~ New Year Blessings ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

img_7344 When I saw this Vinca major ‘MoJo,’ with its light-centered large leaves, I decided to tuck some in around the gardens. Today I found this one little periwinkle bloom, and had to make it the star of today’s posy!


Abelia grandiflora ‘ Kaleidascope’ adds some height and lightness. After two years in a sunny corner, this shrub is thriving and brings year-round interest to the garden .



The shrub featuring dark purple berries is nameless today. It is evergreen, grows to about 12 ft. tall, with dense stems and the berries on their own stem. I remember adding it twenty years or more ago, but can’t find the name in my notebooks, nor have I found it searching on-line. If anyone has an idea what it is, please leave me a comment!


Today’s vase is perhaps the first one I ever bought for myself.  It was hand-thrown by a student at Washington State University. It is signed ‘STACH’ on the bottom, but there is no year mark.  I found it at a student sale when I was an undergraduate there — sometime between 1970-72.

Once again, thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden  for getting me outside to look at what’s happening around my grounds on a freezing cold day!  A few brave Primula are offering pretty little flowers, and one of many Hellebores is beginning to present blossoms.

~ Happy Gardening in 2017 ~

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10 Responses to ~ New Year Blessings ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

  1. markeschrull says:

    Your post makes me want to put my hands in the earth. Far to cold here in Ohio for that now I’m afraid. But I can look through the mail order cats. dreaming of this years garden. Nice post!

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      It’s frostbite weather, so keep your hands warm and cozy! Here, in normally temperate Porland, OR/Vancouver, WA, the high today was freezing. It definitely is time to finger through the catalogs, and dream. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment!

  2. Cathy says:

    I like the speckled egg effect of the vase itself, and the combination of vinca, abelia and unknown dark leaves are lovely , complemented by the sole blue flower and the black berries. Is your vinca a bit thuggish? I have to admit to removing mine because it was getting ideas above its station 😉

  3. Creighton Le Coq says:

    Nice, Lindy! c-

  4. Cathy says:

    How lovely to see a periwinkle flower in January! A happy gardening year 2017 to you too Lindy!

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Hi, Cathy in Bavaria! I just took a quick look at your blog (lovely) and wanted to hit the “follow me on WordPress” button but didn’t see it. I did see the option to be notified by email, but I’m afraid I’d overlook your posts in the daily onslaught of emails I get. Cheers!

  5. I love the flowers of the vinca, but here they go kudzu on me (invasive). Vinca was a wonderful groundcover in my yard in the midwest, but here in Georgia, alas, not. The earliest hellebores (upward facing white ones) bloomed last week and so far survived the two nights of unusual cold – into the teens. The others don’t bloom here until February. As much as I want to sell my house and move to a condo – I realize I’ll really miss the plants. Thanks for showing us yours…

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