The mild weather this December has meant that our gardens look as if spring has arrived. The birds are singing and snowdrops, hellebores and early daffodils are blooming away merrily. How lovely to be able to find lots of colour to bring into the house for a Christmas arrangement.
I used rosemary, winter jasmine and holly which has obligingly produced loads of berries this year. Usually, these have been eaten by Christmas, but this year there is so much else to eat, that the birds have’t even bothered much with them, or with the apples which I left lying around for hungry blackbirds.
The dainty Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ is a picture at the moment, as there has been no frost to spoil it.
The lovely blue iris is Iris lazica, which is a relation of Iris unguicularis It comes from the Black Sea coast. It likes a shady position. Instead of hiding its blooms under lots of foliage like Iris unguicularis, it shows them off beautifully.
I cut a few stems of gloriously fragrant Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter beauty’ which is always full of blooms in winter. I just picked one hellebore as they droop so in water. I hope it will stay perky until after this evening, as this arrangement is to cheer up the table when friends come round.
I sneaked in a bit of Viburnum tinus, as it is quite useful for winter arrangements, but as I am always saying how smelly it is and how I dislike it, we won’t linger over this one. Did you notice the yellow Rudbeckia niitida? Crazy isn’t it? Is it very early or very late? And for something else totally out of season, how about the pink scabious in the next photograph, with the pretty trumpet flowers of the silver leafed Convolvulus cneorum?
I picked a little bit of Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’ with its pretty lemon pea shaped flowers. They are delicately perfumed.
So there we have it, a little Christmas ‘tussie-mussie’ as Vita Sackville West used to call a posy.
My vase this week is dedicated to all my lovely blogging friends who have enriched my life for two years. Thank you for sharing your lovely gardens with me and entertaining me with such floral delights and humour. I have never met most of you and most likely never will, but you all feel like old friends. My very best wishes and a happy Christmas to all of you.
Special thanks and good wishes to a blogging friend I have met, the lovely Cathy. She has given us all so much pleasure with this meme. Do go and see her Christmas arrangement and those of all the other bloggers who have found blooms in their gardens for a Christmas arrangement to celebrate a festive ‘In a Vase on Monday’.