Today’s vase is filled with a medley of some of spring’s finest blooms and foliage: Tulip ‘Purple Flag’, Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’, faded Hellebore ‘Harvington Double Lime’, Leucojum ‘Gravetye Giant’, cowslip, bluebell, anonymous wallflower and appleblossom, with fresh new foliage of epimedium and Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’. I was delighted to find, when writing this post yesterday evening, that the wallflower did indeed have a delightful fragrance, not previously evident.
As is often the case, a photograph from above gives a more complete picture of the contents. Curiously, when I first saw this photo it gave the impression of a two-dimensional cut-out, like a Victorian paper ‘scrap’!
Accompanying the vase is a square of fabric similarly highlighting spring blooms, a Sanderson’s pattern called ‘Salad Days’. In the early ’90s I was fortunate in winning second prize in a Good Housekeeping competition, my choice of £3000 of Sanderson’s products (fabric, wallpaper, curtains, carpets, etc) – quite a difficult choice to make as £3000 went a very long way back then, even from a company of this calibre! This fabric and a matching wallpaper with a red background were used in the dining room of my previous marital home (where the majority of the money was spent), but half a roll of the fabric and other residual things did make it here. I have always been very much one for wallpaper and am still exceedingly fond of small flowery patterns (think 1970s Laura Ashley), very hard to find these days except from eyewateringly expensive ranges.
After a lean winter for many gardeners, finding material for vases will be getting easier and perhaps you will choose to seek something from your garden to pick and pop in a vase or jamjar this week to join us for IAVOM. In that case, please leave links to and from this post so that we can share in what you have found.