This is my first foray into gardening memes. When I first started blogging I didn’t realise they were a ‘thing’ or how many they are. One of my favourites is ‘In a vase on Monday’ hosted by Cathy at RamblingintheGarden and it fits in nicely with my 2020 resolution to pick more blooms for the house.
So here is a trio of posies to bring a piece of the garden inside, and keep up the faith that spring is nudging that little bit closer every day. They were photographed outside to make the most of a bit of early sunshine, and because the house is rather dark which makes photography difficult.
Crocus tommasinianus are some of the first crocuses to arrive, these ones picked from under the shelter of a beech hedge. I love them when the sun comes out and they open wide to show their saffron stamens. They are here next to snowdrops and eucalyptus in a little brown stoneware pot I bought in a junk shop in Whitby, supposedly a Victorian mustard jar.
Viburnum bodnantense is a real beauty with pink blooms bursting from bare stems. This particular shrub was cut back and moved from one side of the garden to another when I was renovating a border. This is the first year I feel it has properly recovered and I’m pleased its forgiven all the upheaval. Its not an ideal cut flower, rapidly dropping its blooms, but gorgeous while it lasts.
Another viburnum fills out the final vase – viburnum tinus. Like gorse, this undemanding shrub always seems to have at least one flower on it somewhere at any point in the year. The flowers turn from a faint pink to creamy white when opened and the glossy green foliage has provided a foil for many a flower arrangement throughout the year.
Tucked into the viburnum are a few snippets of heather and of Christmas box – Sarcococca. In a vase its tiny white scented flowers give me a waft of honey every time I pass them on the stairs. Outside their scent is more elusive – I catch faint traces on the air but it’s fleeting and a puzzle to locate. The plant itself is a rather unassuming, scrubby evergreen. JP Parkers describe it as ‘good for hiding unsightly parts of the garden’, which is scraping the barrel in compliments. I occasionally think about digging mine out, as it doesn’t earn it keep in summer. It gets a reprieve by having such a luxurious scent from such tiny flowers, at a time of year when its much needed.
Thank you Cathy for hosting, and I look forward to seeing everyone else’s contributions.