I am fairly sure I have used this combination or something similar before, but being about to prune ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ from which the rosehips came, I couldn’t resist. So we have three rosehips with their crown-like sepals in three mini test tubes, accompanied by three kings, the three wise men of the East. The regal gentlemen came as part of a set of cake directions, and they hot-footed it from our Christmas cake to act as props for IAVOM, although in truth they didn’t spend long on the cake because it was so crowded they were evicted before the first slice was made.
When they have done their second duty of the season and are allowed to stand down they will return to their box for another year, as will the other wise men who are still making their way slowly round our living room ready to join the rest of the nativity scene on Twefth Night, just in time to go back inside their box (the stable). On recent Grannie days, three year old The Tinker (who started nursery in September) has been exercising her new found knowledge of the Christmas Story and has repeatedly tried to put them away as they ‘weren’t there yet’. No doubt by the time they come out of their box again next year, after a term of ‘big school’, she will be an expert!
Waking up yesterday and finding not only the previous day’s snow had disappeared, but also the remnants of that from earlier in the way, heralded a subtle change in the weather – it may only have been a couple of degrees warmer, but it felt different and the light was different too, somehow softer. Strange though it may seem, there usually comes a point in January when this is the case, albeit less than a month since the winter solstice. There was certainly no excuse for not being in the garden, so pruning ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ and its abundant hips was my first priority:
For those able to venture out into their gardens too, perhaps you too can cut something to pop in a vase or handy test tube, or forage something on a local walk to share with us all on IAVOM…