I was supposed to be sorting the kitchen drawer – you know the drawer; I am sure you all have one! It holds everything from London Oyster cards to a Magnifying glass, a gadget for removing staples to a wonderful little box that when you press the red button says “You are the weakest link – Goodbye!” I don’t remember where it came from but it always makes me smile – especially when it goes off as I am rummaging through the drawer for something. Mostly though the drawer holds all that paper stuff that you don’t know what to do with: business cards that promise ‘Professional Work Guaranteed’ or ‘No job too small’, lifetime guarantees for watch batteries that you can never find when the battery actually dies, annual passes for historic buildings that you will never remember to take with you in the unlikely event that you visit them again, Post office receipts for parcels that when they do disappear, after two months travelling surface mail to Japan, you can no longer remember what was in them. Add to this random collection all that other stuff that you shove out of sight when you have visitors coming and never quite remember to take out again, and you get a pretty good idea of my kitchen drawer!
So you can see why I was delighted to check my WordPress reader and realise that it was Monday. I had a good excuse to leave my thankless task and go on a walk around the garden to see if I had any flowers to use.
I don’t have many, but I did find a few wallflowers that really shouldn’t be flowering yet anyway. They had been lovely last spring and with the mild Autumn had produced a couple more flowers. I didn’t think they would last much longer so I decided to use them. I also used some yellow osteospermum flowers that had been out all Christmas despite the hard frosts. There are lots more buds ready to open so I didn’t mind picking those as well.
The real surprise, though, was the seed heads of the Japanese anemone. I think I must have cut them down in the past before the seeds got to this stage. They are beautiful, lovely and fluffy with little black seeds. In fact they reminded me of white dragon fruit, if you have ever seen it. I am a little worried that I will now find these plants growing all over the garden as they are quite invasive anyway, but I did enjoy discovering them.
The other plants I have used to fill the vase are a Dryopteris fern, some Yew foliage, Winter flowering Jasmine, Origano seeds and some trailing small-leafed ivy.
The vase I used is a Stuart crystal with lovely engraved fuscias. It is a good size for a small collection of flowers. I placed the vase on our mantlepiece and used flash to photograph it.
So I have done my first vase of the year and now I need to find a better home for all the junk I have turfed out of my kitchen drawer.
I am ready, though, should any watch batteries fail or if we feel like visiting Blenheim Palace again. I can also bleed the radiators, clean my spectacles or hang some pictures!
Do you feel like sharing some of the things in your kitchen drawer? Or why not pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what vases others have produced this month?