In A Vase on Monday – Fresh Spring


I have wanted to join in with Cathy’s weekly meme – In a Vase on Monday – for a while.

However, firstly it means posting on a Monday and I post my weekend review on a Sunday/Monday so that’s a clash. I am also hopeless at flower arranging resorting every time to the ‘plonking’ approach so it is a little daunting joining in such a meme.

But I am so pleased with all the spring flowers in the garden that I wanted to bring some in and share them. I have lots of these tiny daffodils flowering, I seem to remember they are Tete a Tete.  They were planted in pots last year and when I emptied the pots I spread the bulbs around the garden and they are really rewarding me this year.  After the large inherited daffodils they are the first to flower in the garden and are making it glow. The problem though was what to put them in.  I have lots of large vases but nothing small and dainty – it’s not really me but I have this small Chinese pot which I bought in my teens and I decided it might just do.


I added some fresh young Aquilegia leaves and a few cyclamen leaves to act as a framework and to support the flowers.

I am quite pleased with the effect and I have put the creation in my bedroom so the fresh spring flowers cheer me each morning.

Next week I hope to find something small enough to show off some of the lovely primulas I have.

For more Monday vases ramble over to Cathy’s


15 Comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Fresh Spring

  1. A beautiful charming little vase Helen. I love the pot and the little bit of foliage. I felt a bit daunted when I started putting vases together, but now I just let the creative spirit loose….I do need to remember to have a vase in my bedroom once our snow melts and we finally have some blooms.

  2. Whoohoo! Well done Helen – and you say it is plonking, but doesn’t it look effective. For most of us that’s all we do, with just the occasional tweak – and as you will find out they really do bring pleasure. My hellebores are inches away from me as I sit with laptop at the kitchen table. Your little pot is perfect, and just including a few leaves adds the finishing touch. Look forward to next week’s! ps sometimes I do create mine in advance and schedule them to publish earlyish on Monday as I am out most of the morning

  3. I’m a bit of a ‘plonker’ too – though your vase seems rather beautifully placed to me and I love the combination of leaves and fresh Spring yellow – I’m away to ramble to Cathy’s.

  4. You should be pleased. It looks great. I’ll look forward to more of your creations. Live and learn, they say. You too will become addicted to flower arranging.

    • Hi Stephaney
      I do think I will ever become addicted to flower arranging as it is too much fiddling for me and the plants don’t do as they are told!

  5. I love these little daffodils – my tete a tete are just breaking out today. I am building up quite a collection of spring bulbs by planting them in pots in the autumn and then moving them into empty spaces in the garden after the pots have gone over. I hope that you keep joining in with this meme – it is always so nice to see what everyone can find and we all seem to come up with something different even of the flowers are similar – I would not have thought of using cyclamen leaves in an arrangement – that idea, along with Cathy’s pink water will be going in my notebook!

    • hi Julie
      the problem with cyclamen leaves is they don’t seem to have very long stems

  6. Oh such cheerful instant sunshine Helen. My ‘Tête-à-Tête’ were first to flower too with other little daffies opening during the lovely warm weather on Saturday. I’m a a bit of a ‘plonker’ too but I’m sure that the flowers don’t mind nor will the other contributors to Cathy’s meme.

  7. Lovely, lovely, Helen. No daffs in my garden yet just snow, but can probably find some in a garden center somewhere. Now I’ve seen yours, I’m on my way to look. P. x

  8. I think you will find the challenge of this meme honing your arranging skills over time. Seems like you nailed it first time out.

    • Thank you for the encouragement. Sadly the aquilegia leaves don’t seem to be very good in a vase and are already looking limp:(

  9. Plonking seems to be most people’ s favourite way of flower arranging. It is certainly my favourite. I like to see flowers looking natural rather than tortured and twisted into ‘ artistic’ poses. How pretty your little daffs look; just perfect for these first spring days.

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