My first pot of Iris reticulata in the greenhouse is full of blooms and I thought I would put some in a little vase with an unusual primrose. I don’t know how long these irises keep fresh in a vase, but in the event I couldn’t bear to pick them. So this week I am bending the rules of Cathy’s meme and showing plants in pots.
I love these little irises in the garden in February, but I always force a few pots in the greenhouse to enjoy in January. This yellow one is a new one, it is Iris reticulata ‘Sunrise’. It is buttercup yellow and very pretty.
Purists may disapprove of the primrose and I probably wouldn’t plant it in the garden. But again I love to have a few brightly coloured primroses in the winter greenhouse. This blue and white striped one is called ‘Zebra Blue’ and it was developed in Belgium from Primula ‘Tie Dye’. It is similar to one I grew a few years ago called ‘Denim’.
I love blue and yellow together. I married them with a little variegated ivy.
The greatest pleasure in the winter garden is the delicious fragrance of early flowering shrubs. As it is dismal outside today, I have brought a few sprigs of my favourite fragrant plants indoors.
In a tiny pot I have Winter Sweet, Chimonanthus praecox, a witch hazel; Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Vesna’, named after the Russian Goddess of Spring. Also the winter flowering honeysuckle; Lonicera standishii ‘Winter Beauty’, Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis with its strangely haunting perfume, and my absolute favourite Daphne bhloua ‘Jaqueline Postill’ which stops visitors in their tracks.
A sprig of rosemary and a little sweetly scented snowdrop completes the vase. Such a tiny pot but the fragrance fills the room.
Thanks to Cathy at ramblinginthegarden for hosting the meme. Do go and see what she and her enthusiastic followers are putting in their vases today. My money is on the witch hazels; Cathy is the Hamamelis Queen and what pleasure a collection like hers gives at this time of the year.