I have one flower to offer in my vase today. At the moment my ‘garden’ is a collection of pots sitting haphazardly on the grass in our fairly soon to be fashioned new garden! I have picked one auricula because it’s the one flowering plant that can spare a bloom! And I love them. My grandmother always grew them and if I had space I would be tempted to have an auricula theatre! I think they are rather wonderful.
One or two of the flowers have taken a bit of a battering in the recent high winds and cold weather but the characteristic floury sprinkle of pollen is still there. Alongside the auricula is a sprig of rowan (mountain ash) which I found on the ground on my early morning walk on Sunday. It always saddens me to find flowers and twigs snapped off in their prime and I usually bring them home to give them time to shine!