Monday, 20 April 2015

In A Vase On Monday ~ Gone Shopping


An article in the paper today grabbed my attention. Apparently social media in the form of Facebook is responsible for people buying more clothes. There is a fear of being tagged wearing the same outfit! Now although not a particularly active Facebook user I nodded my head in sympathy with this predicament. After what will will be a record for me of three consecutive vases in a row I have reached the conclusion that this establishment is in desperate need of some new vases. You've probably seen them all now. This week's vase appeared previously last April and is doing the rounds yet again. In fact it's a glorified glass jar that once contained onion relish but I could not bring bring myself to chuck it in the recycling bin.


The first photo was taken at the snipping stage resting on the decking before the vase journeyed round the corner to grace a table outside the patio door. We spent some time out there on a sunny afternoon. The conversation drifted to holiday plans for later this year.


Inside this week's vase are narcissus 'Thalia', some of the bluebells that we inherited with the land where the garden is now, corydalis, geranium phaeum, lunaria 'Chedglow', bunnera and forget-me-not. I was reluctant to pick the honesty as it is attracting butterflies but decided that perhaps one flower would not be missed too much.

Thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for hosting. Now if you don't see a vase from me for a while you will know the reason why..... I'm out there vase shopping.

25 comments:

  1. Beautiful vases are exempt from overexposure :) lovely arrangement and happy new vase hunting!

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    1. That thought will reassure me guys until I have a chance to add to my collection :)

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  2. Yes, Anna, I am there with my tally chart every week, noting whether bloggers have used the same vase or the same flowers week after week. I will name and shame in due course..... ;) Of course, it's those with lots of charity shop and car boot vases that they still haven't used who are the worst culprits - mea culpa!! You have tricked us by removing the 'onion relish' label from your vase though! What a lovely selection of spring flowers you have used in your jar though, regardless of its overexposure - and it shows that sparing a bloom or two of even the most precious things in our gardens adds a little something to our vases.Thanks for sharing - and enjoy your vase search, especially now the car boot season has started!!

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    1. I can just see you with a vase tally spreadsheet Cathy :) I will be on the look out from now for new and reloved vases.

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  3. Lovely combination of colours, Anna, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment Anca :)

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  4. Gorgeous flowers - and I completely understand your predicament. I have a total of about three clear, plain vases. I really only needed a vase every now and then when I splurged and bought myself a bouquet at the grocery store every now and then (somehow it never phases my husband to purchase cut flowers). But now that I've really built up my cut flower garden this past year, I'm able to have weekly vases from the garden and three vases most certainly is not enough. I'm definitely keeping my eyes out for hidden treasures at rummage sales this year, as well as know what is on my gift wish list.

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    1. Welcome Rebecca and thanks for your comment. I'm glad I'm not alone :) I hope that we are both successful in our respective missions to add to our limited collections of vases.

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  5. You are right about the vase issue, all mine seem to be too large for most of the flowers I have but when I go to buy more I'm always attracted to the larger ones anyway! Do try Ikea if you can bare the crowds, they have lots at great prices. Love the bluebells and the Thalia!

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    1. Either the flowers do not fit the vase or the vase does not fit the flowers. I've not worked it out yet Christina. Thanks for the tip about IKEA which has has reminded me that I may have one or two of their vases lurking at the back of a cupboard somewhere which have not made their debut as yet :)

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  6. Ah! sitting in the sunshine planning holidays. Are you pleased with 'Chedworth'? How does it compare with the picture of Lunaria 'Rosemary Verey' on my GBBD post?

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    1. Yes I'm pleased with it Brian although the plants are a bit on the lanky side. I think that I should have sown the seed earlier. I thought that I may have commented on your GBBD post but will check it out later :)

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  7. I don;t have the FB problem as I never post a photo of myself and no-one else does either but UIdo need some new clothes, Love your colour combination

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    1. No I don't post photos of myself either Sue or of anybody I know on Facebook and have been slightly miffed when a relative and a friend have 'tagged' me without checking with me first :( I could also do with some new clothes :)

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  8. Beautiful. I've grown Thalia for the first time this year as I'd seen it on several blogs and really liked it. I thought I'd made a mistake when the blooms first opened as they were a wishy washy lemon colour and did nothing for me at all, but they've come beautiful, just like yours. I wonder if they all start out this way or if mine are unusual in some way.

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    1. I think that mine do that too Jo. I've noticed that one or two of the paler narcissi go through subtle colour changes as they mature. I'm glad that you are pleased with your 'Thalia'.

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  9. I never take selfies so no one will no what I wear, and I think the vases we use are sometimes overshadowed and not noticed because of the flowers...case in point here. I love the flowers and colors you put together, and they look perfect in this lovely green glass.

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    1. I've never taken a selfie either Donna...... yet :) You'e made an excellent point as the flowers should be the stars and not not the vases. Thanks for your kind comment.

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  10. I love your blue and white colour scheme and the glass sets it off well. I have bought lots of vases and jugs on eBay. You can pick up really pretty ones very cheaply. But don' t tell anybody.

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  11. Thanks Chloris - I will keep your tip strictly to myself :)

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  12. It's lovely, Anna! Thalia is such a pretty daffodil and I love seeing bluebells as they don't grow here. I had to laugh as I found myself looking at a very pretty bottle of horribly expensive balsamico vinegar today.... I didn't buy it, but the bottle would have been perfect for spring flowers! ;-)

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  13. Thanks Cathy. I chuckled at the thought of you eyeing up a vinegar bottle as a potential candidate for your Monday vase. I may well yet follow your lead :)

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  14. A great selection of colours set off by the very pretty daffodil, spring is such a great time when everything is coming up and flowers, exciting :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment Rona. Spring is a lovely season indeed :)

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  15. Gorgeous vase of Spring loveliness. I really like using simple glass jars for flowers, but equally I do love to eye up the second hand selection in the community store, just in case something perfect turns up. I got two lovely little bud vases there last year. Happy vase buying, but most of all, enjoy holiday planning and your flowers!

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.