Snowdrops in inkpots (and warm woollen mittens)


It is a little known (alternative) fact that Maria von Trapp was a keen galanthophile and collector of small vintage objects, and that the unabridged version of ‘My Favourite Things’ included a line about Snowdrops in Inkpots. I bet you’ll be singing that in your head all day long now.

The snowdrops are on the cast iron mantelpiece underneath a print by Jo Aylward. The penguin is holding a fine country house and he has some topiary on his head. And topiary is my current absolute favourite gardening thing.

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and I recommend visiting her page to see what other garden bloggers around the world have found to put in vases today.



29 thoughts on “Snowdrops in inkpots (and warm woollen mittens)

  1. Now it’s not April the first, so is this really a genuine obscure fact? I do so hope you are not teasing as it is such a wonderful concept – and so appropriate for those of us who include snowdrops amongst our favourite things. Having both snowdrops and inkpots myself makes it even more of a delightful thought and I am so pleased you have shared this snippet with us as well as your delightful Monday offering πŸ˜€

    1. Cathy, thank you for your kind comments. It is a genuine ‘alternative fact’, which is a new kind of fact that is currently quite the thing in the USA and means you can broadcast anything you feel like saying if it suits your narrative, or in this case has exactly the same meter (dactylic tetrameter in this case) as a well-known song.

  2. Very classy, minimalist look. Less is better sometimes. I should have placed my snowdrop today in a vase but I missed the call. It’s a day for internal flowers though.

      1. I’m not a galanthophile (yet) but love them, so which cultivar is pictured? Which cultivars do you grow and which are your favorites?

  3. LOL! Are you pulling our legs?! πŸ˜‰ In any case, I will be singing that song all day and will be searching for the version by Al Jarreau who is a great favourite and who died recently. Thanks for cheering the day with both the vase and the song! πŸ™‚

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