Since the first snowdrops pushed through the surface on Sunday, I've mostly been running back and forth to look out the window to see if they are any further along than they were an hour ago! Though I don't really have much in the way of a Monday vase, there are quite a few green and growing things scattered around the house. I still have my pot of Primroses and an orchid that's budding out, along with a big, bright flowering plant from the botanic garden's shop whose tag I've already mislaid.
The grown children of our neighbors stopped by over the weekend and brought us this lovely little plant (above) along with a bar of German chocolate. Their parents are having some health issues and we've been helping out by bringing their garbage cans up and down the driveway or taking a newspaper to their door if we see it in the drive. The next time around it will be the two of us needing help so we are paying it forward.
We had a couple of friends over for dinner on Valentine's Day. One of them is a serious gardener and she brought this little bouquet of Salix gracilistyla ‘Mt Aso,' the Japanese pink pussy willow, that she's growing. I've been thinking about buying this same plant from the famed Vermont Willow Nursery but now I will see if I can get any of these to root. I should have taken a photo right away as they've faded in the last week. But you can still see a few pink buds in the closeup (below).
I did change out my Valentine's display for something a bit lighter. The bouquet is the last bit of fading greenery from one of my Christmas vases. I love watching the leaves' blue tones fade into green and finally turning soft yellow as they start to drop off the stems.
To see what others have put into a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this addictive Monday meme.