greentapestry : In A Vase On Monday ~ 'Wonderful Baby'

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

In A Vase On Monday ~ 'Wonderful Baby'

"Wonderful baby livin' on love
The sandman says maybe he'll take you above,
Up where the girls fly on ribbons and bows,
Where babies float by just 
Counting their toes."

 - lyrics from 'Wonderful Baby' by Don McLean

It's a late in the day vase for me this week - in fact a whole day late. This weekend was rather special as I travelled south to spend a couple of days with my sister. My sister became a grandmother for the first time in January, so there was a new little person in the family for me to meet in the shape of a great niece. 

With one thing and another it was a hectic weekend and by the time I arrived home yesterday evening I was fit for very little. My vase was picked today and consists of the following :
  • Stems of a most lilac lilac which I spotted just outside the allotment gates this morning. It smells fabulous.
  • Again just outside the allotment gates a couple of branches bearing the white flowers of hawthorn also known as May blossom.
  • Some frothy pink in the shape of flowers from the perennial pimpinella major rosea which is growing in the garden.
  • Some leafiness from what I think are sycamore seedlings growing where they shouldn't be in amongst my gooseberry bed at the allotment.

The vase is one that belonged to my mother who would have relished being a great-grandmother.

This was very much a quick pink and plonk and sadly the vase will have to live outside in the greenhouse. As I moved it to take a photo a trail of petals and pollen followed me. I will be able to appreciate it at close quarters though as there is much in the way of potting up to be done this week.

Thanks as always to the lovely Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' who encourages us to share our vases every Monday.


  1. There seems something companionable about having a vase of flowers in a greenhouse.

    1. It's lovely to hear from you Lucy. Your observation is spot on. It's quite comforting to have some colour in there when everything else is mainly green 😄

  2. Lovely and pink and frothy and how lovely to have a new baby in the family. Lilac smells wonderful, I wish it was a bit longer lasting.

    1. It was a rather 'girly' mix in the vase Chloris but then baby girls are sugar and spice after all. The scent is quite delicious.

  3. Mmm, smells lovely! Or maybe it is the bunch of lilac on my kitchen counter I can smell - a gift from a friend! Enjoy the scent, albeit in the greenhouse. :)

    1. Oh what a fine gift Cathy! I might do a bit of rearranging tomorrow, remove the hawthorne and bring the vase indoors 😉

  4. Welcome to the new family member, and what a lovely way to celebrate its entrance into this world?! Your vase makes an important connection and isn't it amazing how things just keep going. Maybe one day the "little person" will fill the very same vase with flowers. Have a lovely May, Anna xx

  5. That is a vase full of Spring...the sort of Spring or early summer when lilac blooms rather than the early spring when one is looking for snowdrops. Now that you have used those gorgeous stems of sycamore with their coppery rippling pleats, I think many of us will be using them. You have a real eye for good combinations.

  6. Lilac is another of those memories of childhood flowers.


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