In a Vase on Monday: Three Little Maids from School, and Another

Recently, Cathy of Words and Herbs used a wooden display frame with three vases suspended within it to showcase her blooms on a Monday. It occurred to me that I could work with the Golfer to produce something similar to support the test tubes bought from eBay some time ago, and after an initial prototype the Golfer quickly ran up the first of them – with different heights of test tubes, ideally I wanted different frames to suit, and perhaps to hold five as well as three of the tubes. Thanks for the inspiration, Cathy – as you can see, it’s very useful having a Golfer around!

As I write this, I realise that on its first outing this one has ended up hosting three little posies of spring treasures not very dissimilar to those Cathy shared last week and I apologise for the unintended plagiarism. My posies, my three little maids, contain from left to right: scilla, crocus foliage and Cornus ‘Flaviramea’; Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ and Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’;Β  primroses, Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ and foliage of Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’. The articulated fairy is clearly the product of a different education and is rather less demure than her friends.

The garden here is providing many opportunities for little posies these days, but the prospect of more frequent larger vases is getting increasingly closer as spring hots up. However, vases or jam jars of any size, with or without blooms, are welcome every week on IAMOV, so please consider joining us, leaving links to and from this post.


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35 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Three Little Maids from School, and Another

  1. You and The Golfer make a great team Cathy.
    It got me wondering about a circular frame for the test tubes, which could be like a miniature Victorian posy table. I would have to make mine out of cardboard as I am hopeless with a saw!

    • Cathy says:

      Ooh, that’s a good idea Sandra…!! 😊 I will have to check the number of test tubes though as I have asked the Golfer to make some stands to sell at our open garden days…

  2. pbmgarden says:

    The flowers are so fresh and springlike, a great initiation for the test tube frame. The frame’s design is clever and makes a great way to present your garden’s bounty. Glad the Golfer is feeling better.

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Lovely little posies and I like the idea of testtubes in a stand.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sue, the test tubes are ideal for little posies like this and I was lucky to pick them up from eBay when I did

  4. Love the classic color scheme and I enjoy seeing spring bulbs so much as they are rare here. The Golfer does good work, it is nice to have a handy man around the house. I like your articulated fairy.Happy Monday and thanks for hosting

  5. Kris P says:

    That’s a very useful setup for small arrangements, Cathy, and I can see it was nicely constructed – kudos to the Golfer! The animated fairy is darling. Meanwhile spring is powering ahead in the direction of summer in my part of the world:

    Thanks, as always, for hosting IAVOM.

    • Cathy says:

      It was a really simple construction, Kris, and only took him about half an hour – he will make some more to sell at out our garden open days, Haven’t started thinking about summer here yet…!!

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  7. Cathy says:

    The Golfer did a great job Cathy! πŸ‘ It reminded me that I do actually have a vase somewhere with three test tube type inserts. It must be hidden away somewhere. The white scilla is lovely. They do conjure up images of fairies and I often think of the Flower Fairy drawings at this time of year. It is also nice to see a blue Pulmonaria. Mine are not quite flowering yet, but just starting to show some colour in the buds so it won’t be long! I have another small vase this week. Thanks as always. πŸ˜ƒ

    In a Vase on Monday: Happy Spring 2022!

    • Cathy says:

      Ooh, must check my book and see if there was a scilla fairy! I was surprised how much pink there was when I picked the pulmonaria because when you look at the clump it is just strikingly blue, bluer than any of the others

      • Cathy says:

        They do tend to fade to mauvy pink after a few days I think. And yes, I checked and there is a gorgeous scilla fairy! (Well, they are all gorgeous!) I really like Sandra’s idea of a round version of the stand, and I am glad that more are going into production for selling at your garden opening. πŸ˜ƒ

        • Cathy says:

          Yes! I have looked it up – shame there wasn’t a white one too. The last time we visited my Mum she made a point of letting me know and showing me that she had some early editions of the flower fairy books (which I don’t recall even knowing existed) and telling me that she and her sister had been to a party at quite a young age dressed one as The Daisy Fairy and the other (I think) as The Biuttercup Fairy, costumes made by my Grannie…

          • Cathy says:

            Wow, I bet they were pretty! No photo I suppose in those days. Nice idea for little girls to dress up as… provided you have a creative dressmaker in the family! I think my Mum has a couple of the first editions of the books too, possibly from the 1930s or 40s.

          • Cathy says:

            I asked Mum about the event and she said there weren’t any other children in the Missionary Compound (in China) so it was probably ‘across the water’ at the British Consulate. I think she and her siblings had quite a lonely childhood…

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  9. Love it! What a very reasonable, useful person your Golfer is πŸ˜‰ ! Test tubes are perfect for these delicate, small spring treasures. Cute ‘maid’ prop. Bet she looks adorable collapsed down.
    Here is my vase for today:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Allison, yes, he likes a good project, although it wasn’t actually a very taxing one! I am really pleased with the result! The strings within the fairy are still a bit taut, so I need to articulate her a bit more frequently!

  10. Donna Donabella says:

    That is such a cute bunch of posies. Love seeing all those happy blooms in that great wooden frame. We are finally warming into an early spring so have a couple of blooms finally inching up. But the first one I cut, a snowdrop, is my first vase of the year from this meager garden.

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    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – small in stature but bringing a lot of pleasure! Good to hear you finally have a bloom or two of your own πŸ‘

  11. Oh The Golfer has done you proud Cathy! I must show this to himself – I’m sure that we’ve plenty of spare wood lurking about and he always likes a challenge πŸ˜‚ I’ve a bit of pulmonaria and a primrose in my vase today too but not the same ones. My ‘Blue Ensign’ has mysteriously vamooshed πŸ₯² Hope that you enjoy the balmy days that are coming up this week. My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      Haha, spare wood lurks round here too! Do let me know if you would like some Blue Ensign as I am sure I could spare some…πŸ‘

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Isn’t scilla supposed to be blue?

  13. Noelle says:

    Not so much as a hole in one, as three holes for one’s test tubes. Lovely post.

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