Winter vegetation in a summer vase.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Proverbs 15 : 3
As I picked the silk tassel catkins,
the sun was as sharp as the white frost covering the plant.
The flowers response to movement was to cover my hands in pollen.
Here you can see their chubby anthers proud of the curled petals.
Then I found this thought provoking quote:

We want to be God in all the ways that are not the ways of God, in what we hope is indestructible or unmoving. But God is the most fragile, a bare smear of pollen, that scatter of yellow dust from the tree that tumbled over the storm of my grief and planted itself again. God is the death agony of the frog that cannot find water in the time of drought we created. God is the scream of the rabbit caught in the fires we set. God is the one whose eyes never close and who hears everything.

Deene Metzger born 1936 She says her parents raised her “in a committed Yiddish cultural and spiritual way.
Stems of winter plants in a summer vase.
From left to right a stalk of lavender , one of rosemary in the middle and then silk tassel catkins sticking out to the right heavily burdened with pollen.
The yellow and red stems are dogwood.
…..
These winter stems are with a small collection of Aynsley Fine Bone China vases.
Made in England.
Bought at different times,
in different towns
and from different
charity shops.

It would be strange to see these flowers now in mid January but odd things are happening. The two weeks of below minus temperatures in the last two weeks of December and the double figure temperatures of early January have made the winter bloomers all come out together, so they tell us… in our garden the snow drops, there are a few, and look I saw this frost covered rosemary flower and the pale greengreypink of a soon to open catkin flower.

Here is a thought for all those who have published and who are inspired to publish :

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

James Russell Lowell 1819 – 1891

Thank you for experiencing a little of the garden and my affection for unwanted vases.

Sandy πŸ™‚

8 thoughts on “Winter vegetation in a summer vase.

  1. Agreed, the vases are super sweet! The flowers are lovely, too. Our winter has turned into a pretty cold one, too. Lots of snow this month, and today’s wind chill factor is -10 degrees F. I love the quotes here, especially the first one. 🌞

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  2. Love your beautiful vases Sandy! I like the way you look at flowers at different stages of their lives even frost coated Amazing

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