Wow, last year at this time I had tulips and hyacinths, no roses in sight. The tulips are still only small, and daily being eaten by a stoat, I think. So there may be none at all at this rate.
While much of the country has had record snow falls last week and some are still without power, we didn’t even have a frost, which was nice for the new twin lambs frisking around the next door paddock. There must have been strong winds though, and the olive branches in my vase are from the olive tree which was on the ground when we arrived.
The Lavender ‘Sidonie’ in the background of the vase was hosting several bumblebee queens feeding in the sun, and a few of them briefly investigated both the Gertrude Jekyll and the Strawberry Hill roses.
It’s a beautifully scented vase, with Narcissus Erlicheer as well as Narcissus Silver Chimes, new this year and very sweet although these two are a bit damaged and a little short for this vase.
The purple buds are Penstemon, it could be Alice Hindly or a darker purple.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who has a pink collection this week containing flowers shared by other Monday Vase makers and bloggers.