Since last Monday I had spotted some new treasures, having been taken by surprise by the flash of yellow of a few sprigs of winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, and a blush white single bloom of Viburnum tinus, both begging to be included in a Monday vase.
The viburnum was planted in what became the hedge border in the autumn of 2013 following removal of the D****’* P****, along with a white camellia and relocated sarcococca and Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’, but has steadfastly sulked ever since – so to find this lonely bloom was a huge surprise. The sunny jasmine was more obvious, but still a surprise, as the plant was effectively killed off after threatening to dominate the clematis colonnade. Its sinuous stems were retained as part of the ‘Spirit of the Garden’ artwork (the ribbons of which have taken on a greenish tinge and need sprucing up) but its tufted fringe shows that it still clings to life, as do those vibrant sprigs of yellow:
Complementing these December gems were other equally welcome but more generous seasonal contributions – Sarcococca humilis, in bud but not quite open yet and with a hint of shiny black berries, and seemingly perpetual flowering Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’, a stem artfully draped around the green ikebana vase in which they were inserted. With its integral metal frog this is the only vase of this sort that I have, but it is ideal for the combination of short stemmed and spiky contents that make up today’s Vase on Monday.
Accompanying the floral gems were tiny semi-precious gemstones: aqua aura quartz, watermelon tourmaline, apophyllite and a tiny garnet nugget. What gems will you find for your Monday vase today? Please share them with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.