In a Vase on Monday: Snow White

Monday: the day when I usually step out into my garden to snip a few bits and pieces to fill a vase for Cathy’s meme “In a Vase on Monday”

Ahem. Could be tricky this week. We had more snow overnight and this morning…


…so I considered filling a vase with snow. πŸ˜‰

Then I considered showing you some dried flowers.

But then, after shovelling some snow and establishing that there really was nothing at all visible to cut out there, I snipped another snow white flower off my patio Hellebore – “Christmas Star” – which stands close to the house and has survived another frosty night.


I put it in my snowdrop vase (which I have never actually used for snowdrops as mine always seem to have such short stems!), and this finally got the thumbs up from my Man of Many Talents. πŸ˜€


The props this week: some garden fleece, at the ready for covering my small Cypress tree; a book of poetry, “Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse”, which I can thoroughly recommend and will review soon…


…and my snowball candle as a symbol of today being Candlemas, otherwise known as Groundhog Day in the US! The customs aren’t the same here, but there is a saying that goes something like this:

If Candlemas is bright and clear, Spring will not be very near

But if it’s stormy and there’s snow, Winter will soon pack up and go

(my own translation!)

I’m hopeful!

So, what was the weather like where you are today… any hope of spring arriving soon?

Do go and visit Cathy at “Rambling in the Garden” where she has produced an incy wincy arrangement this week, and many more have linked in too.


47 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Snow White

  1. Cathy this is stunning vase and flower….as well as the props. We are being hit with a storm as type and may well have over 2 ft of new snow by tomorrow. So this post is most appropriate for me too. I like Candlemas better than Groundhog’s Day as I could be hopeful as well.

  2. The vase is excellent. I love the simplicity and it all goes together so perfectly!
    -I also like your candelmas translation, sounds like winter will be on the run here since today is plenty of stormy and snow πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Frank. They tell us that the predictions on the onset of spring on this day are over 30 percent accurate… if you ask me that is not a very good record, so I’ll just wait and see. But I am still hopeful of an early spring!

  3. Oh dear, today was the first bright and clear day in a couple of weeks; I do have the feeling winter has a lot more to throw at us yet. But sounds like you’ll have spring before me. As I mentioned in my post we very narrowly missed the snow, only 8 km away.

    • Are you having a colder winter than usual? It’s quite normal for us to get snow at this time of year and we have a really cold spell for the next few days. Did you see the full moon last night? It was so lovely shining across the snow.

  4. Kudos to you for even attempting to go outside in weather like that! Your simple vase with the hellebore is beautiful all on its own but I enjoyed the props too. Stay warm!

  5. You always manage to find something for a vase, no matter what the weather throws at you, and how pretty it looks too. And your use of the snowy props are very enterprising

    • I am determined to keep up my Monday vases, as it would be too depressing to not be able to find something! It could be even harder next week as our freeze is continuing over the weekend… πŸ˜‰

    • Yes, I have found many where the label promises they will hold their heads up but then they don’t in the end, so this one is absolutely perfect for just outside the patio doors. I will plant it out in spring and then keep my eyes open for the same one next autumn again. πŸ™‚

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  7. Cathy, thank you for such a lovely, lyrical post. It made my rainy morning here in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle. Your pictures are little works of art. I so much want to print, frame and hang the one with Flora Poetica in the background and the jaunty, upright hellebore flower in the foreground. Would you mind?
    All the best,

  8. My weather in the upper part of the central U.S. (southern Wisconsin) looks similar to yours at the moment: snowy and cold. But I am not so lucky as to have such a beautiful Hellebore blooming. Still about 6 weeks away for that, especially as your poem notes: it is clear and bright here today even though Feb. 1 was stormy and snowy.

    • I hope then that your spring will come soon too. Although these weather predictions on Feb 2nd are, I now hear, not terribly accurate, I am still hoping this cold spell will be the last!

  9. What a pristine hellebore Cathy – it didn’t need any other plant material in that intriguing snowdrop vase. I have not come across one of those before. I had forgotten about it being Candlemas until you and other bloggers mentioned it. We have snow threatening round about, but not in the immediate locality – and some weak sunshine today too, so spring must be hedging its bets! Thanks for ensuring you had a Monday vase to share – we will always make sure we find something!

  10. After a very bright & clear day it is snowing here now (I am not sure where that fits in with the rhyme!). Your single hellebore is perfect for this wintery weather – as is the vase. I am looking forward to your review of the book – it looks very tempting.

    • Did you get much snow Julie? It’s nice to have it on the ground reflecting the light. It was really light here at 7am this morning, with the moon shining still too! πŸ™‚

      • Not much Cathy – enough to cover the grass but not enough to affect the roads so a perfect amount! My husband was in the Alps earlier thus week and it is snowing constantly there now – over a metre deep – I am sorry that I missed that.

    • Thanks Jason. It is rare to have a hellebore that actually lifts its head so you can see it, and this one patio plant has given me so much pleasure all winter. πŸ™‚

  11. I love that vase, and the Hellebore looks perfect in it! The groundhog saw his shadow today, so that means 6 more weeks of winter for us. I think the Candlemas verse is a much more lovely tradition than yanking a poor animal (this is the ONLY time I am sympathetic to groundhogs, mind you!) out of its den and holding it up in front of all those cameras!

    • I hear that someone got bitten by a groundhog this year…. can’t really blame the poor creature can you! LOL! These predictions are, apparently, not terribly reliable, so take heart and maybe your winter will pack up and go sooner than you think! πŸ˜‰

    • Oh yes, I had forgotten that. There’s a legend also that says an angel turned falling snowflakes into bells to give the people hope for the coming spring. I don’t know if that is just a German legend though. Thanks Phil!

    • It should mean spring is on the way! Apparently some of the old weather proverbs typical in Germany are still fairly accurate, but Candlemas forecasts don’t have a very good record! LOL!

  12. Well done, Cathy. You really are making the best of your In a Vase on Monday tradition. I love this week’s props, too.

    You don’t want to know about our weather: sunny, warm and 70 degrees F. Crazy, eh? We’re unseasonable warm, unseasonable dry and desperate for rain (locally) and for snow (in the Sierras) where it melts and fills our reservoirs.

    Your snow is gorgeous but I lived in Canada as a girl so I remember how cold it is, too.

  13. Oh your arrangement is definitely a case of less is more Cathy. Candlemas Day was bitterly cold here with a brilliant clear blue sky and sunshine all day. I will not be putting my winter coat away just yet!

    • Thanks Karen. Winter has taken a hold here this week too, but I am hoping it won’t last too long. Hope you at least get sunshine, even if it is a cold winter.

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