The welcome to the New Year in Italy has involved snow, wind and freezing temperatures; not really auspicious for a vase of flowers picked from the garden to join with Cathy at Rambling in the garden.
We returned late yesterday from a few days bird watching in the Gargano, Puglia. For several weeks the forecast had been that there would be freezing winds from Siberia with a strong possibility of snow. We chose the route that would avoid crossing any of the mountains that would likely have closed passes and crossed our fingers that we would arrive before the worst of the weather. We did encounter some snow, but not enough to cause concern and it wasn’t settling on the road. Our first appointment was at the port of Manfredonia. It was sunny as we arrived but soon the dark snow-filled clouds surrounded us and icy snow and sleet drove us to find a warm bar for a hot drink to warm us. The temperatures in Viterbo were lower than Puglia for all the time we were away but there wasn’t any snow.
This morning I knew it would be difficult to find any flowers; the ground was hard and white and it looked as if the frost hadn’t thawed on the ground for several days. Before I left Rosa Old Blush had been full of buds and open flowers but they really didn’t look happy this morning so I knew I would have to resort to the stalwarts of the evergreen shrubs – Prostrate Rosemary, Elaeagnus and Viburnum tinus all providing lovely foliage and the bonus of flowers too.
A short bonus stem in a Campari bottle makes the arrangement seem more considered.
I know many people find Viburnum tinus boring but for me any plant that flowers in winter and needs no summer irrigation, once established, is very much appreciated.
The Elaeagnus has been flowering for a couple of months already. I love it that the flowers are insignificant but that the perfume is unmissable.
The heavy based, square glass vase has pebbles in the base to support the stems.
I hope it is warmer where you are and that you are able to enjoy a few hours in your gardens this week.
The Canna in last week’s vase is still blooming but the Iris only lasted two days.