Exciting news, the acidanthera at the allotment is flowering, and it’s scented and it holds itself beautifully in my opaque green glass triangular vase bought, I think, in Heals in Guildford pre-children. I’m sure I wouldn’t have bought such an unstable topply-over kind of vase with babies and toddlers in the house, but you never know. In those far-off days I would buy the occasional spray of yellow freesia or scented narcissi and this vase was the perfect container. But surely it was made to contain two stems of elegant acidanthera which are now filling the room with their fresh lily of the valley scent.
I think we need a close-up of the flower because they have marvellous splodgy but stylish maroon middles. And a note about their cultivation which was simply to plant bulbs in a row at the allotment in April. They have been watered and occasionally fed with comfrey tea and as I planted about a dozen bulbs I have another 10 stems to look forward to. I also planted a few bulbs at home so it will be interesting to compare flowering times.
And a quick note about the understudy which features my little blue jug with Dahlia Onesta, Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’, a pink cornflower and the first two stems of magenta cosmos which is flowering among my wildflower patch. Now it’s been photographed I will return it to the kitchen table.
I’m very pleased to be joining in again with Cathy’s wonderful meme, In a vase on Monday, where we cut flowers and foliage from our gardens and allotments and post the results for everyone to share.