Monday, 14 September 2015

In A Vase On Monday ~ The Chicken Or The Egg?


In this instance the chicken came along first well before the egg. The chicken was liberated from a local charity shop sometime in the previous century and usually guards the entrance to the greenhouse. I suppose that strictly speaking he's a cockerel and also that I should treat him more kindly than I do. He remains outside all year round so he must get rather chilly at times and his feathers are getting quite thin in places.

The egg 'vase' only arrived this year. I can't take credit for the idea, which I came across somewhere when I was surfing the web on one of those serendipitous journeys that come from out of nowhere. I decided there and then to have a go. Several soft boiled eggs and toasted soldiers breakfasts followed, before I had an eggshell that was intact enough to find a home for this project. I think that I may be cheating a little this week as my 'vase' does have a teaspoon or so of compost in it and it is planted. I'm not sure what Cathy will have to say on the matter.


Put together in late spring and sitting outside since, both the vase and eggshell now show signs of being exposed to the elements. I'm not sure what will happen overwinter but will find out. However I suppose that this could happily live indoors just as well as outdoors. I have plans to make more as well as one or two ideas for seasonal variations, especially for Easter time, in the pipeline.

Thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' for her idea of getting each week off to such an eggcellent start and providing us with the means of sharing our vases.

23 comments:

  1. This is fun and a good reward for surfing. I shall pass on the idea to my daughter as she likes finding unusual homes for her sempervivums. The ever bearing strawberry is Mount Everest and climbs! (Thanks to my allotment neighbour who gave me the original runners and remembered their name.)

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    1. I have a lovely small everbearing strawberry, which never runs! I volunteer several years ago at Kenilworth Castle and help plant up the borders there. The following year they self seeded in the gravel I had to clear, hence three little seedling came home in my lunch box. Now I enjoy them frequently.

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  2. Hi Anna, this is a great project, an interesting twist on a vase.

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  3. Fabulous, such a cute display, and what a mighty fine looking cockerel.

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  4. That's a really fun idea, OK so it's not a vase who cares, I like fun things. Great idea.

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  5. Very elegant cockerel, and pretty little succulents in such a cute vase.

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  6. What a great idea, very funny...I like things that bring a smile. I shall make some up to give as little presents to children who come visiting. I have loads of sempervivums, and will be having boiled eggs for breakfast...

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  7. Full marks for innovation and artistic endeavour I say.. love it!

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  8. Looks great. I'm chuckling that you've planted up your 'vase' with plants known as hen and chickens ;)

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  9. Eggcellent twist indeed Anna - and a really well-thought out interpretation that is most worthy of you. Did you consider 'blowing' the egg rather than having your egg and eating it? Blowing eggs is hard work though :( We find the shells from our own chicken's eggs tend to be tougher than than bought ones but it depends what they eat (have you read The Fox Busters?). Thanks for amusing us this damp Monday

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  10. Anna I love the chicken and egg with the perfect planting...i think it counts for a potted vase.

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  11. I think the combination is wonderful, Anna! I look forward to seeing it in different incarnations in the future.

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  12. What a great idea - I have seen egg shells planted up before but never with succulents or as a long lasting display - well done on a great project!

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  13. I guess you wouldn't have the chicken or the egg without the cockerel, although with modern developments???

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  14. The cockerel is adorable, he has held up well in the weather. How clever to use an eggshell to plant hens and chicks! The coiled holder is perfect, too. That would be a cute project for children.

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  15. Love this idea Anna... I think sempervivums can be planted in just about anything and I must see if I can also find some unusual containers for overwintering some of my baby ones. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Oh, thank you Anna, your cockerel gave me a delighted chuckle, what a fun fellow to have by your greenhouse. I love your eggshell project too...

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  17. I think your vase is most charming and unusual and the cockerel beside it - well, just perfection, I'd say. To keep him warm you could knit him a little jumper ;)

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  18. The houseleeks look perfect in that egg, minuscule gardening :)

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  19. Thanks for all your lovely and amusing comments. The thought of egg blowing never crossed my mind Cathy but thanks for the useful piece of information that your own chickens' eggshells are usually tougher. This snippet of information may well come in handy when it comes to the next project :)

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  20. On what a great idea, I love your cockerel and egg arrangement, what fun!

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- Anna.