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I have raided the hedgerow today for a bit of so-called Old Man’s Beard,

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 Clematis vitalba.  The wild clematis seed heads are in most hedges when you look for them.  It may have attractive seed heads but it is a devil to get rid of should it be over your side of the garden hedge.  It has a deep, strong root and grows like a triffid, strangling everything in its path (everything of the plant variety that is).

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Old man’s beard

Anyway enough of that, the seed head is pretty and it has helped to fill out today’s vase.

Firstly I took one of the early camellia blooms, white with a rose pink tone (New Dawn? ).  To this I have added the fading flowers of Muscari, Grape Hyacinth.  Forced to grow indoors, no cruelty involved, the blooms have just begun to go over and are now waiting to be planted in the garden. Thanks Liz.

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Muscari, Clematis Vitalba

There are a few tiny pale pink primroses and some Violas.  The Violas inject a stronger shade of colour, thanks to their dark purple petals and yellow and white face, thereby picking up the yellow of the yet to open Dwarf

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Narcissi.

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Camellia, Polyanthus ‘Stella Champagne’, Grape hyacinth and dwarf narcsissi

As these are such tiny flowers with even smaller stems I struggled to find a suitable vessel.  In the end I chose to use a piece of oasis wedged into the opening of an old apothecary bottle.  The original contents were labelled as Hydrarg. oxid. Rub.

It sounds as if the contents were originally some mix of mercury, quicksilver and oxygen? Does anyone happen to know what this could have been or what it would have been used for, I would be interested to know.  Anyway it is a nice enough bottle made prettier thanks to the addition of some early Spring flowers.

Take a look at Cathys blog page https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/category/gardens/in-a-vase-on-monday/ to see what other blooms have been used for today’s meme.

As I write this, the wind is whipping its self into a proper frenzy, storm Henry is doing its thing.

Hold onto your hats folks.