Monday, 14 December 2015

In A Vase On Monday ~ Gleaming In The Gloaming


"We are into December, Mid -winter-monath in old Saxon, and what a difficult time it is to fill even a few vases in the garden" ~  from "The Illustrated Garden Book' by Vita Sackville-West. 

It was one of those December weekends when it was thoroughly dark, cold, wet and miserable throughout here on the Costa del Merseyside. The sort of weather which made it so much easier to get on with seasonal tasks such as card writing. During the odd break I wondered round and looked out of the windows. I was cheered by the sight of my prunus subhirtella autumnalis, aka autumn flowering cherry in full flow. It positively glowed in the gloom. Yesterday himself who is taller than me was dispatched in waterproofs to cut a few branches. He returned with what initially looked like half a tree but he assured me that it was just the lowest branch. I don't think that the flowers will last long as there was a considerable confetti shower when I filled not one but two vases ~



Getting a photograph to do the subject justice was a challenge, thanks to the quality of light, but here is one taken under sunny blue skies at the end of March 2012 ~ 



This is a most generous tree as it produces a second flush of flowers in the spring. It's the autumn blooms that are most precious and the show this year seems particularly floriferous probably because of the mild autumn we've experienced.

This afternoon I've got to concentrate on wrapping up and prettifying the seasonal pot pourri I mentioned in my last post, as I'm meeting with the recipients tomorrow. However I'm looking forward to sitting down this evening to do some virtual vase visiting. Thanks to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' as always for being such a brilliant hostess.

12 comments:

  1. So pretty. We've been lucky this year having lots of things flowering for much longer than usual but I think they're coming to an end now that the colder weather has finally arrived.

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  2. Stunning vase. What a delight to see cherry blossoms in autumn....our weather and your image makes me think of spring.

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  3. Those budding branches are gorgeous and must give you such a boost at this dark and chilly season.

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  4. I love the cherry blossom and have been admiring trees in bloom in other gardens. How nice to bring some inside.

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  5. Cherry blossoms in December, what a delight!

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  6. So pretty - and I didn't know about the double blooming. So this flush is definitely not an early March one?! I have to admit that the w/e here may well have been the greyest and dampest weekend we have had all year - and as such it's easy to see how it can get people down, particularly those affected by SAD. Will now check out your pot pourri post...

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  7. How wonderful that the tree produces flowers in both fall and spring! I can imagine what beauty it adds to your garden during this time of year. Thanks for sacrificing a branch to share in your vase!

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  8. This is one of the trees to have in a garden, I would have one if we had not inherited a cherry tree and space is limited.

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  9. Very pretty. And with two lots of blooms too! That photo in the spring sunshine is so cheerful. Thanks for sharing Anna! :)

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  10. I love these - they are so delicately beautiful. Definitely cheers up a dull, gray day!

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  11. I love the dainty blooms on this lovely tree. If I could only have one tree I think it would be this one.

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