In a Vase on Monday – Never Work With Animals


The theme for my vase this week is red.  I wanted to use some of the Euphorbia characias ‘White Swan’ as I love the flower heads.  They have red eyes on each of the flowers, you have to trust me on this one.  Anyway, I have been pondering how to use them on and off all week and decided that the red Polyanthus would pick up the colour really well.

Next puzzle, and I have quickly learnt from other people’s Monday Vase posts that this is as important as the plant material, what vase/container to use.  I remembered a small glazed pot that I bought in Barcelona a few years back which was just the right shade for the polyanthus.  Relocating the vase I discovered it was full of small tissue packets of seed collected on holiday last summer in the Italian lakes.


The vase is quite wide so I added some prunings of new rose shoots as a framework and I thought the colour of the new shoots worked well with the red theme.  Having photographed my vase outside last week I decided to continue this idea however my furry friend had other ideas.


As they say never work with children and animals.  How the vase didn’t get knocked over I have no idea.


So here is the finished vase and you can only just see the vase.  I must work on photographing my ‘creations’ better.  I have to admit that when I cut the Euphorbia (taking great care not to get any sap on my skin) I realised that the flowers were on the wane and you couldn’t see the red centres but never mind I think it looks quite pretty.

For more Monday vases visit Cathy over at Rambling in the Garden and check out the comments box


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely combination, the red vase and the Polyanthus, Euphorbia and rose shoots and such fun to have a furry helper.

  2. Cathy says:

    Tee hee – at least we have all had a good laugh fro your photos! What a great idea to use rose prunings as they are the perfect colour to match the polyanthus and the vase – and I think you will find the euphorbia will pick up. Mine that I used the other week perked up and was great in a vase, easily outliving the other contents – I shall certainly use it again as it will be a useful filler. Thanks for sharing – hope you have a had a productive start to your Easter break

  3. How very nice to see these lovely red Polyanthus blooms. And the white Euphorbia does complement it nicely….it looks so natural in your garden as though they were just blooming alongside each other.

  4. Julie says:

    What is it with cats? They ignore you most of the time & then as soon as you try to do something like read a magazine or take a photograph there they are getting in the way! Mine is just as bad. Lovely contents in your vase this week – I would not have thought of putting polyanthus with a euphorbia, but it works and the rose pruning are a stroke of genius!

  5. Amy says:

    A lovely combination – including the cat, of course!

  6. Lovely combo – and lovely, if inconveniencing, cat!

  7. Sigh. You have something beautifully set up and then a small furry friend decides to undertake “improvements”. And they just never have our taste, do they!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rachel
      She gets very excited when I go in the garden and she was extra excited and helpful as I would normally have been at work

  8. Rebecca says:

    Such big, beautiful red blooms! I’m very new to the In a Vase meme, but I too have noticed how many others arrange their flowers in very interesting and beautiful vases. Right now, I only have boring clear class vases. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for more intriguing objects that I can use as vases when I attend some rummage sales this spring and summer.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rebecca
      I’m new to it too and have suddenly developed an interest in sourcing interesting vases

  9. Chloris says:

    A lovely combination. How original using a cat as a prop.

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