It’s a busy morning on the kitchen table so I’ve moved my vase into the sitting room to photograph it against slightly less clutter.
I had a quick whizz round the garden first thing with my scissors looking for flowers to complement the cosmos picked from the allotment yesterday and this is what I gleaned.
Two roses from Rosa New Dawn, one spike of lavender, Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’, pink Hesperantha, bronze fennel, a soft pink chrysanthemum (this from last week’s jug) and Salvia ‘Nachtvlinder’. I bought the salvia from the Wisley flower show last September and it spent last winter, which was very mild, in a pot with other herbs by the kitchen door. I guess I should have taken cuttings weeks ago to ensure survival through this winter but as it is my nature to live dangerously in the garden I’m prepared to risk it.
An overhead shot and a glimpse of Anemone coronaria Sylphide. I picked two flowers yesterday and, yes, there are more to come at the allotment. Also in the frame is a colander of podded borlotti beans. I stripped the canes yesterday and this batch are not fully ripe despite being planted out in June but I needed my husband to yank the hazel wands out of the ground so it was time to call it a day. An earlier harvest which weren’t shaded by the sweetcorn were picked and podded to reveal the red speckled beans some weeks ago. I will cook these according to a River Cafe recipe and freeze them for use throughout the winter. I’ve also brought some Blue Kuri squash inside to admire.
A quick note about the print above the kitchen table which is from a painting by Philip Sutton RA and was a free giveaway with Homes & Gardens magazine in 1992. It shows one of my favourite flowers then and now.
Joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the garden. Cathy’s Monday meme is such a good start to the week.