Jasmine and friends: In a Vase on Monday

Jasmine and friends

This week I have been reading the gardening classic Down The Garden Path by Beverley Nichols which I am going to review on Sunday for a new regular winter slot on my Gardener’s Bookshelf.

Nichols has a thing for winter flowers, which he recommends picking in bud. He writes: “Most people… do not realise how exquisite the common Jasminum nudiflorum can be, for indoor decoration, if it is properly treated. They see it on their suburban porches, tattered and brown and windswept, with a lot of tiresome twigs surrounding the flowers, and they hardly even bother to cut it and give it shelter.”

Nichols recommends cutting branches of winter jasmine in bud, then keeping them for a week in a dark, warm cupboard. Of course, I am too impatient for that, so I just went out into the wet, grey garden today and cut a few twigs, which I have put into a plain glass vase with some fern fronds and ivy both of which are abundant in our garden.

For a colour contrast with the warm yellow of the jasmine, I have added the last few violent pink flowers from a fuchsia which I rescued from a spot in our herbaceous border where it was struggling and not in keeping and replanted just under the winter jasmine on an east facing fence.

I know I should have cut off the jasmine flowers at the base of the stem before putting them in water, but I think the yellow blooms look rather beautiful submerged.

For more beautiful flower arrangements to brighten up your Monday, pop across to today’s In A Vase on Monday meme at Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden and scroll through the comments.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Your vase must have a lovely fragrance from the jasmine. There is a style of flower design in which flowers are submerged.

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  2. I was thinking that your vase must smell wonderful. The book sounds fascinating and I wish I could grow jasmine.

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  3. Cathy says:

    I was introduced to Beverley Nichols by Chloris, and really enjoyed his Allways trilogy. Interesting what he suggests about the jasmine! The fern and fuchsias are just the right shades of colour to complement yours -thanks for sharing

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    While my climate is too cold for winter jasmine, I used to have plants in my sunspace, which weren’t long-lived. I need to find a couple to purchase again – their scent is divine!

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  5. Christina says:

    I think the Jasmine flowers submerged look lovey; I think it is flowers under the water that go rotten that are the problem.

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  6. Cath says:

    I have a big Iris Unguicularis which I planted because he raves on about them so much – and it is lovely. Like Beverley I carry flowers back to the city each week too. No gardener or housekeeper though to be fixing things up while I’m away 🙂

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