This mid-December vase features two fragrant seasonal treasures, sprigs of candyfloss pink Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ and creamy white winter honeysuckle Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’. I say they are fragrant, but I can’t smell them myself at the moment due to a bunged-up nose!
The stems are placed in a small Prinknash Pottery vase with its distinctive deep grey sheen, the roughly triangular shape loosely (and coincidentally) mirrored by the wiry Christmas tree beside it. This little tree, bendable into whatever shape you like, came from IKEA over 20 years ago and I still value its seeming uniqueness. It does light up, in a discreet and gentle way, in a static or flashing pattern, but sadly this was not evident outside. In a darkish cupboard, you can see how bright and colourful the teeny-tiny lights are!
Blooms may well be harder to find in many northern hemisphere gardens now, but there could still be many other options in amongst twigs and leaves, grasses and seedheads, so please consider creating your own vase and sharing it with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.