The little dish is not actually ‘Ming’ of course but some cheap Chinese import from a car boot sale – but the hyacinths are blue and blooming and the focus of today’s vase. The blue bloomers were given as Christmas gift, coming to me about 3 days before Christmas with their flower buds just beginning to push the leaves aside and head skywards.
Whilst creating last Monday’s vase I was already anticipating that the hyacinths would be ready to make their entrance the following week and they did not disappoint. Despite turning their pot round regularly the three stems were still determined to bend, not just lean, towards the light, so instead of a straight sided clear vase I opted for this two-tone Caithness Glass one as the flared neck was well-suited to the equally flared stems. The vase which is indeed glass although it looks like pottery has a large chip on the rim, but I bought it at a boot sale for its purpose as vase and not for any intrinsic monetary value so the chip is as irrelevant as it is unseen.
Joining the fragrant hyacinths are three feathery flowering stems of Miscanthus ‘Ferner Osten’* which came out of a vase from the end of November which I have still been enjoying in its dried state. One of the stems has taken on a slightly lilac hue which seems to be particularly attractive amongst the hyacinths. The ‘fake Ming’ dish which accompanies the vase is joined by a trio of Chinese sampans made out of shells which I have had for many a year, the colour of which seems to mirror the miscanthus and is a happy coincidence. Three little florets that were trimmed from the lower stems of the hyacinths complete the props for today’s vase.
It was a joy to have blooms from early flowering bulbs today, but sadly there are no more in the offing quite yet. I moved one pot of my own hyacinths out of the dark this week, but the shoots were still barely long enough and I am not yet confident that they will bloom. I also brought a pot of early narcissus in from the greenhouse but they are not yet ready to produce flowering stems either so I shall just have to enjoy other people’s for the time being and perhaps in some of today’s vases. Do share what you have found in your garden or foraged nearby to plonk in your own vase or container and leave the usual links so you can spread the joy that they bring.
* absentmindely called Pennisteum villosum in the original post which I am sure many bloggers were too polite to point out to me!