In a Vase on Monday: Oops…

…there’s nothing in it!

Actually, there IS something in it – water and a tiny stray piece of stem – but not the blooms I had picked for the stylish studio glass vase, designed by Michael Bang for Danish firm Holmegaard in the 70s or 80s. It is such a tactile piece and in such a glorious deep green but, as can often be the case, stylish does not always mean practical, and the five holes distributed around the body of the vase do not support any stems placed in them, unless they are thick solid stems that can be wedged in place.

The stems I had picked, however, were neither thick nor solid, and evaded any attempt at wedging with a slice of arum stem, so with time and light rapidly fading I grabbed whatever vase I could that would hold these short stems of fantasy Chrysanthemum ‘Kiyomi No Meisui’. Unlike the pink ‘Sahouse Joy’ that featured in a vase a couple of weeks ago, these blooms have not fully opened and on past experience are unlikely to do so now, but it would be a shame not to see more of them at close quarters, so here they are, in a pale green IKEA vase:

It has been a  hectic weekend, following a hectic week, but perhaps I can get on top of things again in the coming few days. If you would like to join in with a vase today, picked and plonked, or picked and artfully arranged, please do so and leave the usual links to and from this post.

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17 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Oops…

  1. Sometimes, picking and plonking works very well, Cathy…

  2. Cathy says:

    Oh, isn’t that a shame about your pretty vase. Perhaps short stemmed daisy like flowers would sit in those openings. And the neck is too narrow for using a frog… Still, your Chrysanthemum looks lovely in the Ikea vase and it is indeed nice to see it close up. I have cheated a bit this week and shown previous vases on my Week of Flowers Day Six post.

    A Week of Flowers 2022: Day Six/In a Vase on Monday


    It has been a hectic few days here too! Hope the rest of your week is a bit more relaxed Cathy. 😃

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  4. Heyjude says:

    It’s a beautiful vase and does not need any adornment.

  5. That is a beautiful vase, I have a similar problem with an art glass vase shaped like a high heeled shoe, impossible to put flowers in. Mad cool chrysanthemums displayed simply and well. I think mine is arranged plonk this week! https://theshrubqueen.com/2022/12/05/in-a-vase-on-monday-waning-wildflowers/

  6. Kris P says:

    As the saying goes, “(t)he best laid plans…often go awry.” I have a vase that presents similar problems , which I think I’ve used once. I’m glad you found an alternative to show off the pretty blooms of the Chrysanthemum anyway. I hope the coming week is far less hectic but December does seem to get that way. Here’s my post: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2022/12/in-vase-on-monday-limited-options.html

    • Cathy says:

      The chrysanthemums are shadows of their proper selves and are really floppy – no idea why. I don’t know if it is too cold for them now, perhaps, but it would have been a shame not to have used them

  7. Anna Higgins says:

    Sometimes vases just won’t do as they are told Cathy no matter how nicely you speak to them 😂 A beautiful chrysanthemum fully open or not. Hope that you get a chance to catch up on yourself this week.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, they don’t always respond to discipline! And yes, thank you, I have pretty much caught up and got outstanding Christmassy things out of the way, which were the main things – and swept up leaves today, but it’s too cold for any other gardening tasks!

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Oooooh, it is . . . . WHITE! Well, the green vase is nice also, or unique. I think that I would just put flowers with very slender stems in the top, with nothing in the other holes. They seem to be there to just be . . . interesting.

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