In a Vase on Monday: A Good Spread

There are a handful of native snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, coming into flower in the garden although most are still just in bud; nevertheless, I decided to pluck a few for a tiny vase today. Having been systematically splitting clumps every year, I tend to divide one or two most times I ramble round the garden, but this year I have two new beds I want to establish them in, both resulting from the removal of tree stumps. The extensive stump of one could not be fully removed without damaging surrounding areas, so one of the water butts was re-located on top of the core, with soil banked over the remaining stump, forming an extension to the woodland edge border; the second is at the side of the woodland. A third, under the crown-lifted holly, was first established last year but still needs more snowdrops to join the other woodland plants.

Rather than cutting a few stems, all still fairly short anyway, digging up a little clump made more sense and, by replanting it in a week or so, would serve two functions at the same time – three, in fact, as they were potted into a teeny 6cm pot which turned up when I was tidying the greenhouse and I wasn’t sure where to put it! Joining the snowdrops and their pot with its embellishment of moss was a card with what I think are snowdrops and another stylised bloom, reproduced from a 1907 Wiener Werkstätte lithograph, a ‘fluted flower basket’.

I am confident the buds will open soon and perhaps even treat me to their subtle fragrance, and perhaps you too can find some fragrant material in your garden or nearby that you can forage for your own vase on Monday. If you would like to share it with us then please leave links to and from this post.

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35 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: A Good Spread

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Yay! More places to plant! Hope those nice buds open for you soon Cathy. I like the strong design on the card. The card must be huge?
    More hellebores from me this week.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes indeed, that’s what I thought! The border where the water butt is has had a number of woodland edge plants added to it apart from snowdrops and more hellebores (and a relocated witch hazel!). The card is no more than 12cm square (max height of the snowdrops in the pot is 20cm, 8″), so not huge

  2. Linda Casper says:

    It’s so exciting having a daily tour of the garden to see what is coming through. This is my first In a vase on Monday, but I see I’ll have to up my game with the descriptions.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh welcome to IAVOM, Linda and pleased don’t feel you have to ‘up your game’, just be yourself and do what works for you. And yes, a daily ramble is a must, whatever the weather – whi knows what delights there are to see for the first time this season!

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  4. Annette says:

    Oh these welcome signs of hope! Very pleased to see the snowdrops coming up in our new winter garden here. They’re early this year and almost in full flower in the magical wood where I sometimes go for a walk. Here’s my contribution for today: Sadly Monsieur didn’t pull your name out of his hat, Cathy, but if we meet one day I shall give you a copy of the first book (Gartenträume) which is full of dreamy pictures. Hope all is well with you both, have a good week xx

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, that’s so kind, Annette – and I hope we do get the chance to meet – so do let me know the next time you plan to come to the UK. Much as I love my named snowdrops, the magic of a carpet of natives is something else, isn’t it?

  5. the running wave says:

    The one thing that makes this time of year joyful is snowdrops! They are coming out all over the place here in East Lothian. Through the woods, along the verges in the lanes, and of course in our gardens! I love the promise of your snowdrop buds Cathy, and I am sure they will enjoy their new home once planted out in the flowerbed! Hooray! Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, a carpet of snowdrops whether in the wild or in our gardens will always be magical – and that’s why I contuinually split mine. I probably only started with a couple of hundred but there will be 1000s now

  6. Chloris says:

    I love the way you display them. against the stone wall with the moss and fern and the picture. I’ve got snowdrops on my mind this week too Cathy. It is a good idea to spread your snowdrops around like this.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – in the end I had to use a bit of bondage on the sarcococca that kept knocking the card over! I certainly don’t wait for the flowers to be over to split mine (the natives, that is), and they don’t seem to mind

  7. It looks so lushly damp in your pictures, if that is the right description. And such beautiful green moss, I love a pot of bulbs like that. I thought they were daffodils, until the size of the pot was mentioned. A nice dual usage. I have a pot of something completely different today.

    • Cathy says:

      We have had a number of day sthat have felt and looked damp, Amelia, without it actually raining. I built this ‘pretend’ dry stone wall to add a bit of interest outside the kitchen window – there is a copper pipe running into a stone trough just out of the picture to the left

  8. Kris P says:

    How wonderful to have bulbs spread so willingly like that (with and without assistance)! There’s little offering scent in my own garden at this time of year but then my sense of smell isn’t great to begin with. Still, even though my garden never really sleeps, I sense it shifting toward spring. My first Freesia opened last week, although I didn’t choose to cut it. Thanks for hosting and here’s my contribution:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, they are very obliging, Kris! It’s interesting to read that you can detect that tiny shift towards spring in your wide-awake garden – it shows how in-tune you are with garden, I think

  9. Anna says:

    Oh that clump of moss is a the perfect finishing touch to your post full of snowdrops Cathy. A top dressing of horticultural grit somehow doesn’t have quite the same effect 😄 Do you know the name of the fern in the fourth photo down? I’m after one or two evergreen ferns. No surprise really but my vase this week contains snowdrops :

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the moss is just right, I agree – and so do the blackbirds who pull it off the walls for their nests, and desposit soil over the Golfer’s clean paths! All my ferns originally came from Morrisons and started out with labels, so there will be one in the middle of the clump somewhere and I will check in due course. I could supply you with some small asplenium scolopendrium, maybe others too

      • Anna says:

        More reasons to shop at Morrisons then 😄 Thanks for your kind offer Cathy. A couple of babies would be nice but I may already have one. If I remember correctly I purchased a couple of ferns from your open garden plant sales table possibly in 2018. They are in pots up at the caravan so I will not be able to check on their identity until March.

  10. Thanks for all the great news about the late winter/early spring blooms and emerging plants! So happy for coverage about the new growing season. I noticed your garden tools hanging there from the bricks–great idea!

  11. Snowdrops and more places to plant, that’s good! I did join you

  12. Nigel | MCR says:

    It’s so nice seeing the start of the new years plants. Thanks

  13. Cathy says:

    I am so envious of your snowdrops Cathy! They just don‘t want to settle in the new garden. Early days yet I suppose!

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