Having found Rambling in the Garden’s lovely blog, I thought I’d join in on “In a vase on Monday”. I can’t say my floristry skills are up to much, but I do love my garden flowers and like the idea of trying to be a bit more creative with them, so please bear with my amateurish efforts!
Today’s vase is actually a series of little milk bottles joined together and is probably my favourite (and easiest) vase as it doesn’t demand long stems.
The plants here are Cerinthe major purpurescens, Scabious Kingfisher Blue, Stocks and the green is actually lemon balm not mint. I like the mint as tea, so the lemon balm is easier to sacrifice.
The vase is pictured on our outside table where it’s been all weekend and I love the sweet scent from the stocks when I’m sitting there. I have read that you shouldn’t have scented flowers where you eat, but I disagree – I’m all for scented flowers everywhere. Roll on the sweet peas….
I’ve given the barrow a complete overhaul for May, including some new purchases.
I’ve gone for a mad orange and blue theme, with both the Scabious Kingfisher Blue and the Salvia East Friesland new.
Two of the orange plants were existing, the plant at the back left, Zauschneria californica ‘Western Hills’ has been in the greenhouse all winter, and I think in retrospect I should have trimmed back the top growth to encourage it to bush out a bit more. It does look a little spindly, but the flowers are great. The low plant, front left, is the one we brought back from a trip to Madeira over Christmas. It seems to be thriving, but I still don’t know what its called – any clues? And the one at the back right is the gorgeous Geum, ‘Totally Tangerine’. I love the way geum flowers sit on wiry stems, well above the foliage, and I do love the bright colours but have struggled to find a spot for them in the garden. Hopefully having this one in a pot will work. Both the geum and the scabious already seem well settled in and I like the way they wave about in the breeze.
The last component is a new Sedum – Dragon. Looked at closely there is a darker edge to every leaf. I like it poking out of the tall pot like mad hair.
Many of the pots in April’s barrow are still going strong, especially the fuschia and the cineraria, and they’ve now been moved to another area of pots, which has a pink/silver theme. Perhaps I’ll share those on the next Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day,