I am really pleased to be able to show you today’s fuzzy vase, partly because cutting the tiny side shoots of Jelena was a subtle way of showcasing its fantastically floriferous and fuzzy blooms without denuding it, but also because this is the first time I have used this ‘caterpillar’ vase which Younger Daughter gave me for Christmas in 2014 and which I haven’t managed to use before now.
You may have already seen in several recent posts just how beautiful (and fuzzy) Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ has been, possibly her best year ever, and it is a joy to walk past her on my rambles. People always associate witch hazels with fragrance, but the H intermedia varieties appear to less scented than H mollis and H japonica – and all need a degree of warmth for the fragrance to be noticeable, so if Jelena is going to make her presence felt she has more chance indoors than out. Incidentally, I had the first whiff of Sarcococca humilis yesterday, even though the flowers are not yet open – as always, this first time stopped me in my tracks.
Ideally, I would have liked a little collection of fuzzy things to act as props for the vase, but a quick scout around my shelves brought no inspiration (and there were no peaches in the fridge) and instead a pom-pom came to mind; however, just happening to have some nice orange string to hand, I decided a fuzzy tassel would be easier to construct. Actually, I have Dorris to thank for the string, as I was impressed some months ago by the purple string she had used to tie a Monday posy with and went online immediately to buy some for myself, although I did not stop at purple! I can now co-ordinate all my hand-tied posies although belatedly realised I had neglected to include any blue or green shades, so that needs to be rectified.
I appreciate there may be slim pickings for many regular IAVOMers in the northern hemisphere – but we all know that where there is a will there is a way, and perhaps a few more undercover bulbs will be appearing in vases soon. I have some gifted hyacinth bulbs that may be showing colour by next week although my own are still lagging well behind – what about yours? Anyhow, if you do manage a vase or other container today, whatever the contents, please share it with us today by leaving links to and from this post in the usual way.