In a Vase on Monday: Sunshine and Scent

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden arranges flowers in a vase year-round, and posts her creations each Monday. I’m always impressed with what she pulls together. In addition, several bloggers join the creative process, posting there In a Vase on Monday and linking to Cathy’s blog.

I discovered Cathy at Rambling in the Garden through Cathy at Words and Herbs, yet another example of how I love this blogging world. I like to refer to them casually as The Cathys. I hope they don’t mind.

I filled today’s vase with my beloved Freesia in yellows and whites. Then, I clipped some greens from our Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira). The Pittosporum, sometimes called mock orange, is one of two trees that preceded our move to this house 27 years ago.

Rounding out the color are a few orange nasturtium (Tropaeolum). The stems are weak, but I couldn’t resist their vibrant color. They self-seed all over the garden this time of year in reds, yellows, and oranges.

I found the vase at a vintage shop a few years ago. I bought it for a song, telling me it’s neither vintage nor valuable, but with a ceramic cat hanging from the edge, it’s priceless.

Please visit Rambling in the garden to see what other bloggers have arranged In a Vase on Monday.

24 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Sunshine and Scent

  1. I love the case, naturally!!! Flowers from the garden, have so much more grace and personality than those from a store!


  2. I love everything about this vase Alys! The Freesias must be wonderful indoors, spreading their scent through the house. And the cat on your vase is precious! I love Nasturtiums too with their vibrant colour. Lovely! ๐Ÿ’•


  3. Ha, I don’t mind being part of The Cathys!! I can see why a cat-lover would find the vase appealing, but even without the cat the colour and shape works well with your freesias which must smell divine. I have tried without success to grow them in pots in the greenhouse before, without success, but should perhaps try again. The pittosporum that I have here have never produced flowers and I think they would be insignificant if they did – but I am guessing yours are more noticeable and are fragrant? I certainly find the foliage really useful for vases and posies


  4. What a sweet vase….freesias are rarely seen in gardens here in the colder NE, but so lovely. Can’t wait to plant nasturtiums in about a month.


  5. I was intrigued by you referring to pittosporum as mock orange, since the one I’m more familiar with is philadelphus, but sure enough, they’re both mock oranges! Wonderful juicy fresh colours. Spring is surely on the way for you.


  6. Pretty as can be ! I bet is smells yummy too. What a treat to just walk into your yard to collect an arrangement. I remember being able to get Freesia bundles here for $10. No such deals these days. I’d still treat myself if not for the kittys. They just can’t help playing with and chewing on anything green. Little stinkers, good thing they’re cute ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’›


    • Kelly, the scent is intoxicating. I’m sorry to hear that they are so pricey in Canada. It makes me appreciate them even more. Interestingly, the white and yellow are the most vigorous. The reddish ones are just coming up, but in much smaller quantities. Nature is endlessly fascinating. xo

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  7. I love the vase! So perfect in so many ways. No flowers here. I think in certain areas of the mountain they have a couple of lavender farms but nothing else will grow. The winds are too intense and blow all petals away. They truck some up to the markets from Phoenix but by the time we get them, they are quite weary. Silk flowers will have to do for us here. Put them in a pretty vase and you almost can’t tell.


    • Thank you, Marlene. It sounds like the desert is a challenging place to live. High altitude, low humidity, and wind are all challenging. I know you lived there before, but it’s quite a change from the Pacific Northwest, eh?

      I hope you’ve had a nice Easter. We’ve enjoyed the most gorgeous day of sunshine and low seventies!

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      • I didn’t like it here before and my feelings haven’t changed. I loved the PNW and all the green. I spent my day in my bed catching up on blogs as much as possible. We are going up to 77 this week and them cooling down again. I’m a Virgo. I need things to grow and they don’t even in pots here. But, I”m not complaining. I have my own space and I can afford to pay for it. I have plenty to do and read. I think I just needed a full day of rest from difficult people so I’m hiding. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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