In A Vase On Monday: Rainy Day Blues

Let no-one say I am not committed to Cathy’s wonderful In A Vase On Monday meme. Why, I have just ventured out into the driving rain to pick some weather-beaten blooms and if that is not dedication, I don’t know what is. Again, a simple arrangement, as it is only our second year in the…

In A Vase On Monday: Precious Petals

Sometimes the colours of flowers can be as dazzling as any jewels. This year only two of the Purple Prince tulips I planted the autumn before last have come up and they were looking a bit sorry for themselves in the garden. So I didn’t mind picking them and bringing them inside, where their delicate…

In a Vase on Monday: a Jar of Spring

After a couple of weeks off over the school Easter holidays, it is lovely to be back joining Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme. Of course, the minute the children go back to school, the weather takes a turn for the better and here in the UK we are…

In a Vase on Monday: A floral bird bath

My sister-in-law and her partner came to stay this weekend and we very belatedly exchanged Christmas presents (at least we managed it before Easter!). Their gift to me was this beautiful table bird bath. It will be perfect for our patio table, but for now I have filled it with daffodil and hellebore heads. The…

In a Vase on Monday: always Winter never Easter

One of my Facebook friends came up with this paraphrase of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ – in Narnia it is ‘always Winter, never Christmas’ – and I have shamelessly stolen it as the title for this week’s In a Vase on Monday, as that is very much how I am feeling today,…

In a Vase on Monday: the Further Adventures of Princess Hyacinth

Last week, one or two of you kindly requested a further instalment to the story of Princess Hyacinth, the one armed figure who was nestling amidst my blooms. So here it is – I promise this will be the last you see of her for a while. This week, Princess Hyacinth put together this simple…

In a Vase on Monday: Strange Fairytale

After being stuck inside for too long in last week’s snow, my thoughts are turning to spring cleaning. We have a lot of clutter, or what a friend calls “fecktoplasm” – broken toys and miscellaneous parts of things, which accumulate on our shelves and I find it very difficult to know what to do with…

In A Vase on Monday: A bowl of ‘bores

The name Hellebore comes from the Greek words for ‘injure’ and ‘food’ as the plant and its flowers are poisonous. But like many poisonous plants, they are also very beautiful (is there a connection to Helen of Troy?) This week to join in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday…

In A Vase On Monday: Little Treasures

After a miserable weekend of non-stop rain and grey skies the sun has come out and I have just popped out into the garden to see what I could find to join in with Cathy’s from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme this week. The temperatures have soared and it is…