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.