Monday, 21 November 2016

In A Vase On Monday - A Winter Vase

Truly it is winter in the garden now. The hailstone and snow showers we had during the week have all but finished off what Cathy, our In A Vase On Monday hostess, would call the hangers on.  I had to tiptoe through the snow and frost to forage in the shrubbery for materials for this week's vase.
I filled my vase with greenery from ivy, holly and osmanthus, berries from cotoneaster and skimmia and one lone stem of the wine red penstemon 'Tubular Bells' discovered surviving in a sheltered spot. There's a red rosebud from the rose 'Simply the Best' - one of a few that are still there but, I think, not for much longer. The leaves on my little green beech are now a wonderful coppery colour. They will all be gone soon so a couple of twigs had to be included.
This holly is ilex aquifolium 'Golden King'
It really is cold out ... that thermometer is registering -2°C.

Many thanks, as usual, to Cathy for hosting In A Vase On Monday. Without her encouragement I would probably not be out foraging in my garden and sharing each week my finds with you.


  1. Love your arrangement - wow is it really that cold up at your end of the world? brrr.. and do you have snow? I haven't watched the News for several days (been locked away making Steampunk Christmas decorations) - but down here in Essex its 10.2c outside at present :)
    Gill x

  2. Brr! We had one night below zero but daytime temperatures have been a few degrees above although yesterday's rain saw them rise a little, noy that it felt like it! No sign of snow yet... I love your jug of greenery and berries and hint of red bloom - and its good to be reminded that green is the mainstay of our gardens, whatever time of year it is. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth

  3. Ao pretty they are Elizabeth and isn't it rewarding to know they are from your garden sending lots of love x


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