Good morning and welcome to a mid-January In a Vase on Monday, for which I had already earmarked a damaged twig of witch hazel Hamamelis vernalis ‘Amethyst’, retrieving it from where it was hanging on by a mere thread of bark.
It may be an illusion, but this witch hazel looks a completely different specimen since it was moved towards the end of last year; I have few qualms about moving plants in my garden, regardless of their size, and this one had been in place outside the kitchen windows since I bought it as nobbut a twig nearly 6 years ago. It is much more than a twig now as you can see from the photos below, showing its new location at the revamped end of the woodland edge border, part of a trio of witch hazels – Amethyst on the right, Arnold’s Promise on the left and Rochester in the middle. I think it is having something solid in the background that gives it more of an impact, its paler colours being lost without this, and I am really pleased with the overall effect of this grouping.
Joining the fragrant witch hazel twig is a snippet from Benny, my affectionate name for Japanese apricot Prunus mume ‘Beni-Chidori’, a new addition bought early last year after admiring the winter gardens at Anglesey Abbey and Cambridge University Botanical Gardens as well as that of dear blogging friend Chloris. It arrived with a handful of flowers, almost over, but this year is smothered with little pink dots which should be open in time for our mid-February visitors. I may be imagining it, but it looks as if the little pink dots are swelling since I cut the twig and placed it in its pot; when they open, whether on this twig or on the tree, the flowers are meant to be highly fragrant, so to stay with this theme, the final member of the trio is Sarcococca confusa – how can such tiny flowers pump out such a powerful fragrance?
Placed in three mismatched stone inkwells, the trio of fragrant twigs are joined by a group of three tiny glazed pots from my miniatures shelf.
Winter blooms are something to treasure and I am delighted to be able to share these with you today. Have you been able to find any blooms, foliage or twigs or something else you feel would fit the IAVOM bill in your garden or elsewhere today? If so, please share the joy with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.
ps the rose buds did not open so last week’s vase looks exactly the same as it did seven days ago, but the buds are now papery relics of their earlier freshness. Ah well….!