It was inevitable there would be Tête-à-Tête in a vase here today, as perhaps there has been at some point in February or March every year of IAVOM’s existence, and joining the Tête-à-Tête were several silver birch twiglets, snipped from a larger casualty of Dennis’ misdeeds last weekend.
Searching for a blue vase to contrast with the bright yellow cheerfulness of the chosen blooms, the examples I have proved to be either too big for the dainty dears or not big enough to squeeze their stems into. Meanwhile, thinking along the lines of something sunny as a prop (because daffodils always look so sunny and cheerful) it occurred to me that the vase could instead represent the greyness of the day and my little Prinknash pottery jug fitted this idea perfectly – and a little cut-out cloud stuck on what is presumably a place name holder (obscuring a chicken, the reason for having it in the first place!) became the prop.
Despite a lingering prejudice against certain shades of yellow, it is still a pleasure to see these harbingers of spring, a reminder of just how close the new season is (and Jude tells us that Cornwall has recently announced the arrival of magnolias and therefore of spring). Am I the only one who forgets from year to year how petite these blooms actually are? I am sure they or other narcissi will be appearing in many more vases on IAVOM today – will they be in yours? Whatever you can find in your garden, do consider snipping some for a vase and sharing it with us – but more importantly enjoy it for yourself in the coming days.*
* I have been enjoying the little ramekin and its hellebore heads all week, only removing the main bloom yesterday and leaving two tiny and perfectly formed blooms, the product of those tiny buds of a week ago: