I was pruning roses yesterday and found this clutch of buds amongst the prunings of Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’. Instead of consigning them to the compost heap I decided to bring them inside and pop them in a vase for Monday, hoping there was still enough life in them for the buds to open. Unlike some out-of-season rosebuds which ‘ball’ as a result of winter cold and dampness, these buds seemed healthy enough and perhaps stand a chance. Joining them in the blue sundae glass is a leaf of Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’, sadly becoming a little coy and turning away when its photograph was taken The prop is a little diecast lead water pump, of the style produced by Britains, which could easily have been fed by a spring in real life.
I remembered too late that this is the first vase of 2020 and was not the route I intended to take, but hey ho…! I shall have to store those thoughts up in the inner recesses somewhere for the start of another year instead! If I haven’t already wished you the best possible 2020, I do so now, and look forward to seeing what you have found in your gardens to pop into your own vases today and for a year of Mondays beyond.