In a Vase on Monday: The Sun and the Moon

With abundant spring sunshine and a full moon tonight, yellow and white are the colours I chose to put in a vase today, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme.

When I look at the night sky I love to think that some of you – hundreds of miles away – may be looking at that same sky or moon. And a connection is there…

I also chose a round vase to echo my thoughts… the sun, moon and the globe itself.

My yellow Hellebore ‘Frรผhlingssonne’ (Spring Sunshine) really took off this year, after just two winters in the garden. It is fading now, but I like it at this stage best as the heads turn slightly upwards and can be seen better.

The vase contains a mix of various Narcissi, including the lovely creamy multiple flower ‘Cheerfulness’, and below you can also see a littleย white Pulmonaria in the foreground; the label is long gone, but it could be either ‘Sissinghurst White’ ย or – perhaps more appropriately – ‘Mrs Moon’.


My cowslips have lovely tall stems this year, so are ideal for picking, and I also cut just one of these lovely yellow double tulips.

Other flowers and foliage included are Mahonia, some early summer snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – see below), Golden Euonymus, and some starry white Omphalodes verna ‘Alba’.

ย I look forward to finding out what is in other Monday vases around the world later today.

And if it is a clear sky for you tonight, do take a glance up at the full moon and perhaps you will understand what I mean…


52 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: The Sun and the Moon

    • Hello Susie! ๐Ÿ™‚ We had a beautiful sunset this evening and then watched the bats come out to fly around the garden while the moon rose from behind the hill. Have a lovely week!

  1. Oh what an appropriate title, Cathy, as the blooms really suggested the soft glow of both the sun and the moon, quite apart from the named blooms that triggered it – AND you have the orb shaped vase too! It certainly all came together so thanks for sharing

  2. It is a big sky and I have had the same thoughts – where is Orion in your sky? The moon is full here and everything in the vase would look wonderful in moonlight. I have not seen a yellow Hellebore before – very cool!

    • Hi Amy. The yellow hellebore is from a German nursery that cultivates its own hellebores and alpine plants so is probably quite unusual. You got me with the question about Orion! I am not entirely sure, but I think we can only see it in winter so it must be low in the west sky now. If anyone knows any better, please correct me! Our moon came up over the hill in the east at dusk today but it is clouding over a little now.

      • The Hellebore is really special. I always look for Orion as it the only constellation I recognize. Our moon does the same thing – I can only imagine how much further south I am from you!! A longgg way.

  3. I love your yellows. It is amazing that people all over the world look up at the same moon, something that unifies all of us. One of things I like about blogging, is having contact with others around the world. I always check the list to see the people from all over our planet who looked at my blog. Technology has certainly made contact easier.

    • That is what I love too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I sometimes get visitors from places like Iran or India and it makes me feel the world is smaller and those people are nearer. Thank you for visiting today! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. My mom was a painter and then a quilter. She taught me about color. She loved yellow and said it was always the center of attention, just like the sun and stars. A stunning vase Cathy! The spring garden is always filled with possibility.

    • Thanks Deb. That is so true about the colour yellow! I am currently making a flower crochet square and the yellow centre is the focal point, like in so many real flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The names of the flowers in your spring vase seem so appropriate for this garden entry. Lovely to look at with all the shades of yellow and white.

  6. A side effect of our sunny weather is that we’ve had very clear skies and could gaze at the moon and all the stars. Your posy is perfect in that gorgeous vase. The colours are so cheerful and I’m sure it smells good too.

    • Hi Alison. We have had lovely clear skies recently too, but this evening it is starting to cloud over a little. Yes, some of the narcissi have a lovely delicate scent – almost citrus-like. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’ll make a point of looking at the moon tonight, Cathy! Your sun-and-moon creation is truly lovely. I grew Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ in my former garden but don’t have it in my present one – I’ll have to look for bulbs this coming fall. The yellow hellebore is wonderful too.

    • Hi Kris. I think it was on Christina’s blog (My Hesperides Garden) where I first saw that narcissus and immediately fell in live with it. I might have to plant a few more, as they are so pretty for vases!

  8. What a lovely thought Cathy & I will certainly think of you when I look at the sky tonight when I take the dogs out for their bedtime amble. Your vase has so many spring lovelies & we have the snowflakes in common – I love them every year but this year they have been somehow more spectacular. xx

    • My snowflakes are a bit early this year Julie, as we had such a warm March. I love using them in a vase as they do last so well. The past few days have also been very warm here, and so many bulbs have gone over far too quickly!

  9. Gorgeous and so cheerful! The vase is perfect for that arrangement. We can see Orion here in Namibia too. Had an unusually rainy weekend, but all is clear again so I’ll be looking out for that full moon tonight!

  10. A glorious vase, Cathy! And the thoughts were wonderfully calming and healing. You are so different from me. I usually get very anxious that something bad will happen when we have a full moon. I’ll try and remember your words next month. I kind of crave a yellow hellebore – nice to have a peek at yours. Around here they call cowslips ‘cuckoo’ and say that the taller the stems the better the hay will be that year. Looks like a good harvest for 2017!

    • Oh, I always love to see the full moon – maybe because of the light it creates and I can see my garden by night… ๐Ÿ™‚ That sounds like a good omen, with the tall cowslips. I find it interesting to hear local names for flowers. Maybe your cuckoos start calling at this time of year and thatvwould explain it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. A lovely vase and lovely words, Cathy! The sun and moon mean a lot to me here in the desert: they are nearly always present and have become good friends somehow… Perhaps that sounds a little crazy? ๐Ÿ˜‰ And it is wonderful to be able to connect more closely with others round the world!
    Your double daffodils are delightful, with the other bits of spring: the snowflakes and that hellebore especially!

    • Since living in the country away from harsh street lights I have also started watching the moon more closely, and I hope to learn more about the stars one day too. I remember when I first realised that we all see the same moon even on the other side of the world – I was far from home and feeling homesick and it comforted me no end. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Such gorgeous yellows, Cathy. Your theme of the sun and the moon is really special. And I have had very similar thoughts about the moon and wonder just who else is looking up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Debra. The moon has something special about it that is quite different to the sun. I think it really affects us more than we think. After all, pets often react to it… our dog was so fidgety for several days around this full moon and I am sure that was the reason!

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Hi Dorris. You are so right – yellow really is a cheerful colour and I am glad our weather has now turned cooler again so the remaining daffodils last a bit longer.

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