In between painting and waxing my old kitchen table and emptying the last drop of water from the water-butt in anticipation of a deluge tomorrow I took my scissors and cut a few flowers from the garden to go with some allotment flowers from previous vases.
Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’ has been such a pleasant surprise. I bought a bag of 10 corms and planted them at the allotment and have been picking odd flowers for the last couple of weeks. They last for ages in the vase and in today’s blue jug I have one open flower picked about a week ago and one still in bud picked on Saturday. Keeping with the magenta theme I picked one flower from Hydrangea ‘Heinrich Seidel’, bought half price at Heligan about 15 years ago and gracing the front garden ever since. There is also one seedhead from Clematis Alpina, one spray from Astrantia ‘Roma’, one spray from a pondside Astilbe and a red-tinged leaf from Geranium maccrorhizum together with a couple of crimson annual Dianthus and a couple of pink cornflowers, these last two picked from the allotment on Saturday.
Thanks as always are due to Cathy for encouraging us to go into our gardens on a damp day and pick flowers for pleasure. Joining in this meme means that when dismantling vases one always now considers whether a flower could last another few days in a different vase. A bit like food that one has grown, prepared and cooked you really do not want to waste a flower that you have grown from seed, bulb or corm.
I’m going over to Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the Garden, to see what other bloggers have found to put in a vase on Monday.