Another golfing event – the Captain’s Dinner – led to another request for flowers. I have to say a couple of weeks ago I was less than enthusiastic as, to my eyes, the garden was full of dying bulb foliage and not much else, but things have definitely moved on, and in the end there was plenty to choose from.
I only needed to prepare eight table decorations, plus one larger one, so the pressure was off compared to the original set of 20 in October . The first plant I have copious amounts of currently is Cerinthe purpurescens. This has self seeded everywhere to the extent that cutting for the arrangements was actually beneficial to clear it away from paths and grass.
The pink arrangements contained Madame Gregoire Staechelin roses, Euphorbia, Erysimum, Daucus Carota ‘Black Knight’ and a sweet pea that has self seeded in a large trough containing an Olive tree. I think this is Lathyrus tingitanus which I grew two years ago in the greenhouse. Quite how it’s found its way outside I have no idea, but I love the tendrils and its delightful colouring. Sadly it has no scent.
As well as the table decorations I threw together a larger arrangement which was designed around anything I could find that had some stem length. The foliage was bronze fennel and black cow parsley (both of which seemed to be inclined to droop), with Euphorbia, larger heads of Daucus Carota, Nectoscordum siculum, Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, Sisyrinchium striatum and Rosa ‘Snow Goose’.
With many thanks to Cathy for hosting this lovely meme. Why don’t you see what others have in their vases this Bank Holiday? Now I must get in the garden!