Yesterday promised to be thoroughly grey and damp and, having already taken advantage of a break in the rain for a walk, the clouds lowered, the sky blackened and any hope of remaining dry whilst foraging for flowers for today’s vase was but a forlorn one. I could have resorted to some of summer’s helichrysum, nicely dried out in the heat of the kitchen, but the show must go on and I have picked blooms in worse weather.
Any hangers-on from warmer seasons would undoubtedly be thoroughly bedraggled, so instead I focussed on winter season contenders of which there are a number: distinctive blue flowers of a passalong plain-leaved brunnera, winter honeysuckle Lonicera ‘Budapest’, shiny green leaves of Sarcococca humilis with emerging flower buds and a little sprig of witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Orange Peel’ cut from just above ground level from where it wouldn’t be missed, all placed in my teeny sample Bretby Pottery jug to form an arrangement with a total height of less than 5″ (<13cm). A small offering, but full of promise for the season ahead and enough to warm the cockles of any heart, however hard….
It is rare for my Monday vase photoshoots to take place indoors, but yesterday was one of those days, and a spotlight lamp was pressganged into service to boost the lack of natural daylight, creating some interesting shadows. On a whim, my first choice of prop was abandoned, replaced instead by a mince pie, the best seasonal antidote to a potentially dismal December day (sadly, it wasn’t warm and straight out of the oven, but cold and straight out of the freezer to which it was duly returned when duty was done…). Having politely nibbled on a shop-bought mince pie the previous day, it reminded me how sorry I am for those who have never experienced homemade mince pies with homemade mincemeat, a far cry from shop-bought ones…
I am happy to report that the Cold Stone Tea from a fortnight ago is still looking tasty, just going to show that a vase is not just for Monday, but Tuesday, Wednesday, maybe the rest of the week and sometimes into the next week or even the one after that. I know pickings are lean for many in the northern hemisphere and the weather may not be conducive to pootling in the borders, but if you are able to share a vase with us today we would be delighted to see it, so please leave links to and from this post.