In a Vase on Monday: Good Timing

There are only a few winter-flowering shrubs I can grow in my garden and it is always a gamble if they will get caught by frost or the harsh north winds we get late winter. This year however, the severe frosts we had mid-December have given way to some very mild days, thus allowing my Viburnum ‘Dawn’ to make the most of this window in the weather and unfold its petals, emitting a delicious scent. It is at the top of the drive, and I detected the smell as soon as I got out of my car to open the gate the other day.

This is the only Viburnum I have that flowers so early. Other winter bloomers are the Witch Hazel ‘Diane’, which may flower by February, and the Winter Sweet (Chimonanthus praecox) which has lots of fat buds.

My title today comes from the metronome in the background which we rarely use these days but looks nice on the sideboard!

Although it is still a small shrub, I convinced myself that this twig was growing at a strange angle too near to the ground. 😉 I must resist the urge to cut any more though, and will instead be sure to visit it regularly for a sniff. In the meantime this indoor sprig smells lovely.

I am happy to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme, where she invites us to find something we have grown or foraged to pop in a vase and share. Do visit her today and you may be in for a surprise what she has used for her Monday vase this week…

Have a good week!