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Monday, February 19, 2018

In A Vase on Monday

I had made up my mind that I was going to start contributing to the popular meme In A Vase on Monday this week no matter what. After what I thought was a pretty good showing on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, I figured I had enough to cut from out there, even though, of course, with it being February, there is nothing yet to use from the new cutting garden.

But on Sunday it snowed.

More than just a dusting too. Enough to foil my plans to make the rounds at a leisurely pace picking and choosing. So I decided to fall back on Plan B -- use what I could from the greenhouse.

I cut all the flowers from the two pots of red tulips that I got for free at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival. They are nearly past it, with the top edges starting to turn a bit blue, but they'll have to do. I also cut all the funky little Begonia flowers that I could reach, as well as three fancy leaf Begonia leaves and three long strappy leaves from a multi-colored Cordyline that Peter The Outlaw Gardener gave me this fall. I was considering coiling them up like I've seen in professional arrangements, but I don't really know what I'm doing, and I didn't want to try to get too fancy. The dried branches are from my 'Forest Pansy' redbud. Every time it drops branches and twigs (and it drops a lot) I save them. The vase is a McCoy vase that I found at a vintage shop recently for only $15.00. I thought that was a pretty good price. I've been checking out vintage shops and thrift stores for vases, and it's been an interesting exercise, discovering what my taste in vases is.

The arrangement is sitting on a high shelf upstairs on a bookcase (high to deter my cat Ronin from interfering with it). It's next to a picture of my son Iain and his girlfriend Diana, a selfie that he took of the two of them on their first visit together to our house, while they were lying on our grass in the back garden. He posted it on Instagram after processing it through some funky filter, and I appropriated it, framed it and put it on our bookcase. It's a nice coincidence that the arrangement suits the colors in the photo.




The backs of the Begonia leaves are red like the tulips, and the Cordyline has a red stripe in it as well

I cut one Begonia with colors that just didn't fit the other flowers, so it got its own little arrangement, if you can call it that. The flowers had just a little too much orange. I cut some small Monstera leaves to go in the little brown vase with it. A word of warning -- Monstera leaves emit a bit of slime once dipped in water. That was an icky surprise. Anyway, this one is living behind the kitchen sink.



Of course I'm new at this and rethinking everything. I should have cut more Cordyline leaves. I should have cut those Monstera leaves shorter.

Shoulda, shoulda, shoulda.

This is it, my first In A Vase on Monday post.

Cathy at Rambling In The Garden hosts In A Vase on Monday. Check out her post here to see the vase arrangement she's sharing today, and to see the other bloggers' posts who participate.

10 comments:

  1. Welcome to my favorite meme. I love having flowers by the kitchen sink, not that your other bouquet isn't lovely. And the vase you gave Peter is terrific.

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  2. Beautiful First in A Vase on Monday. I love the not so usual combination of tulips, begonia and different leaves.

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  3. Welcome, welcome my friend to a most addictive meme. Even when I could not blog due to an injury, I was still making vases. Your first vases are wonderful!

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  4. I'm so glad you took the plunge and joined IaVoM! Your arrangements are both lovely, especially the one with Ian & his girlfriend's picture. Here's to many more Monday vases!

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  5. Welcome and a very good IAVOM here. Love the begonia flowers which are so dainty.

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  6. Lovely! I'm so glad you're playing along (although I took this week off). The McCoy vase was an excellent find and I really adore your small kitchen arrangement.

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  7. The tulips are beautifully silky and such a gorgeous colour in an interesting vase too. We look forward to seeing you next week.

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  8. I'm sorry that the feared snowfall came to pass but I'm glad you pushed through to join the IAVOM crowd, Alison! Your vintage vase is perfect with the tulips and begonias. I frequently have "leftover" vases myself (not always worth sharing as yours was). I wonder if searing the Monstera leaves in hot (near boiling) water would control the seepage?

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  9. You learn by doing, and arranging flowers, especially ones you have cut yourself, is lots of fun. Good start!

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  10. Welcome aboard the meme. Good display. I love the nostalgic candy striper vase.

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