Monday, 1 February 2016

In a Vase on Monday - A posy in an ink bottle full of scent

Normally February brings rain to thaw the frozen pond again..but the first day of February is warm and blowy but dry, and I don't think that our pond has frozen over once this season.  Cathy's post this week features spring flowers and springs! And if you visit there, you'll also have the benefit and linking to others who join in with this posting.

I could have picked the first of my Tenby daffodils, which I planted back in 2008 which had started in flower last week.  I'll leave them for passers by to enjoy for another week or so.

My contribution is picked from the back garden.  Making up this very little posy are 'wild' primroses, aconites, single snowdrops and Pulmonaria Sissinghurst.



My little vase is an ink bottle I bought a few years ago when visiting an enactment at a Castle in Wales, they had bits and pieces to do with calligraphy, and I also bought a nice journal covered with leather, and the recipe for making ink with oak galls!  I haven't got round to making the ink yet.


I wasn't quite sure where to place it as it is so small, and was moving it round to the house to find the best light to picture it in...since I think the little bottle could double up as a scent bottle, here it is on my dressing table.



15 comments:

  1. Ahah - so no scent in it yet! You will have to go down the oak gall ink instead!! What a pretty little vase it makes with the primroses and other blooms. I always forget how early pulmonaria flowers appear - I have a few on my Sissinghurst White too

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    1. First I should find some oak galls..I ought to start looking as there are so many oak trees growing round here. Just a few little blooms in an otherwise bleak garden can make up a cherry little vase.

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  2. Love the Primula, I was never able to grow those at all. Let us know how the ink works out!

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  3. I love that primrose yellow! The flowers look lovely in both settings but the light does look better in the second.

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  4. I love your miniature spring garden in an ink bottle. When I make tiny posies like this I always move them around the house so I can see them throughout the day.

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    1. I've just taken on board your tip, and moved my little posy to be by my keyboard!

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  5. I love this little posy in the ink bottle...and the lovely surrounding ornaments.

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  6. Your white spring flowers have such a cute appeal in the little ink bottle, Noelle! I wish I could find the Snowdrops I planted a couple of years ago, I fear the voles ate them.

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  7. Ooh, it must be spring in your garden.... I love the white Pulmonaria and spotted some fresh leaves just sprouting on my 'Sissinghurst' today. I will have to be a little patient for flowers though, so it was really nice to see yours today!

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  8. I have a few different pulmonaria in the garden, but I love this white one given to me by a friend. To keep it going strongly I find that I need to divide it and move it to a different part of the garden.

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  9. A most pretty vaseful of spring pretties Noelle. Pulmonarias are unbelievably early this year. Do you do calligraphy? I have taken several classes over the years but haven't got the patience to be as precise as is needed.

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    1. Yes, Anna, I dabble..and went to classes locally over several terms. I have loads of books, paper and materials, and from time time like to get them out and have a go. Like you I am not quite as precise as one ought to be..but I have looked at originals and they are much 'freer' that is required by our teacher, so I do my own thing. Shall we think of a project which we can do alongside each other? If you do a search on my blog you will see the level I am at...or was..it takes practice to get the hand and eye to do what is in one's mind!

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    1. A posy is made by collecting a few flowers in your hand, arranging them so that they look nice, then it is tied with a small length of string or ribbon. They can be carried as a decoration, like the ones carried by bridesmaids, or put in a vase. Usually they have flowers all around so that they can be viewed and admired from all directions.

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