With spring like temperatures today, we were finally able to work a little in the garden.
We worked outside comfortably all morning, beginning late winter’s clean-up work. What a delight to find several patches of Hellebores in bud. We finally began the cutting away of last season’s leaves, and were happy to find lots of new flowers underneath, beginning to emerge from the Earth. Is it safe to start cutting back the protection of the large old leaves, now, and let the new growth fend for itself?
You can see a little scorch already on the leaves on this new stem. I certainly hope this pruning wasn’t premature. We only took about half of the old leaves from the largest bed to hedge our bets, and will return for more on the next warm day.
This whole vase has the scorched, wind burned look of our late winter garden. Even though the branch of bamboo was found well sheltered out of the wind, there are still brown tips visible on some of the leaves. Such is February.
The bright yellow Forsythia make their third vase appearance in a row, now almost fully open. Outside, our Forsythia shrubs remain tightly closed; weeks away from bloom. But these have relaxed and opened in the warmth indoors.
The ivy came from a sheltered pot on the deck, where it has continued growing through the winter months. You can see from the red veins and dark green leaves that it has frozen many times now, but it continues to soldier on. I like this cultivar and hope these sprigs will root in the vase.
You might recognize this cobalt vase as the one we purchased in December from glass artist John Shelton. It normally sits in a window where it catches the light, but seemed a good vase to hold this Hellebore cutting today.
If the vase today looks like it got “short-shrift,” you may be right. We were so busy working on other projects that the wind had already shifted to the north, and the rain begun to fall, before I began clipping for today’s arrangement. Prior planning may prevent poor performance, but not when procrastination precludes pursuing the plan….
With appreciation to Cathy over at Rambling In the Garden for hosting this In A Vase On Monday Challenge. Please do visit her site where you’ll see a beautiful arrangement with the first Iris of the season. Following the many links in her comments will take you on something of a international tour of beautiful flowers, all clipped from gardens today