Having picked a handful of emerging ‘Tête-à-tête’ to make a posy to take out with me yesterday I was reluctant to pluck more, as well as being pushed for time. Despite hoping for a relatively (I don’t ‘do’ lazy!) lazy week, it just didn’t happen, with a combination of expected and unexpected things getting in the way. Lacking inspiration of my own, I fell back on Cathy of Words and Herbs’ inspiring hellebores which she shared with us last week and which so far have lasted six days. She wondered if being on their own in separate vases made a difference to their longevity and will investigate further.
Accordingly, I picked a single stem of Hellebore ‘Harvington Double Apricot’ which actually has two buds, not just the one visible in the photo, but I succumbed to the simple accompaniment of a twig from twisted hazel Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’, complete with pollen saturated catkins, and popped them in a stoneware inkpot. The buds are swelling, but not yet beginning to open, so I am hoping the warmth of the house will give them a boost. So apologies Cathy, but thank you – it was a real timesaver!
Anticipating their opening, I chose to use Mary Berry’s ‘Fast Cakes’ as a prop (written back in the ’80s before she was particularly well known), on the premise that cake baking involves inspiration and anticipation the same as today’s vase does – the book provides the inspiration, the baking provides the anticipation! I have had my copy since the mid ’80s and you can see it has been well used, although there may only be a dozen or so recipes that I use with any regularity.
Apologies for my brevity, and if you can find time to cut material from your garden to share with us then please do so, leaving links in the usual way.