Welcome to this weeks Monday Flowers when I am linking up with Cathy at Rambling In The Garden to join in with her challenge to find something from the garden to put in a vase every week of the year.
This week I filled not one but 6 little vases! My kitchen windowsill has been quite wintery since Christmas with a collection of twigs and candles to brighten the dark evenings. This weekend I decided it was time for a change so I rooted out my hares who have been tucked away in a cupboard for quite a few months now and found my colourful collection of Sarah Raven bottles to bring some early spring cheer to the kitchen.
Having planned to cut a selection of daffodils that are starting to open around the garden to fill my little vases, my spring mood evaporated when I drew the curtains this morning to reveal a (thin) blanket of snow. Overnight my poor daffodils look very out of place – rather too early for the party I think whilst the hellebores and snowdrops look fashionably at ease in the wintery landscape.
My dark hellebores are finally flowering and I love the moody contrast they bring to the borders.
Most of my snowdrops flower in February and I have some lovely drifts in the garden that are growing in number year on year.
This beautiful double hellebore is called Double Ellen Red.
The snowdrops look perfectly at home in the garden growing amongst the hellebores, so they also complement each other perfectly in this collection of vases. I added a few stems of the highly scented winter flowering honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) to add some height to this arrangement.
I hope that you have all seen the very generous GiveAway sponsored by Agriframes which I announced in my last post Growing Sweet Peas – Part 2. The lovely people at Agriframes have offered 5 packets of the excellent jute netting that I rave about so regularly – if you have not entered your name in the draw do pop over to the post now and leave a comment (I am sorry but this GiveAway is for UK readers only). I will announce the 5 winners on Wednesday, so check back here then to see if you a lucky winner.
Thank you Cathy for organising us all once again – do pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what she and the others have made this week.