In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan
Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen snow on snow, Snow on snow
In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago
(English Christmas carol based on the poem by Christina Rossetti)
I hope you will forgive me cheating slightly this week, but at still 4 degrees below zero by lunchtime I didn’t think I would stand a chance of finding anything but evergreen cuttings for a Monday vase. The ground is frozen solid and it is snowing again. I will not be beaten though!
Look at the Forsythia I brought in on December 4th… finally flowering properly!
But with the fire glowing and the heating on full blast its days are now numbered…
A Christmas gift on the 23rd included two freshly cut Hippeastrum/Amaryllis flowers. One went into my Advent vase, which has been refreshed with more berries from our hegderow and is going in to its third week now…
And one went into a smaller vase with more greenery. I followed the advice Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) gave after she read an RHS article and I tied the base of the Amaryllis stem with a rubber band – it has definitely helped keep it from splitting.
As winter progresses Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme really does become a challenge… I am already thinking ahead to the first vase of 2015!
Take a look at Cathy’s lovely Paperwhites today, and the other vases linked in from around the world.
Have a good week!