I already had witch hazel in mind for today’s vase, partly because they are all so beautiful just now and partly to give me a better opportunity of smelling their elusive fragrance, a fragrance only noticeable when the blooms have some warmth on them apparently. Hamamelis ‘Zuccariniana’, the largest of what are only small witch hazels, has the benefit of many twiggy side shoots all of which are smothered in yellow shreds, so a few of these have been spared for this scientific investigation. They are joined by yellow twigs of Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ and a tiny self-sown hart’s tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium, plucked off a rock in the rockery.
On the ‘witch’ theme I considered whether I had anything remotely like a miniature cauldron, but had to settle instead for this little teapot from an Ikea children’s tea set. Newt eyes and frog toes were also unavailable so props were limited to a quartz sphere and a doll’s head which was dug out of the garden – and there we have today’s vase on Monday.
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