Category Archives: In a Vase on Monday

In a Vase on Monday: Slow Boat

‘I’d like to get you on a slow boat to China All to myself alone…’ Inspired by the use of a gravy boat as a vase and the presence of the three Chinese sampans made out of shells, this fragment … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Tea, Anyone? Cake?

With our second open garden afternoon yesterday, I knew I would not be able to squeeze in the creation of a vase for today’s IAVOM, but had the presence of mind to take a few photographs of one of the … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Strong Deliverer

I really tussled with the title of today’s vase, but in the end have gone with my gut, the fiery contents eliciting snatches of the classic hymn ‘Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer’ and the fiery cloudy pillars it refers … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Making a Statement

I am not often able to showcase blooms as tall as these, and the three spikes of delphinium (Camelot Group) certainly do make a statement – I am not exactly sure what statement they might be making, but it could … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Umbrellas on a Cloudy Day

Although it has been, like April, a largely dry month here, May has seen a lot of cloud cover with hazy rather than endless sunshine and yesterday, when this vase was created, was no different. The vase-making process began with … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Taking Liberties, With Black Stockings

Today’s vase just fell into place, including the title! These antirrhinum were ripe for an airing today, picked from an unexpectedly overwintered plant that has grown into a sturdy and attractive plant. Sown last year, they didn’t do especially well … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Canny

Unlike elsewhere, lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) has not become an entrenched and borderline nuisance here; quite the opposite, it has not been easy to establish, but now I finally have a few (just a few) plants that have actually flowered this … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Purple Rain

There may appear to be little effort involved in plonking a few tulips in a vase, and I agree with you, but the simplicity of such plonking belies the attractiveness of the result, so I make no apology! The tulips … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Chickening Out

Chickening out of what, you might ask? Well, spending any more time trying to find the perfect vase, I suppose… Having picked a clutch of cultivated Bellis perennis for today’s vase, I had in my head the plan to use … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Easter Extravaganza

I had planned to have ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ as the title of today’s post, but as soon as I lifted my red glass egg vase off its high shelf and dusted it down I was reminded that the opening in the … Continue reading

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