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Monday, 18 December 2017

Seasonal colours In a vase on Monday

When it's bleak outside it means even more to bring greenery in to cheer the house. People have been doing that for centuries at this time of year and it's a wonderful tradition to follow. 
This is still the only Christmassy thing I have around but there is plenty of time and I do realise it's only tentatively Christmas looking. 
We have recently decorated our sitting room and someone removed my mantelpiece when I was outside for half an hour. We had discussed changing it but I didn't expect it to just disappear! The room does look better without it but I don't know where to put my Christmas Ivy and I often have a vase up there. The room still looks rather bare as we haven't accumulated much clutter yet (it's only a matter of time) so this vase is some welcome colour and exuberance. 



I wasn't very sure about it when I put it together but it looks fabulous from my usual seat which is a different viewing angle. I struggled to get a picture in the bad light. I should have taken it outside this morning. 

I've used Laurel. We have quite a few of these plants and my son has campaigned for their removal. I'm not a fan but they do provide much needed shelter and, of course, they are evergreen. 
Bay - sprigs with buds
Rose hips - so lovely to have the colour.
Chrysanthemum - I think these are Anastasia Green. These are growing under cover. 

For plenty of vibrant vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a vase on Monday and join in the fun with whatever you can find to enhance your home. 

14 comments:

  1. What an elegant arrangement...the rosehips so red and then those lovely green chrysanthemums plus greenery make up a festive arrangement.

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    1. Thank you, I am pleased with it and the splash of colour.

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  2. Mystery of the Disappearing Mantelpiece... The chrysanthemums look lovely with the greenery and the berries, without being brash - and I am glad you found somewhere to put your arrangement!

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    1. Indeed. Sadly it hasn't quite disappeared and is in the way in the hall until we dispose of it. Thanks.

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  3. I think the arrangement is beautifully festive, Alison (but then we Californians have a different perspective I suppose). If my rose hips looked nearly that good, I'd be using them in vases too and I adore those green Chrysanthemums. Things disappear in my house at times too without official authorization...

    Best wishes for a merry Christmas!

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    1. Yes it is festive, just understated and I need to get some more greenery inside. I can't take any credit for the rose hips as they are growing in a hedge, I just admire them. The Chrysanths I can take credit for and will be growing again.

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  4. This looks lovely, Alison, elegant with the horizontal reaching of bay and hips. Have a wonderful Christmas week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, they are much larger than I realised at first but do make a statement.

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  5. Beautifully arranged Alison, and a lovely photo too. Wish I had some rosehips like yours! :)

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    1. Thank you. As I said, part of a hedge and not even the one I planted!

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  6. A wonderful arrangement, festive and sweet. Nicely done as usual!

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  7. So beautiful. I love the green chrysanthemums. I’m having a new fireplace. I’m just trying to decide whether to remove the mantelpiece or not. There will be a wood burner. General consensus is to remove it. Thanks for sharing your arrangements

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    1. It's hard making these decisions. We think it probably looks better without but I miss the place to put things and it looks rather stark. This was a fairly unattractive surround and we might replace it with a nice wooden mantel. Or not, We'll see...

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