Landscape (UK) RAYS OF GOLD
An array of early-flowering yellow blooms brings a touch of sunshine to a variety of late winter arrangements
“I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun And crocus fires are kindling one by one” Christina Rossetti, ‘The First Spring Day’
“He bore a simple wild-flower wreath: Narcissus, and the sweet brier rose”
Thomas Love Peacock, ‘Rhododaphne, Canto I’
Spiky twigs of vibrant yellow forsythia and cornelian cherry, offset by soft, furry catkins, burst from a traditional English china teapot decorated with a scene from nature.
Budding crocus flowers in a cut glass vase, their bulbous heads contrasting with the narrow leaves, bring the promise of spring to a rustic table.
Upturned heads of cheery winter aconites, hyemalis, are paired with coy, nodding bells of snowdrops in a simple beaker display.
The uncurling petals of sunny aconites nestle in a bed of dried bracken and moss to create a piece of the woodland within a green ceramic bowl.
Sprigs of dark ivy leaves and bright winter aconites in glass pots are hung from a gate to welcome those passing through.
Shades of yellow and gold are interwoven in this outdoor wreath of tangled witch hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ and ‘Aphrodite’.
An ebullient circlet of Cornus mas and early-flowering trumpets of narcissus ‘Têteà-tête’ makes a striking table centrepiece.
Spindly fingers of Hamamelis x intermedia erupt from a terracotta pot in a spidery arrangement to light up a grey February day.