In a Vase on Monday: Fruit and Veg

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden is celebrating today, and I am joining her, as she has been hosting her wonderful meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’ for four years now. Congratulations on the anniversary Cathy!

And to honour this occasion she came up with a wonderful challenge for us all this week – to put our flowers for this week’s arrangement ‘in something other than a vase ‘…

I thought my contribution quite original until googling both receptacles… oh well, it’s been done before, but probably not on a rainy Sunday afternoon in November!!

On the left, a pineapple – slightly hollowed out with some foil inside to retain a little water. The focal points are the Heuchera leaf with its lovely red veins and the tall zebra grass. I then used the remaining annuals which are huddled up to the house in their pots, but shivering nonetheless: Nemesia, Sanvitalia, Verbena, yellow Lantana and a white Geranium (Pelargonium).

Mmm, I am looking forward to snacking on some more of that pineapple later!

The other vase is a red cabbage… πŸ˜€

I managed to photograph it from the dry balcony (it poured all day Sunday) with the remaining golden hazel leaves in the background, but the light conditions were not much better and it is cold… just 4Β°C today! (Most of the other photos were taken in the kitchen.) The cabbage was hollowed out enough for a tiny schnaps glass to fit in. I used the last of the Snapdragons, more Nemesia, and a tiny white flower sold to me as a Chrysanthemum but which from the foliage seems more like Dianthus family. Whatever it is, it is flowering like mad still, nicely sheltered under the front porch.

The cabbage was rescued later in the day and we had homemade coleslaw for tea! πŸ˜‰


I wonder how other Monday vase creators will have met Cathy’s challenge. It was great fun again –Β  thank you Cathy, for motivating me to go out on such a rotten day and find some little treasures to brighten up my Monday!

And here’s to year FIVE!



66 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Fruit and Veg

  1. Well, I have never seen it done before, wonderfully creative Cathy. The cabbage makes a beautiful, shiny red container. Your arrangement is so pretty, I love how you have tied them in with ivy and grapes.

    • Thank you Chloris! The sun has come out this morning and I briefly thought I could take some better photos, but then remembered we have already eaten the cabbage and I have chopped up the pineapple too! LOL!

  2. What a terrific imagination you have Cathy – the cabbage is almost prettier than the pineapple! That little dianthus/chrysanth beastie is quite a sweetie, isn’t it? Lovely!

  3. I will have to come up with a different challenge next year of course! Both non-vases worked so well, but especially the cabbage as I think everybody will be saying – so perhaps I could simply go down an edible vase line next year as there are so may options! It’s good to see what’s hanging on in people’s gardens so thanks for your special contribution today

  4. Beautiful and healthy containers this week. The deep purple of the cabbage sets off the flowers so nicely and the pineapple looks a little like a fancy tropical beverage complete with a heuchera umbrella and miscanthus straws. Well done!

    • I’ve seen pumpkins done before, but didn’t have one to hand and wanted to be a bit original anyway… I think there are endless possibilities for veggie vases! LOL!

  5. Great response to the challenge, Cathy. I wouldn’t have thought of cabbage, but the purple makes a great ‘vase’ base! It’s egg shape suggests it might be good for Easter, too. πŸ˜‰

  6. Cathy a lot of imagination and the result …. fantastic! I love the two “vases” but the red cabbage is sensational as well as its flowers. These are arrangements and vases one hundred percent vegetarian! The pineapple is also very beautiful. I congratulate you. Greetings from Margarita.

  7. What exciting containers you employed–colorful and creative. I love the beautiful foliage of that Heuchera. The white flower does look like a chrysanthemum. Does it have a fragrance?

    • This Heuchera is a lovely one, although I love the pinky red ones too. The white flower has no fragrance, and is very small which also made me think of Dianthus. In any case I hope it will survive the winter in its pot as it is too late to move it. πŸ™‚

  8. I’ve never seen either a pineapple nor a cabbage used to hold flowers so I think the selection was very clever, Cathy! You also did an excellent job accenting both. And the fact that nothing went to waste here – that’s perfect!

  9. Oh how ingenious Cathy. I’ve come across a flower filled hollowed out pumpkin before but never pineapple or cabbage either red or green. I love the concept of 100% natural vases and will be looking at fruit and veg in a new light now πŸ™‚ Just a couple of degrees warmer than you today.

  10. Such a good idea Cathy – I have seen pumpkins and apples used in this way but never pineapples and cabbages! It is very cold here too – I am beginning to believe that a proper winter might be on its way for the first time in 5 or 6 years.

    • Oh, apples would look pretty too! I haven’t seen an apple filled with flowers anywhere. We have got some wintry showers coming our way at the weekend apparently… Inhioe you are wrong with your forecast! We had a hard winter last year so I am hoping for a brief cold spell in January and then spring in February! LOL!

  11. How wonderful! πŸ™‚ And definitely cheerful, despite the weather! I always love seeing your heuchera leaves; they are so beautiful…

  12. Very gorgeous, I love the cabbage, especially the photo in front of the hazel. The white flower looks to me like an Argyranthemum, which used to be Chrysanthemum frutescens. The leaves can be greyish like a Dianthus, although not so linear.

  13. Oh what a delightful idea, Cathy, and I for one haven’t seen anything like this before. Pumpkin yes, but not this. Glad you were able to rescue this fine looking cabbage. I like the purple with the white flowers, very pretty. Have a good week πŸ™‚

  14. It’s almost impossible to come up with something that has never been done before but you did it so well! Almost looks like you should add a little rum and a straw.

  15. I particularly like that your creative receptacles add a little sunshine! They would be perfect at a luau or summer barbecue and they are definitely cheerful. I think the purple cabbage with the white flowers is particularly stunning and as we prepare for our Thanksgiving gathering next week you’ve given me some ideas! A pumpkin would be nice, but since they’re a little hard to carve out I may go for the red cabbage! Thank you for the idea, Cathy! πŸ™‚ And yes! Congratulations to Cathy for a 4-year successful meme!

    • Glad I have provided a little inspiration Debra! Can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving already. That means Advent the week after for us. I must start planning my Christmas baking! πŸ˜‰

  16. I was trying to work out what the red one was. I would never have thought of using the red cabbage. Such a fab idea. Honestly, I learn something new from here every day. Thanks for the inspiration, it was worth going out in the rain to get those flowers. They are so pretty. Karen

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