In a Vase on Monday


I love Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme at Rambling in the Garden. It’s such a fun, friendly meme, but sometimes I panic a little about the time I’m taking when I should be doing something else.

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In future I’m going to gently remind myself of the point – to participate and get a lot of pleasure in recording something that was flowering in my garden on a particular day.


So today I present my blue Anemone de Caen (a mixture, rather than a named cultivar – I’ve picked only the blues), some Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ for foliage and a tiny touch of Brunnera ‘Langtrees’ (perhaps I should have added more?).


I put them in a little vase that I found at a vide grenier last summer. It instantly appealed, partly because I am trying to build up a collection of flowery things to sell through a business I have in mind for the future.


I’m finding the vase difficult to use – as with so many of my vases. It has a very narrow neck. There’s a longing for a big soup tureen type thingy, so that maybe I can get a bit more imaginative with my arrangements. Certainly I’ll need one of them for the roses, when they come. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled at the vide greniers this summer.

And, surprisingly, on the little vase is a blue flower shape that could almost be representing a stylised anemone!


Aren’t the patterns that an anemone flower makes just perfect?


See you later in the week, hopefully, for a closer look at the Bon Viveur’s massive new project.

Today I’m off to plant potatoes, following my Rustica magazine ‘Calendrier de Lune 2017’ – it’s a root day, with a full moon tomorrow. I’ve only been following this method for a short while, but my germination rates seem to have improved a little … Hmm, can astrology for plants really work?

Go over and see what the other Monday vasers are doing today at Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden.



26 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday

  1. Cathy

    Oh I love the almost understated simplicity of this – it works so well and you definitely didn’t need anything else in the vase. I know what you mean about vases – they can so pretty but sometimes they just aren’t practical 😉 I guess ‘vide greniers’ are a bit like UK car boot sales? I have had planting by the moon books a couple of times, but have not managed to work according to the suggested times, so well done to you for managing it. I am sure the moon does have an effect when you think of the powerful influence it has over water. Oh and yes, please do be gentle to yourself…

    1. Cathy Post author

      Yes, Cathy, vide grenier is like a car boot – but they are much prettier because they are held up and down a village street instead of in a field. Literally ’empty the attic’. I think the moon does have a powerful effect – the tricky thing is, what do you consider a leek to be/ or a spring onion? The French would say you use it for the root, I would say the leaves. That’s because the French like their onions/leeks white and the English speakers tend to think the leaves are the most important bit. So it leads to hours of ridiculous debate in our house!

      1. Cathy

        And life is too short to argue over a leek… 😉 Vide grenier sound lovely – how often would they be held in each village?

      2. Cathy Post author

        Every village has one a year, but there are hundreds of tiny villages. And a website that tells you where all the vide greniers are in your area!

  2. Kris P

    I love those intense blues! My own blue anemones have pooped out. They don’t seem to do nearly as well in my current garden as they did in my old one but I pulled up the bulbs and planted them in an area of the garden that might be more hospitable – my fingers are crossed that they’ll return next year.

    Best wishes with the potatoes!

  3. Cathy

    Very pretty Cathy – those Anemones really are beautiful. I have never tried gardening according to the moon, but am convinced it would make a difference, so should try it. I have recently heard a lot about ‘moon wood’ – the wood from trees felled at a certain time in the moon’s cycle is of a higher quality and apparently has ideal properties for use as a building material….

    1. Cathy Post author

      That’s fascinating about the ‘moon wood’, Cathy. The problem with gardening by the moon is that you often get such a brief window of opportunity that you can miss it for another 10 days or so – but it does seem to be ‘the accepted way’ in France.

    1. Cathy Post author

      You can’t, can you – but in my house (at the moment, hopefully not in the future) it’s hard to find places to store them!

  4. Alison C

    What a beautiful blue arrangement. I love the colours and the purple leaves, very elegant. A very pretty vase too. I did once try gardening by the moon but now I just do things when I have time. I expect if you got into the habit it would be easier.


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