In a Vase on Monday: Everlasting Light

St. Lucy’s Day

A favourite Christmas carol of mine is ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, and when I picked up some Everlasting flowers today to brighten up the dark Hellebore in my tiny vase, this line popped into my head:

Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the EVERLASTING light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight

Well, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden on one of the darkest days of the year, I will light a few candles and try to imagine what my damp and grey garden will look like in Spring! (There is always HOPE)


Do pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what she has found in her garden to bring indoors. And I do hope your St. Lucy’s Day has been brighter than ours!

34 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Everlasting Light

  1. Beautiful post.
    Having lived in France for many many years I don’t often feel overnostalgic for British traditions EXCEPT when I hear Christmas carols. All the excitement of my childhood Christmases come flooding back to me.
    As for hellebores, today I was in my local garden centre for something else and as I wandered by the hellebore counter an Ice and Roses Red just seemed to leap into my basket as I remembered your recommendation of it a few days ago. It’s already in the ground and I’m hoping that it will be happy in its new home πŸ˜‰
    By the way what are everlasting flowers ? From the photo it looks like stachys byzantina.

    • Oh, Hellebores do have that habit of jumping into shopping baskets… πŸ˜‰ It obviously knew it would be going to a good home! Everlasting flowers are Helichrysum… or straw flowers. They are the dried flowers around my vase. But well-spotted – there is a Stachys leaf in the vase too. πŸ˜ƒ

  2. Yes the garden is full of hope. Your little everlasting flowers scattered on the embroidered star together with a mention to dear St Lucy…is an uplifting composition.

    • Thank you Noelle. My garden is a soggy mess under melting snow today, and not at all endearing, but I know my little spring treasures will be peeping through before I know it. πŸ˜ƒ

  3. Ha – I was going to comment on the earliness of your hellebore too! I like your link to the carol – no doubt it will be an earworm for the rest of the day! πŸ˜‰ It’s one that always comes to mind as I approach our local (small) town, as it lies on the floodplain of 2 rivers and from most directions of approach you see it nestling a little way below you ps I have ordered seeds of about 6 different colours of helichrysum for next year!

    • That sounds so idyllic Cathy. Where we used to live we were also nestled in a valley and driving down to it from the hills above on a winter’s evening reminded me of that carol too. I have ordered Helichrysum too, but could only find mixed colours, so we will see what turns up! πŸ˜ƒ

      • Plants of Distinction had several. I still need to look out for Bright Rose from a repytable supplier though, as the ones I had last year were too pale

  4. It’s wonderful just to see a pretty hellebore this early in the winter season, Cathy. My own usually don’t show up until early spring. I planted a few additional specimens this year and I’m looking forward to seeing them in bloom next year.

  5. Oh Cathy, that is such a lovely combination of flowers and light. I love the deep-colored hellebore, and you make me want to try my hand at growing everlastings again.
    It’s a good time for hope…

  6. Wonderful Cathy Hellebore and divine lighting and wishful thinking words of the Christmas Carol – I love it all. I love your Christmas decorations. Cathy, you know that I feel very bad from depression and Christmas makes me worse: today I took the computer but I don’t know when I will take it again, so I want to congratulate you on the holidays in advance. Cathy I wish you a Merry Christmas full of love, peace, illusion, health and joy with your family. And a Happy New New Year 2022 in which all your wishes and illusions are fulfilled and you are very happy all year with health and love. Happy Holidays!!!! With love and best wishes, Very affectionate greetings from Margarita πŸŽ„πŸ₯‚πŸŽβ­βœ¨πŸ˜˜πŸ€—

    • So sorry you are feeling so bad Margarita. Take care and look after yourself. I wiish you all the same lovely things for Christmas and the New Year, β„οΈβ˜ƒοΈπŸ€—

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