I suppose I should have a vase of red roses to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I can’t manage those in February. But what I do have in abundance are snowdrops. And as they are my passion , then a posy of these is much more to my taste to grace the table for our Valentine’s dinner tonight. I put them in my little snowflake Mdina glass vase which I believe comes from Malta. I used simple Galanthus nivalis and the double form Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ as I have carpets of these. For a lovely honey fragrance I put in a few stems of Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’ and Galanthus ‘Ginn’s Imperatii ‘as these are the ones which smell the strongest when brought into the house.
And as I picked so many I had enough to put into the lovely snowdrop mug my daughter gave me for Christmas. So I have enough to enjoy in the living room too.
I do have carpets of these beauties as I suppose they have been self-seeding for many years. But I have nothing quite on the scale of the woodland garden I visited yesterday. Over a period of ten years these have been carefully divided and replanted every year and now it looks as if the ground is covered in snow as far as the eye can see.
In a Vase on Monday is, of course hosted by the lovely Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She has been busy this weekend with an NGS Open Day, but nevertheless she has found time to share a vase with us.