My kitchen window on the first Monday in January. Unbelievably a vase I made before Christmas is still looking fresh. It comprises stems of Cornus Midwinter Fire, Ilex Golden King and Sarcococca Confusa in flower.
I am pleased to report that I picked a jug of anemone coronaria Sylphide for Christmas, and have only just composted the half dozen flowers. It remains in flower at the allotment although looking increasingly raggedy in all the wind and rain. I will continue to pick it though as I’m sure my constant picking has played no small part in its nine consecutive months of flowering. While on my way back from the compost bin I plucked some flowering stems of anemone blanda. From a planting of probably a dozen bulbs many years ago these now form a carpet of blue in early spring. The snowdrops and crocuses are also pushing up through the ground, and look what else I spotted: one flower of Iris reticulata, growing in the sunniest and most well-drained corner of the garden. Lots more of these to come I’m sure. And I couldn’t resist plucking a sprig from Daphne Odora aureomarginata. She is being so generous this year, flowering since November, and I find her scent irresistible.
I’m just popping over to Cathy at Rambling in the garden to catch up with her vase on Monday. Why don’t you come too and be inspired to post your own Monday vase. Mine today is only three inches high but the pleasure it brings cannot be measured.