I am not going to make any sort of apology for including tulips in my Monday vase again as we have learned by now that this is an occupational hazard in spring for northern hemisphere Monday vase makers – but I WILL apologise to those who didn’t get my comments on their vases last week, or perhaps got them several times over. Other WordPress blogs were OK, but using my tablet and leaving comments on other blogs proved nigh on impossible although I can assure you that I was able to enjoy every vase that linked to last week’s post.
I found lots of tulips flowering in the garden on our return from the Scilly Isles, and at first was just going to include the ‘yellow’ tulips (which will prove to be streaked with red once they open fully) and the Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ but decided instead to highlight those streaks by adding first the red tulips and then the Ivory White (white? pah!) wallflowers. The blooms now reminded me of some fabric I have in the bathroom and suggested ‘Harlequin’ for the title – but needed a blue addition to compete the picture, hence the muscari. Sadly none of the tulips are labelled as they were not expected to last more than a season but looking back into my Peter Nyssen orders might at least identify the streaky yellow ones.
Having cut my cornus back a couple of weeks ago I now have a large galvanised pot of trimmings outside the back door which is being dipped into for vases and posies while the stems are still looking fresh, and three stems of red Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ were added to today’s vase. Despite originally planning to place the blooms in a clear rectangular glass vase, they instead ended up in a tall drinking glass because I preferred the vertical look of the stems but no doubt this alternative will need frequent topping up with water. Reflecting the varied colours of the blooms is a piece of titanium quartz, formed by coating natural quartz with titanium molecules through an ionisation process, giving it an an iridescent metallic sheen. This enhances the inherent properties of quartz and is believed, amongst other properties, to bring deep insights and transform dysfunctional relationships.
It will be good to get back into my usual weekly routines now our holiday break is over and visitors have gone – and those routines begin with a Vase on Monday so I look forward to seeing what you have found in your gardens or foraged locally to pop in your own vases. As always, please share them with the rest of us by leaving links to and from this post so we can share in the pleasure they bring you.