After a week of heavy frosts I wasn’t sure what there would be to pick for A vase on Monday, when Cathy at Rambling in the Garden challenges us to fill a vase with flowers from our gardens or surroundings. By repotting some Iris reticulata from the greenhouse and picking from the garden I was able to fill three, miniature, zinc buckets.
For the first I lifted some Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ from their pot in the greenhouse; sadly these pots have flowers very spasmodically so I haven’t been able to just bring in the entire pot as I had hoped, but placed in the little zinc bucket they look very well I think although some moss around their base would have looked even better but I couldn’t find enough in the garden, it isn’t something that grows very well in my mostly sunny dry garden.
I treated the remaining two buckets in a similar way placing two multi-stems of prostrate rosemary to form the support and adding stems of Euphorbia rigida, treating them first in boiling water first to stop their milky sap from draining out. To one I added three stems of Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’
and to the other three stems of Narcissus Avalanche, these are what I ordered because ‘Paper Whites’ were no longer available when I placed my order. They have been very slow to flower so I am rather disappointed as I’d hope to have pots of 15 stems flowering on an almost weekly basis whereas I think they will mostly all flower together.
These three are from a pot I bought into the warmth of the house just over a week ago.
Do visit Cathy, if you haven’t already done so or why not pop outside and fill a vase yourself.