In a Vase on Monday: Tufty

I have so enjoyed the bright green carex in last week’s vase, still looking just as vibrant seven days later, that I decided to continue the grassy theme today. Instead of cutting a grass this week though, I dug up a little clump of Carex comans ‘Bronco’ and pushed it into this little cuboid pot, purchased from Chive after admiring the delightful animal vases Sandra of Wild Daffodil had discovered on their stand at Chelsea one year. Spoiled for choice, I couldn’t decide on which animal vase to purchase and ended up ordering a clutch of these vases instead, in different colourways. The grass is one of a number of cheeky grasses in the garden, lulling you into a false sense of security by sitting there prettily, waiting to be admired and petted, before dispatching its offspring far and wide when your back is turned. Digging up a clump for a vase just reduces the number ending up on the compost heap…

The grass is clearly tufty, so is unlikely to object to the use of the word as a nickname, and with this title in mind my thoughts went out to one of our very first guinea pigs, who shared the same name and for similar reasons. Even as adults, my girls and I are still inevitably drawn to the guinea pig enclosure in any pet shop or farm or children’s zoo, to ogle and admire whatever selection of pogglepogs (our pet name for them!) there might be, and Elder Daughter recently succumbed to a new generation, 30 years or so after the last, much to the chagrin, I expect, of her younger sister who anticipated she would be the first to do so… Unable to lay my hands on a photo of ginger-coloured Tufty herself, today’s prop is a photo of some of her children, and both of mine (minus their heads):

Guinea pigs, or other livestock for that matter, are not an essential part of IAVOM – all that is needed is for you to venture into your garden or forage locally and find something to pop into a vase or jam jar or otherwise display, to bring pleasure into your home. If you would like to share it with the wider IAVOM community too, just leave the usual links to and from this post.

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27 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Tufty

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  2. Sweet! I love the noise guineapigs make.
    Your post inspired me to dig out a Chive pot, thank you for the mention πŸ™‚ : https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2022/01/31/in-a-vase-on-monday-january-22/

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  4. What a nice way to bring the outdoors, in. Plus you have a wonderful memory vase…

    https://countygardening.wordpress.com/2022/01/31/in-a-vase-on-monday-pink/

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, and the grass is a little on the gingery side I suppose, so even more guinea pig related perhaps. I had some intersting WhatsApp converastions with my daughters about the photo, too πŸ˜‰

  5. Cathy says:

    I love grasses, even in their winter clothes and as dishevelled as they may be. πŸ˜ƒ Never thought to put one in a pot, but the Stipa tenuissima seeds around like mad so I will have to try that one day. Your guinea pigs are so sweet, but remind me of a tiny weeny baby hare our dog found yesterday. It has snowed a bit today and I cannot imagine it will survive coming into the world this early. (Anouk is only allowed out with us and on the lead at the moment! ) I have resorted to dried flowers this week. So glad February is almost here – my Hellebores must surely flower soon! Thanks as always Cathy. πŸ€—

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    • Cathy says:

      Oh, that is something to look forward to (not!), the S tenuissima seeding around! I hope the lttle hare survives but they are perhaps hardier than we might think, although I wonder if it is still dependent on its mother?

      • Cathy says:

        We often have young hares hiding in the flower beds in spring during the day (especially under hellebore leaves, so I don’t cut them all back now!), so we read up about them. Apparently they stay in exactly the same place the mother left them and she will come at night to feed them. They are very solitary animals, although we do often see two or three together in the summer months. Have never seen such a tiny one before though. And certainly never so early. 🐰

        • Cathy says:

          That’s really interesting about the baby hares, Cathy. There are hares on the island where my Mum lives and after disturbing one on one of our walks there and it running off I looked up their speed – up to 40mph!! Hope yours survives…πŸ™„

  6. Pogglepigs? That is wonderful. I like the look of dormant grasses and the Chive pot is a great way to display them. Maybe you need another guinea pig? Here’s mine, thanks for hosting https://theshrubqueen.com/2022/01/31/in-a-vase-on-monday-tropical-travails/

  7. Noelle says:

    I would never have thought to put a whole grass in a vase. It gives a very effective and quite dramatic effect. I too love guinea pigs and their little ways. I used to look after one’s belonging to past neighbours when they went on holiday. Here is my vase this week: https://noellemace.blogspot.com/2022/01/in-vase-on-monday-turkish-delights.html

    • Cathy says:

      I was going to cut some grass, but then the idea of digging up an offset came to me and I agree, it works well in this little vase – I have a white version too, but I think the black works better. Do you miss your little oiggy lodgers…? πŸ˜‰

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  9. Annette says:

    There’s something wild and charming about grasses. A most unusual idea to dig up a clump πŸ˜€ . I didn’t know that Carex have the tendency to come up everywhere, they’re well behaved here. I like the reference to your four-legged tufties. Here’s my contribution: https://personaleden.wordpress.com/2022/01/31/in-a-vase-on-a-monday-in-need-of-a-shot/ Have a good week!

  10. bcparkison says:

    Reminds me of a bad hair day,…which I seem to be having.

  11. Kris P says:

    Aww…Both the grass and the guinea pigs are cute. I had a few of the latter as a child myself, although we also had cats and my brother and I learned an early lesson about the need to keep them safe. Here’s my post: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2022/01/in-vase-on-monday-this-and-that.html

  12. pbmgarden says:

    Creative display Cathy. Love your photos of the children with their pets. https://pbmgarden.blog/2022/01/31/in-a-vase-on-monday-red-and-read/

  13. Anna says:

    Your reference to cheeky grasses made me chuckle Cathy – I know them well. Sometimes the most sweet of them like ‘Bunny’s Tails’ are the biggest offenders. My dad used to bring home school pets during the school holidays so we had the odd guinea pig visitor or two over the years on top of the resident cat. I’ve never had a guinea pig myself but I did have a hamster called ‘Saffron’ in my students days.

    • Cathy says:

      I haven’t experienced Bunny Tails seeding yet (and it doesn’t sound like a bad thing, but you presumably know otherwise!), but Briza maxima has to be one of the worst and after a few years I have begun to notice Amenanthele’s procreative habits…😁

  14. tonytomeo says:

    It looks like bear grass. Regardless, it reminds me of how, when we were in school, colleagues of other majors cut wheat or other grain crops as cut flowers. Horticulturists got what we thought were the ‘best’ cut flowers, but others got what was more relevant to them.

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