… for tomorrow the branch they were growing on will be lopped off!
In the lead up to the garden opening time is indeed very much of the essence and every day needs to be seized and filled productively, but it was not the concept of ‘Old Time is still a-flying’ that Robert Herrick talks about in his poem that triggered this vase, but the fact that a wayward branch of climbing rose ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’, restrained by rope in anticipation of the fence replacement mentioned in yesterday’s post, had taken liberties and had headed way beyond its ‘bus shelter’ location and even the adjacent clematis colonnade. Recent severe pruning of the congested mat of Clematis alpina revealed the full extent of its adventure into the unknown (you can see the main ‘trunk’ of the rose in the top right hand corner of the first picture):
Saving them from their immediate fate, I snipped off all the buds and the one open flower and popped them in today’s vase, along with open blooms from elsewhere on the plant; I am pleased to see that many of the buds are now beginning to open, changing from pink streaked creamy yellow to a pale blush pink as they do so and with an old rose fragrance adding to their virginal beauty.
Time is not actually money in terms of garden opening preparation, but this vintage tin and card money-box still seemed an appropriate prop although it was not as handy as it might have been…
It was only yesterday that I disposed of the two-week old tulip vase which I have been enjoying, but the roses are now accompanied instead by trimmings from the Winter Sunshine sweet peas which had reached the roof of the greenhouse: love those tendrils!
If you have time to join us for IAVOM today then please do, or at least pick flowers from your gardens for your own delectation: you won’t regret it!