It is always a pleasure to join in with Cathy’s Monday meme to gather and arrange a vase of home-grown delights. This morning I was up to see the rosy sun rise (early morning cross stitch is my latest passion, but even with morning light and fresh eyes I couldn’t see to sew on black so I’m using Confederate Grey 28 count linen) but since then the weather has deteriorated so I’m glad I cut my sprigs early.
For my Royal Winton hand-decorated spongeware jug which my mother in law gave me about 25 years ago (how come this has lasted for ever while Emma Bridgewater mugs lose their handles at the drop of a hat?) I picked: Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’, Spirea ‘Goldflame’, sarcococca, unknown honeysuckle with a lovely purple stem, hydrangea petiolaris, purple-freckled white hellebore, epimedium, coral heuchera flowers and N. Thalia and N. ‘Sailboat’ (delighted to see these bulking up year on year) and a week-old tulip with a gorgeous ink-splotched centre picked from the allotment. I resisted the urge to pick tulips from the garden despite T. Purissima and T. Spring Green coming back year after year as I prefer to see them growing in the garden.
Also in the picture is the little blossom tree Prunus Kojo No Mai and a posy vase of white anemone blanda. Whenever I see the white form popping up in the sea of blue Anemone Blanda that is naturalising in my gravel garden I try to carefully remove them to plant under the pear tree. I’m disappointed that my white A. Nemerosa bought from Sissinghurst last spring has not made an appearance yet, but maybe she’s still gathering her resources.
During a sunny walk in the woods yesterday I saw lots of wild primrose, violet, white wood anemone and bluebells all of which are clearly loving the recent chilly damp weather interspersed with the odd ray of sunshine.
Do go over to Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the garden, to see what she has arranged today. I’ve just had a quick peek and I can tell it’s a good one.