I have missed joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme for a couple of weeks, thanks to half term and last week a rather wonderful study day at Great Dixter which was a Christmas present from Mr Carrot.
So I am glad to be back today with a simple arrangement of late winter pickings from our garden, in the robin jug again as I feel he is the right chap for this cold snap. The snow has not arrived here yet in Sussex, but is forecast for tonight.
For foliage I have used a sprig of variegated ivy that is growing under our fig tree and a couple of cuttings from the box, or should I say ex-box. This shrub has dominated our back garden ever since we moved in nearly two years ago and I have ummed and ahed about what to do with it.I can see that it must have been planted as a visual divider to make the garden look bigger, but it had been allowed to become very overgrown and was shading the summer-fruiting raspberries growing behind it, not to mention squeezing out the Choisya ternata beside it. I have read that you can cut boxes back hard in late February, so I took out my hand saw and got going. Soon I had gone a little further than planned and taken almost the whole thing down, save the stump and a few branches. It will remain to be seen whether these will regenerate, but I am pleased as I have opened up a whole new south-east facing bed which I can tidy up and turn into a hot bed with red hot pokers and Helianthus alongside the existing purple Buddleia.
For blooms I have taken three flowers from our one clump of snowdrops. They are nearly on the way out now and after this cold snap I am going to lift and divide them and replant some in a new shady border I am planning under our west-facing fence. At Great Dixter last week, head gardener Fergus Garrett said that there used to be hardly any snowdrops there, but they lifted and divided those they had until now they have a generous carpet, which is growing every year.
There are also three crocuses from our lawn. I have tried picking one which had already opened up to the bright sunlight we have this morning, but I don’t think it is very happy about it. The crocuses are the only nice thing about our lawn at the moment. I am waiting until the temperature rises to reseed it and hopefully next year we will have a nice healthy turf for the bulbs to emerge from.
To see what vases others have come up with visit Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden blog.