In a Vase (Pot) on Monday: Great Expectations

IMG_1151Having my head full of snowdrops in recent rambles suggested that snowdrops perhaps ought to feature in a vase on Monday – not that I would pick any of my specials (Heaven forbid!), or even risk digging them up and bringing them inside. These are the unfortunately labelled ‘common’ snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, common inasmuch as they are more usually seen than other types and not because they are any less welcome or loved, and were dug up from the woodland edge border from where they will now return after they have flowered but in a couple of smaller clumps no doubt. The joy of individual specials is one thing but snowdrops en masse, whether common or not, are a wonderful sight and I have great expectations for this border which will be transformed in a few weeks time with snowdrops and hellebores – but in the meantime I shall have the pleasure of this pot indoors.

IMG_1154Just as we can expect snowdrops to reappear when the time is right, refuelling any obsessions we might have, so we can expect our chickens to start laying again after their winter break – all in their own good time. After numerous soft-shelled disasters, all of a sudden there are one and often two beautiful brown eggs every day from our three remaining feathered friends – thank you Girls! Like the snowdrops, this is earlier than many years.

Along with the clump of snowdropsΒ  my trowel brought forth rather too many celandine seedlings and bulblets for comfort – I am convinced I never planted any celandine but IMG_1152gradually became aware that the initial patch was spreading. Although they will disappear again as quickly as they appeared in the first place I have seen from photographs just how invasive they can be – Tim, a reader of this blog, showed me what can only be called an ‘infestation’ of celandine, and an extensive infestation at that. They are notoriously hard to eradicate I believe, and from the contents of my trowel I can see why! They will have to be taken to task….

If you would like to join in this Monday meme and show us what you have found to bring into the house, whether in a vase or pot or whatever, then add a link from your post to this, and a link from a comment to this post back to yours. We are encouraging each other to think ‘out of the box’, which makes the challenge more interesting at what could be a ‘lean’ time of year. Do join us!

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20 Responses to In a Vase (Pot) on Monday: Great Expectations

  1. Annette says:

    How delightful! I share your great expectations…and my vase: (surprise, surprise) Thanks, Cathy, for cheering me up. I badly need it πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, Annette, I am sorry you were on a bit of a downer – hope you have continued to pick up, and thanks so much for joining in. It is lovely to have you πŸ™‚

  2. Chloris says:

    I can’t bear to pick my special snowdrops either. Celandines are invasive but I wouldn’t be without the lovely ruffled double: ranunculus ficaria flore pleno or the bronze-leafed ‘Brazen Hussy’

    • Cathy says:

      I have been digging them up this afternoon and checked in the RHS encyc of garden plants, so was surprised to read about the flore pleno and Brazen Hussy (great name!) that you mention which do sound worth considering. My potential invasion is neither of them, seemingly just common or garden (!) wild celandine. I am not even sure I have ever seen any flowers on it, but there must have been πŸ™‚

  3. pbmgarden says:

    The anticipation of the snowdrops blooming indoors must be exciting. I have been trying to steer clear of these infectious flowers to preserve my budget, but caved in when I saw a few bulbs on sale at a box store. They’re the “common” variety but will be much enjoyed if they bloom. Here is my (first) Monday vase, –Thanks for hosting, Susie

    • Cathy says:

      And yet I hadn’t even considered it before, Susie. I am sure you will enjoy yours when they bloom – so welcome at this time of year. Thanks you so much for joining in – it is a pleasure to have you.

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  5. Julie says:

    Hi Cathy – my first plan was a pot of snowdrops this week, but the weather was so bad I couldn’t face getting a trowel and digging them up! I am so happy that the snowdrops are coming out now although my nivalis are not as far on as yours are. I do have another taller variety in flower at the moment though. Your garden is clearly ahead of mine by a week or two. You look to have some good books about snowdrops there – would you share some recommendations please.

    Just returning to the witch hazels from last week, I believe I have the common yellow variety and an orange/red flowered one that I think was called Diane.

    You can have a look at my vase this week here: Thank you again for hosting this Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      You are more than welcome, Julie. Re the books, the Freda Cox one (my newest acquisition) I am finding particularly interesting and useful. She gives really helpful identifying features of hundreds of snowdrops as well as their origins where known. That’s apart from all the general info. If you were just having one, that would be the one to go for. I don’t have the snowdrop bible (Bishop, Davis & Grimshaw) which is out of print I think and even more expensive.

      • Julie says:

        Thank you Cathy – I think I will order the Freda Cox – a good book on snowdrops is just what I need for the next few weeks.

  6. Sarah says:

    Cathy you have captured the real essence of Spring in your little pot! Good idea to preserve their beauty. Here is my vase.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sarah – and if it hadn’t been for the vase meme I probably wouldn’t have done it. I have enjoyed popping over and looking at yours too.

  7. Anna says:

    Oh what an excellent solution Cathy πŸ™‚ Those beauties are close to hand now for you to inspect the fine details and inhale the scent. Glad to read that your chucks are a laying once more.

  8. Tim says:

    Your blog never fails to cheer me, even on the darkest winter day, and snowdrops are particularly cheerful, aren’t they. I look forward to them every year, as I expect we all do, but the very wet winter seems to have “drowned” some of mine. Sorry to hear about the Celandine I do hope you have better luck in checking their spread as they really do become a nuisance in any but the wildest of wild gardens.

    • Cathy says:

      How kind of you to say so, and it is lovely to hear from you Tim. I did email you after you said you were poorly, but didn’t hear anything so I am glad you are alive and kicking! I meant to do something with the celandine last year after seeing your photos, but once they disappeared they were out of sight, out of mind! My patch was not a patch on yours of course!

      • Tim says:

        Thanks you for your good wishes. I really do enjoy reading your blog every day, and looking at the photographs. In my opinion it is one of the most thoughtful and consistently interesting of the garden related blogs I have discovered on the internet, and the energy you put into all you do is sheer inspiration I only wish I could emulate. I am sure many other readers will agree.

  9. wellywoman says:

    I’d love to pick some snowdrops but they haven’t really bulked up enough in my garden yet for me to dare to cut a few. It is lovely to bring small plants indoors to appreciate them more, especially when the weather is so grim. πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Even though I have probably 1000s of nivalis now, I have never actually cut them before – but will have no qualms about doing so to fill a vase one of these Mondays!

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