At three minutes past midnight the winter solstice occurred here in Germany, and I am glad! This means that the shortest day is behind us and soon we will notice a little more light.
In the meantime we need all the light we can get, so here is my contribution..
It is not exactly a vase, I know, but the materials are from my garden/ the hedge just outside my garden – rosehips, spindle berries, fir and larch cones and a little greenery. So I am linking in to Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme again and would like to thank her and all the other creators of vases who have been such an inspiration to me this past year! Take a look at today’s contributions, including some shocking pink(!) at Rambling in the Garden.
Here are a couple of updates; firstly, last week’s vase looks just as fresh as day one… except for the Amaryllis/Hippeastrum, which barely lasted the week in a vase. If you should decide to cut one for a vase, follow Cathy’s advice and put wire around the stem to stop it splitting or bending.
And now the branches I cut on the 4th of December to bring indoors (see my post here); I gave up on the Elder producing even a leaf, and was not surprised it still shows no signs of life… maybe the German Wikipedia list of possible “Barbara” branches to flower in winter should be updated! I removed the water from the vase to simply use it as decorative twigs. 🙂
The hazel catkins have been opening for several days now and look very effective with their dusty hint of yellow.
And the Forsythia is showing a few flowers, although I think it would need a warmer spot to flower properly at this time of year.
(If anyone else tried this, I’d love to know how your branches did!)
So, now to wish you all a very
“Lighting one candle
from another –
by Yosa Buson (18th century Japanese poet and painter)
Have a wonderful week, stay warm and dry, and take care!