After a miserable weekend of non-stop rain and grey skies the sun has come out and I have just popped out into the garden to see what I could find to join in with Cathy’s from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme this week.
The temperatures have soared and it is almost spring-like out there. The Mahonia is coming into flower through our newly-pruned fig tree, sending out a deliciously sweet scent. Underneath, slender lilac crocuses are poking through what is left of our lawn and the Pulmonaria I took from Charleston last autumn is coming into flower.
The snowdrops are out, and so is our pretty blue Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’, now in its second year. In our front garden, the divine odour of Daphne odorata is wafting along the path and the hellebores are poking through in exotic pink and creamy white next to purple crocuses with tangy orange stamens.
I didn’t think I would find much for my vase, so I chose a tiny Emma Bridgewater jug decorated with strawberries that I bought from the Chessell Pottery Barns on the Isle of Wight on our summer holiday nearly four years ago – the year Littlest Weed was born.
I have been a bit naughty and cut a couple of sprays of Mahonia, which are already brightening up my day with their sweet perfume, two tiny sprigs of what I think is Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Rubra’, which is growing out of a crack in our patio steps and the very first flowers of the Charleston Pulmonaria. My excuse is that I am more likely to look at them if they are in the house when the forecast rain returns tomorrow.
This little treasure hoard is sitting on my grandmother’s bookcase in our sitting room. The Young Naturalist’s Handbook belonged to my husband when he was a boy. To see what January vases others have come up with, visit Rambling in the Garden.