Despite the title of this post, I don’t mind February at all. It’s a short and snappy month, the days are getting longer, there are lots of interesting jobs to get on with in the garden (tidying up, admiring snowdrops and hellebores, pruning clematis and so forth) and we always manage to get away to the Highlands for a few days—one of the highlights of my year.
But when it comes to finding something for Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday, I am all out of ideas. Actually I have been out of ideas since the New Year. I don’t want a house full of dead sticks any more. I am bored to tears of dried flower heads. And though these pruned-off Hydrangea petiolaris are delicate and pretty in their subdued, monochrome way, I am longing for some colour to bring sweetness and light to our sitting room.
Whilst I am game for living in the moment and am certainly not wishing my life to be sped up like a video tape, fast-forwarding through the boring bits until we get to the part with the lovely, joyful, colourful spring blooms, my mind can’t help but drift away to images of hazy summer days filled with cornflowers and ammi. And I know many of you are feeling the same: when I posted a picture of a single bloom of last summer’s Ammi visagna on my Instagram yesterday morning, it almost broke the internet.
So here, in lieu of spring, are some origami tulips to brighten your Monday.
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