In a Vase on Monday: Curvy

I have wanted to use this “vase” for some time now, but it always seemed a bit daunting. The shape/form is, to say the least, a challenge. Well, since Monday is the day that Cathy from Rambling In The Garden “challenges” us to join her in putting materials from our garden into a vase, I decided it was now or never!

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The vase came from a friend, who was given it and also didn’t quite know what to do with it!

I thought I’d use the curve as a theme, and since the Ivy, Lamium and Hazel are all looking green and rather pretty right now, and are curvy to boot, they were the first things to go in the vase, along with some glass pebbles to help anchor them.

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The last two Scabiosa ochroleuca flowers and some white Achillea also went in, along with a few fresh Buxus shoots.

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It took a bit of tugging and pushing, and I added the water only when I was done…

Once I had finished it was placed indoors on my sideboard and I was very pleased with the final effect of simple green and curves. I really hadn’t expected ever to be able to use this vase, but I shall experiment further with it in the future now.

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Do you have any odd-shaped vases you have never used?

Thanks to Cathy for hosting!

54 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Curvy

  1. Well done, Cathy! I do have a few vases I never use for one reason or another, One just demands long-stemmed, dramatic blooms, which I don’t see in my garden but perhaps I’m not looking hard enough.

    • I find I look even harder at this time of year when materials become scarce. I think this vase lends itself more to greenery and leafy things rather than flowers though.

  2. That is an amazing vase Cathy – I can see you using it a lot in the winter when you can use the coloured stems of cornus and willows and twisted hazel to make a frame for winter greenery. Your arrangement today looks so unusual – really stunning!

  3. Cathy, good for you for venturing into unknown territory. I’ve seen spectacular vases like that in hotel lobby settings. I can see how it might be daunting in the scale of an average home, but you’ve managed it beautifully. I think using the long, curving greens was brilliant. I love your photos too. What a nice post!

  4. I love all the shades of green and the unusual shape of your vase. I am always surprised to see catkins in November because I associate them with spring. I picked some the other day and I was so pleased with the effect that I decided not to put anything else with them.

  5. What a challenging vase! You did a beautiful job, given those tough parameters.
    I was trying to think of how I would use it. I thought of those small bunches of forced tulips you get in the winter (white would be lovely), lining them up one after the other. They are geotropic, so they would curve upward, mimicking the vase shape. Maybe try it next winter…post it if you do! 🙂

  6. I love the fact that you have risen to the Challenge Cathy. I think you are going to have fun with this, now that you have broken your duck. Eliza’s suggestion of tulips sounds pretty. I love the photograph outside in the low winter light, then again indoor with a white background. I find green things without flowers so very interesting. Well done. Bet we can’t find one like this in the UK, I think many of us will now be looking out for one!

    • 🙂 I am a curvy kind of girl! 😉 No, seriously, I don’t like straight lines or stripes. I am pleased to hear you also have this vase and I am sure you will find something suitable one day to put in yours too. 🙂

  7. Oh what a fascinating shape as well as a challenge to fill Cathy. You’ve risen to the occasion most superbly! I especially like the outdoor photos where vase, flowers and water look as if they are an integral part of the scenery. I noticed Donna’s question. A similar vase seems to be available here :
    http://fowado.com/products/hudson-arch-by-chive-unusual-glass-vase
    and
    http://www.jazzitupinteriors.co.uk/acatalog/GLASS-ARCH-VASE-IN-SMOKE-CHARCH_SMOKE.html#SID=235

  8. I think you did a terrific job with the curved vase…it is so unusual. I have a very tall skinny vase that is my challenge. Stems have to be very long and if you put much in it, everything bunches together.

    • Thank you so much for your compliment Karen! I am now looking for some more challenging shaped containers for winter, since the filling material may get a little monotonous until spring!

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