In a Vase on Monday: Warm and Spicy

With this Monday meme, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden encourages us to find materials from our gardens every week, all year round. By the end of November pickings are limited, but there are surprisingly still a few blooms to be found, some seedheads saved, and foliage of course too. The colours for my vase this week reminded me of cinnamon and spices, both of which will be used soon in my Christmas baking.ย ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided I could spare one sprig of the Hypericum, which is still looking so very pretty in the rockery. To accompany it there is a sprig of bronze Epimedium foliage, some Clematis seed heads, Briza (saved in the summer), and an oriental poppy seed head, all secured in floral foam inside my shallow dish which also has useful holes in the lid. A Physalis seed head and a maple and oak leaf complete the November scene, along with cinnamon sticks and a wooden mortar and pestle for grinding spices, found at a Christmas market several years ago.

Talking of Christmas markets, some have already opened, but most will open at the end of this week for the first Advent weekend. I am looking forward to the delicious smells of Cinnamon, mulled wine and roasted nuts…

Will you be visiting a market or doing some baking soon? Have a good week and stay warm!

50 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Warm and Spicy

    • I actually found the label for my Hypericum at the weekend: H. inodorum ‘Magical Red Star’. It has grown to about a metre high and spread a litlle too this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I love all the seasonal elements in your display, Cathy, and the hint of Christmas baking; my cake and pudding and mincemeat are all made but with a friend who will undoubtedly be waiting for his, I will have stollen to make in due course! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Ooh, I love Stollen, but nobody else in my house eats raisins or candied peel etc, so I have never tried baking one. I have got some mincemeat though, and will make some mince pies just for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Oh I adore baking containing dried fruit – and of course marzipan in the stollen and the cake too – yum yum! Strangely the Golfer doesn’t care for Christmas pudding and yet eats all the other Christmas goodies with dried fruit

  2. That’s so pretty, Cathy and I like the thought that it reminds you of the coming baking season! I’ve already made my puddings and mincemeat but there’s still more lovely Christmas baking to do.

  3. I am surprised to see Hypericum still going strong. Mine is long gone. A perfect early holiday time vase! No baking for me as I am off of all flour and sugar foods….and I tend to stay away from our too busy malls…altho I do have to make a tip today so carefully planning it for a weekday and when the stores open to avoid crowds. Looking forward to getting my baking fill through your posts.

    • Donna, I was surprised at my Hypericum too! Very sensible to stay away from baked goods. I do enjoy the actual baking itself, as well as the cookies though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Your house must smell delicious. The arrangement is charming and fits this time of year. Hypericum is something on my list of things to add to my garden. Have fun baking Cathy. The stores are filled with Christmas decorations and many homes in the neighborhood put up trees already.

    • A few people put decorations up last weekend, but most wait until the first advent weekend, which is so nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you find a Hypericum to suit your garden Susie. I have a couple of small ones that die back completely in winter, as well as this shrub Hypericum.

  5. A most delightful still life, Cathy, and yes, I’ve been to a christmas market yesterday in our village (Very French with oysters etc. :D) and I will also do some xmas baking soon. I love cinnamon and use it a lot when cooking, roast pumkpin with crรจme fraรฎche, parmesan and cinnamon, yum ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Cathy your vase I like very much, it’s beautiful. The Hypericum is divine, along with all the seeds. I love the accessories: the maple and oak leaves, the cinnamon, the wooden mortar ….. Everything invites you to bake something, even though I am a kitchen apprentice! I go to the Christmas Market in the Plaza Mayor of Madrid and also of some surrounding town that makes them medieval and they are very beautiful and fun. Greetings from Margarita.

  7. Your arrangement does convey warmth and the spiciness of late autumn, Cathy. While we don’t have Christmas markets here, there seem to be a lot of crafts fairs this year. So many, in fact, that is challenging to choose! I have my eye on two this weekend.

  8. I think a lack of flowers spurs creativity. I’m charmed by your lovely concoction this week. Cinnamon sticks always trigger Christmas memories for me. I haven’t baked Christmas cookies in years (partly because my husband can’t eat them and I shouldn’t) but I’m floating the idea of returning to that tradition this year. As to Christmas Markets, I wish we had them here! The idea of shopping in one of our malls is almost painful – I do almost all of my shopping on-line now but that process contributes little to the holiday spirit.

    • I agree – shopping malls are not nice places and I avoid them if I can. Fortunately we have a couple of nice shops in the towns around us, but I do a lot of my shopping online too. You are definitely right about the lack of flowers spurring creativity! I will struggle a bit in the next couple of months, but will do my best to produce something for my vases!

  9. An ideal seasonal arrangement, I love the smell of winter spices. We visited a Christmas Market in Vienna a few years ago, it was a wonderful experience, and for many years German Christmas Markets have come to Birmingham for the six weeks beforehand. The children and grandchildren have already visited.

    • My niece lives in BIrmingham and loves visiting the markets there too. ๐Ÿ™‚ The first time I visited one here it was the mixture of wonderful smells that made the biggest impression! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Beautiful little vase. Our seasons here in New England are fighting ๐Ÿ™‚ cold at night sometimes warmth fills the days along with nasty winds but still no snow makes me very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. What a perfect bit of hypericum! I was just looking at my own dried up and brown plant and was wondering if there’s any chance it will come back next year… but of course it will. We must have had a much harsher freeze than yours.

    • It’s amazing that it still looks so healthy, and it is almost December! Mind you, we are going to get some snow and some sharper frosts in the next week or so. I might just go and cut some more before it gets spoiled…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. That’s such a darling vase, and I love what you’ve found to slip in it – especially the Hypericum! Also love your props! ๐Ÿ™‚ I dream of being at a German Christmas market. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you will show us a little of them?! I made the first spice cake of the season using my leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. I use an old Swedish-American recipe that calls for lingonberry sauce – or cranberries!

  13. The Christmas markets always sound like so much fun. I went to a wonderful Christmas market in Colorado many years ago. It was the first time I ate roasted chestnuts from a street vendor. We don’t have quite the same equivalent here. Enjoy!

  14. Oh that is a such a cheerful glowing vase Cathy which has warmed me up and made me feel Christmasy too. I sorted out my kitchen cupboards this afternoon and have cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves set aside to make a seasonal smelly or two ๐Ÿ™‚

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