In a Vase on Monday – Ring in the New Year

I am issuing a hearty welcome to 2023 by ringing in the New Year with a vase on Monday. A bit of a poem by Tennyson, written in 1850, celebrating the church bells ringing at midnight.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

This is a high concept floral creation. The pen holding up the bell is for writing New Year’s resolutions. It has not been used – yet! The silver bell is for ringing in (and out). The flowers are fireworks and the shells are grounding it all. Design school rearing its ugly head again.

A closer view:

The pen is a freebie I picked up at a lecture about controlled burns in the nearby state park. It is from the Florida Forestry Service and looks like a stick. The bell is one of many collected by my husband. It is an annual silver bell engraved with the year. After about 30 years you really don’t need any more bells. The grey plant in the background is an Air Plant; known around here as Ball Moss (Tillandsia recurvata). These can grow almost anywhere and are sometimes seen on power lines. This one is flowering and I think it looks like fireworks.

The red fireworks are actually buds from ‘Maui Red’ Ixora. The Ixora is a shrub that is very intolerant of cold – being a perverse plant it has started flowering after being exposed to the coldest temperatures it has ever experienced last week. Shells are from our local beach and the moss and the vase are from recent floral gifts from friends.

Happy New Year to all and a big Thank YOU to Cathy at for her years of hosting In a Vase on Monday. Follow the link to see more vases.


33 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Ring in the New Year

  1. Your arrangement is so clever with the bell. I think this coming year will be much better.

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  2. Noelle says:

    Such a clever arrangement, and very pretty too. A lovely composition to ring out the old year and welcome in the new. Happy New Year to you both.

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  3. Nicely put together. Happy New Year

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  4. Timelesslady says:

    Terrific! This brought an instant, “Ah,” of delight out of me. So clever. It’s inspiring. I love both bells, have over forty hanging from my porch lights, and shells, well, at times I live for shells.

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  5. Cathy says:

    What a great idea, Amelia, and really makes the point. How intriguing to think of tillandsia growing on power lines…
    So, you have a collection of 30 bells, do you..? Do they actually ring, I wonder, and are they tuned so you could play a little musical piece once you had amassed an octave or so…? Just teasing, but it’s a thought! 😉

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    I love this! Wonderfully creative, Amy. 🙂

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  7. Anna says:

    Oh that makes for a most striking vase Amelia. The body of the pen looks like a twig to me, with tillandsia flowers as the celebratory fireworks. I love the thought of a bell collection. I just have two from my childhood days displayed on a dresser – both are small replicas of cow bells, one my father bought as a gift from me when he visited Norway and the other was another gift from Italy. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

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  8. Cathy says:

    What a great vase Amelia! I love the bell suspended across the top, reminding me of the huge bell I rang one New Year in Japan. (We had to drink some rather yukky fermented rice milk too!) The red really does look like fireworks. You are an artist – it’s wonderful! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  9. Kris P says:

    I love this, Amelia! Clever, and well executed. I took the Ixora as chrysanthemums at first.

    I hope the last line of Tennyson’s poem becomes a reality in 2023. It’d be a nice change from the events of 2022 (and 2021). Best wishes for a very happy new year!

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Okay, that is, . . . unique. Hey, you know I am merely a horticulturist. I am unqualified to comment on design.

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  11. Fun! I can’t help wondering if the bells all sound the same.

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  12. Annette says:

    I knew you’d come up with something special – love it. Happy new year to you 🙂

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