I picked some of my treasures for a little vase today to join in with Cathy’s meme which involves filling a vase with flowers from the garden each Monday.
On a dull day like today it perhaps looks better with the flash which gives it a black background. The next photo is without the flash.
I used catkins from the common hazel, Corylus avellana in the hedge. I also used some of the dainty catkins from one of my birch trees, Betula utilis. The lovely marbled leaves are from Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’. I used two different skimmias. One is the green Skimmia x confusa ‘Kew Green’ and the other is the red Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella”
For fragrance I have used Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ and a little stem of my precious Chimonanthus praecox which has an indescribably delicious scent.
I have also picked a little piece of the pink Daphne bhlolua ‘Jacquline Postill’. Again the fraagrance is absoultuely wonderful.
Next to the Daphne is the pale lemon Coronilla valentina subs. glauca ‘Citrina’ which is a bit of a mouthful but I didn’t make it up. I grow this in a pot for safety. I am not convinced that it is perfectly hardy so it goes into the greenhouse in winter. It smells delicious too. Above the Coronilla is a tiny pink blossom from the winter flowering Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ which I would never be without.
The flowers are one rather ragged Iris unguicularis, I didn’t realize that a slug had been at it until I saw the photograph. I am a bit embarrassed about it, but I don’t have time to pick another one and start all over again with the photographs. For arrangements it is best to pick these in bud then you can watch them unfurl in water. I have picked one white Helleborus orientalis. This has quite a small flower which suited my arrangement better than the larger ones. There are a couple of snowdrops, some variety of Galanthus elwesii, I am not sure which, and surprisingly a Summer Snowflake, Leucojum aestivum.
I have also picked a couple of the lovely little Cyclamen coum which have been flowering away since before Christmas. None of my other ones are out yet.
The little jug is from my Shelley ‘Wild Flowers’ tea set.
Do go over Ramblinginthegarden and see what Cathy has found to put in a vase on Monday. You can have a look at all the other arrangements and why not join? It is geat fun and quite a challenge in the middle of winter.