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Monday, March 26, 2018

In A Vase On Monday

The main feature in my vase arrangement today was the result of an accident -- I won't say a happy accident, because when it happened I was not at all happy about it. In fact, I was really pretty peeved.

The large Daffodil in the center of my arrangement is British Gamble, and it was rescued from one of my front beds after one of the guys who cuts my grass stepped on it with his big feet. I don't know what it is about landscape maintenance guys, for some reason they get this kind of tunnel vision when they cut the lawn and don't seem to realize that they are in the midst of a big garden full of plants that don't react well to big clumsy feet. Not only did he step on the Daffodil, he managed to actually mow over a handful of Muscari in front of the Daffodil. I watched him for a few minutes and then just couldn't stop myself from running out the door and yelling at him.

Yes. I hate that I am that person, but I am that person.

After they left I went out with the secateurs and cut the unopened Daff, brought it inside and put it in a vase, hoping it would open.

Fortunately it did, but so far it lacks the pinkish tinge to the cup that British Gamble normally sports. I went out on Saturday and cut a few more items to go with it -- a handful of stems of flowering currant and two more small Daffodils that had opened (and hadn't been stepped on).




I've never brought flowering currant into the house before. It has an interesting scent -- kind of a cross between lilac and something unpleasant.

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts In a Vase on Monday. Check out her post here, and see what she has plonked in a vase for today, along with all the other bloggers who participate.

12 comments:

  1. You are so right about maintenance guys. I once had a downstairs neighbor who mowed over my garden twice while I lived in the upstairs apt. I always wondered if it was deliberate as he was not a stupid guy and it seemed impossible to not notice.

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  2. Oh I really love that flowering currant...lovely as it bends its flowers almost blushing. I have a clumsy husband who has to be reminded about the flowers around him although he is much better now.

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  3. You've reminded me of the time Andrew mowed right over a bunch of Fuchsia, while mowing the lawn at the house we rented when we fist moved to Portland. I was horrified. Your accidental arrangement is lovely!

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  4. The flowering currant is the star here, but that's an intersting observation about the smell! My Mum has the same problem with people who sometimes help out in her garden as it is rather on the overgrown side but she knows she has hidden treasures but sadly the volunteers don't!

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  5. You know what they say about guys with big feet...(big boots-what were you thinking?) Anyway, sorry that your flowers got trompled and mowed, that's very maddening! "A cross between a lilac and something unpleasant" made me laugh. Did someone pee on your flowering currant? Your arrangement is lovely.

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  6. It's a beautiful arrangement! I share your frustration about yard guys! They got some tulip buds last time and broke off large stems of my hot lips salvia. I may resort to signs or caution tape!

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  7. Beautiful bouquet, I like the flowering currents but indeed the smell is at least a bit strange.

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  8. I cringe every time I see our garden service guys walk through my beds, not that it's easy to avoid here (but I tip-toe!). In any case, your vase turned out beautifully. I planted some 'British Gamble' bulbs this past fall myself and noticed yesterday that a couple of them have bloomed but I too was disappointed by the very pale color of the trumpets. The stems are also shorter than it seems they should be.

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  9. Oy. The problem with the lawn mow/blow guys is that they really don't actually know much about plants-at least not those I see around here. My next door neighbor has a lilac that has never bloomed because here 'gardener' prunes it at the wrong time every single year. At least the result of your debacle was a pleasant vase to enjoy.

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  10. My garden guy, Tom, knows better. But hiring out garden jobs does come with some risks, and I have thought about how I would handle that.
    That is a beautiful daffodil, nicely featured in your pretty arrangement.

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  11. Well there you have it, a pretty bit of spring in your vase. And you are right about the smell of ribes. I don't mind it because it takes me back to my childhood. But it definitely smells of cat pee.

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  12. 'British Gamble' really makes that bouquet. I'm sorry that the landscape maintenance guy is kind of an oaf. Honestly, good on you for yelling at him, he screwed up.

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