Another day, another dog walk. Well, it has been grey and foggy of late so it feels more like another dog trudge actually. I was pounding the mud, downcast and gloomy, until I spotted this willow emerging in the newly established Diamond Jubilee Wood near our village. So I detoured along the river and found several examples of pussy willow in all their furry glory and I just had to pick a few spurs for a vase or, more accurately, for petting (who can resist?).
I also noticed that some of the local hazel already has loosen, daggling catkins blowing in the wind. Spring is beginning to feel quite close at hand! I gathered some catkins too. And then some prunus too, because it has beautiful dark bark (and leaves) and tight, pale pink swelling buds that make a good contrast to the pussy willow.
As of last week I also have some pristine snowdrops in the garden so I picked a handful of those …
and added them to the bunch. Then I made a collar of wonderfully marbled cyclamen leaves around the top of the jar.
Now I have a preview of spring in my kitchen and I am feeling much happier.
So I am able to join in with Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme, since I now have some flowers in the garden and buds in the hedgerow (but no prop, sorry Cathy).
Do take a look at Cathy’s delicious post … which has got me reaching for a seville orange curd recipe card that I picked up at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago. Hope that you’ll be inspired too.