In a vase on Monday. Winter

I’m beginning to get a little insecure about my lack of winter flowers and garden structure.  All I see is white and more white, and although I suppose a nice steady winter of cold and snow cover is far better than ice and repeated freeze-thaw, the strengthening sun is starting to make me antsy for growing things.

icicle arrangement

Icicles harvested from the garden.

A good crop of icicles is all I could find in the garden for Cathy’s vase on Monday meme.  They’re from the garden, they’re in a vase, but I don’t think they’ll be gracing the dining room table.

Give Cathy’s blog a visit for some real garden inspiration.  Each Monday she encourages us to get out there and see what the garden has to offer for a nice vase, and each Monday people rise to the occasion.  Hopefully in another few weeks there will be something worthy from this end 🙂

37 comments on “In a vase on Monday. Winter

  1. Christina says:

    So much snow! thank goodness you have your indoor garden under the lights. The icicles are a great idea for a vase, definitely thinking outside the box as Cathy says!

    • bittster says:

      Even the indoor garden is chilly today!
      I saw the icicles growing last night and thought it would be just the right thing to pick for a vase. It also didn’t hurt that they were right outside the door, so not much tracking through the snow required 😉

  2. AnnetteM says:

    Great idea for a vase!

  3. Kris P says:

    How wonderful! Now that was something I didn’t expect to see in the midst of all that snow. Snow clearly drives people to new heights of creativity.

    • bittster says:

      The snow is driving us to something… but I’m not sure if it’s creativity 😉
      Thanks for the comment, but I still far prefer the colors and vases which you put together!

  4. Pauline says:

    I like it, what a good idea!

  5. Chloris says:

    I love it, You could set a trend there. After all, this meme is to use what we have in the garden for a vase. And that is exactly what you did. What fun.

  6. johnvic8 says:

    That is probably the most innovative, creative, imaginative, fabulous idea I’ve seen in quite some time. Wow!!

  7. That is wonderful! Such elegance in ice 😉

  8. That is quite a crop of icicles. and I love the idea of this vase…so creative. I had to grow bulbs indoors so I could have flowers this winter….we are buried too up here in CNY.

    • bittster says:

      Thanks Donna, I also have a few things blooming indoors, it really makes a difference when everything is so *dormant* outside (I didn’t want to say dead!)

  9. Heh. Is that what they call frost flowers? File this in the if-life-gives-you-lemons-make-lemonade department.

  10. Cathy says:

    Oh that is brilliant – I love it! And if it stays cold your vase could last for weeks outside and you could at least admire it from a window…. Thank you so much for the smiles you have brought to lots of people’s faces by sharing this vase 🙂

  11. Julie says:

    You would definitely win the ‘Abstract’ section of a flower arranging competion with that – what a great idea and as Cathy says, possibly a long lasting one as well! Hopefully the spring is on its way for you so that at least the snowdrops will be visible.

    • bittster says:

      haha, I may have to put another arrangement together and quickly get it entered somewhere. There’s fresh material growing as we speak 🙂
      Thanks for the comment!

  12. Cathy says:

    Brilliant! I fleetingly thought of doing the same for my vase this week, but your icicles are much more impressive than ours! Love it! 🙂

    • bittster says:

      That’s funny because when I saw your post this morning and read the first paragraph my first thought was that you had the same idea. I guess you did!
      Hopefully both our snowfalls will all be short lived… but judging by my forecast I have at least another ten days to go :/

  13. I love it! A conceptual vase! Next week you can fill a vase with slush!

  14. Perfect! As some of my Facebook friends are fond of saying, you win the internet today, Frank!

  15. bittster says:

    Awesome 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever won the internet before!
    …. and I spent the afternoon sowing perennial seeds to put outside into the cold. Things are going well even with all the arctic-ness.

  16. Annette says:

    Fab vase, Frank, it’s my favourite this week. You’re so innovative and it’s encouraging to see how the cold promotes creativity. I won’t find such icicles around here but we used to have lots of them in Switzerland…don’t miss them though 😉

    • bittster says:

      Hi Annette! Sorry to be so neglectful in my responses but I guess even with the soil locked in winter, there are other things going on 😉
      I think the cold does promote creativity…. or madness! If you ever do find yourself missing a few icicles just let me know, and I’d be happy to send you all I have!

  17. So funny!! My vase would be very similar except it would have several dead branches instead of icicles. 🙂

  18. Cathy says:

    Wow – hats off to you, as everyone else has said – a really creative vase. By the way – I’m insecure about my lack of flowers and I don’t even have any snow as an excuse!

    • bittster says:

      Hi Cathy, thanks for the comment. I’m sure in a few years both of us will have more winter flowers than we ever could have hoped for. Well maybe not that many, but surely more than we have now 😉

  19. Brilliant. Laughed out loud and totally understand the lack of everything but snow.

    • bittster says:

      Thanks, give it a few more weeks and maybe we’ll start to see a change. I think a few birds were starting to sing the other day…. And then more snow came 😉

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