The Winter’s Tale: In A Vase on Monday


Every day I walk past a garden on the school run which boasted clouds of pink Cosmos and Japanese anemones until the start of December. The other day, I noticed that all that now remains are blackened seedheads and I knew that winter truly had arrived. But all is not lost in the garden and I hope today’s vase brings a little festive cheer.

Like Cathy from Rambling in the Garden, who kindly hosts the In A Vase on Monday meme, I have chosen Salvia ‘Amistad’, but while Cathy has included beautiful flowering cuttings from her greenhouse, I have used the dying stems of the three Salvias I took from the garden at Charleston Farmhouse a couple of weeks ago. When I planted them, the dark purple flowers were still hanging on, but now they have finally given up the ghost, I have cut them back hard and used some of the off-cuts in this vase.

There is also the sweet smelling pink blossom from a tree we inherited in our garden, which I think must be Viburnum bodnantense; a sprig of holly with smooth dark green glossy leaves and a couple of spurs of the lime green leaves of our prolific Jasmine to remind me I need to cut it back. The blue hydrangea vase – a gift from my mother – is a reminder that summer will return.

I don’t think I will have time to make a vase next week, as the Little Weeds will be very excited about Christmas Day, so I wish all of the contributors and followers of IAVOM a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



7 Comments Add yours

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Such a beautiful vase from your mother. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you. Merry Christmas!


  2. Cathy says:

    I like the height of your lovely jug,Ciar, which make the contents almost look like a sphere of foliage on top of it. Such a lovely range of green shades and the splashes of colour from the berries and viburnum flowers. Thanks for sharing it and see you agan with another vase next year!

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  3. Kris P says:

    Your vase looks very festive there on your mantle with that very cute advent calendar. Enjoy Christmas with your Little Weeds!


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    What a pretty jug and I love your mantle decorations, Ciar. Very festive! Enjoy the week ahead!

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  5. Cathy says:

    Your jug is so pretty, and the arrangement lovely and festive. Wishing you a happy Christmas too!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. karen says:

    Very pretty jug. Merry Christmas to you too 🙂 x

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