I didn’t have a clue what to include in today’s vase, particularly with knowing exactly what was in flower after the Boxing Day count. Few of these blooms would have been suitable for inclusion either because of their scarcity or their flimsiness, but rather than stick to foliage again I headed for the winter honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, expecting a few budded sprigs could be spared. It was a surprise, therefore, to find not just budded sprigs but a few fully open flowers – above head height (you may be realising after recent posts that I am a little vertically challenged) and distributed across the plant rather than just the odd branch. Planted next to the lychgate, this honeysuckle does tend to get butchered once it tries to restrict access along the path and flowering in the past has never been brilliant – so this year things look a little more promising. This, then, takes the Boxing Day count to 21 – or indeed to 22 once I realised that there were open flowers on the Sarcococca humilis, the Christmas box. Neither of these fragrant delights had been checked for the count as I hadn’t noticed any buds were opening – tut tut!
The was plenty of sarcococca to spare, as the bush is really thriving after its changed location, and judicious snipping of lonicera gave me three budded sprigs from which the leaves were removed as they were discoloured (mineral deficiency?). The simple green and creamy whiteness of these two contributors cried out for something in a similar shade, and before she knew what had happened ‘Annabelle’ was in my hand, the last flower on this Hydrangea arborescens. The success of the twisted hazel in last week’s vase (which still looks as fresh as a week ago) has awoken me to its potential and added a fourth picking to the arrangement. Keeping the colour scheme in mind, I scanned my kitchenalia for a container and other props, knowing they would eventually serve a purpose other than gathering dust.
And there we have today’s vase – but I need to work on my photographing skills, having taken far too many attempts to get a moderately satisfactory picture….
As well as challenging myself to find something to put in a vase every Monday if it also challenges you to do the same then please join in and add a link to this post and a comment with a link to yours if you like so that others can see what you have found. If we can do it in December it certainly won’t be difficult for the rest of the year!