have so many commitments at this festive time of year, but if you have time to find something from your garden or forage locally for material to pop into a vase, then please join us on IAVOM by leaving the usual links.

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15 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Best Laid Plans and the Optimist

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  2. Cathy says:

    The arrangement is so striking Cathy. I love the way the hazel embraces the flowers. I had to laugh when you said how hard it is to get that calendar… my parents have had that same calendar for years too and have not been able to look for one this year due to illness etc, so I have just ordered them one online! It was half price, although what I saved will mostly pay the postage, but at least they will have one now! πŸ˜ƒ Here is my ‘vase’ for today. Thanks Cathy. xx

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    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy, I managed to manouevre the alstroemeria stem into the curls of the hazel! What a coincidence about the calendar – the first time I misjudged WHS’s opening times, second time they were out of stock, so I then asked Elder Daughter if she could have a look in Camberley, in case our branch couldn’t get any more. It’s alays a relief to have it πŸ‘ Glad you managed to get one for your parents too

  3. Happy Belated Birthday, Cathy. I love the lines and movement in this arrangement and have always admired Twisted Hazel and am wondering what was in the bottle? Here is my arrangement this week https://theshrubqueen.com/2021/12/20/in-a-vase-on-monday-its-back/ Happy Christmas and thank you for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy 😊 Strictly speaking it’s not a poison bottle, but says ‘not to be taken’, so it was probably something to be applied topically. If I remember rightly, bottles like this would always be ribbed so you could tell by the feel of it that it was not to be taken internally

  4. Kris P says:

    Belated best wishes on your birthday, Cathy! Alstroemerias are tough and I think there’s a very good chance those buds will open. Flowers are in shorter supply here too but, even with my cool-season cutting garden well behind my expectations of it, the larger garden continues to offer flowers (and flower-like bracts) here and there. I hope you enjoy a happy Christmas! Here’s my post: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2021/12/in-vase-on-monday-best-wishes-for-merry.html

    • Cathy says:

      Ooh,thanks for your optimism about the alstroemeria – I am trying to convince myself the buds have swollen a little since yesterday when I made the vase πŸ˜‰

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, I do hope your alstroemerias open completely for you. Belated happy birthday wishes to you. I used to have a favorite calendar style for my desk before I retired so I understand your persistence to find your special brand! Hope you enjoy fun, safe holidays. Thanks so much for hosting. My calla lilies are back for a third week! https://pbmgarden.blog/2021/12/20/in-a-vase-on-monday-holiday-mood/

    • Cathy says:

      It will be a pleasant bonus if they do, Susie! You must be thrilled with your callas, which just seem to keep on giving πŸ‘

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Oh! Oh my! Well, I grew alstroemeria back in the late 1980s, so the buds look great to me.

  7. Noelle says:

    I think you have your birthday on the better side of Christmas. Another year but also an opportunity for your family to make a fuss of you. A belated Happy Birthday wish winging your way. Nice arrangement, I bottled out of IAVOM, I have taken the medicine not the poison and will try harder next week. Have a lovely Christmas.

    • Cathy says:

      Ah, so you do have a near-Christmas birthday, do you? I always wondered… πŸ˜‰ Hope it is/was a good one, and thanks for your good wishes to me πŸ‘

  8. Anna says:

    Oh that’s a most elegant arrangement Cathy and a beautiful bouquet of birthday flowers too. I’m the same about diaries and buy the same a particular Letts publication each year and do start to panic if I can’t track one down. So far though so good πŸ˜‚ My calendar is more ornamental than practical so that changes.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna, and of course for your lovely card πŸ‘ I gave up with ordinary diaries because I never wrote in them and haven’t got into keeping dates in my phone, so tend to keep them in my head instead when I am on the move. Probably not the best of ideas… πŸ˜‰

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