My cutting patch at the allotment is coming on a treat. Apart from the cupani sweet peas which I sowed in pots at home in February, March and again in April (yes, it took three attempts and three packets of seed this year, welcome to my world of mice and slugs!) almost everything else you see was direct sown at the allotment at the end of March. And this is just the beginning of the flowering, there is more to come provided it doesn’t get frazzled in the 33 degree heat forecast for later this week.
In jug and mug we have cupani sweet peas and blue cornflowers and in the jug we also have pink corn cockle (agrostemma githago), ammi majus and a crimson dianthus. These last three are from a Sarah Raven seed mix for cutting and the row has barely got going so I’m looking forward to lots more flowers from my one packet of seed. Unfortunately I did not keep the empty seed packet so I’m having to research the flowers as they appear. Pink cornflowers and bright yellow calendulas are in the mix too and flowering now but I left these for the bees.
At home the lavender has just started flowering and I’ve been saving my rose petals for home-made concoctions. Elsewhere I have sprigs of Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ scenting the air. I’m using my Caithness glass vase bought in a junk shop in Emsworth last month for the first time and I’m also making use of an old stone bottle. I do like narrow-necked vessels that do the arranging for you.
And just for fun, and because I love them, I’ve added two egg cups from Morocco, a present from my son last week.
Thanks to Cathy from Rambling in the garden whose brain wave this Monday vase meme is. Do pop over to Cathy’s blog and see what else is appearing In a vase on Monday.