In a Vase on Monday: Wrapping up for Winter

Winter has arrived here in Bavaria, and although we have only had a dusting of snow around here, some regions on higher ground have had a good 50cm or more. The sudden drop in temperatures at the end of last week was a shock after such a mild autumn, even making the violas hang their heads…

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..but with the Christmas markets opening at the end of this week it is high time we had some wintry weather.

For Cathy’s Monday Vase meme this week (Rambling in the Garden) I gathered a few bits of greenery and berries from the garden and used some of the leftovers from last week’s vase (which lasted very well). Wrapped around the vase (to keep it warm?!) is some of the Lamium from last week, and a long strand of ivy.

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The photos outside were slightly better on this grey and chilly afternoon…

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I made up the vase with a long piece of Laurel, a Blackthorn twig covered in moss and lichen, Hazel catkins, Ivy and some of that lovely soft grey-green Marrubium vulgare – still used today in herbal remedies for coughs and bronchial ailments. You can just see a little of the remaining snow in the background above.

Then I put a few Berberis berries (what prickly stuff!) in a pot with some Hakonechloa (which was being squashed by wet snow) and brought some cheerful colour into my kitchen. 🙂

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Cathy is so dedicated that she has again posted a vase while away from home today. Do go and visit her and see what she and all the other Monday vase fanatics have found this November day.

Have a good week and wrap up warm!