I was determined to have sprigs of my pink pussy willow, Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’, in a vase today, and ventured forth to find suitable accompaniments. Scorning the emerging blooms on Iris reticulata for being ‘too blue’, I chose different shades of Crocus tommasinianus instead as an alternative, plucking a stem of Pulmonaria ‘Victorian Brooch to join them, and adding deep purple foliage of Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ for further contrast. To emphasise the glorious late winter days we have enjoyed recently, blooms of double snowdrop Galanthus flore pleno, bobbing about in the near-warmth, and witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’, filling the woodland edge borders with fragrance, were also added, together making a pretty spring posy.
Acting as a vase is a little vintage measuring cup, joined by the smallest of a set of magnetic measuring spoons, ranging in size from one tablespoon down to this ¼ teaspoon. I have several sets of measuring cups and spoons but this is my favourite, not only for the convenience of them nesting together and affixed to my magnetic knife rack but because of their double-ended nature, both with deep bowls, one of which is slim enough to fit into any spice jar, and both easily levelled for a perfect measurement. Small, but immensely practical.
A friend turned up unexpectedly on the doorstep on Saturday with two bunches of tulips for me, a pleasant surprise. Long gone are the days (since IAVOM!) when I would treat myself to the first daffodils and tulips appearing in supermarkets, but these two make a pretty combination of dark pink and blush pink and look very fine (despite their impossibly long stems) in the denim blue stoneware vase that began life as my only vase. Thank you Tracey.
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