greentapestry : February 2023

Monday 27 February 2023

IAVOM - When Is A Vase Not A Vase?


Sometime in December my one and only hippeastrum or amaryllis bulb for the season arrived in the post - it's name 'Green Valley'. It had been bought at a sales price and was already sprouting on receipt. It arrived in that bitterly cold spell we experienced in December .The glass jar that I was going to plant it in was lurking outside, so for the time being or that was the intention I removed the bulb and placed it on the kitchen window sill. It was still in it's original wrapping paper. I knew that the jar, complete with layer of gravel at the base would need a wash under our outside tap before I could use it. When it eventually warmed up enough to take the bubble wrap off to use the tap without risking frostbite what did I find? Sadly the low temperatures had resulted in my jar being shattered into smithereens. I could have cried but didn't. I didn't have another container fit for purpose and with Christmas creeping upon us and other distracting events going on getting a replacement went out of my mind. 

Fast forward to January and the first stem opened and flowered happily - magic considering that it's roots had not made contact with either compost or water. This is the second flowering stem albeit much shorter than the first. I will be shopping sooner or later for a replacement bottle as I don't want to repeat the experience but it was most interesting to witness. I have also made a note to try the same variety again as it is a most subtle beauty.

With thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden', for providing fellow bloggers with the opportunity to share our 'vases' and their contents each and every Monday.

Saturday 18 February 2023

February Musing ~ 2023


" For days on end the steel grip of the frost holds the land.The plough lies half covered with snow; the robin hops in at the farm kitchen window. And all the time, under the coverlet of snow, the vivid green wheat grows in the field. Soon the thaw will come, and as the dark earth is visible again in the farmhouse garden, it shall be spotted with snowdrops and the pale gold of frilled aconites".

Words by Claire Leighton from 'The Farmer's Year', A Calendar Of English Husbandry, 1933.

Illustration by Edith Holden from 'The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady', published 1906.

Monday 13 February 2023

IAVOM ~Winter Gems

A grey and chilly start to the day spoke very much of winter but once the sun came out later this morning it bought a definite hint of spring with it. Maybe time to see the first bee of the year make an appearance. In my vase this Monday are :

  • A few snowdrops - these were picked from a pot. There is no label to identify them but from the distinctive long pedicel or stem I'm fairly sure that they are 'Magnet'.
  • A couple of stems of sarcococca confusa - the scent of which packs a real punch into most delicate little white flowers
  • Some cheerful yellow from the early flowering narcissus 'Cedric Morris'. The first flower to open did so before Christmas and is just going over now. I grow mine in a pot so I can see them easily from the house. 
  • A snippet of hamamelis or witch hazel 'Ruby Glow'. I must admit that I can't smell the fragrance it allegedly emits but then it more than makes up for that in terms of colour.

On the subject of witch hazels and scents I really listened to an interesting conversation on the topic here :

The 'Rich Pickings' podcast' is a most enjoyable listen, full of lively and humorous conversation between two women, Jo Thompson, garden designer and her friend fellow designer Nina Baxter. They chat about all all sorts not just about gardening and plants. It is chuckle aloud content. Has anybody else caught this?

Thanks as always to the lovely Cathy over at 'Rambling In The Garden' who invites bloggers to get together each and every Monday to share our vases.