In a Vase on Monday

Joining in with Cathy’s wonderful group of gardeners for In a Vase on Monday

I have a few very confused little wallflowers in the garden. They are a variety that are supposed to flower in Spring and again in Autumn, but having looked quite pathetic all year, they are flowering now. Also in the tin ‘vase’ are some viburnum, Β equally confused hebe, and some fennel fronds.

The containers are re-used items of household waste.
Last week I included my experimental ‘moss-on-a-plate’ and my cousin who lives in the Netherlands told me that Moss-on-a-plate is a thing. I Googled it and yes, lots of inspiring images came up. This spurred me on to make some more.

I managed to find some tiny fern plants in my garden. I just love all the shapes and textures of the moss and how it creates a little world of its own.

The Higgidy Pie dish was filled with grit and sandy compost

I used a torn brown paper bag to cover the plastic edges and a piece of rotting wood with moss on it, which I found in my rotting wood pile. Then I added some broken terracotta pot, a couple of tiny primrose plants, a celandine and a piece of lichen – all found in my garden.

I wondered where to keep the dishes, to give them the best chance of surviving and have put them in my new potting shed.

It went up in October and has very little in it so far. It smells all lovely and new and I need a few more shelves and hooks in there. I am sure Cathy would have filled it with cuttings and seed trays by now, but, being a fair-weather gardener, I am happy to gaze at it and enjoy its newness until I get a burst of enthusiasm for the garden again.

Do you like to find things in your garden or nearby hedgerows to put in a vase at this time of year? If so, pop over to Rambling in the Garden for some delightful inspiration.

24 responses to “In a Vase on Monday

  1. I had thought it was only the human confused in these times, but looks like some of natures’ bounty has got the same “syndrome” but then beauty for you. Love your moss gardens…

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    • Even the birds started singing as if it was Spring, but we have had a couple of frosty mornings and they have all calmed down again. I am going to see if I can make some more permanent moss gardens to leave outside.

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  2. Going Batty in Wales

    Those moss gardens are delightful!

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  3. Wonderful fresh greenery Sandra. Your garden must be sheltered for all those plants to remain alert instead of going dormant! Love the new shed. πŸ˜ƒ

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    • We are fairly near the sea here, so it stays fairly mild, but climate change is making things even more topsy turvy these days. There are daffodils out on the village green – but at least they didn’t bloom in December as they have been known to do recently.

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  4. The she shed, I like Nanacathy’s comment spot on! As for the moss plates I think you have inspired many of us this week Sandra. Love the idea.

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  5. krispeterson100

    The little moss-on-a-plate creations are wonderful and remind me of the fern tables created by some gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, which in turn remind me of the much larger stumperies installed in a variety of public and big private gardens. I love them all, although ferns, moss and other plants of those kinds sadly aren’t well-suited to my own climate.

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    • Oh my goodness! Fern tables! I just spent such a happy time searching them on the internet and found all sorts of wonders.
      Thank you Kris, for sharing the thoughts sparked by these little mossy dishes. One of my Granddaughters has the name Fern as her second name and she adores anything to do with ferns – now I wonder if I could make her a Fern Table for her birthday.
      I love stumperies as well – and I guess with a little bit of driftwood, I might be able to make a minaiture stumperie. Oooooo! lots of inspiration there.
      I ought to make the most of my very damp garden by just turning it into one big stumperie ….. hmmmmm……. thoughts now gathering momentum. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  6. Donna Donabella

    Beautiful (yet confused) flowers for the vase….the moss on a plate I will have to try once the snow melts in spring.

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  7. Oh I am loving your moss garden, Sandra, and I forgot to say when I responded to your comment that the the thought of something like that on top of the water butt near the Coop might be an idea worth pursuing…πŸ˜‰ Love the varied contents of your vase too πŸ‘

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  8. The wallflowers and friends form a beautiful arrangement. I’m in love with your moss gardens and the premium potting shed. I’m very much a fair weather gardener too. Have a good week.

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    • Good to know I’m not alone Susie. I too am in love with these little miniature moss gardens. I am on the look out for some shallow ceramic dishes with drainage holes to see if I could create a slightly bigger permanent version for the garden.

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  9. Am loving the swanky pants she shed. As to confused plants I have confused snap dragons and very confused rhubarb which has sprouted already. I put a dustbin over it.

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  10. We are having warm weather this week, maybe as high as 70, and that is after it was -12 until nearly 10 am one morning last week! Your little moss gardens are so sweet, and the new potting shed looks quite magnificent!

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  11. Lovely but goodness me! Flowers and green in January. And to think you are farther north than we are. Here, it is snow and ice. Today I will be posting pictures of a recent snowstorm. πŸ˜‰

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