Tag Archives: In a Vase on Monday

Kokodama Snowdrops

moss ball and snowdrops

You might already know how much I love all things Japanese. I came across the Art of Kokodama on @tranquil_plants on Instagram and just had to have a go.

The snowdrop moss ball dangles in the window next to the pelargoniums that have flowered for over a year now – ‘Winter says hello to Summer’

kokodama, snowdrop mossball

back lit by a sunny Golden Euonymus outside in the garden.

Joining Cathy with her ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme. It is always delightfully uplifting to see what she and other gardeners pop into a vase – or other container – each week.

I’m new to Instagram, not sure how to use it yet, but if you would like to see what I put on there here is a link.

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In a Bowl on Monday

bowl, pebble, reed

As seen in a hotel.

I love the simplicity of this for a winter arrangement.

Pop over to Cathy’s to see what she has in her Vase this week.

 

In a Magic Garden on Monday

….. where a dragon, Frosty the snowman and a little glass duck can frolic happily togetherJodies Flowers, Etsy, Zolo, succulents, kids art

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The above arrangement was created by Little Miss M aged 5, in a pot of succulents

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Then we added to it

gardencatkins

with two more funny Forever Flowers  made by Jodie

The photo below is Jodie’s, showing more of her wonderfully bonkers creations

Jodie Flowers on Etsy, fun sculptures

I just LOVE them!!!! They make me smile and brighten up a dull, rainy Jaunuary day.

We added some ‘flowers’ made using sculpture pieces by Zolo

Zolo sculpture pieces

These pieces are great for the children to make fanciful sculptures with – sadly they cost a fortune to buy from the US once shipping and customs duty ave been added. I first bought a set at the airport in New York when I was coming back home in 2008. Then luckily a friend of mine was able to get another set for me when she visited the US more recently.

The vase:

in a vase on Monday

Hazel catkins, ash twigs and golden privet.

Pop over to Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and other gardeners, from all over the globe, have put in their vases this Monday.

In 2 Vases on Monday

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Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday.

Schizostylis (Kaffir lily, Hesperantha), Cuckoo Pint (arum) leaves and self sown Antirrhinum

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In an orange charity shop vase and little square vase from Chive

Joining Cee’s Flower of the Day.

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The vases were filled to be put in the spare bedroom, getting ready for my sister to come from London to stay for the weekend.

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She was coming to celebrate our Mum’s 89th birthday, so I thought I would add a photo of a wonderful family gathering we had about 20 years ago.

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Our Mum has dementia. She wasn’t really aware that her 3 daughters, one granddaughter and 3 great-grandchildren were there. However, she seemed to enjoy the attention, she smiled when we sang Happy Birthday.

I said, “Mum it is your birthday today, how old do you think you are?”

She seemed to be thinking for a while and then said “Ummm ….. 25”

Here’s a picture of my beautiful Mum, when she was about 19.

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She opened the cards the children had made for her and enjoyed eating the cake. The chef at her Care Home put so much thought and creativity into the cake inspired by a teddy bear Mum has.

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We were all amazed when he carried it in with the candles lit. It was delicious.

Little Miss M particularly loved eating the ears!

In a Watering Can on Monday

watering-can as vase

I was picking flowers in the garden when a neighbour stopped by for a chat, knowing I might be some time I popped the flowers in the watering can – boom! right there – perfect  for IAVOM!

They did make it into a vase as well. (but to me they look better in the can!)

ceramic vases and recycled teabags

The ceramic vases are the ones I bought at the Studio Pottery near Solva, Pembrokeshire, Wales. You can see these sculptural vases in detail in this post.

To cheer up a dark corner I added tea-light holders made of used tea bags.

re-purposed used teabags

My fascination with turning rubbish into art has taken me off at a teabag tangent.

I tear open used teabags, empty out the leaves and then dry them. They can then be used like paper, you can see a greetings card I made here.

For today – some papier-mâché tea-light holders.

teabag art

Add some pressed Japanese Maple leaves between the layers and hey presto a Teabag Tealight!

I think the spiky maple leaves look a bit witchy – do you? Good for Halloween?

Pop across to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what gardeners all over the  world are putting in their vases this Monday.

Honeysuckle and Rosehips

flower assemblage, temporary art

leaf, flower and berry assemblage

honeysuckle, fern, rosehips

arranged on canvas

The scent of honeysuckle floating in a dish, glowing in the morning sunlight

floating honeysuckle

so beautiful to wake up to.

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden

and

Cee’s Flower of the Day

 

And just because I love lichen …… I found this in the woods when I was gathering material to create …. well it turned out to be Mrs Moss lichen and moss

Purple Loosestrife

purple loosestrife, honeysuckle, cube vase

One of my Welsh second cousins came to stay and I put some flowers in her bedroom:

Self sown Purple Loosestrife and Honeysuckle, grown from a cutting, in a small ceramic cube vase from Chive.

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden

and

Cee’s Flower of the Day

The vase sits next to a little Cathedral Window patchwork sampler that I made about 30 years ago. If you want to know how it is done here is a You Tube tutorial.

in a Chive cube vase, cathedral window patchwork

The tablecloth is a charity shop find that I’ve had for about the same length of time.

I wanted to take my cousin on my favourite walk and as it was a glorious day we joined my daughter and her children. If you remember Little Miss M recently said that she wanted to walk 500 miles with me, we decided to make a start:

 

Little Miss M had brought along the walking stick she had made when I took the 3 of them to Kingston Lacy and they did a woodworking workshop there.

 

We contemplated the walk ahead.

we will walk 500 miles

We all set off singing the Proclaimers Song at the tops of our voices

Currently one of Little Miss M’s favourite songs.

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stopping at St Catherine’s Chapel for a snack and to enjoy the view

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and then walking across the top of the hill to look back at where we had come fromview to Portland

We walked back down to cafe near the beach for some lunch and then to the beach for some pebble decorating. After that, a bit more walking along the beach to a huge drainage pipe that the children love running up and down inside, splashing in the water and hearing the echo of their voices.

When we got back to the car, according to the App on my daughter’s phone we had walked 4.7 miles …….. it’s a start!

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