Fierce Blooms Curates January in a Jug

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WORDS: Kathryn Cronin PHOTOS: Ricky Bache
I am still hibernating, are you? There have been a few snowdrops pushing their wonderful white heads through the sodden soil up to the longer lit days, but most of all I am feeling like being tucked up with a rather large honey and lemon as my tipple of choice. Unbelievably, we are mid way through January already, so it is definitely time for January in a Jug.

We have discovered a rather personable chap that we call Dusty, not his real name you understand but that of his business, Dustygems. The name suits him well. It is a rather dangerous pastime to visit Dusty at Dagfields Antiques near Nantwich for rarely do we emerge from his splendid premises without a parcel under our arms – usually an old French pitcher in fact. This time was no exception.

Unbelievably, we are mid way through January already, so it is definitely time for January in a Jug.

We visited Dusty at Dagfields last week as a wee January pick me up and picked up….. yes yet another jug.

Well, a florist can rarely have too many jugs I tell myself. And so the idea was born. January in a Jug. The jug is a rather rustic 19th Century French pitcher that it almost seems impolitic to call a jug. It alliterates with January though so January in a jug it is.

Inspired by the gorgeous faded green texture, I set off into my Cheshire canal side cutting garden to see what I could forage. Ferns and early narcissi were early inspirations that called to me as I walked around, snips in hand, together with branches of just emerging forsythia and already foraged bracken. Bright yellow wall flowers were spied through bite damp dreich (Scottish for quite wet) day, together with a precious single stem of primula, all leanings towards the garden emerging from its winter slumber. Arranged in my wild garden style, the design allows each stem to have its space, each single flower, however small, there to make its own contribution in the thin January light. Textured stems were added to give movement and together with dried scabiosa heads, added as focal elements, the wild garden style design of January in a jug was complete.

This lovely curation of greenery sits on my arranging bench and reminds me every time I look at it that winter won’t be forever and that Spring will be here soon.

Read more from Fierceblooms, this flower grower and Cheshire florist on the floristry blog.

On the site, there are also lots more articles about my evolving canalside cheshire flower cutting garden.

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