The garden is well and truly over, so henceforth it’s down to the hedgerows to provide material for vases.
I went for a forage with my friend Rachel and my sister. Rachel had told me about a bountiful source of snowberries in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Snowberries are my favourite thing of all time, and I suggested we might wander past them, so off we set. Rachel had a bird book, and was keen to spot some birds, while my sister had a tree book and wanted to identify some trees. No books in my pocket – just a pair of secateurs.
We saw some black birds and some grey trees and some oak trees, and a heron. We tried to identify various conifers, with limited success. Rachel stared at birds through her binoculars. My sister announced something about if you see a rook, it’s a crow, and if you see crows, they’re rooks. We found an oak tree, and argued whether it was an English oak or a sessile oak. Rachel found a bird hide with seats in it. I found the snowberries, and some sticks with lichen on them, some hogweed that is now syncopating against the copper post horn, and a bit of spruce, or was it Scotch pine?
I’ve also kept the roses from two weeks ago. They have been dying rather wonderfully and I can’t bear to throw them yet.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Do visit her page and see what she and many other garden bloggers across the world are putting into vases today.