None of these beautiful vases are mine this week, but they were all on display at Gravetye Manor which I visited at the weekend and blogged about here, and I thought the lovely IaVoM crowd would enjoy them as much as I did,
The gardens are glorious and happily there were also flowers everywhere within the hotel. The ones above were in an intriguing circular but flat vase. It struck me as a clever design as it provides that wonderful arc of flowers, but doesn’t take anything like the volume of blooms required to fill a similarly sized gold fish bowl shaped vase, and, if it’s to be placed against a wall you don’t need an all round arrangement.
I asked at reception what proportion of the blooms came from the garden and, whilst understandably they said the proportion is higher in the summer, it was clear from my walk around the garden and from the lovely natural feel to the arrangements, that many of the blooms, and particularly the foliage, had been cut from the garden.
This fabulous pair of vases were in the dining room, and, whilst I’m sure the lilies were brought in, and I imagine the Molucella too, I know the beautiful Dicentra were from the garden as I saw a whole bank of them.
This vase also made use of another round/flat vase. I can’t think what the blue flower is (any clues?) but this too I saw growing in the garden.
And finally, I think perhaps my favourite, so simple and yet so charming, just a lupin bud, and some foliage, including a little bud of Alchemilla mollis.
The head florist at Gravetye is Chelsea award winning Sue Flight, who’s quoted on the website saying “It really is a pleasure to work with the flowers at Gravetye. The ability to have specially grown cut flowers is fantastic and I am able to recreate the garden inside! Gravetye has been an amazing place to work where you feel a sense of belonging to a special family; a family that works together to provide exceptional hospitality for our wonderful guests.”
It turns out she runs monthly Flower Workshops at the hotel. Anyone tempted? I know I am!
With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the garden who hosts this lovely meme.