In a Vase on Monday. Fanny.

Much as I love Jane Austen’s books, I find Fanny in Mansfield Park incredibly irritating. Pious, prim, passive aggressive and with no sense of humour; I would much rather have the disreputable Crawfords round my dinner table.  But lovely Galanthus ‘Fanny’ bears no resemblance to the fictitious Fanny.  No silly blushing for this cool lady, she is tall, self assured and serene.

I couldn’t bear to pick her for in a vase on Monday so I put the pot in a basket and covered it in moss. I found some lichen covered twigs by the river and finished it off with various catkins.The perfect tear drops opened up in the warmth. Finding the right spot to photograph it proved difficult.

I didn’t like the busy background of books in the dining room so I took her outside.
Still not right, so I thought I’d try her sitting amongst the winter aconites.

Finally, I decided the best backdrop is in front of my black compost hot bin.


Fanny is going back into the greenhouse now, I think it is too warm for her inside. So  I picked a bunch of plain Galanthus nivalis to enjoy on the dining room table. These Fair Maids of February  are such a joy and if you plant them somewhere they can spread they will seed about enthusiastically and you will always have plenty to pick. For the best results always buy them in the green, the dried bulbs don’t always do so well, or failing that ask someone with an old garden like mine to give you some.

My next post is going to have to be a snowdrop post because I can’t stop crooning over them. But after that I will take you into the greenhouse and show you what lovely things are happening in there.

Meanwhile do pop over to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to find what she has been putting in her vase on this lovely February day. And why not join in and find something to put in a Vase on Monday, it is great fun and you will be one of a very enthusiastic crowd of garden bloggers.

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43 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Fanny.

  1. Tina says:

    Aside from the gorgeous flowers, your assessment of Fanny (the character) is spot on. Thanks for the giggle and the lovely blooms.

    • Chloris says:

      Perhaps I am a bit hard on poor Fanny, she is very worthy. But I haven’t much time for people who have no sense of humour. Jane Austen had a highly developed sense of humour and in her letters she could be quite naughty so I don’t quite see why she wanted us to admire boring Fanny.

  2. Christina says:

    Fanny is certainly one of Jane Austin’s least lovable characters, but Fanny the snowdrop is lovely. I very much like how you displayed her in the basket. I sometimes despair about photographing my vases. I think those who attach success almost always have some kind of backdrop organised. Have you ever picked the seedpods from the snowdrop to sow in pots? I’d like to think I might be successful if I sowed them into pots ready to plant out when they are large enough.

    • Chloris says:

      Getting the light right is a problem and then you have to consider the backdrop. Outside was a bit too breezy today but after all this is a blog, not a glossy magazine.
      I don’t bother sowing the seeds , the snowdrops seem quite capable of managing it themselves. I could give you some bulbs when I see you if you want some more..

  3. Ellie says:

    Your snowdrops are beautiful. I didn’t like Fanny Price much either, until I realised that for all her less attractive traits which you mentioned above, she does stick to her guns about not being forced into a marriage she feels is wrong for her. She has been pushed into things all her life, but, for once, she stands up to Sir Thomas, even though she is punished for her decision. I admire that in her.
    I look forward to seeing more snowdrops…
    Best wishes
    Ellie

    • Chloris says:

      You are right we have to give her that. But her cast -iron self righteousness is very irritating. Mary Crawford is quite kind to her but her for all her apparent humility she is is very much aware of her moral superiority. Snowdrops are the flower of the moment, they are a joy.

  4. Amanda says:

    Now your Monday arrangement really rings my bell! Glorious!! Thank you. Amanda
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  5. I am looking forward to seeing your greenhouse, it sounds wonderful.

  6. susurrus says:

    I’m very partial to the version with the aconites. Jane Austin’s heroines all have something irritating about them – Emma, for example. Not to say I don’t enjoy the books though!

  7. Cathy says:

    Yes, she was never one of my favourite JA characters either! I was so pleased to see your little clump of Fannies as she is one I bought from Avon last year so am only just experiencing her flowers – when I read your post I popped out to see if she was flowering and yes, she was, generously with two stems from the one bulb. Your pot looks perfect amongst the moss and lichen coated twigs – and I quite liked it in front of the out-of-focus books. Like you, blank indoor backgrounds are hard to come by here! Are all your specials in pots in the greenhouse, Chloris? After losing a few this year I did wonder whether to keep mine out of the ground till I have had them a couple of years or so, but have now planted my new ones out in my specials bed after all (albeit in Avon’s deep snowdrop pots till they get established). Your big bunch of nivalis is so pretty and must smell lovely too. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to your snowdrop and greenhouse posts

    • Chloris says:

      No, not all my specials, just this year’s purchases. Fanny is a new one bought at my garden group meeting recently. I shall probably plant them out but in the past some specials have disappeared in the garden. And others have lost their labels. I have a notebook with the exact name and position of each snowdrop but I have misplaced it. Still I think I have identified and relabelled most of them.

      • Cathy says:

        Oh no – your notebook will be there somewhere, won’t, it? No doubt it will turn up after the snowdrop season is over. Well done for identifying and relabelling yours – a labour of love, no doubt. I have my map, although I would say the positions are approximate rather than accurate, and I do have a record of when and where mine originated – I used to keep a note of the price too, but seem to have stopped that although I can’t imagine why! Hope I have not been premature planting my newbies out…

  8. I prefer this Fanny to Jane Austin’s too. I found Emma irritating too – I’d probably pick Elizabeth Bennett or Anne from Persuasion for a more likeable heroine. Do you have either of them in snowdrop form? Would love to take a look around your greenhouse!

    • Chloris says:

      I don’t like Emma either. Still I love all the books. No, I have no Elizabeths or Annes. I shall show you some more of my snowdrops in my next post, coming soon. And next week I shall give you a tour if the greenhouse.

  9. Peter Herpst says:

    A splendid idea to enjoy ‘Fanny’ in an arrangement without cutting her and you’ve carried it out very well. Our snowdrops are currently covered in a foot and a half of snow.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I can’t bear to pick any of my specials, specially as I have carpets of Galanthus nivalis to pick. A foot and a half of snow? Oh Peter how awful, what a good thing you have your lovely green house to enjoy.

  10. Noelle says:

    Its always a bit of a game finding the ideal place to put an arrangement to photograph. I enjoyed reading about your staging of your growing snowdrops. I am just starting on my journey of growing special snowdrops, and have not wanted to pick any of them. They are in the garden so no possibility of dressing them up. The moss and lichen really set up the blooms and their foliage beaurtifully.

    • Chloris says:

      It’s a shame to pick specials as you want them to seed around and spread. And of course there is always the chance that you might get an exciting new seedling.

  11. Kris P says:

    Popping the pot in a basket with moss and lichen seems the perfect manner of presentation to me. And I’ve wondered when I’d see evidence of your snowdrop adoration in a post 😉

  12. Fanny is lovely, sometimes the variations in the Snowdrops escape me – I love this one. Slender and tasteful is Fanny. The basket is the perfect display and I love lichens. Looking forward to the Snowdrop and greenhouse tour.

  13. snowbird says:

    That basket is absolutely gorgeous, you could make a fortune selling them to those who visit your garden! Laughing about Fanny, how I agree with you! Looking forward to seeing your greenhouse delights!xxx

  14. pbmgarden says:

    Fanny make a wonderful snowdrop. Tucking the pot into natural materials made a great presentation. Were I close by I would love to receive some passalongs from your garden. Have a great week!

  15. Oh ‘Fanny’ looks a most desirable and elegant snowdrop Chloris. Is she vigorous? You have certainly done justice to her in your photographs. I’m really looking forward to your snowdrop post 🙂

    • Chloris says:

      She is lovely isn’t she? I haven’t had her very long so I don’t know how vigorous she is. Any chance of a post about your snowdrops? I’d love to see them.

  16. Cathy says:

    Fanny is very elegant and looks lovely against a dark background. There is nothing quite as uplifting as a vase full of snowdrops in late winter. Thanks for sharing. And I look forward to seeing your greenhouse. 🙂

  17. Annette says:

    Oh yes, I understand you so well and think this is the best way to display them. I find it so hard to cut flowers in the garden unless I really have lots and lots of them. Fanny is a beauty but aren’t all snowdrops gorgeous. I look forward to the greenhouse too!

    • Chloris says:

      I agree unless you have carpets of flowers cutting them can create gaps. Still it is nice to have them in the house. I hope you are enjoying some nice spring weather, it has been lovely here today.

  18. smallsunnygarden says:

    How I wish I could take you up on your snowdrop offer now I have a cold winter garden! At least I’ve identified where I mean to plant my winter bulbs as soon as possible.
    Your Fanny snowdrops are just lovely with that long, graceful elegance – would certainly go high on my wishlist. I had a similar dislike of Fanny in MP when I first read it never mind how long ago (in my teens). More recently I’ve felt that Austin was saying something much different about the character: timid even more than pious, have been essentially abandoned and never, never wanted anywhere, and without the social standing of a character like Anne Elliott. Forgive the rambling – I seldom get to ‘talk books’! 😉

    • Chloris says:

      I love book talk too, I’ve often thought about having a book blog but I don’t think I have the time. I know Jane Austen loved and admired Fanny and I have struggled to understand why. She was shy and poor but that doesn’t make her worthy. We are supposed to believe she had a strong moral code and she did, but I found her moral superiority when the others were having fun with the play was irritating. And much of her disapproval with Maria was based on jealousy. Anyway she got her Edward in the end and good luck to her, I should think he would be a frightful bore. And they were cousins which is a bit dodgy. I love the way JA’s characters are so real and so human.

  19. I love that you have us talking about books and plants in just one blog post Chloris. I like the way you talked us through the dilemma of how and where to share Fanny with us and the problems of where best to photograph. Outside is always tricky. A blank backdrop is best if not always easy to find.

  20. Very nice – never thought of using Snowdrops as a cut flower.

  21. tonytomeo says:

    I actually like the last vase too, even though it is simple. I used to do that with the paperwhites back when there were so many of them.

  22. They looked lovely to me in every location!

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