In a Vase on Monday – A first snowdrop

I keep being caught out by the weather this winter. Today started warm and I didn’t bother with a coat, but by the end of the morning I regretted that as a cold, persistent wind had sprung up while I weeded out a thick patch of ever-expanding purple toadflax. Having got cozy at lunchtime, it was with some reluctance that I returned outside to look for flowers for a Monday vase. But I am so glad I did, because I discovered that I’ve got snowdrops. Snowdrops in flower that is. They are just Galanthus nivalis, not a named cultivar or anything, yet beautiful none-the-less. I’ve cut just the one for today’s posy. Here it is, in pride of place, at the front of the bunch:


A first, pristine snowdrop from the garden

In spite of their inherent delicacy, snowdrops are a supremely bold looking flower with strong curves, purity of ‘colour’ and that assured little flick of the inner petals. Perfect.

In the greenhouse the Salvia ‘Amistad’ cuttings I took in October are flowering non-stop, so I’ve cut one or two of those, along with some Salvia microphylla.


Cold greenhouse protected salvias add a dash of colour to the vase

A sprig of Viburnum tinus adds a nice lacy backdrop to their jewel-like blooms.


Further pink contributions are supplied by an emerging hellebore flower and a spike of brick-tinged Centranthus rubus, surprisingly still flowering tucked in by the front door.

Wrapping round the flowers, there are a couple of marbled arum leaves (Arum italicum subsp. italicum ‘Marmoratum’) to add some glossy style (to my mind at least).


And I’ve added a bit of tree heather (Erica arborea ‘Albert’s Gold’) and bottle brush (Callistemon citrinus) twigs to fill in with interesting textures. Red twigs of lime, salix and dogwood finish the vase.

So today’s vase is an odd combination of flowers that are from our approaching spring and last summer, but I am happy to have found sufficient flowers to fill a small glass and to join in with Cathy’s popular ‘In a Vase on Monday‘ meme. Thanks for the motivation Cathy. Follow the link to share in the beauty!




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16 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – A first snowdrop

  1. Kris P says:

    What a lovely display! Snowdrops aren’t something that grows in my region of the world but I’ve come to appreciate them after reading winter posts out of the UK. I’m amazed that you’ve got Salvia ‘Amistad’ in bloom at this time of year, even in a greenhouse. That’s a plant that I’ve tried and failed with 3 times already. It lasts just a season at best in my garden and I think our excessive dryness is the problem.

    • This is the first year that I’ve grown Salvia Amistad and therefore been able to take cuttings. We’ve had no winter weather to speak of yet so I am hoping that my current success continues if things turn colder. Snowdrops are so cheering to spot at this time of year, either as individual pristine jewels or as dramatic shimmering snow carpets. Sorry that you miss out on them, but I bet you could list a whole load of plants that you have that I’d die for!!

  2. It’s always exciting to see the first snowdrop of the season

  3. Cathy says:

    Oh what a lovely little collection you have – and how exciting to have your first ‘native’ snowdrop in bloom. Mine always start later than my specials but I have noticed shoots energing and spotted some buds today which I am sure is early – although actual flowers could be a few weeks off yet. Salvia Amistad cuttings amaze me, producing flowers at such a tiny size; I am hoping to keep a plant over winter outside this year, as I would love to develop a decent clump but may just need to plant out a few cuttings in a clump instead. What variety is your pink salvia? Arum leaves are great in a vase and last for ages. Thanks for sharing today and ps I have just had a look at your ‘Quite Interesting page – you decoupage is such fun!!

    • Thanks Cathy. As you can tell, I enjoy embellishing certain photos with the likes of Photoshop. I am hoping to have plenty of S. Amistad next year, but we’ve not had any cold weather yet really, so fingers crossed the cuttings make it through the winter. The pink salvia is microphylla, the blackcurrant sage. It smells delicious.

      • Cathy says:

        I think my ‘Neon’ must be a microphylla then, as I always think of that as having a blackcurrant smell

      • Cathy says:

        Oh thanks Allison – I must check the pruning regime for it as I am wondering whether I can cut it back even more severely than I usually do in spring as my original plant is quite lanky. I had had no success with salvias till Neon and just let it grow at first and it got a bit ungainly

      • I’ve cut mine quite heavily on occasion when it has been knocked back by winter weather, but only once I know it is coming back into regrowth. It roots quite readily, so you can make sure that you get some insurance plantlets.

      • Cathy says:

        The last couple of years I have cut it to the lowest new leaf on each stem but wondered if it was worth cutting some stems out to encourage new ones. I do always have some cuttings though and had wondered whether to nurture one of them to become a more shapely parent plant

  4. Sam says:

    Amazing to have such variety in January. Such a pretty glass of flowers. No sign of our snowdrops yet – I keep looking!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    You have some nice flowers to cheer you this week, Allison. It’ll be months before I see Galanthus, alas. I live in a tough climate!

    • Thanks. We seem to be having it very easy with everything appearing early this year. Yours will be peeping through the snow all too soon and meanwhile you have some lovely winter scenes to record and enjoy. I love your water and ice pictures.

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