Thanks for keeping IAVOM afloat last week whilst I was away and apologies for not doing my job as a hostess as much as I would have liked. I was able to read all your comments and kind words and managed to see most of your vases but not comment on many of them, and I am sorry for this omission. All is back to normal today.
I was hoping to include tulips today for the first time this year but the ones that were not quite ready a fortnight ago were past their best by today, and we have some sugary pink hyacinths instead. These were evicted from an indoor pot a couple of years back and planted outside and were probably originally a gift as I wouldn’t normally choose pink hyacinths although I do quite like the two-tone petals of these. Sharing the Caithness glass vase with them are unnamed pink hellebores, wallflower Cheiranthus ‘Giant Pink’ and twisted hazel Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’. The wallflowers were grown from seed, don’t flower especially well and are such UGLY plants; their removal is in the offing along with any of their ugly cousins which are around. When conditioning stems for the vase by dunking them in boiling water for 20 seconds or so I made the mistake of including the hyacinths; they did not like it all and sadly their presence in the vase may prove to be short-lived.
You may have realised that I normally don’t include pictures of people on my blog, but whilst creating the vase and mulling over a title I belatedly turned over to April’s page in the calendar Younger Daughter gave us for Christmas and found that the littler Poppet perfectly encapsulated the essence of little girls: ‘sugar and spice and all things nice’ and the calendar thus became today’s prop. Anyway, it’s a photo of a calendar, not a person!
I am looking forward to my normal Monday routine of reading and replying to comments and viewing your vases; it may take a few hours out of the day but it is time well spent and I know how much IAVOM means to people. It is an exciting time of the year in the garden for many and a change of season for all and observing the changes in different parts of the world, as exemplified in our vases, is a fascinating experience. Please share it with us by leaving links to and from this post. Happy Monday and have a productive week!