Happily, not only did I not succumb to the flu, but my three family ‘sicknotes’ are all recovered, hence part of the reason for the title. The second one is obvious, the blooms are, pretty much, all white.
I have very little white in the garden, not because I don’t like it, but because I don’t like mixing it with other colours (hence my white themed planting in the Grass Bed last summer of just white Cosmos, Malope and Erigeron).
What prompted today’s vase was the waft of Sarcococca scent I got when taking my ‘End of Month view’ photos earlier today. The Sarcococca was planted as a tiny specimen and this is the first year it’s been large enough to smell ‘in passing’ (ie rather than grovelling on hands and knees for a sniff!) Consequently, I thought it would be lovely to cut a couple of stems for the house.
Thinking I’d go with a white theme, I then added some stems of Leucojum (Giant Snowflake),
and some little stems of the evergreen Coleonema ‘Sunset Gold’. This is now a large plant at the top of the ‘lavender’ steps, bought years ago as a good foliage plant. The fact that it also produces such exquisite little star shaped blooms at an otherwise bloom-free time of year is a massive bonus. Like the Sarcococca, I’ve never it picked for a vase before, so I’m not sure how well it will last.
Lastly I added a couple of stems of Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’. This is currently providing a veritable curtain across the front of the swing, and although most blooms are either over, or distinctly tatty, a few are still perfect.
The photos were taken with flash (something I usually try to avoid), as the light was so poor by the time I’d come inside. However, for once, I like the effect as the flash helps to highlight the white against the dark granite surface.
Whilst the vase was put together on Sunday, this morning I’ve really enjoyed having the scent wafting around the kitchen. In fact, bearing in mind how small the stems are, they pack a wonderful perfumed punch and I can’t believe I didn’t think to cut a little sprig last year. I’m not sure how long the scent will last, but as I’m leaving for London again early tomorrow, I’m sure it will see me out!
With thanks to Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden who’s sharing a lovely spring display this week and, as usual, hosting all our Monday vases.