In a Vase on Monday

IAVOM, in a vase on Monday

I was standing at the kitchen sink wondering what to put in a vase today and saw these 3 right in front of me on my windowsill – odd bits and pieces, picked up at various times as I wander round the garden and a cutting from a succulent house plant.

On the left, in aย Chive vase, is a perennial white wallflower, grown from seed harvested from a friend’s garden. The scent at dusk is divine.

My sister and I were amazed and delighted to be photographed for the Chelsea Flower show magazine and website when we were on the Chive Stand in 2016

Chive stand at Chelsea 2016

I didn’t take the name of the photographer, so I can’t credit her, but she took the photo because our colours matched the stand. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, that was such a special day. A day on which I was so excited to meet Dorris!

The feather is from the guinea fowl who often visit from a neighbour across the field.

love birds

One on my roof one frosty morning in March

guinea on the roof

Strange creatures! Making strange noises ……..

and there is a pigeon nesting in my bay tree, constantly cooing all day


Sparrows are nesting in the cotoneaster and under the tiles on my garage roof, twiitering away …….

I have had to get the tinsel out to stop them from eating my salad leaves

tinsel to scare the sparrows away

April and May are my favourite months in garden

It is all very sensual and sexy out there!

This year I am missing the Brompton Stocks and wallflowers which provided so much colour last year, but my new long border (see the the beginnings of it here) still gives me huge amounts of pleasure as it wakes up in the warmer weather.

I am joining Cathy and her happy band of gardeners from around the world for this week’s In a Vase on Monday, pop along over there for a mass of floral delights.
Also joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day with my very favourite scented Iris, smelling so sweetly of pear dropsIMG_9093
Stick your nose in here!

40 responses to “In a Vase on Monday

  1. Hahahaha, love the โ€˜naughtynessโ€™. Thereโ€™s certainly something in the air that is nicer than the other weโ€™re all having to contemplate daily.

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  2. Ooh, I love peardrops and havenโ€™t had one in years! Your pictures are all lovely and your garden seems to be flourishing. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  3. Love those beautiful flowers Sandra!

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  4. Those bright purple flowers are gorgeous and I agree, very sensual. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ

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  5. Murtagh's Meadow

    Lovely vases – simple but effective. And your garden is looking very pretty too

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  6. Oh I really like your post. The still life is wonderful on top and you know I love irises ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. Hmm, not sure that I want to stick my nose into Iris’s jaws, thank you very much! I remember when you showed us the Chive photo before, your claim to fame, and that’s when I first found out about their vases. I like the fact you have shared your three impromptu windowsill vases like this, because it typifies the sort of thing that we do, popping offcuts or breakages into a little jar or vase. Interesting to hear the guinea fowl sounds but I am afraid I would not be very tolerant of the pigeon nesting if it was outside our bedroom window!

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    • I don’t mind the pigeon, but I have had a tiresome time with jackdaws trying to nest under my photovoltaic panels.


      • Crikey, yes, the solar panels would make a nice sheltered place for a nest – don’t think we have had nests under ours but perhaps I ought to check. Have you been trying to dissuade the jackdaws?

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        • Have I !!!!!
          It is a long saga!
          A guy in the village put chicken wire round for me last year and that worked for last year, but they got in at one end this year. I was shooing them away from dawn til dusk all of March and most of April. They managed to build a nest, but I got a long stick up into the nest and every time they try to sit, I waggle that and they fly away. I get mobbed by all their mates, even rooks join in to try to get rid of me – about 30 – 50 at a time – quite spectacular!
          After lockdown I will have to think of something else for next year.
          My neighbour has had a very sturdy wire mesh put up, it came as a very expensive kit – but they managed to undo the fixings on that.
          I am wondering about an electric wire that would give them a shock.


  8. Kris Peterson

    What a wonderful and varied post! Bits and pieces of things often make the best vases in my opinion. Being surrounded by chirping birds is one of the best things my garden has going this month too, although the mockingbirds can get quite noisy here.

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  9. Cathy’s written my thoughts perfectly – oo, la-la! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  10. Nice picture of you and your sister. Looks like you were having a great time as well as being color coordinated. I, too, love spring in the garden. Everything is so fresh; the slug assault will come later.

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  11. Enjoyed seeing all your photographs. I used to enjoy growing salad leaves before I simplified things.

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  12. True, some of those flowers are very sensual.

    Regards, Teresa

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  13. Nice! I’m just learning about wallflowers and can’t seem to get them to like my garden, but I like them!

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  14. Lovely pictures from your garden, and some almost X rated!

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  15. Going Batty in Wales

    Lovely pictures of a lovely garden!

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