Today’s vase was definitely a case of ‘plonking’, although I did have to wash the dust off the four little inkwells before I used them – we have such a lot of what some people might call ‘clutter’ that it will be a long time before I run out of different props to use, now that my imagination is waking up!
Even though Helleborus niger ‘Christmas Carol’ was recently lifted a little higher in the soil the flowers, despite trying very hard, are still not achieving more than around two or at the very most 3 inches of stem. When I say flower, I mean ‘bud’, and this shortness of stature means not only are they still smothered by those lusciously healthy leaves they are also spattered with soil as the rain redistributes the surface of the species snowdrop border within which it is planted. None of the buds have opened yet, so at least by cutting these four musketeers and plonking them in a vase on Monday they will be appreciated at close quarters and may well overcome their shyness and say hello.
There are a few of us now joining in this Monday meme, sharing our finds in what is not in the least a competitive way. If you would like to join us, post your own vase on Monday (occasionally or regularly), add a link to this post and also leave a comment here with a link to your post so we can share your offering. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, starting at this time of year has added a certain piquancy to the challenge!