January Posy

A couple of years ago I set myself the challenge of taking a photo of a floral arrangement I had made each month using my garden flowers. I’ve missed the challenge so I’m going to challenge myself to make a `Posy a month’ again.

Last time I used snowdrops for my January Posy. However this year there aren’t enough in bloom to sacrifice cutting for a posy. I’ve opted for primulas and violas. I had a lovely time in Country Market Antiques and Collectables at Chilton Garden Centre last week.  I was able to source vintage scent bottles and buy some plants for the garden at the same time. It’s my challenge so my rules are that I can buy new garden plants to use just as long as they end up planted in the garden after I’ve made my Posy!

Pretty pink posy It’s always pot luck what you find at vintage stalls. I was delighted with the two scent bottles I found together with a pretty ladies handbag mirror. The pink bottle was a bit of a challenge for flowers as it has such a small opening. However I think the few select pink primroses look very pretty with the addition of dainty maidenhair fern.  I chose the Adiantum spp. fern as it is a well known vintage house plant and was often used in bouquets in the Edwardian Era. It also brings out the green at the centre of the primula.

 

Maidenhair Fern by Ippy Patterson

illustration by Ippy Patterson

DUNDEE EVENING TELEGRAPH – TUESDAY 04 JUNE 1912

1912 smilax asparagus fern shower bouquet

 

Primula, primrose or polyanthus? 

Primrose

The botanical name primula covers many different species including auriculas, primroses and polyanthus.  Primroses are derived from the native common yellow primrose (Primula vulgaris) and have lots of flowers on individual stems growing from the centre of the plant. Polyanthus (meaning ‘many flowers’) have a thick stalk with a bunch of flowers on it. My January Posy therefore includes flowers which can be called either primroses or primula but not polyanthus.

Primrose PosyVintage Handbag mirror

My other find was a crystal scent bottle. I was quite pleased with this as the opening was a bit larger for flowers.

January Viola Posy

I do like dainty violas in a pot outside the front door. They really are pretty, frilly and feminine flowers. For some reason I don’t like a pansy! Pansies seem to me to be the bigger, brasher elder brothers of the viola. I came to appreciate the markings and intricate details of violas when I painted this detailed watercolour using one of Anna Mason’s watercolours with wow tutorials.  If you fancy having a go at painting flowers in watercolour I highly recommend Anna’s course.

Anna Mason Viola Tutorial

Having finished the tutorial I went on to paint my own garden Viola purple picotee.

Viola Purple Picotee

Vintage Violas

January Posy

 

 

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