This little old-fashioned vase is the one object I would save in an emergency… it is a small turquoise blue ceramic vase that my gran gave me for my first flower show, eons ago, when I was a child growing up in Durban, South Africa.
I think the flowers I ‘arranged’ in that first small creative effort were pansies, my gran’s favourite flowers. It has moved with me from home to home and if anything happened to it or it was chipped, I would be very sad.
I thought I would offer a resumé of its various looks in spring and keep on showing off how good most flowers look when paired with it.
The season started with winter’s best flowers, snowdrops. I love the way they hold themselves above the rim of the vase, making it easy for me to view them properly.
I don’t always pick flowers specially for the house – although I do pick a handful from those that are plentiful. Others come into the house for one reason or another – perhaps they have had to make way for something else in the garden or have been knocked by wind and rain. Then they come inside.
These tulips were in a large pot hidden under a tarpaulin while my new wooden shed and garden room were being constructed. When I saw them they were almost past their best as garden flowers but they made a brave and bright show in another vase (ie not my gran’s vase).
Strong blue hyacinths and grape hyacinths are good for my spring collections. These had been in the way of the work on the new garden room, so instead of leaving them on the ground, they too, were harvested for the vase.
Primroses are the signature plant of my garden in spring as they self-seed and spread where ever they want to. I don’t like the muddy pink hybrids that arise and mostly dig them up.
The self-seeding primroses and pulmonarias always get a head-start in the gravel paths between my raised herb and salad beds. This means I can lift them easily if I want the place to look a little more business-like. Mostly I leave them to spread and know that there are always more to follow.
Next up will be lily-of-the-valley: the little round collars are up and the buds are just visible. It won’t be long before these fragrant white bells will be offering their scent to the house.
But for now I couldn’t resist a handful of the fiery red wallflowers, whose scent gets through to my almost non-existent sense of smell. I feel sure it is such a powerful fragrance that you can smell it from here! Heady and delicious!