In a Vase on Monday: Bling!

Yes, like jewels these hellebores provide some bling, floated in my glass bowl, and with the sunshine they are quite dazzling!


This is my contribution for Cathy’s lovely meme this week. Go and visit her at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and many others have found in their gardens to put in a vase this Monday.

I also picked lots of snowdrops (they smell wonderful!) and then refreshed my test tube vase with a pansy and some Snowflakes that grow on a piece of land opposite my kitchen window. They have spread over the past few years, so I dared pick a few today.


We are being treated to some lovely warm sunshine, and the crocus finally opened completely outside. There are bees out for the first time in my garden too…

Here are a few more images of my ‘vases’, including a picture of the latest Amaryllis/Hippeastrum to flower – “Lemon Star”. I hope you are also seeing some spring sunshine!

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56 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Bling!

  1. An abundance of beauties! The hellebores look wonderful displayed in glass with the red cloth underneath. Your crocuses look so pretty. I saw a wasp yesterday outdoors, no bees yet.

    • Thanks Susie. I haven’t seen any more bees since Monday, as it has gone cold again… rollercoaster weather! ๐Ÿ˜‰ At least some of the crocus have been opening up outside though.

    • Snow has its own special sparkle Donna – I missed it this season as there was hardly enough to brighten the winter days and so much rain instead. But having hellebores to pick is more than consolation. Hope your winter decides to call it a day soon too!

  2. Your gorgeous hellebores look wonderful floating about the crimson cloth, clever of you to know that the colour would work. Hippeastrum ‘Lemon Star’ really is a star, you’ve certainly made me wish I’d planted some this year.

    • Lemon Star has been flowering for over two weeks now – I will definitely be planting Hippeastrum again next autumn as they have all been gorgeous, and I can recommend this one in particular.

  3. They are indeed lovely and the glass bowl worked really well so you could see the cloth underneath – great idea! Your other vases were sweet too – so nice to have blooms at this time of year. Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Julie. I find the hellbores last so much better if floated, and you can see them properly too! I must try and find a shallow bowl without a tall foot to display them best on the table. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh some fabulous floating going on there Cathy. Apparently the honey bees were out on Friday at the allotment but it was too wet on Saturday to tempt them out. I imagine that they could have been out yesterday when we had a very mild day but that might be it for some time to come.

    • Thank you Rickii. Since joining in Cathy’s meme I have started to view odd pieces of leftover material in a completely different light – they come in very useful for the photos! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I plant new ones every autumn, but I have to compete with the mice who seem to love newly planted bulbs! Hope you find some you like in your catalogue! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Eliza! I am happy to share these spring joys with you.mOne thing I love about blogging is that the seasons get extended… I was seeing snowdrops in England in December, now mine are in flower, and soon I hope to see some in your part of the world too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • You’re right about that – I’ve thought the same. I get to vicariously enjoy flowers of the Caribbean, and summer in Australia and South Africa during our winter. It really is a wonderful thing!

  5. I love the way you took the photograph of the flowers floating in the water. The photo reminds me of looking at the broken pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope. They are just gorgeous. And the crocus, a favorite of mine, are really sweet. From your arrangements this week it looks to me like spring is making an early appearance and there isn’t much winter left!

    • That is a lovely comparison – like a kaleidoscope. I used to love those when I was a child. Winter is apparently going to make a feeble attempt at returning this week, but I do think its days are numbered now. Thank goodness!

  6. You have a wide range of reds, Cathy, and they look so wonderful on the red velvet. I’m amazed how festive hellebores can look in a crystal bowl. I like your snowflakes too, so cute in a vase. I’m going to have to look for bulbs, and unusual snow drops.

    • Oh yes, they do look rather festive. Such a shame the red ones don’t flower in time for Christmas. I will also plant some spring snowflakes this year as these few were just beyond my garden fence. I only have the summer ones in the garden which have lovely long stems.

    • No better photos I’m afraid, but I am sure they are honey bees. A few hives are near to us, and the pussy willow is about to open, so hopefully will see more very soon.

  7. Between this and last week’s vase I think you might have convinced me to steel my nerves and pick a snowdrop or two. They’re so rare and precious in my garden, but to enjoy them like that indoors would be worth it!

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