In a Vase on Monday: Pale and Interesting

It’s far too cold and snowy to even attempt to find anything in my garden for a Monday vase this week, so I have resorted to some dried flower and seed heads saved from warmer days…


Included are: Sedum, Lavender, Hydrangea, Cynara, Echinacea, Crocosmia and Iris.


There is still a very pale hint of pink on the Sedum, but it didn’t dry terribly well. The dried Hydrangea, however, still looks pretty…


This other vase is a permanent fixture on this shelf, so I brought it into the light to show it off and moved the other vase to another spot. It contains grasses collected from our garden and a nearby woodland clearing, but I can only identify the fluffy Molinia (far left) for sure…


I am looking forward to visiting other vases over the next day or two which will be shared at ‘Rambling in the Garden’, where Cathy hosts this Monday meme.

Have a good week!

46 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Pale and Interesting

  1. The Hydrangea has kept its colour beautifully Cathy, and a dried arrangement is just as lovely as a fresh one when put together as well as yours. I also love the shadow of the vase on the wall in the last image. A beautiful composition.

  2. stunning still life, Cathy, shouting winter all over and I love the idea of placing the plate along with it. the grasses are so pretty, they don’t need a supporting cast, do they. keep warm and have a good week xx

  3. Clever use of the light to feature the varying forms in this winter arrangement of dried materials. The hydrangea color is still lovely. Stay warm and snug Cathy and have a good week.

  4. The lighting in your photos really sets the monochrome scene off to an advantage, Cathy, and it’s amazing that you have managed to retain some pink on the hydrangea. I also like the grasses too – I have a vase a bit like that too! Thanks for sharing

  5. I can feel the cold through these photos, Cathy, a nice reminder of the garden’s winter rest. I love the shadow of the vase against the wall, and the hint of pink in the drying hydrangea. Have a terrific week.

    • Thanks Brian, that rose was photographed one October when we had a very hard frost. I shall look forward to seeing it in bloom again this year, although rose season seems a long way off right now!

  6. I like that you have taken full advantage of what you have at hand. Dried flowers and grasses can remind us that the garden is just in it’s resting stage. It gives us time to prepare for what is to come later in the year.

    • I must admit I am taking it very easy this winter. I think I still have time for any planning that needs doing as this cold spell is due to last a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Two beautiful still life vignettes, Cathy. I love that plate, it really ties it all together. I have dried flowers that are yet to get arranged. Must get around to it sometime! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. There’s no flower that dries as well as a Hydrangea bloom, I think – I’d grow Hydrangeas for that reason along, if only they weren’t such thirsty plants. The vase with the grasses is perfect, especially with the light displaying those beautiful shadows on the wall.

    • I find hydrangeas tricky here too, as I never remember to water them and the strong sun is often too much for them. They do look lovely when dried though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about pale and interesting Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m smitten with your angel. I have one who is in need of a companion.

    • Thanks Anna! I haven’t seen those Willowtree angels around for a while, but I bet they are still available…. you should treat yourself! My Mum has one with outstretched arms with birds on them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I really believe you give me a weekly opportunity to see natural materials in the garden with greater appreciation, Cathy. I absolutely love these dried materials! It wouldn’t even occur to me to create arrangements with varied seed heads. I particularly admire the Echinacea, and may I also say that I really love the last photograph. It’s beautiful. Let me tell you, too, that California is getting so much rain it has created some problems. LOL! After hearing me gripe about the drought for so long, I thought you’d like to know! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for your lovely comment Debra. I just read that one of those amazing trees in the Sequoia National Park came down in your rains. The pictures I saw of the flooding are not at all what I would expect of your sunny state. Hope you are dry and safe!

  11. This looks very attractive Cathy and should last for ages or until you get tired of it! I actually really like the shapes left behind. My Monday vase is still going strong with what less appreciative folk might call dead flowers

    • You could try drying some of your lovely grasses too, as you have such a nice mix of them. It’s good to be able to see them in winter indoors. ๐Ÿ™‚

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