In a Vase on Monday: It’s a Stick Up…oops, No it Isn’t!

One of my friends bought me a quirky little vase for Christmas; made out of opaque white silicon and with a flat back, it sticks to smooth surfaces. “You will either love it or hate it,” she said, and although my reaction was more of a ‘like’ rather than ‘love’, I was certainly looking forward to giving it a try.

Keeping the contents fairly simple, I chose two sprigs of Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ (as always, cut from low growing or crisscrossing stems) and one of Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’, placed the dampened vase on the cleaned and cleared (of various fridge magnets and important odds and ends) side of the fridge, filled it with water and added the stems…oops!

Even assistance from the Golfer, holding the vase in place till the last minute, was not enough to stop the vase peeling off the fridge within seconds, and after two or three attempts I admitted defeat and photographed it without water, for which it obligingly stayed in place a little longer. Thanks Friend, I enjoyed receiving the quirky present but sadly it failed** to live up to its expectations…

A quick alternative vase was selected to host the stems for the rest of their viable life, the white Caithness Glass vase chosen to contrast with the dark-leaved pittosporum. Natural daylight gave better results than the original photo, but does the vase look better sitting on the wall, or nestled among the greenery of the sarcococca?

Have you some stems or sprigs of greenery or other foliage to pop into a vase today, along with any winter flowering blooms or stray summer remnants? If so, please consider sharing them with us on IAVOM by leaving the usual links.

**Friend contacted me after reading this post to tell me hers has remained attached in situ for a week, so I am just going to have to try again! It seems

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24 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: It’s a Stick Up…oops, No it Isn’t!

  1. Pingback: In a Vase on Monday: Hesperantha | Wild Daffodil

  2. Shame about the new vase, but ok for dried material perhaps.
    My vase for the day includes some hesperantha – still flowering, although not for much longer I suspect. https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2022/01/03/in-a-vase-on-monday-hesperantha/

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That purple pittisporum is nice – I have only seen the green one before. I will look out for one – my garden could do with more purple foliage.

  4. Heyjude says:

    Well the vase was good for a laugh 😂 is it magnetic then, hence the fridge?

    • Cathy says:

      It is meant to stick on any smooth surface (surface tension I suppose) – walls and windows too. I have since added a postcript as my friend tells me hers has stayed put for a week so far!!

  5. A neat idea for a vase, but not working out. The first vase action shot? Sigh. Lovely Witch Hazel, everytime I see your Pitto sporum I wish had one, love a little purple foliage in the garden. Happy New Year and thanks for hosting. http://theshrubqueen.com/2022/01/03/in-a-vase-on-monday-china-hat-debut/

  6. bcparkison says:

    LOL…some new and improved isn’t.

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Great action shot Cathy! Too bad the vase didn’t cooperate but I like the concept of it. The outdoor location gives a nice effect. I’ve recycled again. https://pbmgarden.blog/2022/01/03/in-a-vase-on-monday-winter-red/

  8. Kris P says:

    It sounded great in concept, Cathy! Oh well. I actually like the arrangement better in your lovely Caithness vase. I’m envious, as I always am this time of year, of your pretty witch hazel. The burgundy Pittosporum, which I’ve yet to see in my part of the world, is also wonderful. I’m still scrounging for material in my own garden but there’s always something somewhere…https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2022/01/in-vase-on-monday-usual-suspects.html

  9. Anna says:

    Oh definitely a vase that’s distinctly different but a shame that it didn’t behave itself Cathy 😂 I hope that you didn’t get a soaking in the process. My preference is for the vase against the greenery as I think that it enhances the contrasting colours of the witch hazel and the pittosporum.

  10. tonytomeo says:

    Okay, that is . . . unusual.
    I don’t know, but would guess that a textured surface of the refrigerator may be the problem. The refrigerator here has a flat and smooth surface, as do others within the facilities that the maintenance crew works with. However, some have a slight texture to them that sort of resembles a plastered surface. It is still smooth enough to clean easily, but is not quite ‘flat’. The vase may stick to a window, although I would try cautiously.

  11. Chloris says:

    I love your P. Tom Thumb. And lovely to have enough Witch Hazel to spare some for a vase. I prefer the pretty Caithness vase anyway.

  12. Cathy says:

    A shame the vase didn’t work, but I must admit I prefer the second choice (on the wall) anyway! The witch hazel is truly bewitching. 😃

  13. the running wave says:

    Firstly Happy New Year Cathy, and apologies for neglecting IAVOM for so many weeks. Life has just got in the way and also very little material (actually nothing) in the garden but hopefully all that will change in the coming weeks! I do have one snowdrop in bud!! Hooray! I love your witch hazel. One of my favourites and the pittosporum is such a rich colour. I used to have a couple of those on my allotment in Edinburgh long ago. I have planted two different green ones in the new garden and so far they are both still alive!! It’s a shame about your quirky vase but I am sure you will find something that will succeed in it because that opaque texture is rather nice!! Sending best wishes for 2022. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, thanks for the lovely chatty comment though, Amanda! Glad to know that you ar settling nicely into your new home – well, does it feel like home yet? I have a green pittosprum too but realised a year or so later that it grew much taller than Tom Thumb, so I had to move it away from the front of the border…😉 Hope you have happy and healthy new year too 👍

  14. Happy New Year, Cathy! Hope you’ve enjoyed the holiday. It’s much too cold for me to venture out into the garden. Not that there’s much to see at the moment. No sign of snowdrops though I can see tips of bluebells peeping through. Shame that the case didn’t stay in place. It’s quirky and it would solve a problem I’m experiencing currently. Our kitten can’t resist a vase of flowers/foliage, and the water in it. Hanging them high on a wall would be the perfect answer. Your arrangement looks lovely in the Caithness vase and it all looks great on the wall, or nestled in the greenery. Sadly, my husband damaged my white Caithness glass vase while he was rummaging in the cupboard where I store vases. Here’s to 2022 being a better year. Elizabeth

    • Cathy says:

      Sorry it’s been too cold for you to venture out – it was certainly nippy fingers gardening here yesterday, but not quite as cold today. Most of my Caithness Glass has come from car boots but I have only ever come cross one white vase, so perhaps they weren’t as popular? As my friend has had success with her vase, I shall certainly try again – it could be useful in the camper van when we are away!

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