Or as I like to say, It’s *RAINING*!
San Jose had the second driest December on record, dating back 124 years.
I love the rain under any conditions, but today’s January storm feels downright celebratory after such a dry start to our winter. What better day to go out in the garden to clip some blooms while soaking up the negative ions that make us feel good.
I’m joining Cathy and Cathy today for a regular feature they call In a Vase on Monday. Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden and Cathy at Words and Herbs faithfully post a vase of flowers from their garden year round. It’s not always easy, especially when you garden in Bavaria, but these two are an impressive pair.
My vase features something old and something new, pretty fringe and a cat, too.
A year ago I received a bottle of blush wine in this charming, cat-shaped bottle. It sat untouched for a year as I’m not really a fan of pink wine.
Wine bottle turned vase
Wine lovers, please look away now.
I poured the pink wine down the sink, rinsed the bottle, and voila, a pretty glass vase.
Okay, you can look now.
The something old comes from my cherished green asparagus fern. In 1988 I bought a pair of ferns for 79 cents and kept them on my nightstand in my one-bedroom apartment for two years. I moved and the plants moved with me. By the time we bought this house 21 years ago, my sprawling fern could no longer be contained. It’s now growing happily along the back fence.
If that plant could talk, eh?
Cuttings from my asparagus fern
Something new is the fresh-fallen rain drops. Isn’t it amazing how everything looks lush after a decent rain?
Cat vase in the rain
The pretty pink fringe you see comes from a few branches of my Loropetalum chinense or Chinese fringe plant.
Pink and green leaves and small fringe-like blooms
It’s a nice complement to last year’s hydrangea blooms, currently faded to shades of cranberry and pink.
Last season’s hydrangea, faded to cranberry and pink
The cat speaks for itself. =^, , ^=
The cat vase on our dining table (the runner is hand-felted by my friend Randi)
I hope you have a terrific week. If you need me, I’ll be outside enjoying the rain.