In a Vase on Monday: A Touch of Spring

Spring has finally arrived, with the Iris reticulata in flower, along with a few crocuses and the snowdrops, and with the hazel pollen flying and the bees buzzing. And although we could easily get another cold snap it was wonderful to see the thermometer showing 16.4ยฐC this afternoon! Here is the happy but tired gardener having discovered what the big wheelbarrow is really for…

(If you click on the first picture you can just about see the smile on my face!)


The Iris reticulata is so incredibly blue and inspired my Monday Vase this week…


I also found another Hellebore flower, gazing up at the blue sky, some foliage from Linaria, Mahonia, Heuchera, Buxus and some Euphorbia, a couple of snowdrops and a pansy…


One of the outdoor tables is now on the patio – perfect for the photos in the spring sunshine…

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Now that spring is slowly reaching other parts of the northern hemisphere too, perhaps you can also join in with Cathy’s meme “In a Vase on Monday”, which challenges us to find materials from our gardens to bring indoors. Take a look at the other vases people have put together in various parts of the world today at Cathy’s blog “Rambling in the Garden“.

Hope you have a good week with some sunshine and blue skies!

67 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: A Touch of Spring

  1. You look very comfortable! I wouldn’t have thought of putting that mixture in a pink vase but I love it echoing the tones of the Hellebore and contrasting with the gorgeous iris.

    • It was the Heuchera that made me choose a pink vase. Plus the fact that I don’t have that many small vases to choose from! The hellebore ‘Christmas Star’ seems to turn slightly pink as it fades. I love Cathy’s hellebores, especially the doubles, but this simple one on my patio has given me so much pleasure since last November!

  2. You look like the proverbial cat who has got the cream Cath ๐Ÿ™‚ Your this afternoon was our Saturday afternoon and wasn’t it just pure bliss!

  3. Brilliant ๐Ÿ˜‰ You look like I felt after a few hours outside today ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m out of shape for all of the ‘up and downs’ required. Lovely vase today. I loved the Heuchera foliate to set off the Iris and Hellebore. Spring at last! WG

    • I know just what you mean WG! The slope to our compost heap is gratefully downhill though! The Heuchera has been in a patio pot all winter and still looks good. It will be planted out soon and given a good feed as a reward!

      • We used to handle Heuchera that way, but have learned they do better left in pots in our garden. There are too many hungry creature waiting to feast on roots and leaves when planted out. And is there a reward for the gardener as well?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • I have found my Heucheras are just as vulnerable to being eaten by larva and vine weevil if in pots, so it’s just a matter of luck here. Fortunately we don’t have any larger creatures partial to any of my plants. The worst are the slugs but they avoid heucheras. My reward? Seeing them come up year after year is reward enough! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • ๐Ÿ˜‰ there is always some hungry something out there, it seems ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ours get eaten by voles underground and deer above when in the Earth. The deer don’t bother them quite as often when in pots near the house, and I’ve learned to plant garlic cloves around them to keep the deer away. We don’t seem to have larvae who bother them (fortunately) and there are more snails here than slugs. I love that Heucheras look good through the winter and get bigger and better each year ๐Ÿ˜‰ Such wonderful foliage ๐Ÿ˜‰ Best wishes, WG

  4. Just perfect Cathy – perfect flowers, perfect pink vase and perfect weather for photographs and gardening – I will never look at my wheel barrow in the same light again!

  5. even though Saturday was sunny with blue skies it didn’t feel as warm as it looked – certainly not the weather for snoozing in wheelbarrows! And today – brr! – a frost last night and it took me all day to feel warm again, so not quite spring here! I love the shape and colour of the vase itself, Cathy, which will lend itself to complementing all sorts of blooms and foliage so it is lovely to see all the different offerings in it today. Why don’t we think to use heuchera foliage more often?

    • I love Heucheras, and could in fact become a bit of a collector if I could find a supplier nearby…. The pink vase was a bargain in the sales at my local chemists and I knew immediately the Heuchera would look good in it! We had another very warm day today, but it was a tease as the forecast is much cooler from tomorrow. I enjoyed it while it lasted though!

    • I think the bees were one of the highlights Julie. The wheelbarrow was parked near the hazel tree and I could hear the bees before I saw them!

    • Thanks Susie. The irises took my breath away when I first saw them open, I just had to use them in a vase. Sadly they don’t last long once cut though.

  6. Hi Cathy! I have been going through your In A Vase on Monday posts and I love a couple of the bouquets! Can I get your email address? I want to ask about using a couple your photos in an article I am writing for a local magazine. My address is: (Sorry, I could not find a way to directly contact you from your blog.)

  7. That is one comfy looking wheelbarrow. It looks made to measure. If I lounged around in my wheelbarrow, I would probably do myself an injury. It’s quite unstable and has a tendency to frayed edges! The Iris is a good strong blue and it looks lovely in your pretty arrangement.

    • This wheelbarrow is actually far too big and heavy for me to manouever up and down our garden and has been unused in the shed for ages…. now it has found its purpose in life! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I am sure that you are really welcoming spring, Cathy. You captured the early beauty in these photos. The blues are just spectacular! My Iris are usually blooming by now and aren’t! I hadn’t really thought about it until I looked at your beautiful vase. That is the sweetest little vase, too! You do such a nice job of arranging the flowers. Your attention to detail really shows what a good eye yo have–to go with your green thumb! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are always so flattering Debra! Thank you! These tiny little iris remind me that the big blue and purple ones will be here in May. It is so good to see life returning to the garden and I can see leaf buds swelling on the trees too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The bees were falling over themselves to get in the crocus and iris flowers, but the last two days have been cooler and they have made themselves scarce again.

    • Thank you Charlie! Sorry about the delayed reply – your comment got pushed into my spam folder and I only saw it by chance! Hope you are getting plenty of spring sunshine too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I love your Spring vase, what an intensely blue Iris. We have had some beautiful spring days here too, although I haven’ t been enjoying it in my wheelbarrow like you. Are you waiting for someone to wheel you round the estate?

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