In a Vase on Monday: Coming In From the Cold

Every Monday I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden in her challenge to gather materials from my garden to bring indoors. And in February it really is a challenge!

We had more snow today, but I was determined not to be beaten, so this afternoon I wrapped up and went ambling around the garden in my wellies and cut a few bits and bobs… Hazel catkins, which have thawed out since last week’s icy coating, some dwarf Miscanthus that has been flattened so often but stands up again once shaken free of snow, one piece of Mahonia – with a bud that might even open indoors if I’m lucky, and a few pieces of Euonymus europaeus with the seedheads still attached.


The best light was outdoors! But of course, I couldn’t leave it there. So I brought it in from the cold for a few more photos. 🙂

Some of the catkins in our garden have already opened, and others are still tightly closed… these will soon be making us sneeze I fear! But I love having them indoors.


The Miscanthus is so pretty when the seedheads go all fluffy, and I do love the Euonymus seedcases too…

Why don’t you join in and look for something to put in a vase on Monday. Cathy has composed a lovely musical arrangement today, so do go and take a look! Thanks for hosting Cathy!

38 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Coming In From the Cold

    • We didn’t get that much snow, even at New Year it was just about a foot but then all melted again. Hope yours still looks pretty. Ours is looking a bit grey as temperatures are now above freezing!

  1. I haven’t been over to visit your blog for a while… you have snow! And you have a lovely vaseful of winter stems too. Hope it warms up for you soon over there!

    • Hi Sarah! Nice to hear from you. Yes, we had quite a bit of snow over the last couple of weeks, but it seems to be melting now. Seeping into the ground slowly for my spring bulbs to drink up! 😉

  2. Oh Cathy it looks cold over there!! Well done for getting outside and creating a vase to share with us – I would have been tempted to have a duvet day or two. You have found some lovely things to fill your vase with this week – I particularly like the Miscanthus and the catkins. The shapes of both are beautiful and show that you do not need flowers to make a stunning arrangement.

    • Thanks Julie. The snow is melting now and I’m hoping it will go quickly and not keep freezing over. I had to resort to the catkins as there is absolutely nothing flowering except a hellebore that is frozen and limp, but I do like to bring catkins indoors in spring, and I cut some Forsythia to force as well. 🙂

  3. I wish I could go out and uncover things to put in a vase but we continue to have loads of snow and most everything is covered up. But I hope soon. I love the bits you brought in from the cold. A beautiful vase of the season.

    • Thank you Donna. You have had a lot more snow than us, but even a thin layer can make it hard to find materials! Each week I think I won’t find anything and then I do! 🙂

    • Thanks Chloris. I like that word ‘intrepid’ and it may be even more true in the next few days as the snow melts, then refreezes constantly until it has all gone. Would love some warm winds and sunshine!

      • They are amazingly resilient. Last year our new buds were under a caked layer of ice and snow for days- and when it all melted they just popped up and soon went right back to growth. The ice and snow may be harder on us than it is on them 😉 Stay warm, Cathy 😉 WG

    • Fortunately we don’t suffer from full-blown hay fever, but we do both sneeze a lot if I bring pollen indoors. The fir trees are the worst for pollen later in the spring, and we sometimes watch the clouds of it when a breeze brushes past a tree. Everything gets coated in a layer of yellow powder!

  4. I think this one took courage, Cathy! I wasn’t in doubt, but I am not firmly believing you are an optimist by nature. The seed heads are interesting, I do agree. I think this arrangement took a lot of effort to compose. 🙂

    • Thanks Debra. Maybe not effort, but certainly determination. I will not be beaten by the long winter and force myself to be optimistic! LOL! January is the worst month, as it drags by so slowly, while February is at least short, even though it can be bleak. But sunshine is forecast for the next few days! 🙂

  5. You do have a lot of snow this year Cathy, well done for going out to find some treasures. I love the catkins, they make such elegant shapes as they hang from the branch.

    • It’s been an average year for snow so far. We often have more, but I am hoping this will be the last of it! The catkins are lovely for vases, and I have brought in a little more Forsythia that may open in a couple of weeks. And by then hopefully spring will be on the way!

  6. That’s a fearsome implement you have hanging on the wall there, Cathy!! Thanks for venturing out in all your snow to fill your vase today – I am touched by the way everyone rises to the challenge regardless of the weather. It shows that we can always find something and your miscanthus and catkins will continue to give you pleasure without you having to go outside now!

  7. Oh my goodness Cathy, thats a serious amount of snow, our dog loves that kind of weather he gets quite giddy but we haven’t had as much as you this year, pretty catkins too, worth the snowy trip out.

    • Our little dog also loves the snow when it’s fresh and rolls in it and eats it! But it has lost its novelty now. Perhaps you will get a nice snowfall yet. I am hoping this is the last now though!

  8. You;re so brave to go outside with all that snow! I’d be huddled by the fire all day 🙂
    You found some lovely plants – they look especially pretty in the close up shots at the bottom. It’s a great way to make us appreciate even the most overlooked growings in the garden at this time of year.

    • Hi Anna. Well we only had about 20 or 25 cm this time I think… but we had over a foot at New Year which melted away completely. It is now melting again and I am starting to hope for some spring sunshine…. 🙂

  9. Hazel catkins are one of life’s joys. Great to see them in your vase for Monday. Maybe I shouldn’t cut my Miscanthus down, so I can enjoy the seed heads at that pretty stage in your photos?

    • I always cut down the giant Miscanthus as it spreads so much debris around the garden in winter, but the dwarf one “Adagio” stays up all winter. Occasionally it gets flattened by snow and ice, but it normally manages to stand up again, at least partially, like now! The seedheads are at their best in January I’d say.

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