In a Vase on Monday: a little Asian influence


I notice today that both Cathy over at Rambling in the Garden and Sue at From Sewing Room to Potting Shed were participating in a weekly meme showing a vase of flowers  from their garden. I’m not sure how long they have been doing this or who started it but it seemed like a fun idea so I thought I would join in.  There are a couple of downsides to this:

– joining in a weekly meme featuring flowers from the garden in December is probably not the best idea – I suspect it will become challenging very quickly and interesting foliage will soon predominate.

– I usually do a weekly round-up of the garden on a Sunday evening  and I like to leave posts for a couple of days so I will probably time the Monday vase for Monday evening.

So for my first vase I picked the few remaining Chrysanthemums in the garden.  These are from a collection I bought from Sarah Raven this year.  I am still in two minds about Chrysanthemums and can’t decide whether to include them next year.  I think I will pot them up for the winter and see where my dithering leads over the winter.  I thought to continue the Asian theme, after all Chrysanthemums are the national flower of Japan, I would add a little bamboo foliage.  This is a dwarf bamboo that I have had for years and I have a note of the name somewhere but I can’t remember where.  Then to complete the Asian effect I have used a vase I bought in Hong Kong back in my teens although I may have bought it in China, as we went on a day trip over the border and I remember buying one vase that day which sadly broke so I may have bought this one at the same time.

I have something up my sleeve for next week but I really do think this is going to get interesting.  Hopefully some of our Southern Hemisphere blogging friends will join in and cheer us up with their exotic blooms.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. flutes52 says:

    I was just enjoying Cathy’s meme (having looked at Christina’s on ‘Creating my garden of the Hesperides’) and the email about your latest post popped up in my inbox. Those of us who don’t have any flowers in the garden would never tire of looking at other people’s, so keep them coming. (the bamboo was a nice touch, too).

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Oh dear it turns out that the bamboo was not that inspirational at all. The leaves have curled up over night which is probably why you don’t see it in flower arrangements!

    2. Diana Studer says:

      the bamboo has maybe drunk all its water? Lots of thirsty stems in a small vase?

  2. How lucky to have some flowers to show at this time of year.

  3. Cathy says:

    Oops – slip of your finger and my name was changed, Helen! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic contribution – and I like the way you have worked on the Asian theme. This is why it should become such a good challenge and test our ingenuity, particularly in winter. I think this is about the fourth week and already I have been surprised at how even simple groupings look effective. I have no idea whether crysanths are still usually going strong in December but if so then they have this to commend themselves, as well as their striking colours – are they just odd flowers, or several on each plant still? I wonder what you will decide about them…

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Sorry Cathy! my only excuse is that I am full of head cold – error corrected

  4. Julie says:

    Hi Helen – I have just popped over from Cathy’s blog to have a look at your flowers. I think they look great and the idea of using bamboo is inspired – I might have to steal that one in the hard weeks to come! I started growing chrysanthemums recently and am a real convert – there is nothing else to provide such a pop of colour and form at this late stage in the year. I have lifted mine already and am storing the roots in the potting shed for a few months. I will be interested to see if you carry on growing yours next year.


    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Julie
      How are you storing the roots? I was going to pot them up

  5. sueturner31 says:

    Have you seen the Chrysanthemum Jessie Cooper…it might win you over…

  6. Chloris says:

    I used to dislike chrysanthemums but I love them now, your vase looks great. I love having flowers to look forward to late in the year.You are right finding a vase full of flower in December gets harder and harder but I will have a go next week.

  7. Anna says:

    I do like those smaller crysanths Helen. The bamboo compliments them well as does the vase.
    Cathy has indeed set a challenge but I think that I will be sitting it out for a while 🙂

  8. Caro says:

    Well done for rustling up a bit of colour for the vase! I love the idea of a Monday vase and almost joined in a couple of weeks ago when I still had nasturtiums in the garden but life took over and the post got waylaid. I think I might have a look round and give it another go – as you correctly say, there’s always interesting foliage, surely the mainstay of every winter garden?

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