Having wished everyone a Happy New Year in IAVOM last Monday, today’s vase almost seems a bonus, having inadvertently ‘forgotten’ there was a complete week between Christmas and the start of 2020. Bonus Monday or not, I will still take the opportunity of wishing you joy, peace and happy gardening!
Today’s hazel vase is yet another teeny tiny contribution to IAVOM, the product of meagre winter pickings and a reluctance to pluck other than the smallest twigs of my precious witch hazels. Not closely related to the native hazel at all, they do have a few superficially similar characteristics, particularly the leaves. These three little twigs are from Hamamelis ‘Orange Peel’, one of five witch hazels currently in full flower; after a slow start, this witch hazel has really taken off and is looking stunning this year. Joining it are three sprigs of twisted hazel Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ each with early catkins.
The group of twigs were popped into biodegradable floral foam in the little rectangular ikebana vase that has appeared already in several IAVOM, their feet smothered in moss pillaged from one of the garden’s retaining walls. Supporting the vase is a little book entitled ‘A Tree in your Pocket’, which details all sorts of interesting facts and folklore about native British trees, from their ruling planet to the customs and legends, healing properties, magic & inspiration and physical uses associated with them. This twisted hazel is the only hazel left in the garden, as we have finally removed the original untwisted hazel and all its progeny from the garden, to the great chagrin of the local squirrel population who continue to seek hazelnuts in pots and tubs and the snowdrop border.
Have you some meagre offerings to share today? Or maybe something more generous perhaps? Please do join us if you can, leaving the usual links.