Early Spring Scents

IMG_5520By the time I got to the supermarket this week the best flowers had sold out, so instead I looked at what was in my garden.  At this time of year flowers are delicate and sometimes inconspicuous and can be easy to miss, but brought inside and put in a little vase or cup can be really appreciated.  They also can have an amazing scent, just a little sprig can fill a room with fragrance.  I found Winter Box, Sarcococca confusa which is coming to an end of its flowering, but still had some of its tiny fragrant flowers and shiny black berries.  I also cut a piece of Daphne, whose pink flowers fill my garden with a strong scent.  The hellebore although unscented, I floated in a small cup so I could see its lovely subtle colouring.

IMG_5523Other scented flowers you may find in your garden are, Winter Iris, Witch Hazel, Viburnum bodnantense, hyacinths, daffodils, some crocus and a little later some varieties of tulips.  Just pick what catches your eye or nose!

 

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Heavenly Hyacinths

img_5501Hyacinths a flower that divides opinion due to its powerful scent; I personally love the fragrance, the delicate bell like florets and the colour especially those in the blue to violet range.  This bunch of soft blue hyacinths and orange tulips create a complementary colour scheme.  I added some twigs for interest, but also to help support the heavy flower heads of the hyacinths.  I used a small fishbowl vase, you could also use a jar, jug or any vase that has quite a small opening that will support and hold together the heavy flowers.

How to Create

Unwrap the flowers, and gently wash off any grit/soil from the stems.  Remove any damaged leaves, but leave some around the bulb flowers to give them extra strength.  Cut some twigs so they will be just longer than the flowers.  Put the twigs into the vase so they point outwards, crossing over in the middle to give a framework.  Add any foliage into the centre.  Cut the hyacinths so they will be just above the top of the vase, put in the vase so they are evenly spread.  Add the tulips, again trying to distribute evenly around the vase.  Dilute the flower food and add to the vase.

Hyacinth Vase Life

Hyacinths will last longer if you are able to leave on the basal base of the stem – however this isn’t always possible if you need them to be shorter you will have to cut the stems!