In a vase on Monday – Winter Bear


As I am hopeless at sticking to things I will not start this post by saying that I intend to participate in Cathy’s weekly In A Vase On Monday meme. Instead I will aspire to take part more than I did last year, which shouldn’t be too hard to achieve!

January is really not the ideal time to try and write a post about a vase full of things from your garden but I have managed to rustle up some Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ which isn’t quite fully open so may be useful next week, or the week after and some Jasminum nudi-florum which to be honest is probably beginning to go over.


The bear ornament is one of what my family call my ‘Christmas tat’ collection which I think is quite rude.  Essentially, every December I seem to acquire one or two Christmassy ornaments to add to my growing collection.  I am rather fond of the bear whose name is Prudence – well that’s what is says on its bottom – and she doesn’t go away in the cupboard after Christmas but usually moves to her non-Christmas quarters in the spare bedroom aka my sewing room.

The vase is a flea market find a couple of years back costing the princely sum of £1 and the light is newish and bought to help me seeing when I am sewing in the evenings.

So that is my first IAVOM post, I wonder how many I will manage this year.  Thanks to Cathy for hosting this meme – you can check out hers and others by visiting her blog via this link

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

5 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – Winter Bear”

  1. Those of us who have posted vases through several winters know how much pleasure just a few sprigs of somethng can give when pickings are slim, and your jasmine and viburnum are no exception – thank you for sharing them and including your props too, which always add a touch of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to IAVOM. Hopefully see you here again soon

  2. You may be surprised at just how infectious these IaVoM posts can become. I had no concept of where it’s led me when I started. I think your vase and your winter bear figurine are lovely and I’m glad your bear has a refuge to return to.

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