Category Archives: In a Vase on Monday

In a Vase on Monday: Home is Where the Heart Is

Today’s vase was inspired by the heart-shaped pebble found when I was bagging up the cobbles previously used around the base of the roses on the paved area to deter weeds, but recently lifted and washed. Notwithstanding its unusual shape, … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Delicates, and Another

Today’s delicate vase began with some sprigs of winter jasmine Jasminum nudiflorum creeping under the bottom of the fence from a neighbour’s garden, and a search for more delicates brought winter honeysuckle Lonicera standishii ‘Budapest’ and a dainty leaved ivy … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Spotty

Suddenly it is Monday again and here we have a spotty vase for IAVOM. Inspired by the yellow spotty laurel Aucuba japonica and accompanied by my yellow spotty jug and a yellow spotty dice, the vase also includes ‘forced’ stems … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Sprigs and Twigs

Some quick snipping and plonking brings us sprigs and twigs of Sarcoccus humilis and Prunus mume ‘Beni Chidori’, in bud not not yet in bloom and therefore not included in yesterday’s bloom count. I picked some of the prunus a … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Best Laid Plans and the Optimist

Having received some flowers for my birthday earlier this month I noticed a couple of days ago that, amidst the faded stocks and dianthus, the lovely purple-blue alstroemeria still looked good, and therefore decided to base a vase around them. … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Seasonal Treasures

This mid-December vase features two fragrant seasonal treasures, sprigs of candyfloss pink Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ and creamy white winter honeysuckle Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’. I say they are fragrant, but I can’t smell them myself at the moment due to … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Gather Ye Rosebuds

Gather ye Rose-buds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying. Robert Herrick: ‘To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time’, 1648 My vase today is simple but poignant: … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Scaling the Heights

Nearly everything about this Monday vase changed during its production – some of the contents, the prop, the actual vase itself, although not the title, which was triggered by the original inspiration, crab apple Malus ‘Evereste’. Originally joining the crab … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Zen

The simple but exquisite beauty of this chrysanthemum, ‘Kiyomi No Meisui’, is the ideal candidate to provide the focus for a meditation and summon up a sense of peace and relaxation. Positioned in a black glass ikebana dish, held in … Continue reading

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