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:
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.
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 italicumitalicum ‘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!