Having spotted a few more viable blooms on Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ I cut them for today’s vase and added a sprig of near-neighbour Hamamelis vernalis ‘Amethyst’. The latter was a mere stick when I bought it a little over 5 years ago but has been growing 3-4″ every year and is now covered in blossom. The flowers are smaller than the intermedia varieties and although a beautiful shade of purple they do not stand out in the way that their orange, copper and red cousins do, but they are distinctively different which is why I like them and have spared a single sprig for today’s vase.
Joining the viburnum and witch hazel are the remnants of flowers from Rosa ‘Snow Goose’, white with a delicate hint of pink which is not always obvious, more buds of Rosa ‘The Mayflower’ (I am so looking forward to sharing a summer with this rose if it proves to be as generous as its buds suggest), and foliage and a few pink berries from the D***l’s Plant which still appears in the hedge periodically. The resultant neat little posy was popped into one of my many Caithness Glass vases and accompanied by a sickly sweet pink cupcake, purchased for a few pence as a potential prop and which actually contains some sort of cheap lip balm, presumably strawberry flavoured.
My green vase from last week is still looking green and moderately healthy and with a small degree of culling will look good for at least a few more days. As the remnants of Christmas are cleared away even small offerings from the garden will make an impact, both visually and in the case of this viburnum through their fragrance. Pressing my nose against the witch hazel tells me there is fragrance there too, albeit not as readily evident. Whether foliage or blooms, twigs or fruits or cones, with fragrance or without, see what you can find in your gardens today to pop into a vase or jar or other receptacle to bring inside to enhance your week – then share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.