Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
It has been a bit unusual to have a January with three weekends of snow. This time the snow disappeared quickly and the yoga class I teach went forward as scheduled yesterday. Today sun is shining with 37°F. temperatures that are forecast toward 50°F. Days are lengthening.
Several pots of indoor cyclamen are beginning to bloom this week. I shifted one’s contents into a vase for a quick Monday contribution. Posed with holiday amaryllis and a stack of favorite gardening titles, I aim to keep winter weariness at bay.
Flowers and Foliage
Ceramic Urn Stamped “Vintage 4”
Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.
Very clever with the gardening books.
Thanks Judy. Books make everything better.
Beautiful still life and I just spotted a book I’d like to read, thank you 😀
Thanks Annette. Happy reading.
What a creative idea for IAVOM, particularly to warm up a chilly day 😊. I couldn’t see who the Two Gardeners were, but I shall go and look it up. although I have read Dear Friend and Gardener and have had the iconic Country Diary book for years. Thanks for sharing, Susie
I’m not much for reading letters, but I recently acquired Two Gardeners as a gift. I think I read it years ago. Katherine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence. Lawrence lived and gardened in nearby Raleigh, NC in the earlier part of her life. Unfortunately her house and garden have not survived, but her later home garden in Charlotte is being maintained. I adore A Country Diary.
Although all lives outside, my first cyclamen were perennials. That is how I got acquainted with them. That is why it is so difficult for me to engage them as temporary bedding plants now. They are too expensive to discard at the end of winter. They really are pretty perennials, and there is plenty to bloom over them while they are dormant through summer.
My cyclamen have lived indoors for years. Was surprised when I first saw them growing outdoors in planters in Los Angeles. They do grow here outdoors as perennials too.
Mine lived in the front yard where I went to high school, and lived there for many years. They died back for summer, and regenerated in autumn. I leaned that as their natural life cycle.
I’m glad you have some cheery red flowers to distract you from the cold and snow, Susie. It’s also good to hear that you weren’t hit too hard by the recent Nor’easter. I hope there are warm and sunny days in your near future.
Thanks Kris. We’ll probably have some more winter surprises, but Thursday we’re expecting 68F.
I like the red grouping and had quite forgotten about Elizabeth Lawrence, who I enjoy! I need to try some cyclamen here. So pretty.
Someone was giving away books so I selected the Eliz. Lawrence one and several Ikebana ones. She has the Raleigh connection. I learned her Raleigh home was owned by a fraternity and house and garden were destroyed but the Charlotte one is being preserved.
I love all the reading time we have in winter. Delicious!
(I have that same book with the lovely watercolors, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. It’s vintage now. 😉 )
Isn’t the Country Diary just a charming way to spend time? My daughter surprised me with it a number of years ago. It calls me at this time of year.
Good to see you have some colour for a vase Susie! It is snowy on and off here too. I have the Country Diary too… winter is perfect for catching up on all those books we want to read. 😃
Indoor blooms have been cheerful but I’m not much of an indoor gardener. Itching to start the spring flowering period. I shouldn’t hurry it though as it never seems to last long enough. Isn’t Country Diary a sweet treasure?
Yes, I was given my copy of the Country Diary as an award at school, almost 40 years ago! LOL!
Love the flower and those books read. I am always looking for some interesting books and will check them out!!
Thanks Donna! I’m trying to be less distracted by online activities and return to more time with books.