It has been a bit too cold to go out into the garden much this week, but I have been inspired to pop out to see what is growing – and what is not – by the lure of joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme. Even so, I have to admit that everything in this little robin jug is from our south-facing front garden which is a more appealing prospect at this time of year than our north-facing back garden.
To reflect the season, I have included some of my favourite seedheads – dill which has self-seeded in our front garden, and the brown bobbles that were once the bright yellow flowers on our Phlomis russeliana or Turkish sage (I cut off most of these earlier in the autumn, but am glad now that I couldn’t reach the ones at the back).
The large black berries are from our myrtle (Myrtus communis) which produces the most wonderful starry white flowers in early summer, while the smaller black berries are from the Viburnum which is sadly not much longer for this world as I am removing it this winter to make way for vegetable beds out front.
While I still have it, I am making the most of the Viburnum, using the pretty pink and white flower heads. Their juxtaposition with the remnants of the dying year are a reminder that we will soon reach the shortest day, then the days start getting longer again and soon the garden will start coming back to life.
Over at Rambling in the Garden, Cathy has made a lovely Christmas wreath this week, which might even inspire me to make my own – I have always meant to, but then end up buying one when we get our Christmas tree from the magical Wilderness Wood. Maybe this year I will save the pennies and follow Cathy’s lead.