I’m joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the garden and her Monday meme to create a vase from flowers and foliage growing in our gardens. I had more time this morning so I’ve enjoyed playing on my kitchen table. I began with a vase of flowers picked from the garden, mostly straggling bits that were flopping around after the recent wet and windy weather here in the UK. I then collected various vases that have been adorning my home lately and took a photo. There is a pile of books for Chloris and I’ve included for Cathy my first special vase purchase for this meme, a Caithness heavy-bottomed vase with swirly bits that I saw in a junk shop in Emsworth on Saturday. I did not feel guilty spending £8 on such a pretty vase that I thought would be perfect for sweet peas and a reminder of this meme in years to come because my husband was in the British cheese shop spending over £20 on cheese! The broken Chipping Campden pottery egg cup that spontaneously jumped out of the cupboard during the Easter holidays is awaiting gluing back together and was in the little left-handed jug for safe-keeping.
Playtime over, here is my finished vase. I had a lightbulb moment when I took the photo with the light behind me. There is nothing special in my vase, just several different hardy geraniums, a piece of soft shield fern, a spray of alchemilla mollis and a leaf stem from epimedium. The nigella are almost a week old and how could I ignore the geum. I’m following Sarah Raven’s advice and G. Mrs Bradshaw is the gatecrasher to my bridal party. No scent from today’s vase but the aroma from the bowl of white-fleshed nectarines, flat peaches and apricots (all bought from my local greengrocer and therefore ready for eating) is making me wish I was on a Greek island instead of going down to the allotment to weed. A quick note to add that the tablecloth is at least as old as me. Anybody else remember when laying the table always included spreading a linen cloth?
Please hop over to Cathy’s blog: ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com for more delicious Monday vases.