Archive für den Monat: Januar, 2017

Gosh, it’s Monday again! Yesterday it was so mild and sunny, the weather made us all somewhat boisterous! Five robins were merrily chasing each other round the garden and the bird bath. In between they would perch on a wall or tree and sing their little hearts out as if they were competing in a not-so-secret European robin song contest. We had tea on the balcony in Treetops and didn’t tire of watching their antics, it was so funny…and it reminded me of something rather important: Spring is in the air and it won’t be long now, mark my words! As a contrast to last week’s gloomy vase, I’m happy to produce something more cheerful today for Cathy’s Vase on a Monday. Wishing you all a happy Monday and a week full of birdsong and smiles, suspended or not!






Death did part us a while ago for those seedheads have been picked last year and perfectly illustrate the mood of this month, when we are in limbo as there’s not much to do outside and we anxiously await spring to feel the earth again and to take stock of our losses. Because after the cold there’ll be losses and new spaces waiting to be filled. Today’s vase holds teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) and some umbellifers which I found on a ramble through the woods. The birds are singing in the garden, a sweet reminder that after every winter there’ll be a spring. So let’s cherish this thought and everything will seem less dull! Thanks to Cathy for hosting the vase on a Monday – don’t forget to visit her to see vases from all over the world. You’re likely to find more colourful ones than mine! Happy Monday 🙂







Oh, it’s cold out there! Looking ever so pretty, I know, but the cold is not my thing. Still it’s magical, so let’s wrap up warm and take a quick tour…as you can see my autumn vase with hips and grasses is still going strong. Rudolf has settled in his new home and is the favourite perch of our robin. Miscanthus sinensis ‚Morning Light‘ is glowing in the borders.

Oh, es ist kalt da draussen! Ich weiss, es ist wunderschön, aber die Kälte ist nicht mein Ding. Trotzdem kann ich mich dem Zauber nicht entziehen, also ziehen wir uns warm an und drehen eine kleine Runde…wie ihr seht, ist meine Herbstvase mit Hagebutten und Gräsern immer noch in Form. Rudolf hat sich gut eingelebt und ist mittlerweile der Lieblingssitzplatz des Rotkehlchens. Miscanthus sinensis ‚Morning Light‘ leuchtet in den Beeten.

_mg_4473-16-12Our christmas project was the renewal of the decking in front of the house which was rotten in places, so everything looks neat now. In the background you can see the wintery skeleton of the weeping willow, one of my favourite trees for its year-round beauty.

Über Weihnachten haben wir die Holzterrasse vor dem Haus erneuert, die an manchen Stellen morsch war. Im Hintergrund seht ihr das winterliche Skelett der Trauerweide, einer meiner Lieblingsbäume, weil sie das ganze Jahr über eine Augenweide ist.

_mg_4476-16-12As nothing is cut back until late winter, the new borders continue to look good and it’s a joy to watch the birds pinching the seeds.

Da ich erst am Winterende alles zurückschneide, überzeugen die Beete auch in dieser farblosen Jahreszeit. Es ist eine Freude, die Vögel zu beobachten, die sich an den Samen gütlich tun.

_mg_4485-16-12Hips (here: Rosa moyesii ‚Geranium‘) are turned into little works of art, glowing like precious jewels in the midst of winter monochrome…

Hagebutten (hier: Rosa moyesii ‚Geranium‘) werden zu kleinen Kunstwerken und glühen wie wertvolle Edelsteine im winterlichen Monochrom…

_mg_4618-17-01…fern is adding a golden glow…/…Farne hingegen fügen einen Hauch Gold hinzu…_mg_4544-16-12

_mg_4518-16-12With the weather being so icy, I thought an icy vase is just the right thing for today’s display. I popped in Cotoneaster berries, Hydrangea and Nigella flowerheads and put it into the freezer – voilà your unusual vase that lasts nicely these days. When it starts to melt, I pop it back into the freezer until the next ice age. Climate change anyone? 😉 Holly suits the vase just fine, needs no water and doesn’t fear the cold.

Da es so kalt ist, gibt es heute eine Eisvase. Dafür warf ich Cotoneasterbeeren, Hortensien- und Nigellablüten ins Wasser. Ab in die Gefriertruhe und voilà – eine ungewöhnliche Vase, die sich derzeit gut hält. Wenn sie anfängt zu schmelzen, kommt sie bis zur nächsten Eiszeit wieder in die Truhe. Wie war das noch gleich mit dem Klimawandel? 😉 Stechpalme ist perfekt für diese Art von Vase, denn sie kommt ohne Wasser aus und fürchtet die Kälte nicht.

_mg_4679-17-01In the evening I light some candles so that I can enjoy the vase from the comfort of my sitting room.

Abends zünde ich ein paar Kerzen an, damit ich die Vase vom warmen Wohnzimmer aus sehen kann.

_mg_4667-17-01You can even turn the vase into a lantern – doesn’t this look nice?! Have you tried making ice vases or lanterns? Be careful, it can be quite addictive once you get going 😉 Happy Monday, keep warm and don’t forget to visit Cathy who is hosting the Vase on a Monday and brings out all this creativity in us – thank you, Cathy!

Ihr könnt aus der Vase natürlich auch eine Laterne machen – sieht sie nicht toll aus?! Habt ihr euch auch schon an Eisvasen oder -laternen versucht? Vorsicht, Suchtgefahr 😉 Happy Monday, haltet euch warm und vergesst nicht, Cathy zu besuchen, die Erfinderin der Montagsvase, die unsere Kreativität ankurbelt – danke, Cathy!



Welcome to the new year and another vase on a Monday, the inspiring meme hosted by the charming Cathy! This week my vase features the fruit of ivy which never fails to fascinate me…or the birds and bees for that matter. The flowers are highly fragrant and if you have an ivy in your garden (it’s a must!), you know the humming at flowering time when wasps, hornets, hoverflies, bumblebees, red admirals, small tortoiseshells and peacock butterflies, and other late-flying insects, come to drink the nectar.
Later birds, such as blackbirds and thrushes, eat the berries or the likes of me pinch some for decorating. Ivy also offers shelter at nesting time – a truly wonderful plant! Only nature can create something as beautiful and perfect as this fruit! So why can’t I come up with an appropriate title? Hmmm…what about ‚having a ball‘? Well, in any case I do hope you had a ball over the festive season, but not too big a ball, just a modest, happy one. 😉 Wishing you all the best in 2017! Don’t forget to visit Cathy’s blog to check out all the other vases of my talented blogger friends.



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