Following Mum’s visit southwards for Younger Daughter’s (Youngest Grandchild’s) wedding we have brought her back home and will be on our own journey home again whilst you are posting your Monday vases. I will catch up with them in the next day or two, but will probably not be able to respond to all your friendly comments on my own vase this time around – apologies for that.
Foraging in the roadside verges on the island my Monday vase is filled with the local wild flora, a fragile posy when compared with the rugged landscape all around and especially with the slate shoreline where the vase was photographed. Supported by the relatively sturdy twigs of willow (possibly Eared Willow) with emerging furry catkins are the furled frond of a fern, bluebells, primroses, wood anemones, lady’s smock (Cardamine pratensis) and what we think might be a type of Cerastrium or ‘mouse-ear’. The bluebells are so much bluer than my own at home and in this location must be truly native with no chance of clandestine affairs with Spanish lotharios.
It was an interesting experience searching amongst my Mum’s vases and other receptacles for something appropriate to display these wild blooms and I found a pretty pair of vases that I don’t recall having seen before. I did not recognise them as Caithness Glass, which many of her vases are, although they looked distinctly Scottish with their thistle shape and colouring. It was therefore a surprise to find a label on the second vase inscribed ‘A Touch of Glass’, from the Isle of Wight – the opposite end of the country to Mum’s island – and she has no idea how she came by them.
I know there will be lots of tulips awaiting me at home for my next vase, but it was a pleasure to search out these fragile blooms just for today. What will you find for your vases when you venture out to pick today? Do share what you have chosen by leaving the usual links.