For this week’s In a vase on Monday I was inspired by Cathy’s mum to create a small posy to welcome home my daughter for the weekend. I had in mind a little Victorian posy and this is what I managed to glean from the garden.
A spray of apricot pink roses from Rosa Sussex. This rose has a wonderful open habit and is very popular with bees. I bought it in May and it is planted in a large terracotta pot for now but it has been flowering continuously probably due to regular dousing with weak comfrey tea. The flowers are small and delicate and very nicely scented.
A flowering stem from Nandina domestica.
One stem of Sedum, not yet colouring but such a good filler I’ve realised.
One flower from Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’.
Two seed heads of Nigella, grown on the allotment but dried at home.
Foliage from Rhamnus, a leaf from a soft-shield fern and a piece of flowering mint.
I made the posy last Friday afternoon and apart from some shedding from the Nandina flowers it looks as fresh today as it did then. Looking at the photos here though I wish I possessed a prettier jug than my green Denby stoneware one.
On my mantelpiece I have the last of the acidanthera, which unfortunately does not last well in a vase. It is related to gladioli so I am surprised but maybe it has just been too hot or the flowers suffered during the journey home by bike. The scent remains though, despite drooping flower heads.
Finally on my kitchen table I have a sweet little posy from my allotment cutting patch. I am using a favourite little brown jug bought from the Mulchelney pottery in the heart of the Somerset Levels. It was made by John Leach, the eldest grandson of Bernard Leach and the son of David Leach. John has been throwing pots here since 1965. The pottery is located fairly close to East Lambrook Manor and I remember very well my first visit to Margery Fish’s garden and later visiting the pottery during an Easter break many years ago when we stayed in one of the lodge houses to Montacute.
I’m afraid that I haven’t been able to work out the names of the flowers (the seed came from one packet of Sarah Raven seeds for cutting sown at the allotment in April) apart from the pale yellow Calendula, but I love the way the three different flowers are harmonising. This posy was picked mid- week and still looks fresh today.
I shall be going over to Cathy’s blog Rambling in the garden to see what she and others have found to put In a vase on Monday. It is always fun to share ideas and commenting is as much fun as posting.