I have been absent without leave from blogland! I needed a little break and life has been very pleasantly busy over the Christmas and New Year period. I have enjoyed reading many of your posts but not commented again through lack of time. So to all of you that I haven’t wished an individual Happy New Year, I send you my very best wishes now.
Until Saturday the house has been full of festive foliage, all of which I have shared with you on previous posts; now it is January and there is very little to pick and put into a vase for Cathy at Rambling in the garden. But the pleasure that even one flower can give should not be underestimated so here is what I found this morning.
I thought I would be lucky to find enough blooms for one of my little Campari bottles but in the end I was able to fill three.
Iris unguicularis is the most reliable flowering plant in my winter garden. I know many of you complain about its ugly leaves in summer but for me any plant that is completely drought tolerant through even the hottest summer and flowers from November to April is a star. I intend splitting my larger clump in early spring and creating a small drift that I can see from inside the house; there are already four small clumps in the woodland walk and the original large clump under the Mutabilis roses that I see whenever I go out of the house.
The Lavender is an unknown variety that flowers most of the year on and off (more on than off, really); Teucrium is y most reliable shrub, again it flowers from November through to April and is completely drought tolerant. Even the plants that have been pruned into tight spheres have some flowers and those allowed to grow freely are full of flowers.
It is lucky that these three stalwarts of my garden are all a similar tone of blue and complement each other in form in a vase.
With my special thanks to Cathy for creating and encouraging us all with this lovely meme. Do visit to see what she and others have found for their vases today.