In A Vase On Monday – 4th Anniversary

This week is the fourth anniversary for Cathy at Rambling In the Garden’s  meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. To celebrate, she has requested that we create an arrangement in an object not normally used for a vase.

As you can see, I’ve used a seashell I found while vacationing years ago in the Bahamas. It is supposed to look like a Hermit Crab, made from the succulent Senecio archeri. The eyes are cotoneaster fruit skins stuck on ivy geranium flower stalks.

The props, a skeletonized sea fan, small shell and piece of sponge coral, were also beach finds. The wooden puzzle of a tropical fish was purchased on a different trip to Jamaica.

Wander over to Cathy’s to see what innovative arrangements gardeners all over the world have created this week.

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80 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – 4th Anniversary

  1. Anne says:

    An intriguing combination.

  2. MK says:

    Interesting & inventive!

  3. Alice Pratt says:

    You are a very creative decorator!

  4. Chloris says:

    Very inventive and it looks so beautiful. I love beachcombing too; what treasures you have collected.

  5. Cathy says:

    What a wonderful creation Eliza! I love the ‘eyes’! 😀

  6. A very creative arrangement Eliza.

  7. InfiniteZip says:

    very creative and cool Eliza ❤

  8. Laurie Graves says:

    So much fun! Under the sea. And, wow, finding that shell! That would certainly make my day.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Laurie. Yes, I thought about Sebastian the Crab while I made this! It was an unusual find, in a backwater cove. Mostly one comes across conch shells, with holes made in them by the locals to dislodge the occupant destined for soup. 😦

  9. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Eliza, this is absolutely fabulous! Love your creativity! It’s so much fun to just go with it. LOL 🤗

  10. Kathy Sturr says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! So creative and really great finds! I have a little air plant hanging from a sea anemone shell – looks like a jellyfish! and survived the winds of Irma! I was so surprised to see him still floating about.

  11. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    It does look like a hermit crab, very creative!

  12. Eliza this is so very clever and creative….it definitely looks like a hermit crab! Wonderful display.

  13. Brilliant! So much fun to see what everyone is doing this week.

  14. Oh I love this! Excellent work (play) Eliza!

  15. tonytomeo says:

    EW! contoneaster peels on geraniums stalks? How funny.

  16. Cathy says:

    Oh that’s a great interpretation of the challenge, Eliza – the hermit crab is brilliant! I am so pleased people are enjoying the challenge – watch out for next year’s…! 🙂

  17. Kris P says:

    Very creative, Eliza! I thought the gray foliage plant was Senecio but was confused by the red tips until I read your brief. Actually, on first glance, my brain translated the seashell and sponge coral piece as hands. Your choice of the wood puzzle as a backdrop was perfect.

  18. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Very creative and fun! You always make such great arrangements!

  19. AlisonC says:

    A magical sea creature! I love it.

  20. Anna says:

    Oh that’s a most striking and colourful arrangement Eliza and what fabulous beach treasures.

  21. arlingwoman says:

    I second everyone above AND love that colorful sea tile behind…

  22. pbmgarden says:

    Well done Eliza. A fitting anniversary display.

  23. Wonderful and unique arrangement!

  24. ladyfi says:

    Unique and lovely!

  25. Annette says:

    Love this, Eliza, what a unique, charming little vase 🙂

  26. NorCal Zen says:

    That is very creative! I really like it. I like arrangements that stays beautiful for a long time. I imagine this one would. It’s very original.

  27. Love it – it definitely looks like a crab!

  28. Jewels says:

    Haha I love it! Cute and lovely! 🙂

  29. Bec says:

    this is super Eliza – well done. My Chap loves succulents but I’d never have thought of using succulents for a vase. looking forward to seeing next week’s vase love Bec

  30. rickii says:

    That Cathy…always throwing out challenges to spark creativity. You rose to the bait swimmingly.

  31. FlowerAlley says:

    Love this flora to fauna artwork.

  32. This is so fun and imaginative!

  33. Wonderfully inventive and very effective!

  34. Cathy says:

    What fun Eliza! Has he got up and walked away yet. Dazzling colours too, for a dank November morning!

  35. Just fabulous Eliza – what an imagination you have, and an eye for excellent beach finds!

  36. Maria says:

    Great idea. I’m gathering some air plants because I’m in Florida and have found some.

  37. Incredibly creative! That Senecio archeri is the most brilliant blue I’ve yet seen in a succulent leaf – or any leaf (and I’m including the blue agave!).

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