I don’t recall ever seeing a Where’s Waldo puzzle (apparently originally called Where’s Wally, in Britain) but from what I gather, it involves finding a funny man who is camouflaging himself in various situations. Since the house still has colourful poinsettias in bloom, Amaryllis stalks shooting skyward with flower buds quickly swelling and a half dozen Hyacinth jars in the fridge, holding actual Hyacinth bulbs sending down roots and sending up the start of (I hope) very smelly blooms in a few weeks, I thought I’d scout out a few outdoor locations for a vase of not fresh flowers for this last Monday Vase of 2019. To see other vases of real flowers, pay a visit to Rambling in the Garden, where Cathy posts and hosts a weekly collection of flower-filled vases from around the world.
The vase is an ersatz Chinese urn found in a thrift store earlier this year. The ‘flowers’ are some red Osier dogwood twigs (Cornus sericea, syn. C. stolonifera), nicely coloured for the winter, and stalks and dried seed heads from my Nigella patch. A few months ago Eliza suggested I cut some and hang them to dry in order to create winter arrangements. Thanks Eliza!
I took these shots yesterday morning – we had a green Christmas here (sadly, since many of us Canadians really do enjoy a white Christmas), and only a few patches of snow are currently around (although I assure you that will change…). Freezing rain has been falling since late yesterday afternoon but should end soon – right now (eight o’clock Monday morning) it’s a light freezing drizzle…
Don’t worry – I brought Vase indoors yesterday, before ice started to fall from the sky. It’s now safely on my desk, where it will spend the rest of the winter. Happy New Year everyone!