In a Vase on Monday: Looking for Light

November can be dreary, and as the snow that fell on Saturday slowly melted on Sunday, the house seemed to be enveloped in gloom! Outside is rather unpleasant today; sleet and rain and a cold wind. So for my vase this week I decided to simply revamp some of the things I had in my posies last week.

Finding a good spot to get decent photos is not easy when the sun hides behind thick cloud. I tried the windowsill. (You can see how green the garden is looking again!)

And then I placed the vase on my mini sofa which is covered with a blanket I crocheted a couple of years ago. I liked that as a background, and with a couple of lamps on it suddenly looked a bit cheerier. The tealight will be lit later when I put the vase on my dining room table. πŸ˜ƒ

Dark red Cornus twigs, a Hellebore and a Heuchera leaf, some sprigs of Leucothoe and a stem of the lovely Pelargonium sidoides which was looking a bit unruly and needed trimming. The plant came from a cutting Annette sent me, and when I saw how she had used it in her posy last week I knew I had to try it too. πŸ˜‰

Thanks to Cathy Rambling in the Garden for hosting. Do visit her and see what others have found for a vase this week.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have some sunshine today!

40 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Looking for Light

    • Hi Eliza. I just realized the first Advent Sunday is this coming weekend! I may not have time for much creativity… but I do want to do my week of flowers again and must get my act together!

  1. Fab Crochet on the background with some of my favourite colours…all greenish of course. Nice vase and well done for thinking’ inside the box’, rather than venturing in the cold…not that your lovely home is a box!

    • Thank you Noelle. I love those greens too and really enjoyed making that blanket and cushion. We did actually get a bit of sunshine this afternoon, in between chilly showers.

  2. Your blanket uses such pretty colours, Cathy, which pick up the colour of the glass vase. Cornus stems are such an asset for winter vases, aren’t they? My dark stemmed one is still struggling, but I will have a reasonable quantity of the others, despite very severe pruning last year. The pelargonium is the perfect match for yours. Hope you have a brighter week πŸ‘

    • Green is one of my favourite colours! πŸ˜‰ I didn’t prune my cornus last year in the end… I chickened out! But they were still so small so it was fine, but I will have to be do it next spring. We did actually get a few rays of sunshine later, between the showers!

  3. Mind you, last week’s posy still looks as fresh as the day I picked it. Didn’t know that Pelargonium (and Plectranthus) make such stunning cut flowers. Your little bouquet is pretty and I’m completely blown away by that blanket. Wow, you’re a lady of many talents. πŸ™ Terrible weather here today, heavy rain and wind. Glad I got most of Gaissmayer’s perennials/grasses planted over the weekend. Have a good week and stay warm πŸ€—

    • Thanks Annette. Hope your weather improves a bit, although we can’t expect much else at this time of year. I always order from Gaissmayer too… I had no idea they deliver abroad. Good that you got that planting done in time for a good soaking. πŸ‘ Yes, crochet is my other way of playing with colour. πŸ˜‰ The method of putting certain colours together was subconscious until I started creating my own crochet projects! Have a good week Annette! 😘

  4. You did a good job refurbishing last week’s arrangement! Your crocheted blanket is beautiful and adds its own cheer. I’m sorry your weather has turned unpleasant but I still envy you the precipitation. We’re currently showing a 50% chance of rain a week from today but, more often than not, those predictions evaporate as the date grows closer…

  5. I love the crochet, too. My mother in law was a crochet artist and I love it, you are too. I love the deep colors in the vase and always wished for Red Osier Dogwood in my garden.. way too far south now.

    • Thank you for the compliment Amelia. I wasn’t expecting everyone to comment on the blanket but I am flattered! I have to prune my dogwood next spring after chickening out this year… I have looked at loads of videos but will still be nervous about cutting the right bits! LOL!

  6. Similar weather here too Cathy but not as cold and the wet is just wet rather than sleet. Still it is has been rather grim. Your crochet work is stunning and makes for an excellent backdrop for your reloved vase contents. The pelargonium and cornus are a sublime colour match. I imagine your room will be looking most cosy tonight with the curtains closed, lamps on and the glow of the tealight.

    • Thankfully it is nice and cosy indoors as our home is very well insulated! I must venture out today and check on a few things though – it is drier but very ‘Novemberish’! Thank you for the compliment on my crocheting – that’s how I spend my time in winter when gardening is no longer possible!

  7. Red twig dogwood and heuchera are both native here, but do not get much attention yet. The dogwoods have not yet defoliated. Unfortunately, they are mostly in situations from which I prefer to remove them. I pollard them late, prior to foliation, but also remove a few annually. I will always retain ‘some’, but not many. You know, the twigs look best as I prune them and bundle them together. I should give them to someone who could use them, or just put them in a bucket outside the post office for neighbors to take.

      • Hmmm, nope. I have not posted any documentation on how they are pruned here, perhaps because I do not do so properly. I would prefer to coppice them to the ground at the end of winter, just prior to foliation. The only advantage to late pruning is that it prolongs the display of colorful twigs. Instead of coppicing, I sort of pollard them back to a few knuckles on old stems that are about two feet high. It is done that way to avoid trampling. They are adjacent to a high traffic area. They do not respond to pollarding well, since new growth tends to develop below the knuckles instead of from the knuckles. Consequently, the old stems get cut back a bit farther annually. Therefore, I leave a new cane on each specimen that is in the process of losing one of the old stems. They have about three old stems each.

  8. Love the dark red of the cornus twigs, Cathy. I can see them looking really beautiful in your garden poking out of the snow! And your crochet is gorgeous! Really love the green colours you have used. I’ve tried and failed to learn crochet – maybe I need to give it another go πŸ˜‰

    • I hope to achieve that effect with the cornus πŸ˜ƒ but will only know how it looks if we get snow this winter as last year they were still young and very small plants. Thank you for your kind words about my blanket! 😊 My sister taught me the basics of crochet and since then there has been no stopping me! πŸ˜‰

  9. All the green is a nice antidote to the gloom. Some sunshine wouldn’t hurt either, but we’ll take what we can get!
    You’ve reminded me of how nice hellebore leaves look in an arrangement, I’ll need to add a few to the holiday decorations in a few weeks.

    • As I read this the sun came out Frank… not sure it will stick around, but nice! Using hellebore leaves in holiday arrangements is such a good idea. πŸ˜ƒ

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