A Vase On Monday: Unfolding Buds

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Have you ever meditated on a bud’s unfolding?  The process of its growth from a tight, scaly bump on a branch to a softly colorful flower or leaf continues to amaze me.

Forsythia branches open their buds so elegantly that bringing them inside is an annual ritual of spring in our home.


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You think you might recognize this vase?  Well, perhaps you do…

But its contours have shifted, haven’t they?  My partner declared that the Hazel branches had to go as they released their golden pollen into the dining room.  Lovely as they were, there was no denying the sneezing and our watery eyes might have been related to their virility.


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So we are left with just the Forsythia and ivy from last week’s vase, transformed by the passage of time.

But finally, it is March.

And one day soon we’ll get up and find daffodils blooming in the garden.  Longer days and a bit of warmth promise to re-ignite the whole magical process of unfolding buds, lengthening stems, greening grass, and awakening perennials.  Let color return to this wintery garden!  Let new leaves clothe the shivering bare branches!

Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden hosts “In A Vase on Monday” each week.  Please visit her post today and find links to beautiful vases created by gardeners this first Monday in March.  A few minutes spent admiring such beauty and creativity is good for us all.


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015


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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

4 responses to “A Vase On Monday: Unfolding Buds

  1. I have been noticing the pollen on some of the material I have brought in too (the sneezing aspect, not the cleaning up, that is). It is indeed fascinating to watch buds opening and having them in a vase makes it easy to do so. The simple contents of your vase are so elegant, aren’t they?

    • Thank you, Cathy. I see them as elegant, but I like the blooming spare branches this time of year. We’ll move on to lush roses in May 😉 Happy to say the ivy is rooting, too 😉 Thank you for visiting- WG

  2. Lovely to see forsythia blooming. That last pic really shows the pollen.

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