My, how my mind flitted as I pondered what to put in my vase this week! Should I, for the first time this year, cut a bunch of hellebores as they really are at their best now and Alison of A Blog About Compost has given me a different tip (making a slit in the stem with a scalpel) on how to extend their vase life which an experiment has shown to be moderately successful? Or should I cut some of the teeny-tinies that are just coming into bloom, like violets and Anemone blanda? As is often the case, it was a spur of the moment decision following a flash of inspiration that brought us to this lengthily-titled vase today.
Strawberries and Cream is one of my newer and pricier witch hazel additions, and although in flower last year was neither especially impressive nor very different – in fact, a little (quietly) disappointing. This year, however, she has made up for it and is resplendent in her creamy pale yellow blooms with their red core, vaguely resembling strawberries and cream if you have a good imagination. Joining the single twig are three stems of scented Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ (big golden sun), from The Coop, and dangly catkins of twisted hazel Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ which shiver with the slightest air movement. The stems are held in place in the sky blue dish with a metal frog, discreetly hidden with moss plucked from a wall outside the back door.
For those expecting something a little different, the title is a bit of a misnomer as there are no real strawberries, (writing this on Sunday) it is a grey and damp and mizzly day and Storm Freya is threatening mighty gusts rather than gentle breezes. Even the delightfully handpainted miniature teaset serving as a prop for this cream tea will sadly not be serving up miniature cups of tea…in fact, this vase is a total fraud!
I am sure none of you will have a fraudulent vase to share today but whatever form your vase does take please do share it with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.