In a Vase on Monday: Simple

I occasionally get mild dermatitis and tend to make a point of using toiletries for sensitive skin, which is why we have the rather bizarre prop of a bar of soap to accompany this very simple vase, in itself a replica of a little posy I took to friends last week.

I had been admiring the pink highlights in the blooms of my fairly new Sarcococca, S hookeriana ‘Winter Gem’ and decided to pair it with the equally fragrant deep pink blooms of Prunus mume ‘Beni Chidori, with the marbled leaves of Arum italicumย  ‘Marmoratum’ added as a finishing touch. The final result was simple but charming, so I am sharing the same material with you today in my Monday vase.

Not only is the vase simple, but with a busy weekend focussing on our open garden yesterday, the post is simple too – but I know you will forgive me.

If you would like to share pickings from your own garden on IAVOM today, then please leave the usual links – and after clearing up in the aftermath of our opening I will be pleased to catch up with what you have found to pop into your own vases.


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38 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Simple

  1. I love that prunus so much, I am going to find one for me!

  2. Heyjude says:

    Simple is often best. Hope the opening went well. You’d have been deluged by heavy rain here.

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful! There’s a stately elegance to the pose of the prunus, standing tall above the rich greenery. The foliage is anchored and reinforced by the green container. Simply lovely. Hope the opening was successful and lots of fun.

    • Cathy says:

      A very technical observation, Susie, as if you are judging entries in a floral arrangement competition!! ๐Ÿ˜ When I cut the prunus I try to cut the more wayward stems and their lengths can be quite random but I try not to waste them. Opening went well, and I shall write about it soon

  4. Angie says:

    It is a charming arrangement. While I love the blooms, I love foliage, and the marbled leaf of arum italicum is beautiful.

    • Cathy says:

      I agree, Angie, that the arum’s foliage is wonderful and such an asset for vases and posies – I really miss it when it dies back, alhough it doesn’t disappear for very long

  5. Simply beautiful. Rich greens and rose, wish I could catch the scent over the Internet. Also wish I could grow Arum in my garden. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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  7. Cathy says:

    That cherry blossom is so lovely Cathy. And you know I always admire your Arum too. I hope you have time to relax and take stock today, and that all went well!

    • Cathy says:

      Apricot actually, not cherry! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes, I love it too,, such a gorgeous shade of pink. Definitely a fairly relaxed day after my Monday morning exercise things, but still incorporating the gradual putting away of all the paraphernalia required for the Opening, and moving furniture back to its proper place

  8. Kris P says:

    The simple arrangement is charming. The lovely cherry blossom flowers and buds had me thinking of Leptospermum at first but that’s only because the latter is hardier here than cherry blossoms. I hope you enjoyed your open garden day even if it was a mad rush! Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      I did track down a leptospermum here a while ago, although they are not always hardy I think, but I neglected it in its early stages and sadly lost it. And yes, I did enjoy yesterday, and also yes, it was a mad rush!!

  9. says:

    I would very much like to know how it all went for you yesterday. I do hope it all went smoothly and that you had an enjoyable and successful opening of your garden.
    Very much love, Mum.

  10. Chloris says:

    So simple and so pretty. My Beni isn’t in bloom yet, but the white one is fabulous. I hope you had a good day yesterday. I have done a simple vase today as well.

  11. Chloris says:

    Whoops, I don’t think that link worked. I’ll try again.

    In a Vase on Monday. Snowdrops.

  12. Anna says:

    Oh Beni makes such an excellent companion for your new sarcococca Cathy and you can’t go wrong with that added touch of arum foliage. I have suffered eczema for many years now and have used ‘Simple’ soap along the way amongst many others! I no longer use soap on my face. Was thinking of you yesterday. Simple must be the theme for the week as my offering definitely falls into that category :

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – I think all the best wishes of my blogging friends paid off! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t actually use soap either, so I suspect this soapmay be past its best – if it has a best-buy date, that is, but it was still wrapped anyway. I still use various other Simple products though

  13. Donna Donabella says:

    No vase this week. Yours is absolutely perfect….colors especially that green!

  14. tonytomeo says:

    Is flowering apricot popular there? It seems like an odd choice for your climate. They are rare here. Mine grew from the understock of a flowering plum, so was not planned. It seems like it would be more popular in Japantown of San Jose, but is nonetheless uncommon there as well. Fruiting stonefruit trees used to be the primary crops in the Santa Clara Valley a very long time ago, so it makes sense that flowering cherries, plums and peaches are popular, particularly in Japantown. Flowering apricot may be uncommon because its winter bloom is likely to be ruined by rain. That is why it seems odd to me that it would be popular there, where winters are cooler and rainier.

  15. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Very Pretty!

  16. Annette says:

    It may be simple but itโ€˜s also very sophisticated ๐Ÿ‘. Canโ€˜t get over your flowering Prunus mume. Mine is far from flowering.

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