In a Vase on Monday. The Four Seasons in Miniature.

Today is the sixth anniversary for Cathy’s meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’. To celebrate she invites her followers to create a miniature arrangement, not bigger than 6 inches wide or 6 inches tall. Today was a miserable day to prowl round the garden with buffeting wind and rain, but still it had to be done, we can’t let the occasion pass by unmarked.

I decided to see if the recent frosts have left me enough blooms to create the four seasons  so that I could celebrate the year in flowers for Cathy’s anniversary.

There are plenty of summer blooms hanging on to give a colourful summer posy. I put them in my flower brick from Highgrove. It is exactly six inches long.


In it I have a few little rose buds, some salvias including Salvia ‘Hot Lips, Salvia leucantha ‘Purple Velvet’and Salvia ‘Nachtvlinder’. There is a pink scabious,  fluffy blue Ageratum corymbosum from the greenhouse. I used a  pink stock, a little white campanula, white Solanum jasminoides  and the fluffy heads of Pennisetum villosum.

The autumn posy is easy. The chrysanthemums are still going strong. Nerine undulata is always the last of the nerines to bloom. For leaf colour I used a red acer leave and bronze leaves from the damp loving fern, Osmunda regalis.

I used the tiny teapot that I still have from a miniature tea set given me when I went to Taiwan years ago.


I have had the small flowered ‘Picasso’ in a vase for three weeks and this spray is still fresh. When I took it out of the vase I noticed it had put out a root.


The little berries are berberis.

As well as ‘Picasso’, chrysanthemums are ‘Mary Stoker’, ‘Stratford Pink’ and ‘Golden Greenheart’.


My Winter vase has some red stems of Cornus alba ‘Siberica’,  variegated  Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’, the winter flowering heather, Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’, some red holly berries, Viburnum tinus, a sprig of Winter flowering Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum and pink and white Cyclamen hederifolium masquerading as the winter Cyclamen coum. I have sacrificed one of my precious snowdrops, Galanthus reginae-olgae as it is a special occasion.



Spring is a little more difficult. There are a few soggy primroses but their stems are too short for a vase and they don’t look very good. So I improvised a bit. I used Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ as a stand in for Mahonia japonica which is spring flowering for me. I also used flower buds from red and white skimmias which get their buds now and open up in spring.  The leaves of Euonymus japonicus ‘Silver’ King’ and Cyclamen hederifolium are to give a bit of spring freshness. And of course the lady on the  little Yolande vase is frolicking in delight just as I will be when spring comes.

So there are my four seasons to wish dear Cathy at Rambling in the Garden a happy sixth anniversary.

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38 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. The Four Seasons in Miniature.

  1. bcparkison says:

    My goodness…you did well. Everything here is gone..pooped out and droopy

  2. You really did have a nice selection despite the weather.

  3. Cathy says:

    I had forgotten you got your flower brick from Highgrove – I dithered over them for ages when I went this summer, but decided against it…a flower brick is still on my wishlist though 😉 Thanks for making such an effort to create your four seasonal vases – so clever, and what bounty you have still! I found it such an interesting challenge, as there were things that couldn’t have been used in a larger vase, so the searching process was quite liberating. Thanks for sharing some chrysanthemum cuttings with me a couple of years ago, like you, I am really enjoying them at this time of year and have added some more which are still establishing. What is the spidery purple thing in your autumn vase?

    Oh and do you keep your ageratum in the greenhouse or have you only recently moved it inside – the plant you sent me is doing well, and has buds on it so perhaps I will have flowers this year too!

    • Chloris says:

      I have two flower bricks, my other one is a bit larger. The spidery thing is pink rather than purple. It is a small flower from Nerine undulata. Did I send you a cutting of Chryanthemum ‘ Picasso’? I seem to remember you asking me for one. If not you can have this one.

      • Cathy says:

        It is a teeny tiny nerine then – is it a short plant too? You may have given me a Picasso but if you did it didn’t take, so yes please – but please don’t just post one thing, perhaps when there is sonething else that appeals? You don’t have seeds of Lunaria rediva do you? I haven’t been able to buy any. Your cuttings will be posted tomorrow

    • Chloris says:

      The ageratum flowers are from the one in the greenhouse, the big one outside is looking a bit limp.

  4. Cathy says:

    Beautiful! Must admit the summer one is my favourite, but they are all lovely. 🙂

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, you still have flowers, whereas most of us were scrambling to find a few things that made it through the frosts. Love your take on the four seasons – brava!

  6. snowbird says:

    Wow, how beautifully and cleverly you have recreated the seasons. I love them all. I’m amazed how much you have flowering.xxx

  7. I am humming Vivaldi’s Four Seasons now. And had not thought of it in years, reminds me of a summer in Italy long ago. I digress, love all of the four and wish I had a brick like that. Don’t you love it when vase flowers root?

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Amy. Yes, the brick is great for the dining table and so easy to arrange flowers in it, it always looks good. I was delighted to get a rooted chrysanthemum, this has never happened before.

  8. Kris P says:

    Well done. You not only captured the 4 seasons but also provided a panoply representing your entire garden!

  9. This is so impressive, really, and they are all so very pretty, and I’m fascinated with the brick, but seriously, a snowdrop? In November?? ❤

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Chris. The snowdrop is Galanthus reginae-olgae and it started blooming in October, this is not early, it always blooms now. The brick is fabulous for arranging flowers.

  10. Noelle says:

    I am so impressed by your four seasons…music maestro. On seeing your brick it reminded of school photographs where everyone wants to get their face in. This is for sure a line up of the current flowers in your garden.

  11. Not one but four! Fabulous 🙂

  12. Goodness Chloris what a selection. Are your chrysanthemums grown under glass? They’re lovely. And the snowdrop. Incredible bricks full

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Such a rich array of interesting and lovely flowers. I love your 4-seasons theme–a nice tribute.

  14. That is some achievement! Your summer brick looks particularly fresh and lovely.

  15. Annette says:

    I’m always impressed by the variety of flowers you find at this time of year – just delightful! I’m surprised to learn that you had a couple of frosts already, but thankfully they cannot have been that bad. I’m anxiously watching my Tetrapanax and Dahlia imperialis as they haven’t opened their buds yet. Hope all is well with you both, happy autumn days PS: This year I fell in love with a violet-blue Solanum. Do you know it? If I come across it, I must give it a go. x

    • Chloris says:

      Hello Annette, lovely to hear from you. I wonder if your solanum is rantonnetii? It is very pretty but unfortunately not hardy. I hope you are enjoying a lovely autumn. x

  16. Love the winter vase especially – how the Viburnum berries go with the white Galathus.

  17. Oh what a splendid seasonal anniversary tribute Chloris. You still have so much colour on the go. It must indeed have been a true sacrifice to snip that snowdrop flower! 😄

  18. tonytomeo says:

    I just mentioned to someone else that these tiny vases really show off flowers and foliage that I would not notice much otherwise. Even some of the familiar ones are shown off differently than they normally would be.

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