In a Vase on Monday: Rolling On

Another Monday rolls round and I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden in her wonderful meme once again. My vase this week was inspired by a comment I wrote on Christina’s vase this morning, which ended with the words “Roll on spring!” (And my prop is a large marble which kept rolling around too!)


The test tube vase is ideal for small flowers that need elevating a bit – particularly Hellebores. There are a mix of white, cream and pink ones, and a yellow one that refuses to open is in there somewhere too.


The gorgeous crocuses have been shut tight the past few days, teasing me with their hint of colour. But within five minutes of being indoors they opened so wide – I could almost watch them. The snowdrops needed a bit longer but are now open completely too. I also put in a couple of purple primulas from my “Carnival” primula that has creamy white, yellow and purple flowers all on one plant. Strangely enough the yellow ones have all been nibbled by something, but the purple ones are intact… food for thought!


I shall be glad when the light levels improve, as using the flash on my camera produces unreal images:

The crocus is so beautiful. I wonder how long it will last in a vase. I know the Hellebores usually flop within a couple of days too, but for the moment I shall enjoy them to the full. 🙂


A note about my lovely green marble: chosen with great difficulty from an array of marbles in the little gift shop at a marble mill down in the mountains not far from Salzburg. There is a little information about it here in English if you are interested, or here (with a rather wobbly video!). Somewhere I would love to visit again one day, and walk the rocky path along the narrow gorge right up to the top… in warmer weather of course! 🙂

Roll on Spring!


67 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Rolling On

    • It is an odd winter indeed. I hope your snow doesn’t hang around too long this time. We are being teased by a day of sunshine every few days, and then snow flurries in between, but I don’t think spring can be far off now.

  1. Well Cathy, you have summed up my feelings…roll on spring and warmer weather. Its going to be really cold tonight. Your arrangement with the test tubes really does highten the beauty of your flowers…and the lovely wood of your tray is a good contrast for your delicate blooms.

  2. Ein exquisites Arrangement! Die richtigen Gäser für die Blüten. Die Seite über die Kugelmühle ist sehr interessant. Ich habe das erste Mal von einem “Kugelmüller” gehört. Spring is rolling on!

  3. I love the idea with the test tubes, very cute and shows off the tiny treasures to great effect, Cathy. I’ve been busily practising my sun salutation and can tell you that I’m more than ready for spring…roll on then! Have a good week 🙂

  4. Those test tubes are such a perfect way to display these blooms, Cathy – and your second photograph is absolutely gorgeous. I am intrigued by your marble, as I am guessing it is stone/crystal and not glass. Is that the case? Look forward to hearing more if possible

  5. Primavera, I think the Crocus may have been waiting for you to rescue them and opened happily. I hope they hang around for a while. I wish I had some of those test tubes, they are great for short stems and the display is lovely.

  6. I didn’t even recognize the crocus as a crocus when it was fully open like that, which I guess tells you how often I see crocus in my climate. I love its color. The test tube vases look beautiful back-lit with light from the window.

    • I rarely see the crocus open that wide too, as it is not often warm enough for them, so it was also a real revelation that they last in a vase for a few days!

  7. A test tube vase, who would have thought? I think it’s brilliant!
    I also like the lighting. It is low but every day it’s getting a little stronger and a little longer, and in no time you’ll be filling beakers full of flowers instead of a test tube 🙂

    • I wanted to make my own vase like this, as I buy vanilla pods in test tubes, but finding the finished product (while I was supposed to be doing Christmas shopping) was a real bonus! Oh yes, dreaming of having armfuls of flowers to cut! 😉

  8. Such a lovely selection of early flowers, Cathy 🙂 I love the way you’ve used those tall tubes! Aren’t the longer days wonderful? Even here, it makes such a difference…

  9. The test tubes are perfect for displaying the nodding hellebores, and the small flowers too, Cathy. I particularly like the view from above. We had several dry sunny days which enabled me to go do some weeding, but now the rain has set in again, but I’m looking forward to more dry days to work outside. Green stone always makes me think of malachite, I hope spring rolls on soon along with the marble!

    • Thanks Hannah. Apologies for the late reply as your comment was put into my spam folder – which I should check more often! I haven’t been able to get onto my garden yet as it is still wet and much too cold, but we have at least had some sunshine too. Hope you get that dry weather you’re hoping for! 🙂

  10. I really love the test tube vase, Cathy. Your whole set was beautiful this week. It looks to me like spring is getting a nice start already–it can continue to roll on, that’s certain!

  11. What a wonderful assortment of spring colors. Up here in the north we’re still quite a ways away, so it’s very refreshing to see spring has arrived in other parts of the country. I love the vase choices. I also couldn’t help but think about how much the marble weighed in your suitcase 🙂 But it was worth it.

    • Hi Stephi! I didn’t have to fly anywhere with the marble fortunately, as we live in southern Germany, just a few hours’ drive from the mountain gorge. I still don’t get to the mountains as often as I would like though! Spring is slowly making headway here, but it will take a few more weeks to get into full swing I fear! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

    • Thanks Janet. I hope to keep these test tubes topped up with little pickings all through the year, so a dahlia may make it in there at some stage too. 😉

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