This is not like me at all on a Monday. Normally I relish a quiet start to the working week and the opportunity to play around with my Monday vase and today has been a bit of a rush but I did want to share and record the flowers I’m picking from my cutting patch at the allotment because, despite the heat last week, everything is flowering so beautifully.
Knowing I would have little time today I picked yesterday evening on the way home from a walk up and around Leith Hill. I left the flowers “conditioning” overnight and first thing this morning I snipped off the ends, plonked them in the jug and took it outside to photograph. Below is an overhead shot to help with flower identification.
I am so pleased with the variety coming from just one packet of seed which I sowed direct at the allotment at the beginning of April and I take my hat off to Sarah Raven and her team for making this great “Cut Flower” selection. Unfortunately I didn’t keep the seed packet and I can’t find this exact collection on-line so I am doing my best to identify the flowers as they appear. This is what I think I have in my vase today:
Cornflower, both blue and pink; pink corn cockle (agrostemma githago); ammi majus; crimson dianthus; white Iberis amara (candytuft); pink Malope trifida; pink Lychnis coeli-rosa and coral-coloured Nemesia.
According to my research most of these flowers should self-seed for next year which would be fantastic if it happens. And I should say that there are lots of flowers yet to bloom and there are masses of bright yellow calendula, some with maroon middles, which makes this one packet of seed amazing value.
It is so good to come home after a busy day and find a jug of home-grown flowers on the kitchen table. Thank you Cathy for encouraging us all to take part and post our Monday vases.
I will be popping over to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and other bloggers have found to put “In a vase on Monday’.