In a Vase on a snowy Monday.

Well here we go again. The Beast from the East Mark 2 or Darcy as we have to call her this time. I was going to write about my winter garden today and now the whole thing is a winter garden; white, icy, cold and monochrome. The Pianist thinks it looks beautiful and asks me where my aesthetic sense is. So to please him I put on my bear suit onesie and went out and looked at it, on the condition that there would be no snowballs, snowmen, snow angels or any of the fatuous things grown people find to do in the snow. Actually, wearing four thick jumpers, two pairs of trousers and a furry bear suit ensured he didn’t suggest we went walking out of the garden because I look like an ursine Michelin man. So, here it is, my first appearance on my blog, My neighbours don’t get to see this sartorial vision but you do. Maybe the look will catch on. But perhaps not, as you can see I am not a happy bear.

This is supposed to last all week and beyond. What with endless lockdown, combined with arctic conditions, we will all end up as white-eyed troglodytes, specially if like me you loathe the stuff. I for one will be a very unhappy bear.

Anyway, we made our way down the garden. As you can see, nothing but white stuff.

And here is the actual winter garden looking very wintery indeed.

I designed my garden for colour and interest all year round so that there is always something exciting and beautiful to enjoy even in the depths of winter. On Friday my Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ was looking and smelling divine.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

Today she looks like this.

Beautiful Hamamelis ‘Vesna’ was looking fabulous too.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Vesna’

But now she is encased in snow.

But I pride myself on having something to pick all year round, there must be something. I thought I would pick some dainty Pussy willow, Salix ‘Nancy Saunders’ but the pond has risen so high after constant rain that I would have had to swim out to her on Friday, and today I would need skates. This pond has never been so full. I didn’t go near in case I fell in and was never seen again.

The pond on Friday

But I managed to get a few catkins and some sprigs of the pink pussy willow, Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’.

Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’

I knew there was a pink hyacinth buried in the snow so I dug her out.

Somebody asked me if my Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica ‘Wisley Cream’ is hardy. She seems to be coping so far under her roof of snow. So I picked a couple of sprigs.

And then after cutting a few sprigs of the red stemmed Cornus Baton Rouge’ I had to admit defeat and go and see what I could find to pick in the greenhouse. I picked a liiac flower of my carnivorous plant which is a butterwort, or Pinguicula vulgaris and to match it I picked one little Iris reticulata ‘Painted Lady’. And then I picked a few hoop petticoat narcissus and that is all I could manage today.

Clematis cirrhosa var. Balearica ‘Wisley Cream’
Iris reticulata ‘Painted Lady’
Narcissus bulbodicum ‘Mary Poppins’ and Narcissus bulbodicum sbsp. obesus ‘Diamond Ring’

So there we have it my Beast from the East posy. And thank you to my friend, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for encouraging us to go out and find something for a vase even on the bleakest of days. Very soon I shall post about my winter garden, not as it is now, covered in horrible snow, but as it was on Friday when the sun shone and spring seemed to be in the air.

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47 Responses to In a Vase on a snowy Monday.

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Congratulations on your first blog post appearance! Happy to see you. The winter wonderland shots are beautiful as are the delicate springlike flowers in your vase today. The shape of those narcissus is winsome! Hope you find many fun things to do while the snow retreats.

  2. croftgarden says:

    Love the ears! You are to be congratulated for your endeavour and success in finding a few flowers. No snow in the far north west, just a very cold easterly wind and not a flower in sight.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, the ears add a bit of dash to the outfit. The snow has gone now, but the garden looks a sorry sight with collapsed flowers and leaves turned to mush.

  3. Cathy says:

    Bravo for enduring the cold to show us some photos and gather a few things for your vase. I am so glad you did as your little posy of spring blooms is such a heart-warming sight to my winter-weary eyes. πŸ˜ƒ

  4. You really did well on finding some flowers for the vase. Snow is a pain, but it does transform your garden into a winter wonderland.

  5. Heyjude says:

    Well you might not enjoy the snow, but I enjoyed your lovely winter wonderland garden, so thank you for getting out there! And the spring flowers are delightful.

  6. You look like Abominable Snowman in brown! Well, you did manage to salvage a few pieces from your winter garden while entertaining me with your story.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I do look like a big brown yeti, but I’ve put my bear suit away now and peeled off a few layers. I am hoping that’s the last of winter. The birds seem to think so, they are all singing.

  7. Cathy says:

    Well thank you for sharing all these early delights with us – bears, tranquil wintry scenes and beautiful blooms. No doubt the bear has now shed its skin and is perhaps reclining in the warmth somewhere whilst the Pianist cooks its supper…?! Your garden really does look wonderful in its white coat even if it does temporarily hide some of your treasures; nevertheless I am glad your foraging produced the goods as you have shared some beauties with us. A single Painted Lady surprised me in the Coop yesterday, so it was good to see yours today – and I did I tell you I treated myself to Mt Aso last year after you captivated us with yours? I must check on it daily to watch those buds break… Each and every stem in your vase is a good reason to add winter blooms to the garden, and yet altogether they suggest that perhaps spring is not so far away – thank you for sharing them, Chloris

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Cathy, I think you will find Mount Aso lovely for flower arranging. I also love the black pussy willow, Salix melanostachys. Yes, I’ve put the bear suit away now and I hope I won’t see it again until next year. Now we just need it to stop raining.

      • Cathy says:

        I am sure it will appear in a vase soon, Chloris – thank you for bringing it to my attention! I bought it as a half-standard, a good way of squeezing something in, I have found! Hasn’t your weather been unusual? We have had some damp days here but not actually a lot of rain. I guess your snow has gone though…

  8. Kris P says:

    Well, you are intrepid! Having spent my entire life in one area or another in coastal Southern California, snow covered scenes always look exotic to me, as well as serene and beautiful. I’ve actually only seen snow in person a handful of times in my life. I loved my visit to Alaska years ago and would gladly visit there again – in the summer. I’m impressed by what you found under all that snow, although I suspect I’d have been inclined to enjoy the snowy landscape from inside and would’ve limited a bloom search to your wonderful greenhouse.

    • Chloris says:

      I would be quite happy never to see snow again, I hate the stuff. It has gone now but everything looks collapsed and soggy. I dream about having a February garden filled with colour like yours.

  9. snowbird says:

    How lovely to see you, especially in your cute onesie! I love a good snowfall, although I hate it when it lingers as ice. I’m still hoping for a little snow. I think your snowy garden looks delightful and that vase is just stunning! So very beautiful.xxx

    • Chloris says:

      Well, you couldn’t see much of me and what you could see looked twice as bulky as the real me. I know several layers of bulky clothes and a bear suit is not the most flattering look, but at least it conceals my pudding bowl haircut. You are hoping for snow? I know it would be fun to watch your little one enjoy it but apart from that it’s much nicer to enjoy your lovely spring flowers.

  10. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I find the snow photos very beautiful although I realise that as a person who really hates to be cold, I would very soon tire of that feature of it. It’s amazing that you found such beauties lingering under their white blanket and were able to make a pretty posy. I hope you have a thaw and some bright skies before too long.

  11. Eliza Waters says:

    I can see why you are disappointed that your pretty spring flowers are buried under a blanket of snow, Liz. But I expect it will melt quick enough, unlike ours which will last at least until mid-March, if not later. I think your winter garden, esp. the weeping tree, looks lovely blanketed with new snow, and your vase of spring blooms is definitely cheering.

  12. M.B. Henry says:

    Wow – such lovely snowy photos, although I’m sorry the snow buried your spring blooms! I hope they’ll recover alright

  13. Oh my goodness, I can’t imagine having so many things blooming and then getting a big snow! We have a ton of snow, but nothing anywhere close to blooming. I totally understand not wanting to be out in it…but I imagine your temps are not bad, especially in a big coat. I hope the snow melts fast so your plants will be happy. πŸ™‚

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Beth, yes the snow has gone now. We don’t get much snow here in Suffolk and it always takes us by surprise. Spring seems to be round the corner and then suddenly it’s deepest winter. Still, it only lasted a week.

  14. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see you in person! I loved that pussy willow Mt. Aso, but the whole vase is delightful and very quirky. Looking forward to your winter garden post. I am the person Kris mentions above who declined to exit in the snow and therefore didn’t post a vase. Hats off to you!

  15. Such a fun post. We have snow here in Maryland and more to come this week. Just when we think we get a break using a shovel, we pick up a different one. Hopefully we’ll put the snow shovel away again for the garden shovel. Keep warm!

  16. Noelle M says:

    It was a treat to be walked around your garden. What a triumph to have rescued those beauties. Since those Narcissus bulbodicum are so perfect, I guess they were being grown under glass. The snow must have fallen all over on your side, in Somerset, it is clear so far, but very cold.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I grow several pots of Narcissus bulbodicum in the greenhouse. I think the East got the worst of the weather this time. The snow really outstayed its welcome, hanging around for a week. Now we are back to sog.

  17. I agree with you about the snow, yech. Though whatever the weeping tree in the picture is looks wonderful in all the frozen whiteness. I would need a bear suit to go out in that as well. Love those Narcissus and I am amazed at what you found under the snow flowering! Clematis! You are an intrepid vase creator.

  18. veronica says:

    I think your garden looks beautiful in the snow Just like your pianist ! Tony is not a fan of snow just like you . We have lots snowdrops here in our northern garden and much lighter evenings . Love the delicate flowers in the vase .

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, the Pianist loves snow but then he is a skier. I just hate having my garden covered up and nothing to look at but a lot of white stuff. Anyway, it has gone now and yes, the evenings are getting lighter and the birds are singing.

  19. rusty duck says:

    Well I think the snow is very pretty. But I can say that can’t I because it all fizzled out somewhere farther up the M5. It is cold here though. I have never seen a gardener in a bear suit before but I can see how it might catch on. As long as the fur doesn’t chafe..

    • Chloris says:

      You are lucky that the snow didn’t get to you so you didn’t need a bear suit. We are snow- free now so the bears have been put away, but the ground is horribly soggy.

  20. tonytomeo says:

    Wow, I suppose I have no justifiable excuse for not participating in ‘IAVOM’.

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