In a Vase on Monday. Skinny Twigs and Fat Flowers.

My vase today started off with twigs from the garden. Red and green dogwood, black pussy willow and winter honeysuckle all seemed to go well together.


The honeysuckle , Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ is lovely in a vase and smells delicious, but it does start to drop its flowers very quickly.

Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’

I love the little black claws of Salix melanostachys, I don’t know any other salix with claws like this.

The dogwood is Cornus alba sibirica ‘Westonbirt’ and Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’


But then I had a quick look at Cathy’s vase and saw she had picked one of her hyacinths. What a great idea. Once my obese hyacinth flowers  open up they start to fall over. I am sick of trying to prop them up with sticks and raffia. They look as if they are wearing a corset and of course they need one. How liberating to cut them all off and put the pots to one side ready for outdoor planting. And so we have some fat flowers to go with the skinny sticks. And the great thing is the sticks support the fat flowers. I found another vase because the first one is a bit autumnal.

Here is another shot of the salix claws, as they mature they turn red.


I know I am rather rude about these hyacinths but I wish they weren’t quite so rotund. The great thing is though that once planted in the garden they become much daintier and I think prettier as the years go by.

Thank you Cathy for hosting the meme and for giving me the idea for my arrangement today. If you check out Cathy’s blog you will see that she is endlessly inventive in choosing titles, flowers and props for her arrangements. She has inspired people from all round the world to take part and put some flowers in a vase every monday.

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37 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Skinny Twigs and Fat Flowers.

  1. Christina says:

    I have to admit I actually prefer the vase before the addition of the Hyacinths. I’m not a great fan of them indoors, I find their fragrance just too overpowering. I have one in the garden that is almost open but others are only just poking their heads out of the ground.

    • Chloris says:

      I like the smell when they first open but it gets a bit rank as they mature. As I said, I much prefer them when they have slimmed down after a year or two in the garden.

  2. Oh my what a glorious jug and vase filled with my favorite bulb, hyacinth….can’t wait to see mine bloom in about 2 months so I too can cut them for a vase.

  3. Cathy says:

    Oh well bunged, Chloris – definitely worth cutting the hyacinths before they do their usual flopping about. Mine were only bargain ones, so not even fat in a pot and quite sparse in the flowering department which does make them less smelly too. I like both the sticks on their own and accompanied by the fat flowers too, and of course I admire your title as well 🙂

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Cathy. I did grow some multi flora hyacinths in blue which were much slimmer and each bulb had several stems. I shall grow them again next year, I much prefer them. And they didn’t flop so much.

  4. Kris P says:

    Obese hyacinths – what an image! I like both incarnations of the vase but, as I’m addicted to color, I prefer the second to the first.

  5. Alison C says:

    Snap. I used red and green twigs too, mainly as there is not much else about. I agree about hyacinths, though fragrant they are a nuisance to prop up so I chopped mine too and they have lasted much longer than I expected in water. Yours look brilliant with the twigs and the pretty jug and not at all fat now.

  6. Cathy says:

    The hyacinths really do brighten up this arrangement, but it was quite pretty without them too. 🙂 Love the jug!

  7. Oh that is a lovely mix Chloris and it must be filling the room with its scent

  8. That’s a very nice combination! I know what you mean about the Hyacinths–I usually end up cutting them very short, so the bases of the flowers balance on the vase edge. But I like your solution just as well. That pitcher vase is so pretty!

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely! I’ve adored hyacinths since childhood because they’re the first flower I ever saw that came in blue!

  10. I like the drama of the branches only vase, but also enjoy the color of the flabby Hyacinths and nothing brings a smile to my face like a successful floral engineering feat!

  11. Your Lonicera and Hyacinths go well together. It is annoying of the Hyacinths to keel over the way they do.

  12. Joanna says:

    Your arrangements is beautiful and I’m sure it is wonderfully fragrant! 🙂

  13. Peter Herpst says:

    I liked your arrangement both ways. What a glorious and fragrant treat!

  14. Sam says:

    I don’t recall noticing salix claws before – thank you for bringing them to my attention. I’m off to have a closer look at some!

  15. snowbird says:

    How pretty! I just love the dogwoods, I have lots of those, I’m rather obsessed with them.xxx

  16. tonytomeo says:

    Oh I missed this. I do like the winter honeysuckle. I have never seen in here.

  17. Ali says:

    Yes. I have the same problem with hyacinth. The ones planted out in the garden for a couple of years get skinnier and easier to manage, but they have very short stems!

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