I wasn’t going to do a vase on Monday today because I am thoroughly discombobulated by this endless wind and didn’t want to go outside. Yesterday, I ducked and dived and had several near misses as walnut branches crashed onto the shed roof whilst I was sowing some seeds. Weeping Willow and Acer drummondii branches fell about like confetti and a huge holly heaved itself out of the ground and came tumbling down only minutes after I had passed by. I don’t regret the holly but it brought with it a specially nice honeysuckle which looked wonderful last summer and a climbing rose that I grew from seed.
The nearby gorgeous Cerdicyphyllum japonicum ‘Pendulum’ now sports a duct tape bandage and the Pianist and I spent a large part of the day risking life and limb whilst we wrestled with the prickly corpse. It is not a job that promotes marital harmony. But after his adventures with the chainsaw the Pianist came in and cooked us the most delicious chicken dinner, so double Brownie points to him.
Anyway, I digress, what has this to do with Monday vases you might ask . Nothing at all, it just explains my reluctance to go outside. But inspired by Cathy’s blue and white arrangement, I resisted the impulse to don my cycle helmet and bravely went out bare- headed in search of blue flowers. Everyone loves blue flowers and surprisingly March brings quite a few of them. I love the combination of blue and yellow and there is plenty of choice right now for a vase based on these colours.
The iris I used looks like Iris unguicularis, but it is in fact Iris lazica which unlike unguicularis I can spell. This iris comes from the Black Sea and is not so fussy about a sun baked position and a bone dry soil. It is smothered in an abundance of flowers from now until the end of March. Other blue flowers are grape hyacinths, Muscari ‘Jenny Robinson’ and ‘Valerie Finnis’ both in the palest baby blue. Deeper blue flowers are varieties of Pulmonaria officinalis, daisy flowers of Anemone blanda and forgetmenot flowers of Brunnera macrophylla. Spiky rosemary is also in bloom now.
I have been cutting yellow forsythia to open inside for weeks and now it is coming into bloom outside so I used a couple of sprigs. The little yellow mimosa-like balls belong to the tree Cornus mas.
And this is a chance to use some of the dainty little narcissus flowers which I love. They include little ‘Tête-à-tête’ the native Narcisuss pseudonarcissus which rapidly seeds around, orange- trumpeted ‘Jetfire’ and the double ‘Rip Van Winkle’ which looks as if modern hybridisers have been fiddling around with it but it has been around since 1884.
Last week I put daffodils into a vase with daffodils on it and violets into a vase with violets on it and this week I have gone even further and I have a vase with writing on it. I am only one perilous step away from having a vase with my name on it and fluffy dice in the car. But it is just the right colour and at least the writing is in French. I bought it the year we got married when you are allowed to be sentimental. It says nous deux.
Do pop over to see Cathy’s lovely blue and white arrangement. I was delighted to see she has included the adorable little Narcissus ‘Snow Baby’ which is a must for people with greenhouses. I am going to check out the other Monday vases now, I am looking forward to seeing some lovely spring flowers.