How times passes, it is already the 11th January almost half way through the month and still the weather isn’t cold; although we are threatened with snow and ice from Siberia at the end of this week or the beginning of next. Monday is when Cathy at Rambling in the garden challenges us to pick material from our own gardens to put in a vase to enjoy indoors. As always Cathy has come up with a charming vase and an intriguing title.
I have pots of bulbs growing in the greenhouse to have some colour a little earlier than is possible in the garden. I had been hoping that all the bulbs in each pot would flower together creating a blaze of colour that I could bring inside and display in some artful way; but no, just a few of the lovely blue Iris Lady Beatrix Stanley are flowering so I have cheated and little and transferred those in flower of likely to flower in a few days into a small container.
The container is porous so I have placed it on a blue plate so we have blue on blue on blue!
The arrangement that I made for New Year’s Eve was still looking pretty good; even the Rudbeckia didn’t look too bad from a distance but close up they needed to be replaced. There are still new Rudbeckia flowers in the cutting bed but I preferred to change the feel of the arrangement and not use more of them this week.
The light is better in the kitchen so it was photographed there before being returned to the sideboard in the dining room.
As I hadn’t made a classic evergreen and red berry arrangement for Christmas I thought I would use a low stem of my crab apple (that needed to be pruned as it is dragging on the ground) plus I collected some of the fallen apples and just spread them around the other foliage. I needed to reduce the height of the arrangement as the candles were half burnt down. I reduced the width in an attempt to keep the proportion and added some tightly closed buds of Viburnum tinus which will hopefully open white in the warmth of the room.
Do visit Cathy to see what treasures have been found today or why not join in this fun meme yourself.