Like much of the UK we have now seen some snow – only a couple of inches here at the most and now largely gone – starting on Saturday evening and resulting in a blindingly bright Sunday morning. My vases are prepared on Sunday and scheduled to post on Monday morning so the necessary picking and photographing were kept brief!
As there were further blooms on the Paperwhite narcissi I used a few weeks ago these were my first port of call for this vase. Planting in mid October and keeping them in the greenhouse until just after Christmas when they were brought into the house has certainly proved a more manageable result than planting at 2 week intervals over a period of 3 months – this way will have provided a small handful of blooms every week for a month unlike last year’s excesses. Keeping the vase simple the only additional material was a single branched stem of Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ and 2 curly stems of twisted hazel Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’.
When removing Christmas bits and pieces after Twelfth Night I was reminded of the beautiful Caithness Glass vases on the mantelpiece from the Ebony ‘art nouveau’ range which I bought around 15-20 years ago directly from the factory shop that was in Oban at the time. They came in various sizes and shapes (and a red ‘lacquer’ version) and although on first glance they look as they if are pottery when you pick them up you can clearly see from the mouth that they are indeed glass. I find them very tactile and the black interior and cream exterior with stylised bud pattern and black speckled base is most appealing – and yet I had all but forgotten their existence as potential vases for Monday! The photo shows the rim of the vase more closely on the left and on the right a better idea of the overall pattern on one of the others in the collection. The one I used is about 7″ or 18cm tall and is probably the smallest of the group. The only prop for today is the snow!
I wonder what weather other Monday vase-fillers will be facing…? Hearing from bloggers in different parts of the globe about their weather and seasons and different blooms is one of the joys of the meme, so do share it all with us as well as your vases by posting links to and from this post as usual. It is good to know that even those who have been unable to fill their own vases for whatever reason still get pleasure from seeing everybody else’s – so thank you to everyone for visiting, with or without a vase.