The weather for the last week has been horrible! Cold, windy freezing at night and grey or hailing during the day. This morning when I looked out of the window there was blue sky and sunshine. It was surprising therefore when I discovered that 5 miles away in Viterbo it had snowed; and it had snowed enough to stop the buses running early in the morning and that the traffic had been chaos.
It being Monday it is time to join Cathy at Rambling in the garden for the weekly challenge of finding something from the garden to put in a vase. Frankly I thought it would be more dried material this week, the garden has been bleak under the dark skies. But of course the sun makes all the difference and I decided to search hard for some living material that might be a bit different to the usual evergreens I have been using.
Teucrium has been flowering in its modest way since November, not a very showy flower but at least it is a start. Rosemary has also been flowering for ages and gives a nice scent in the kitchen. But what could I add to these to give a little movement and life?
As I wandered around I noticed that Phlomis suffruticosa had woolly buds just waiting for a little warmth to open, I don’t think I have ever used these before as flowers, only as seed heads.
Another plant about to flower is Euphorbia rigida, interestingly all the different -self-seeded plants around the garden have slight different coloured inflorescences. These I treated in boiling water to try and stop the milky sap from leaking out into the vase.
I was unsure of which vase to use and am not entirely happy with my choice, a dark green or pewter colour might have been better. My title refers to the fact that some of today’s foliage looks grey on a dark day but sparkles silver on a sunny day.
Do visit Cathy to see what she and others have found to put into a vase today. Thank you Cathy, as usual for hosting.