Monday, 20 March 2017

In A Vase On Monday ~ Sink Or Swim?


My 'In A Vase On Monday' this week is in fact a bowl into which I've  tried to float a quartet of hellebore flowers, hoping that they would artistically drift atop of the water. So far they are being rather wayward, hence the title of my post. It could be the fact that they were wet when picked that is dragging them down into the deep briny. Not content with chucking wet suff down most of the weekend, the skies continued to weep again this morning but the sun has come out this afternoon to celebrate the first day of spring. Yaaaaaaaaaaay!

The flowers have been picked from a plant that has been in the garden for years, from a self-seeder and from two newcomers purchased since the start of the year. I did vow not to buy all more hellebores this year but like snowdrops I find them hard to resist. Helleborus 'Madame Lemonnier' (bottom left) is the first newcomer carrying outward facing dusky-pink flowers. The majority of the flowers are conspicuous by their sheer size but this is one of the plant's smaller flowers.  The second newcomer is Helleborus 'Angel Glow' (bottom right), which seems to have been fed on a diet of steroids going by the sheer volume of flowers it has produced.

The Portmeirion bowl was a serendipitous find that emerged as we were clearing my mother's house. The exterior is an intense deep blue whilst the inner surface has a iridescent glaze of pale blues, soft greens and turquoise which has had me bewitched from the moment I set my eyes on it.

Thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' who provides the inspiration to come up with a weekly vase each Monday. I see that Cathy is very much in the pink this week celebrating the landmark anniversary of five years of blogging. Do pop in and say hello to her either with or without a vase and be sure of a warm welcome.

10 comments:

  1. The bowl is exceptionally pretty and a good backdrop for the lovely hellebores, Anna, even if they are inclined to sink. I'm glad you got some sunshine for the first day of spring!

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  2. Yes, that bowl is an absolute delight and I can imagine how tactile it must feel too - and it will also be a lovely reminder of your Mom. Good to see your new hellebores - I was hoping to buy Anna's Red this year, but it is nowhere to be found at the moment so I have purchased Penny's Pink in the meantime ;)

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  3. Imagine, flowers in rain, I wish ...

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  4. I like your bowl Anna, and floating hellebores really is the best way to appreciate them, even if they don't want to float! There are so many different shades available now, but I like the simple pink or white ones without freckles best. :)

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  5. Never mind, Anna, they just look beautiful –sink or swim– and the blue bowl sets the flowers off to perfection. Have a good week :)

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  6. They look so pretty in that bowl - like little happy faces!

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  7. A lovely way to enjoy your Hellebores; I'm glad you did have some sun on the first day of spring, sunshine makes all the difference at this time of year.

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  8. The bowl is a nice reminder to have from your mother. We were fortunate to be given some pieces of Portmeirion by a friend downsizing.

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  9. A perfect way to enjoy the faces of hellebore blooms! Your bowl is a beauty and works well with the blooms.

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