Just before Christmas, I remembered to visit a local nursery to gather a few bulbs for forcing. Pickings were slim, but I bagged a couple hyacinths and an amaryllis.
The anticipation of a flower can be just as enjoyable as the bloom itself, I think, especially when it’s kept close at hand so its growth can be observed each day. This vase, which typically sits in a north-facing kitchen window, was moved to a sunny location to illuminate its roots for the photo. If the flower comes to fruition, it will be as white as its roots and its sweet fragrance should fill a large room.
I’m making bean soup today and had such a smile on my face when I pulled my vintage bowl out for soaking the dried beans, I thought I would share a photo of the mismatched trio which filled my carry-on bag during the trip home from England in September.
Found at the Cirencester Antiques Centre, I have to admit I get quite a thrill every time I see Mrs. Patmore using similar ware in the Downton kitchen. And yes, everyone in the tour group had a good chuckle over my “big find,” but I dearly love them.
Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see how other gardeners are filling a vase today.