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!



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  1. 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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