The garden is currently a soggy mess of collapsing, tangled stems and leaves. (I WILL get out there this week to clear the stage for the snowdrops and crocuses to shine in the front garden.) However, with a sparkling new vase from my son for Christmas to fill, I was keen to finally get outside to look for some fresh material to use.
What I found was a strange mixture of old and new.
I started with some pieces of contorted hazel and added some blown-down silver birch twigs to form the frame for the arrangement.
Some things are still flowering from last season: ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ perennial wallflowers are twisting outwards on ever-extending racemes; Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ fell over in the trough months ago, but has continued to grow upwards, so when picked and held upright the moss-like balls cascade downwards in growth that looks a bit like knitted hats.
The fresh elements I used were some unfurling arum leaves with beautiful marbling and some lovely scented winter honeysuckle.
Lonicera fragrantissima is one of the classic sources of winter scent in the garden, so I was pleased to bring a little inside to enjoy. Early bees are usually happy to find it in flower now too.
So this is a simple first vase of the year for Cathy’s IAVOM meme. I warn you that sinister things are afoot on her blog, so go check it out!