In a vase on Monday: Pretty in Pink


This meme has made me somewhat obsessive about seeking out something to put in a vase on Monday.  I realised that this was the case when I got quite excited to spot some bergenia flowers when my eldest moved his car yesterday and bored him on the subject all the way to the supermarket he was taking me to (I had hurt my arm so wasn’t driving).

I have to be honest that the bergenias are my neighbours and grow along the edge of their garden when it joins our driveway and are making a bid to engulf the driveway.  Having said that I have quite a few bergenias in the garden, although none in flower at the moment, and I think they are very underrated.  As you can see they have wonderful foliage and are great for providing substance at the front of the border but I get the feeling that the are one of those marmite plants that you either love or hate.

The vase is a purchase from a trip to Hong Kong in my late teens.  The pashmina was a gift from my Japanese pen pal.  We have written to each other for some 35 years, well to be honest it is more a case of Christmas and birthday cards these days; but I didn’t meet up with her on my recent trip to Japan as she lives in the north of the country and I was in the south with little space in the itinerary.

Thank you to Cathy for hosting this meme – check out her post which will have links to other vase posts in the comments box.



7 Comments on “In a vase on Monday: Pretty in Pink

  1. Yes, the pashmina and vase are perfect for these pink blooms, Helen. And I agree with you on the ‘Marmite’ tag – they can so often be seen as stalwarts of municipal planting, but having their blooms at this time of year is such a welcome sight to see so we should give them more of a chance. I note that the addiction to IAVOM has kicked in promptly…! 😉

  2. Hi Helen – I didn’t know bergenias flowered in the winter in England. Liz Morrow of ‘Omaio’ a Garden of National Significance with the NZ Gardens Trust has used a lot of white ones with huge hostas in her coastal bush garden near Warkworth north of Auckland. They look great! Look up her garden and be inspired to come down and visit some of our magnificent gardens. She also runs a B&B on her property. I have seen her previous gardens and they also were WOW factors. She also managed Eden Gardens in Auckland City for a number of years and brought it up to scratch. Hope you are not having too much wild weather. Finally having some 25c plus days and pool today 29c so rather nice!!!

    • Thanks Yvonne I will check it out but I don’t think bergenias flower here when the hostas are in leaf but I can imagine how fab it looks.

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