It is such a shame that the simple pleasure of a few snowdrops in a vase is invariably marred by the difficulty of getting an acceptable photograph of them, even with my otherwise half-decent compact camera!
Having the real deal here instead of the slightly fuzzy photograph that you will be viewing on the blog is indeed a simple pleasure, and the clutch of blooms picked in the woodland edge border from several little clumps of the double native snowdrop Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ have welcomed being in a warm house, demonstrating their thanks by flinging their petals out wide. My double nivalis are always in flower before their single cousins which are only just beginning to show a hint of white, and both are way behind my specials which began flowering at the end of December. They are joined in the tiny green crocus vase by three yellow stems of Cornus sanguinea ’Midwinter Fire’, not the usual fiery colour seen on thicker stems.
A half-eaten jar of lemon curd may seem an unlikely prop for a Monday vase – but as another of life’s simple pleasures it is indeed wholly appropriate, for me at least. You can have a really interesting conversation discussing what we each see as simple pleasures, some small thing that for a brief moment satisfies one of our senses whether it be taste, touch, smell, sound or sight or perhaps something even less intangible. Lemon curd is definitely there for me as far as taste (and mouthfeel) goes, along with really dark chocolate (Aldi’s 85%) and a decent black pudding. Touch? The feel of a conker in my pocket. Sound? Certain songs that stop me in my tracks, whatever I am doing, like ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’. And then there are the slightly bizarre simple pleasures, like coloured paper clips…
But that’s enough of that and back to the simple pleasure of finding things from our garden or nearby to pop in a vase on Monday; please share this pleasure (and other simple pleasures you would like to admit to) by writing about your vase and adding links to and from this post. Perhaps your vase will still be going three weeks later like this kalanchoe and cornus one, which looks just as fresh as it did back then but is now also enhanced by the opened buds. Whatever else I think about kalanchoe, it is definitely a good ‘do-er’!