Today’s vase of flowers reflects what is growing and blooming in our garden indoors.
We were thrilled to see the Impatiens, tucked into a pot of Caladium tubers back in November, in bloom this weekend. These are the first Impatiens flowers we’ve seen since autumn. We expect these cuttings will root and grow on through the coming summer.
The Caladiums have also decided to offer some fresh winter leaves. I selected two tiny ones for this vase. A few Cyclamen flowers and a Jewel Orchid stem complete the arrangement.
We are happy to enjoy a vase of these bright summer flowers, knowing that at least a few of these stems will grow roots and live on. Our indoor garden offers enough flowers to get us through until the garden outside wakes up to spring.
Today’s vase was purchased from the potter at a show a few years ago. It is very ‘handmade,’ and eccentric, but we admired its free form exuberance and bright glaze. Sadly, it is signed only with an initial, and I don’t recall the artist’s name.
The glass ball off to the side is by Portland, Oregon glass artist Paris Birdwell. I met her at a show in Oregon last September, and had to bring this unusual piece home.
You can see our stark winter garden through the window. The hazel tree is absolutely covered with little catkins dancing around in the breeze.
It just looks cold, doesn’t it?
Our garden is frozen rock solid now, after a winter storm front swept through Saturday evening, leaving Arctic air in its wake. Our high today was around 20 F, and all of the waterways around us are freezing. The Violas I had hoped to cut for the vase today have collapsed in the cold, and snow will cover them by nightfall. They are hardy, though, and can perhaps be cut next week, instead.
Today we are content to stay inside, where it’s warm enough for flowers, cats and people to grow on happily, and in comfort.
Please visit Cathy, at Rambling In the Garden, to see the beautiful vase of early spring flowers she brought in from her garden today. Cathy hosts this Monday Vase challenge each week, and you’ll find links in her comments to vases arranged by many other enthusiastic gardeners.
This is an international challenge, and I always find it interesting to see how the seasons are progressing, elsewhere. If you’re feeling even a little inspired, please pull together a little vase of your own with whatever you can scavenge locally. Wonderful surprises wait for you to notice them…..