In a Vase on Monday

Between April showers and bursts of sunshine I managed to cut some Periwinkle and Hellebores for today’s vase… keeping it simple just seemed right when I put these two together in the vase.


I also think the Hellebores still look lovely after so many weeks in flower, and wanted very much to make the most of them and bring some indoors. The tulips are getting battered by the wind, but I still didn’t have the heart to cut some. I did, however, cut a few of the white daffodils “Thalia”, which I immediately regretted as I realised the moment I got indoors that the scent would be too overpowering.

By the way, the wooden egg in today’s photo belongs to my wooden duck, Nora. She’s a bit shy, but I managed to get a photo of her here too…


Both Nora and her egg were a birthday gift a few years ago from my big sister. πŸ˜‰

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting In a Vase on Monday. Do take a look at some of the other vases again this week, which will be linked to on her post. Her vase is gorgeous this week!


41 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday

  1. I don’t know why, but I never think to pick hellebore flowers – they look so lovely here, I will have to see if I can rummage about in the border and find a few!

    • I picked a few to float in a bowl when they were first blooming, but now they still lokk so good I thought I’d try some in a vase – glad I did, and hope you find some to pick too! Thanks for visiting!

  2. It is just amazing how Hellebores keep on for so many weeks and are still attractive even at this late stage. They look lovely with the periwinkle. You even have an Easter egg.

  3. Glad Nora and her egg could be worked into the photo shoot Cathy! This is a charming, lovely arrangement. The periwinkle’s hue really sets off the greenish coloring of the Hellebores. It’s amazing how long Hellebores can manage to look great each year.

    • Hi Susie. As I walked (huddled) around the garden in the morning I was unsure what would look good after all the heavy rain, and the periwinkle seemed to stand out more than usual… it liked the mild winter and has flowered better than ever this spring. πŸ˜€

  4. What a great combination and I love the light in your photograph. I was looking at periwinkle today in my garden – it is one of those flowers that sit in the background barely noticed, but when you look closely they are really beautiful.

    • πŸ˜€ The sun came out late afternoon, so I moved the vase and table to a sunny spot for the photo! My periwinkle looks very healthy and has had lots of flowers this year – you’re right, I never take much notice of it usually, but this vase on Monday meme is making me look at my garden much more closely!

  5. I admire Hellebores, in a vase or the garden. After 3 years of waiting I finally got the first few flowers from one of the 3 I planted, I can’t bring myself to cut them this year but perhaps I will in future years (provided they elect to return).

    • I’m glad they have finally produced flowers…. I have waited about that long for my red ones to flourish, but these white ones took about 5 or even 6 years to finally get going!

  6. Periwinkle is such a pretty blue, do let us know how long in lasts in a vase, I’ve never used them in an arragement as I thought the petals would drop almost immediately. Love Nora and her egg!

    • πŸ˜‰ I’ll keep you posted on the periwinkle Christina. I’ve never cut any before either, so it’ll be interesting to see how it lasts.

  7. This is such a lovely idea to share vases on monday :). I can enter into your pictures and watch, like a still life. And an easteregg is the story of Nora and her egg. πŸ™‚

  8. Lovely colour combination. The echoing of flower shape between the hellebore and periwinkle is interesting. You are right about this meme encouraging us to look atflowers more carefully and as individuals.

    • Not being the artistic type I don’t normally notice that kind of detail, but this time I did and that’s why I put them together. I’m glad it worked as I had no idea periwinkle can look so nice in a vase!

  9. I wondered about a vase with faded hellebore flowers too, Cathy – but now there is so much more choice for my vases making a decision will become increasingly difficult! I love hellebores at all stages and the plants make an impact for so many months of the year. Is this a hyacinth vase you have used? The periwinkle is a perfect addition – and better in a vase than rampant in the garden any day!! Thanks for joining in again – it’s becoming a habit!! πŸ™‚ ps the egg and duck look so tactile – I wanted to reach out and hold them. Did your sister make them?

    • Hi Cathy. Yes, a hyacinth vase that didn’t get put to use for hyacinths… I like the narrow neck though. My sister is very artistic, but no, she didn’t make the duck and egg. We saw them together in a favourite shop in the UK – lovely memory! πŸ˜€

      • I have planted out the bedraggled hyacinths from my hyacinth vases and am keeping them in mind for using on a Monday, particularly the deep blue ones.

  10. Such a sweet creature, your little Nora, and as humble as yourself! Lovely vase, Cathy, hellebores keep forever and some of mine have decided to give me an encore which is much appreciated. πŸ™‚

    • The periwinkle looked lovely for several days, but the hellebores flopped after 2-3 days. I loved the combination though. My red hellebores last longer so it may depend on the type you have….

    • The Periwinkle lasted better than I expected, but sadly the hellebores aren’t happy in a vase for longer than a couple of days.

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