In a vase on Monday – MIL’s garden

To begin I would like to thank all of you who wished me a safe trip and my MIL a speedy recovery.  I arrived here in Suffolk on Wednesday evening ready for MIL’s return on Thursday.  I’m pleased to report that she is making excellent progress now she is back in her own home.

It is fun to choose flowers from a different garden and I was pleased to find plenty of choice in the garden to provide two small vases one for the sitting room and one for the dressing table.


The images aren’t so good as I don’t have my camera with me so these were taken with my phone.  The plus point is that I was able to take the photographs outside in natural light.

The first vase uses Anemone ‘Honerine Joubert’, Sarccococca, and some nice red berries from a honeysuckle that is covered with them.  The second vase has a lovely fern (I would so like to have some of these in my garden to be able to use), Penstemon and Scabious.

So with the usual thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting.   Do visit Cathy or why not join in, I’m sure you could find something to enjoy in a vase and share with us.

Thank you all again for your good wishes it is very much appreciated. Christina

47 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – MIL’s garden

  1. Ma è fantastico!!! dovunque tu vada puoi fare la tua composizione! che magnifici fiori ha June, e che fortuna avere una nuora che rallegra la casa in questo modo! Un abbraccio!

  2. I love the reds in that second vase. It would be a treat to have access to another garden for gathering flowers. I’m sure your MIL’s spirits are lifted by your presence. Take care.

    • Thanks Susie, it is so good to see her making good progress. It is interesting to see how a garden in the UK with plenty of rain can have flowers to pick without the need for a dedicated cuttings bed.

  3. Glad you and your mil are safely together in her own home Christina – and if she loves her garden I am sure .being reunited with it will further aid her recovery. Japanese anemones can be so under-rated because of their tendency to thuggishness and these look gorgeous in the vase – but the scabious and penstemon are super gorgeous! Such a stunning combination – thanks for sharing.

  4. I can see that with your tender loving care, mil will continue to improve…the flowers look very good, and posed around the house are bound to add to the tlc feeling.

  5. very pretty vases – I particularly like the white Anemones with the red berries in that gorgeous green glass vase.

  6. I am so glad to hear that your MIL is making a good recovery Christina. You have made some lovely vases from her garden – I particularly love the anemones which are one of my favourite seasonal flowers. Do call me if you have time to pop over for a coffee.

  7. I’m glad to hear that your MIL is on the mend. Both vases are lovely (and I’m sure help cheer the patient). I particularly love the Anemones. Mine have failed to showed any signs of making an appearance this year – too hot and too dry, I expect.

  8. It’s great your MIL is doing better, and has some lovely flowers for your vases. I love the fall Anemones, the white ones don’t look floppy in a vase like my pink ones. The red berries are a nice accent. The second vase looks like 2 different vases, the deeper gorgeous reds, and then the pinks of the brighter lighting. The scabious looks full, almost like a mum. I don’t think about using ferns either, I should try some. It seems they are always available.

  9. I am sorry to hear about your MIL but hopefully now she’s back home her recovery will be speedy, aided of course by the power of flowers. It really is quite special having so much to choose from mid-October.

  10. I am a bit behind the times Christina with being away so I’m sorry to hear that your mother in law is unwell and wish her well. Being surrounded by such beautiful vases should certainly do wonders for her spirits.

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  12. Now there’s an idea: have secateurs, will travel. You could drift from garden to garden, making an arrangement from the materials you find there. I’m sure flowers from her own garden have special healing powers as arranged by you.

  13. Seeing your flowers reminds me how much I love Honorine Joubert – it’s just so lovely in that vase as well. It’s not a thug for me at all for some reason – I wish it would spread more readily. I have to move one next weekend and will be being very careful with it.

  14. The scabious is lovely, with such large flowerheads. It must be a little strange picking flowers in somebody else’s garden! Ferns are able to stand the heat for a few weeks in my garden, but then they get singed and collapse. Maybe you could try one in a shady spot under a tree?…..

  15. Lovely vases. What a treat for your MIL having you to care for her and bring such beautiful arrangements into the house. This year is a wonderful October for flowers, I even have delphiniums in bloom!

  16. I love the simple colour combinations – makes such a lovely twosome! So glad to know your MIL is doing well; it looks like she must have a lovely garden also 🙂

  17. I am glad you had a safe trip and your MiL is recovering well Christina, I don’t do vases, I prefer my flowers in the garden, so I tend to skip the vase posts and sometimes the cuttings posts too, I have been missing seeing your garden, I had got so used to and enjoyed your garden slope posts, I know you have been busy with the front garden and now I see family matters have taken you away, your MiL is lucky to have a caring DiL to look after her and how nice for her to have some flowers in her home when she came home, I see I am late replying to this post, I wish you and your MiL well, Frances

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