A dull dreich day made photographing today’s vase difficult, particularly as one of my favourite spots on top of the woodburner-effect gas stove was out of the running as the Golfer had been toasting himself in front of it and it was too hot to place the glass on!
As in recent weeks, I knew in advance who the main contenders for the vase were – knowing that if it wasn’t today these hyacinths, culled from the ice cream planters, wouldn’t be around long enough for any future vase. The bulbs were virtually freebies to me and of an unknown variety so I had no qualms about cutting them – and indeed was looking forward to enjoying their fragrance inside as well as out. What receptacle to use? A bit of dithering led me to one of the few ‘real’ vases I have (and possibly never used before), Royal Brierley cut glass, and in turn this seemed to demand something sprawling or trailing that would not detract from the chunkiness of the hyacinths. The wild plum blossom that had been a mass of white in the hedge had suddenly fallen after the rain, but a quick ramble prompted the use of a number of strands of the dark leaved Clematis montana ‘Warwickshire Rose’, which is budding up nicely through the magnolia and dangling down in unwary faces. The single prop is a Caithness Glass perfume vase, not only linking with the title but also picking out the colour of the hyacinths.
I quite like the shadowy almost faded version of the vase too, but clearly still need to work on my indoor photography! What do you have in your garden that you could bring inside to give added pleasure to this grey Monday – or to share your sunshine? If you would like to join in, just post as usual but with a link to this blog and leave a link to yours in a comment so we can share in your joys. My Rhapsody in Blue went on playing nearly all week – the pulmonaria were brilliant as a cut flower as was the comfrey after initially drooping. A great success!