Welcome to this weeks ‘In A Vase On Monday’ when I am linking up with Cathy from Rambling In The Garden to share with you a vase of flowers I have cut from my garden this morning.
When I went out early today on a hunt for flowers to put in my vase I had in mind a completely different look. Wandering down the Woodland Walk however, I could not resist the riotous yellows of the many varieties of daffodils that are bursting into flower daily and are now living happily with the hellebores that have been giving me such pleasure since January. Out came my snippers and a vase was born!
This weeks vase is a new purchase which I am excited to share with you. Although it is a not an old jug, it has a lovely vintage look and is in a beautiful duck egg shade. I can see this jug appearing in many future Monday posts.
The lady in the photograph is my paternal grandmother. It is from my beautiful grandmother Mabel that I think I have inherited a collecting gene. I remember her house being full of ornaments, many made of brass, and that she had boxes and boxes of what we would now call vintage jewellery. A particular favourite of mine was her charm bracelet, which included a miniature bible which she would let me open to reveal real pages.
I particularly love this combination of dark hellebores and yellow daffodils. These are not daffodils that I have planted – they were in the garden when we arrived, but they have been moved from various sites to congregate along the Woodland Walk. I think the large yellows are King Alfred and the flat flowers with the orange centre may possibly be a variety called Chinta.
The names daffodil and narcissi are interchangeable, although many people think of daffodils as the large flowered varieties and narcissi as the smaller, often scented, varieties. If you are interested in learning more about daffodils it is worth having a look the The Daffodil Society website, which has lots of information including a detailed breakdown of the characteristics of the 13 different divisions which classify daffodils.
My hellebores are now all starting to form seeds. Research suggests that they will last longer in the vase this way. I did sear the freshly cut stems in boiling water for 20 seconds just to be on the safe side.
Above is the one freshly opened flower amongst the stems that I cut from one hellebore today. This particular hellebore was purchased from Roger Harvey a few years ago and has lost its label. Looking at his website I think it may be a Bradfield Slate Blue.
I have included two books in this weeks vignette. I am currently reading Sarah Raven’s new book ‘Sissinghurst’, which is upstairs on my bedside table. I visited Sissinghurst for the first time last summer and was bowled over by the beauty of the place. I am quite fascinated by the idea of artists and writers putting their hearts and souls into creating their own gardens and I am looking forward to starting this book about gardening written by Vita Sackville-West – I am sure there will be much to learn from it. Vita’s book was a lovely Christmas present from a friend. Also for Christmas I received the RHS book Botany For Gardeners from my husband. Botany is a subject I really want to learn more about and I keep trying to find the time to sit down with this one.
Finally, whilst we are on the subject of daffodils and narcissi, I thought I would show you this iPhone photo of a posy I made for a friend last week. This was a highly scented posy of Paperwhites from the greenhouse and narcissi White Cheerfulness, which has just started to flower along the Woodland Walk.
I hope you have enjoyed these heralds of spring and that you can find time to pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what she and the others have made this week.