Today, I am joining in Cathy’s meme of In a Vase on Monday. As I am still in the grips of Galanthomania, it has to be snowdrops.
If you look at Cathy’s post and Annette’s too you will see that they are thinking on the same lines. We are clearly all bedazzled by our lovely snowdrops. Like Cathy, I cannot bear to pick any of my special ones but to my surprise I have got Galanthus nivalis out in some areas, they are very early. I have also picked some double ones: Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’. The Forsythia, I picked a while ago so that it would open in water. I am sure everyone knows this trick which works very well with Ribes: Flowering Currant too. The Ribes will have flowers which are white if they open in the house and they look very delicate.
I have been very dismissive of Viburnum tinus on previous posts in this blog. it really does smell of wet dog when wet. I have left some bushes though, and I feel a bit kinder towards it in winter as the flowers are very useful for picking. I quite like Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ as it is more compact and you don’t end up with such a monster of a shrub.
The silvery foliage is Eucalyptus, of course, and the felty foliage is Phlomis italica. I finished it off with a few catkins, a bit of winter jasmine and a sprig or two of winter honeysuckle for fragrance.