In a Vase on Monday: A Small Collection

I suppose many of you have heard of the icy weather that has much of northern and eastern Europe in its grip. First of all a cold front from Russia stretched across to Germany, then a hurricane brought snow and icy rain (and took down our old pussy willow too), and now another cold front from Norway is rushing down our way.

This Monday, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme, I briefly considered filling a vase with snow, but that’s a bit boring and I couldn’t bring it indoors. So onceย again my vase this week contains materials from my garden that were collected and saved in the summer months…


Cones from our fir trees: pine, larch and spruce.

Also on my windowsill a beautiful red amaryllis is teasing me, opening so very very slowly. I am hoping it will be fully open for next Monday. I wonder if you have any flowers on your windowsills?

Have a good week, and stay warm and dry!

45 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: A Small Collection

  1. I love your selection of cones Cathy – so interesting to see them side by side and compare the size and arrangement of the scales on them. Thank you for sharing them and hope your icy weather is not making life too difficult for you at the moment. How are the roads in your part of the country?

    • Hi Cathy. As you can imagine, Germany is pretty geared up to the bad weather in winter so the roads near us were mostly fine. I have ‘winter tyres’ too, which certainly make a difference in snow! In fact, walking is harder than driving at the moment, so doggie walks have been temporarily shifted to a flatter route!

    • These have been hanging around for some timw now so don’t have that lovely scent any more, but I know what you mean. My sister gave me a lovely candle that smells of pine forests and log fires, so that is second best. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sounds like Mother Nature is batting you around these days! Stay warm.
    I keep baskets and bowls of pinecones as decorations, too. They are so beautiful to look at, each species unique. I even have a few giant (8-12″) Ponderosa pinecones my son brought me from California, whose shape is reminiscent of mini-Christmas trees.

  3. There’s such a warm and cheery glow about your cones, Cathy. I keep a bowl on a sunny window sill with huge cones collected on Lantau island, the sight of them glowing in the winter sunshine always lifts my spirits.

  4. Your pinecones make a fine display Cathy. I too have bulbs I am patiently waiting on; some Hyacinths. I considered sharing them for this week’s post but although the flower spikes are showing, they are still very green. Like you, I am hoping they will be ready for next Monday, though no doubt by then they will be flopping all over the place as they tend to do. I hope the weather isn’t too cruel to you this week!

    • I am so tempted to buy some hyacinths for my front doorstep, but it might be wiser to wait another week or so until our big freeze is over. My Amaryllis has partly opened this morning and looks beautiful even now!

  5. Oh I hope that you are managing to stay warm and snug Cathy. A good chance to catch up on all those indoor jobs and maybe to read the odd book or two. How wonderful it must be to have your own supply of pine cones on your doorstep. I bought a big bag of cones home with me from our last holiday and used them as part of a seasonal pot pourri. Such a variation in size and that tray is the perfect setting for them.

  6. I’m sorry about the willow, Cathy. The cold has arrived here too yesterday evening, I hate it. Your arrangement made me smile as I’ve done a very similar thing pn our windowsill after putting the xmassy stuff away, the only difference is that I added some star-shaped fairy lights. Bon courage, my dear, we’ll get over it, keep snug and warm ๐Ÿ™‚

    • We had tried to save the willow last spring as it had been badly damaged and the woodpeckers had moved in on it. A lot was chopped off, which at least meant it didn’t hit our roof when it came down! Hope you are staying warm too Annette!

  7. Your fir cones are just as lovely and interesting as any flowers could be and perhaps the lack of flowers now make us all appreciate them when they do appear. I can remember being a bit bored with picking all the Zinnias by the end of summer. Your choice of try is perfect too. We’re getting the tail end of all the cold weather here. No more snow but the icy winds just don’t stop blowing.

    • You are right. I am sure I will be jumping up and down when I see my first hellebore or crocus, or even a solitary snowdrop! Yes, that cold wind is nasty. But the sun has made an appearance today! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Cathy, I had to smile at the idea of a vase of snow. Maybe you could fill it with snow and tip it over in homage to the hurricane? Okay, enough silliness. I hope you get a bit of a reprieve from the bitter cold. The pine cones looks warm and inviting in there lovely brown hues.

  9. I certainly have heard about the freezing temperatures you’ve been experiencing. What a difference just a few short weeks can make! Your frozen landscape is beautiful in its own way, but I can understand why it wouldn’t be enjoyable to stand outside and try to capture photographs! Your small collection this week is very lovely and just perfect for the season, Cathy. Stay warm indoors. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Debra. The sun is just going down below the hill on the opposite side of the valley (3.30pm) but we have noticed the days getting longer, and it is light till about 5.30 pm now, so it should warm up soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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