I had a few things that needed to be done first thing this morning and I wasn’t convinced there would be anything to pick for a vase to today so I wasn’t sure I would join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden‘s Monday challenge to find something in our own gardens to cut and put in a vase to enjoy in our homes.But I had seen the tightly closed buds on Viburnum tinus and decided the shrub had grown enough for me to be able to pick some without robbing the garden of the few flowers there are at this time of year. I know many of you find Viburnum tinus boring but it responds differently in the climate here and so I am pleased when it has flowers!
While walking around the garden looking for other possibilities I was amazed to see that the yellow crocus were all flowering; many were looking a little sad as it was cold last night but I expect them to perk up later in the day; that will give me the impetus to walk around again.
This is a new vase, the mouth of the vase is quite wide and so needed some pebbles in the bottom to help keep the strong stems in position.
I have two Fatsia japonica in large pots by the front door, their flower stems and seed heads always seem to pull the plant down so cutting a couple of stems was necessary to the plant as well as a welcome texture for the vase.
I don’t remember the flowering of Arbutus unedo lasting into the winter in other years, but they are a useful supply of nectar for any bees that find it warm enough to fly.
The Iris in last week’s vases didn’t last very long (just a couple of days) but the Teucrium and Lavender are still adding some colour so I added the lower stems of the Fatsia japonica that I’d removed for the main vase.
A big thank you to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for encouraging us to find something to pick even in the depths of winter; I’m sure that without here I wouldn’t have a vase to enjoy this week. Do visit to see the treasures she has found this week.