In a Vase on Monday: Sweet and Spicy

The scent of wintersweet flowers is warm and spicy, which is perfect for a chilly winter’s day. A few flowers are just opening on my shrub, so I pruned a couple of wayward sprigs to bring indoors. Hopefully the numerous buds will start to open up in the warm house over the next few days.

In the meantime my vase needs something for interest, so I added some grasses and the fluffy seedheads of Japanese Anemones, as well as some rather wild looking Crocosmia seedheads.

I managed to capture some sunshine and blue skies in my photos this morning, before it turned grey and overcast again. My gardening diary tells me we have 18 minutes more daylight today than last Monday. πŸ˜ƒ

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts this Monday meme, where she invites us to pop anything we can find in a vase to share. We were on the same wavelength today as she has used wintersweet as her title, so do click on the link and pay her a visit too.

Have a good week, with plenty of sunshine!



37 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Sweet and Spicy

  1. It always seems astonishing how quickly it starts getting lighter, much more in the afternoon than morning though. Hope you enjoy your real wintersweet as it opens – do you recommend it as a plant? Seedheads are great for adding to vases, aren’t they, and it was good to see your crocosmia, as mine gave up flowering and although I split them they never thrived again and I got rid of them…must give them another chance! We finished with blue sky today which means a cold night and it is below freezing now…

  2. I like your combination of fresh and dried flowers. At first I thought you have immersed some Forsythia twigs in your vase, but perhaps it is the decoration.

    • Funny you should say that Noelle as I did actually cut some Forsythia to force, but decided the vase (with Forsythia painted on it!) would be too crowded. So the Forsythia will hopefully be coming out really soon indoors. I have already removed some of the anemone and crocosmia seedheads from this vase as they were spreading themslves all over the kitchen!

      • If it was poppy seeds you could add those to bread if you make that or even cakes. I found when I combined dried and fresh flowers in water, the stem of the dried flowers went mouldy. Mine ended up being trimmed and sprayed with silver for my Christmas Wreath, so all’s well that end well. Looking forward to seeing the Forsythia, and thanks for reminding me about forcing it.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the fluffy seedheads of Japanese anemones but maybe that’s the reason I’ve never seen the plants spread here either πŸ˜‰ I expect the lengthening of daylight is much more pronounced in your part of the world than mine, although I’ve noted a welcome, if slight, progression here too. Best wishes for more blue skies and sunny days ahead!

    • Thank you Debra! The sunshine makes winter bearable – shame it isn’t sunny every day though. Hope your rain has passed now. As they say, ‘it never rains but it pours’!

  4. Beautiful blue skies to serenade your attractive vase Cathy. I have dithered about planting a wintersweet πŸ€” Apart from the scent it looks such an interesting flower close up. What does it do in summer if that isn’t a silly question?

    • Actually it is rather insignificant in summer, just pale green, but has lovely golden foliage in autumn. The leaves are quite long, and hang downwards, but I like the overall look of the shrub. Mine has taken several years to flower (planted autumn 2018), with only a few flowers last year but loads of buds this year!

  5. Gorgeous vase, Cathy, and good to know that the days are getting longer. Although I must admit that I quite enjoy our hibernation. Our Chimonanthus is looking fab this year, lots of flowers, love the scent. Haven’t been down to see it since it’s got so frosty but I think it’ll get over it. Frost will stay until the weekend.

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