In a Vase on Monday

vase‘In a Vase on Monday’ is hosted by Rambling in the Garden – oh my goodness what a lovely subject to share! My vase (jug, made in Italy and bought 25 years ago or more in Honiton, Devon) contains Aquilegia, Sweet Cicely, the last of the Pheasant Eye Narcissi, Forget-me-nots and one of my all-time favourites – Cerinthe DSC_0558 (1)Oh how I love this plant! It self-seeds, survives the winter and seems to be happy in most places in my garden. The vase is sitting on a shawl knitted by my Mum (now 86). I would so love to have taken this arrangement to her in her Care Home, but sadly she has dementia and anything you take her, only seems to add to her anxiety and distress. So, instead I took it to a friend who is having a very stressful time at the moment – and I only thought of doing this after the prompt of seeing ‘In a Vase on Monday’ – blogland spreading the love!!!

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19 responses to “In a Vase on Monday

  1. Lovely vase and lovely thought to give your vase to a friend.

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  2. A beautiful piece, and I love the way you’ve put the flowers in at their growing height – it makes a mini garden!

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  3. What a pretty white vase for your lovely collection of blooms – I love the effect of all the cerinthe and I am hopeful I will be including them in a vase this year soon too. There are so many different ‘side-effects’ of the meme, relating to the vase, the blooms, the props or something less tangible, as you have found yourself, and it certainly succeeded in prompting me to pick flowers from the garden regularly, which was the original idea. Thanks for joining in and sharing your thoughts.

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  4. It’s a beautiful creation and it’s kind of you to share it with your friend. Coincidentally, I used Aquilegia and Cerinthe in my vase this week too, although these flowers are past their prime in my garden where summer is pushing spring to the side.

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    • Thank you Kris. It has been so cold here recently that Spring is only just getting going. I love the way both Aquilegia and Cerinthe seed themselves and look after themselves.

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  5. Such a beautiful arrangement and lovely that you shared with your friend (and us). Sad to hear about your mother.

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    • Thank you for your kind words. As I look at the arrangement now, in the photo, I want to lower the narcissi heads, but at the time I was wanting to reproduce the heights at which each flower grows in the garden.
      Dementia is such a cruel disease, the good thing is that the Home is lovely with a really nice garden to sit in, and the staff are all very kind.

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  6. Welcome to In A Vase….it is a fun meme and oh so addictive. Your jug is lovely and what a grand arrangement filled with so many wonderful flowers especially the Cerinthe.

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    • Thanks for the welcome! I’m glad to have found it – and I’ve just learnt a new word – I’d never heard of a ‘meme’ before. I can see how alluring this subject must be!

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  7. A very pretty arrangement of your flowers. Sorry to read about your Mum, mine is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. So sad to see the effect on loved ones. I am sure your friend loved them.

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    • Thank you Cathy, it is nice to see them in a vase as actually my garden is a mess!!! Ha Ha! So it is great to have the best bits distilled into something pleasing on the eye.
      Alzheimers is so cruel and so unpredictable, I wish you and your Mum well, not an easy road to travel.

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  8. I thought the flowers were beautiful as was the vase. How wonderful that your Mum made the shawl too, I am sorry to hear that she has dementia, it must be pretty hard for you both, It is wonderful that your friend got the benefit of them though, what a lovely gesture, 🙂

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    • Thank you Edwina for your appreciative response. My Mum did so much wonderful knitting and this shawl was in very fine wool, knitted as a circular Christening Shawl for my daughter about 33 years ago. Dementia is cruel, and it is hard, but she is well looked after and is happy enough in her own crazy world. I’ve been meaning to go and see my friend for a while now, and the ‘In a Vase…’ gave me just the little extra nudge I needed to fit the visit into my day.

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