In a Vase on Monday: Festive

After the snow last week I was determined to be prepared for a vase this Monday, as I always like to join in this meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden when I can. So a few grasses and hazel catkins were gathered during the week. I then added dried Sedum and some poppy seedheads collected in the summer and autumn. I came across this coffee pot, hiding away in a cupboard, and decided it looked quite festive and was perfect as a vase!

There are also a few cornus twigs and some Mahonia foliage which is drying up fast as I haven’t added water to the vase.

This morning Hippeastrum ‘Lady Jane’ decided to open yet another flower for a snapshot too. She is definitely at the top of the list for next year’s bulbs as she has flowered beautifully on relatively short stems.

Here you can see her alongside my second festive vase filled with fir and larch cones and Silver Fir needles from the garden (with a couple of shiny baubles!).

If you only visit my site for the Monday vases, then I would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a joyful festive season!




54 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Festive

  1. I like the vase filled with cones etc, it just shows there is no need to spend a fortune on glitzy ornaments from China when with a little thought you can make something so much nicer.

  2. Cathy your first vase I love for the hazelnut canes and the dry sedum: and of course for the teapot that is beautiful and makes a vase. Your second vase is marvellous because you demonstrate that with what you can pick from nature and two bright red stones you make a vase and adornment for these low cost parties. Cathy, I wish you a Merry Christmas full of health, peace and love for you and yours. Happy Holidays! Greetings from Margarita.

  3. Yes, the jug is excellent as a vase – I am sure you will be using it again. I have been lax in collecting material for drying – such an asset to have in winter, as you have shown today. And the tall glass vase is such a good idea – I think I have got the raw materials to replicate that so thanks for that idea, Cathy. You must be thrilled to have another bloom on tyour hippeastrum – the one I used in a vase a few weeks ago is now putting up another spike but there had been no sign of a second one before

  4. You have created some lovely seasonal still lifes, Cathy, how pretty! Is this a Kachelofen you’ve got? We had one in Ireland and you could stretch out on the benches, pure bliss in winter. Have a great xmas. Looking forward to seeing you again soon 🙂

    • Thanks Annette. It isn’t a Kachelofen but a Kaminofen which has a closed front – it gets really hot and the stones retain the heat nicely. Always fancied a Kachelofen though and like to sit near them in Bavarian restaurants! 😀 Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. I love that second vase! It’s simple and very clever at the same time and I may well copy your example using materials more characteristic of my own area. That Hippeastrum is gorgeous. I have 2 growing in my kitchen windowsill waiting to be handed off to friends tomorrow – I hope they’ll be at least half as pretty as yours when they bloom. Best wishes for a very merry Christmas, Cathy!

  6. What a triple treat you have for us this week, Cathy! I’m glad you included H. ‘Lady Jane’ – she is lovely and I love the idea of greens, cones and red ornaments in a clear vase. I might borrow that idea!

  7. What a beautiful coffee pot vase, Cathy. It’s perfect with the holiday red in contrast to the earth tones of your dried arrangement. You have such a wonderful eye! I hope you, too, are enjoying this holiday season and have a very happy Christmas!

  8. Less than a week away now love your bits of Holiday Cheer here and there. I did some yesterday as well. Merry Christmas Cathy to you and yours HUGS from New England

  9. Very pretty. I love the amaryllis, the cheerful jug, and very pretty vase of foliage. I’m going to copy that idea if you don’t mind, as I have a vase like that and I’ve never seen it with cones, foliage and baubles like that. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Christmas 🙂 x

  10. I shall be looking out for ‘Lady Jane’ Cathy – apart from the flower that most considerate short stem appeals 🙂 Your glass of seasonal goodies really encapsulates the festive season.

    • My white Hippeastrum that is also about to produce its third flower is quite the opposite to Lady Jane and very very tall! It may have to be cut for a vase! 🙂

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