The roses are back and even though only two roses from R. Lavender Lassie are out I couldn’t resist taking a step outside in the rain and snipping one. Also within reach of my scissors was Heuchera, Erigeron, dianthus, bronze fennel and hydrangea, all now contained within my Caithness glass vase bought in a little junk shop in Emsworth earlier this summer.
In the stone bottle is a stem of Rosa Fragrant Cloud picked at the allotment last week and the green pottery jug contains some leftovers from last week’s vase and fresh pickings from the allotment on Friday of dahlia and anemone.
Yesterday and inspired by Vic Brotherson’s book “Vintage Flowers” on loan from the library I made a freshly-picked hand-tied bunch of allotment flowers and foliage for my daughter’s boyfriend’s grandmother’s birthday. This lady is Italian and grows an amazing variety of vegetables in her garden. Her grandson Luca tells me she came to England as a young woman in the 1950s and if she wanted to cook and eat good food her only option was to grow it herself. I find her story inspirational and it puts my moans about disappointing yields and harvests into context. I didn’t take a photo of the flowers but it did look very pretty. And the fact that I made it for my daughter to give as a present shows how far I’ve come in the last few months. This confidence is all down to Cathy and her marvellous meme, In a vase on Monday. Why don’t you come with me to Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the garden, to see what she has found for her Monday vase?