In a Vase on Monday: Two Surprises

The first surprise today was the hint of blue sky and a very brief burst of sunshine. (We had sleet later on though!) The second surprise was what I found to put in a vase two vases for Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme. Although I must admit a lot of the material is recycled from previous vases!


(That cyclamen is the same one I had on my patio in September… and it’s still alive!)

The little star cookie cutter in the front was there to remind me to get my third batch of cookies started – they are now ready to be baked tomorrow morning. I’ll be posting a recipe for some soon. πŸ™‚

So, back to the vase: the Leycesteria (caramel berry) was still looking nice after two weeks in a vase, and the Mahonia bud that featured last week is partially opened. A sprig of Lamium and some golden Euonymous – also from last week’s vase – are still looking very fresh too. So these, and a little greenery were recycled. The golden Chrysanths on my front door step are past their prime but have not caught any frost yet, and one little rosebud was begging to come into the warm. There are a few Abutilon flowers in there too – the Abutions are still flowering their socks off outside, despite the cold.


The little vase below contains more of the same, along with some of the last geranium flowers and some more of the Abutilon. There’s one snapdragon in there too… I still haven’t had the heart to clear the outdoor pot it is in, as it is still lovely and green.


I am so pleased I could join Cathy from “Rambling in the Garden” again – and with so much colour too. Take a look at her vase and the other contributions for this week – they are all inspiring!


Have a lovely week everyone!


39 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Two Surprises

  1. What a lot you have found for 2 vases today. They are very pretty. I am amazed that the Mahonia has lasted so well. I have never managed to keep it long in a vase.

    • This is the first time I have used Mahonia in a vase… maybe cutting it in bud is the answer, as it has started to open very slowly. The dark leaves are really lovely too.

  2. Your arrangements are lovely Cathy, I would really be struggling to find anywhere near as much in flower as you. I really like the clear glass vase shape too, the neck does the work of holding it all together very stylishly. Is the very dark leaf you have Mahonia?

    • Hi Julie. Yes, the dark leaf is Mahonia… some of the leaves are very dark this year, which I haven’t noticed before. This meme really gets me looking at things more closely out there! The vase is supposed to be for Hyacinths, but I find the narrow neck ideal for small bouquets.

  3. We had sunshine too! πŸ™‚ Your vases are so colourful and interesting. IΒ΄ve never seen before Abutilons in vases, only in pots. But it fits!
    Have a nice week too! Uta

  4. What an interesting selection of material you were able to use today – it’s a bit like making a pot luck meal, using whatever there is to hand, and yet the end result is not a hotch potch at all, is it? I was too focussed on using the rhododendrons today that I didn’t look at anything else, so perhaps I could use oddments next week. Who knows! That’s why the meme is exciting, even at this time of year. Thanks for sharing, as always πŸ™‚

    • I was thinking along similar lines, but less of a pot-luck and more of a stew! I am constantly amazed at how much I have overlooked in the past – all those lovely flowers out in the cold need to come indoors more often! πŸ™‚

  5. Great that you found such a variety today Cathy. They’re lovely. At first glance your Abutilon reminded me of the yuletide camellia (color-wise anyway). At a garden center today I started longingly today at a cyclamen much like yours. Maybe I should hurry back to get it. Yours has a beautiful rich color.

    • I thought the Abutilon looked nice and festive, and the flowers won’t survive a frost outdoors anyway, which will surely come soon. And it was the colour that made me buy this cyclamen Susie, as I am very hesitant when it comes to houseplants. I don’t usually have much success with them , which is why I am surprised this one has lasted so long! I think you should go and get one too! They have such pretty flowers.

  6. That’s a lot of color given your weather conditions – sleet! Brrr! I was very surprised to see that you have Abutilon still blooming – I wouldn’t have expected it to handle the cold.

    • Hi Kris. The Abutilon are pretty tough actually, and next to the house they have escaped the frost so far. They have never got through a winter outdoors though, so maybe I should cut some more flowers fast! πŸ˜‰

  7. You’ve definitely found a way to let the flowers inspire holiday festivity. I like the photo with the cookie cutter in the foreground. I need to get baking! I was thinking today that I’m running out of time unless I get organized. Apparently just thinking about Christmas baking doesn’t get it done. Hmmmm. πŸ™‚ Very beautiful, Cathy. I do hope you have a wonderful week.

    • I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen recently… it’s nice and warm in there when the oven is switched on! The cookies are done now. πŸ™‚

  8. I think its good you could recycle some of the material from past vases, it would be a shame to throw them away. Both vases are very pretty and colourful, just the thing to cheer a December day. Have a lovely week too.

    • Thanks Christina. I found the vases very cheery on my kitchen windowsill. It is so grey and dark here now that we need lights on almost all day, so a patch of colour is very welcome!

    • Have fun baking! We haven’t had snow yet, but it is damp and cold and freezing overnight. I think recycling for the vases will be necessary in the next few weeks, and I am determined to keep it up! πŸ˜‰

  9. What colourful arrangements Cathy. I’m interested to hear how long the leycesteria has lasted. I have the star cutter …… will be looking out for your recipe.

    • The Leycesteria in the garden is still looking green and healthy too! It is obviously a very tough plant, but very thirsty in a vase. Will try and get a recipe posted by the end of the week! πŸ™‚

    • The abutilons really are incredible! Shame I can’t bring them indoors this year but will sow some more next spring that will be small enough to overwinter for a year or two. πŸ™‚

  10. Cyclamen always remind me of my mom. I have several scattered around the garden, and they’re just now popping up. They love the colder weather. My mom also loved mums, so you’ve really evoked her memory here.

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