My vase is a bit of a cheat this week, since I made it for the dinner table on Saturday night. I was entranced by the sweet little fluffy white flowers of this shrub and liked the way they were nice and low for a table centrepiece that no one could hide behind.
I took pictures inside (with a tripod) and out, mainly for a learning experience (I’m not sure Monday morning is my best time for learning experiences!).
Up until this morning I thought they were Symphoricarpus albus; now, after double-checking myself, I’m not so sure. We inherited them when we moved to the house.
I added some pink double aquilegias and a few chive flowers (I’ve used them along borders as a way of making a cheap edging that also gives us lots to enjoy in the kitchen).
The ‘snowberry’ flowers impressed me again this morning with their staying power. The stems were very woody and I didn’t treat them in any way except for cutting once again after they’d been snipped from the garden. Two days later and almost as fresh – a novelty for me, since I seem to have a penchant for choosing vase subjects that flop after a day!
I think my little shrub made a nice vase, even if I can’t call it by name. Can you help?
This is my contribution to Cathy’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme at Rambling in the Garden. Now go on over to her blog and follow the links to see what Monday treats everyone else has produced!
POSTSCRIPT: The winner of this week’s ‘guess the mystery shrub’ award is Anna who suggested Spirea betulifolia. And it is! Many thanks to Anna – just wish I had a prize to send you. Funnily enough I noticed this shrub everywhere on my way into Bourbonne-les-Bains yesterday evening. So obviously very popular around here.