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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 weekโ€ฆ

Have a good week!

38 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Good Timing

  1. Three perfect blooms on one stem – that doesn’t often happen on mine!! The shrubs do tend to send out new stems at odd angles and I am quite thorough at keeping mine in trim so it doesn’t affect adjacent shrubs too much. Bizarrely, I really like metronomes although I don’t have a musical use for one (but did have a digital version when I was learning to play the drums!) – they are such an attractive shape and there is something reassuringly soothing about the sound, like a grandfather clock, perhaps (but quieter!) Are you both musical?

    • We have a digital metronome too, which is actually also on the sideboard at the moment! Yes, both musical (it’s how we met) although my partner is the talented one and plays several instruments.

  2. I do love the look of your metronome. I’m sure music students today use their phones instead. And how lovely to have some winter flowering and it’s likely with your mild climate you’ll find other surprises. So graceful, Cathy.

  3. This is a pretty flower and wonderfully valuable as a winter bloomer! I am not familiar with this one though the range of Viburnum is amazing. We have tropical ones here. I am waiting to see the Wintersweet, I love those.

  4. Close up, it resembles Daphne. I do not notice the fragrance much because I typically ignore it. It is somewhat naturalized here. I like to recycle some of it into hedges.

    • I am probably the only one who notices it Noelleโ€ฆ but I also have buddleia and lilacs at the gate which grab more attention! Hope this Viburnum will grow a bit this year as it is still very small. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  5. Your fragrant branch is a gorgeous January offering. I should look into viburnums–have never grown them but don’t know why. My normally reliable January sweet blooming shrub for years had been winter daphne but alas I lost them this year. Haven’t had time to look for replacements.

    • Daphne is not quite hardy enough here, but Viburnums would be a lovely alternative. There are so many to choose from too. This is the only one I have that flowers so early. My favourite one is Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’, which flowers later here (April/May) and also smells wonderful. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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