I’m joining in again with Cathy from Rambling in the garden and her wonderful meme, In a vase on Monday, where we pick flowers and foliage from our gardens and try and arrange them in a vase. This vase has not been easy and I blame it partly on the iris. Having cut a stem I felt obliged to use it, but one straight unyielding iris looks wrong amongst my usual froth, a fact that is even more apparent in the photograph than in real life. The light is also very poor for photographs this evening so I’m sorry for the bad quality (good light when taking photographs covers a multitude of sins I’ve discovered).
But I’ve decided to post the vase, happy or not, because for me as a late arrival to the blogging party everything I do is one huge learning curve – and next week’s will be better.
What have I picked today? Listing the contents is very useful because it helps to know what doesn’t last in a vase. For example, neither Hydrangea petiolaris nor Syringa microphylla lasted more than a day or two, whereas heuchera lasts for a week at least.
We have: Iris unknown, but the pale lavender blue flowers when open have the most delicious smell of Parma violets; Weigela unknown; Nigella, picked at the allotment yesterday where it grows like a weed; blue geranium unknown as it has self-seeded in the gravel (it is actually growing under the hydrangea petiolaris so goodness knows how it has managed to flower ahead of other named herbaceous geraniums); Valerian, another weed I’m afraid and finally dependable heuchera which needs cutting every week as it grows horizontally in my garden.
And last but not least in the silver bud vase I have one stem of Rosa Fragrant Cloud which I planted at the allotment many years ago for cutting. She is reliable, very sweetly scented and has been known to bloom more or less continuously from May to December. What more could I ask from any flower?
Do hop over to Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the garden, for more Monday vases.