In a Vase on Monday

labyrinth vase

Quaking grass, sisyrinchium, and nigella sit in a nightlight holder above a few blooms of hypericum. I particularly enjoyed the way the setting sun played with the grass, making shadows.

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

Life continues to be distracting in these weird times. I have been perked up by some lovely warm messages and a delicious gift of goodies last week from Feed the Soul

food delivery

There is plenty of crafting going on, to keep me on an even keel, but I seem to have no ability to order my thoughts into blog posts about it.

If you want to see what I am getting up to, look to the right and see my Instagram posts. Even there, my garden features strongly – it is my haven of peace and happiness at the moment.

herbaceous border

Astrantia is one of the stars of the show, joining Cee’sFlower of the Day.


A plant I bought at a garden gate in Weobley in 2015.

I do hope you are able to enjoy some good weather and sunshine, even down under where you are approaching midwinter. We are enjoying some fabulous weather here.



44 responses to “In a Vase on Monday

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  2. I love Quaking grass and those shadows are exactly why. It is a difficult time to be motivated Sandra but thanks goodness you can occupy yourself with making things and growing things.x

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  3. Really love the vase and the way you have photographed it with the shadows. Your Astrantia is worthy of much envy and that border just gets better and better. May June bring you more peace of mind Sandra. xx

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  4. Great vase photograph and I think I can guess what you ar making. Sorry life is making you feel distracted but the excess of sun we have had lately is certainly a blessing in these difficult times. And your garden looks amazing as does that last flower. Keep looking after yourself. ❤️

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  5. Going Batty in Wales

    Those shadows mean you get 2 ‘vases of flowers’ for the price of one – like reflections. Your garden is so colourful whilst mine is rather sad from thirst. keep cherishing yourself and whilst it is lovely to read your posts please don’t make a chore of writing them!

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  6. Murtagh's Meadow

    Your garden is packed full of colour. Love the vase and shadows too

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  7. Kris Peterson

    Your abundant garden looks wonderful. I envy you the Astrantia, a plant I’ve tried and failed to grow twice now. I’ve been seeking solace in my garden too. As the pandemic continued, it was hard to believe that things could get worse, until they did.

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    • Radical change for the better, must come out of all this surely!
      For now I am extremely grateful that I am able to sit tight at home for as long as it takes and potter about in the garden.


  8. I’m glad to read you haven’t been blogging much – you seem to have disappeared off my list and I see here I amn’t ‘following’ so have to fix that. Many little glitches on WP right now!! Your garden looks beautiful. Our weather has been quite late summery for all of lockdown, though further north is having flooding and severe weather off and on. We are waiting to see if the goal of ‘elimination’ (which is not ‘eradication’) has been achieved – another week to see if the numbers continue to remain at zero while life is enacted at all but ‘normal’.

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  9. Such a sweet little vase, and I am pleased you had the motivation to put it together, as it will feed your soul for a number of days like your gift of goodies. How kind of the giver to give you a boost like this. Your border is looking fantastic, Sandra – what are the red blooms? Are they geum?

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  10. Lovely pictures and I agree about the shadows- the border is lovely- and be gentle on yourself-xx

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  11. “Son of a biscuit” have me a chuckle as well. And I also have trouble writing posts of any length, thus my Instagram postings… Wishing everyone everywhere much love. The only alternative. Much love. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  12. I really like all your photos, but your last one is simply fantastic 😀

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  13. Your garden is a lovely riot of colors, something I never have the courage to do, mixing all the colors. You have inspired me.

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    • You have made my day Cindy. I get so much inspiration from fellow bloggers, I am absolutely cock-a-hoop when it goes the other way.
      There are a lot of self-seeded plants in the border. I liberally scatter seed when it is produced, then I thin things out a bit here and there and plant other things in and around the self-seeded ones. That way I don’t have to worry about placement or design – nature does it for me. 🙂


  14. Sunshine is just the best, isn’t it. I love the photos of your flowers, fresh air is so good for the soul.

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  15. Cheesecake!! I haven’t got a particularly sweet tooth for most things but I do love a good cheesecake. I might get my act together and make one tomorrow but I’ve already put on a few pounds during lockdown – dare I go down the cheesecake road.
    The Astrantia at the end is blooming gorgeous – it looks to be glowing.

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    • Vegan cheescake to boot!
      I don’t like sweet things generally, but this is utterly divine!!! I have made it last a few days, with just a morsel now and again. There is coconut in the base as well …. mmmmmmmmm!

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  16. That top picture is fabulous. Love the shadows. And oh, that food looks good. My thoughts, too, tend to fly around, especially now that the United States is burning. Son of a biscuit, what a year! I am following the poet David Whyte’s advice: I am putting one foot in front of another. Forward, forward, no matter how slow the progress. I’ve also taken a break from FaceBook, which was wearing me down. Feel a little better already. Stay safe, be well!

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