Just three elements in the vase today: two are from the garden and one is from the wild. From the garden some periwinkle for their contrasting colour and form, and just two stems of Mahonia aquifolium. These flowers are already attracting early pollinators such as bees and the queen bumble bees, with their nectar a welcome early spring pickmeup for the creatures coming out of hybernation.
The shrub is large and raggedy but with its shiny evergreen leaves with large red blotches it had been the focal point of this garden during the dull wet days of winter and spring. Whether it still has garden room once other shrubs grow that is the great question only time will tell.
From a different range of lovely bird song in Cornwall which included gulls...we are back to more lovely bird song here in the garden. I lingered yesterday early evening, and even this morning as I gathered these in the rain, the dunnock, robin and many other birds' song was the nicest reminder that nature will hopefully carry on despite the ups and downs of the season. Hence the little prop of my pottery bird which has a lovely toned whistle.
The other element is yellow archangel. I admired this in my cousin's little arrangement by her front door. Of course the leaves are rather interesting, and the plant seemed familiar to me. I tentatively named the plant archangel and straight away wondered from what recess of mind this came from. I wasn't far wrong..Lamiastrum galeobdolon argentatum or yellow archangel is now classified as a non native which is listed as a Schedule 9 species...use the link to read more about that. I used to grow this many years ago on a dry sunny bank and I don't remember it being any trouble.
I have read that it seeds readily and that ants move them to their nests and hence the plant can pop up far away, and since it also creeps therefore if I were to plant this I shall have to watch it very carefully. As we walked down the lane to the Cove in Cornwall, the verges were yellow with primroses and patches of flowering yellow archangel.
I have been amazed by the large amount of primroses this year. There are far more compared to previous years. Primroses are the foodplant of the caterpillars of the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly so hopefully with many more plants around this will bode well for this butterfly, and I shall be on the look out for one.
I noticed on our last walk along the lanes in Somerset last week, that the other wild Lamium the Red Dead Nettle or Sweet Archangel is already in flower. It was the loud buzzing of a Queen Bumblebee that drew my gaze to this pretty wild flower growing on the road verge. I've always rather liked lamiums, so maybe a few of the more choice ones will find their way in the garden.
Cathy who hosts this meme has a 'sweet little angel' posing on her prop with of course some lovely flowers. Do go and look and maybe also join in either this week or some other with this meme.