We all know the saying “third time lucky!” but the true saying is, in fact “on the third time the luck changes!” And this is what happened with regard to the hail. The first time when there was a massive hail storm 5 miles away it rained here; the second time when there was a light hail fall a little further away, it rained here. But on Saturday when it poured and poured with rain in Viterbo with just a little hail, here in My Hesperides Garden there WAS HAIL.
The tomatoes were OK, but here’s some of the damage caused:
Luckily I have some replacements in the greenhouse if these die.
But I am, of course digressing, this is Monday and time to join Cathy from Rambling in the Garden for “In a Vase on Monday”, where we asked to show a vase of flowers picked from the garden or the surrounding countryside.
I had in mind an elegant vase of just one kind of flower, but then after the hail I found lots of broken tulips and I didn’t want to waste them so I put them in the basket, much as before although I have to say I don’t really like tulips this way, they are far more beautiful on long stems, but what could I do?
I added some Cerinthe and Chiosya ternata flower to try and lift the colour but not a ‘vase’ I particularly pleased with, plus as it was raining it had to be photographed inside and I need to work on that.
I could have made a display of Bearded Iris which have begun to open their fat buds.
Or a vase of bright red little tulips would have brightened a dull spot.
There were other tulips T. Sorbet, their colour wasn’t right for the dining room, but would look bright in the kitchen. Now, I’ve been admiring all the pretty little jars and bottles that I’ve seen being used by other participants and I don’t have anything like them, so I started to think where I could get some, then inspiration my favourite summer aperitivo comes in an iconic glass bottle – just right so I needed lots. So for the sake of In a Vase on Monday summer started early and aperitivo time meant Campari soda!
The vase I wanted to share with you this week was this. Tall Dutch Irises, they are one of my favourite cut flowers at this time of year and I intend growing some in the cuttings bed for next year, but this year as each bulb is producing 2 or 3 stems I felt I could cut seven for the sitting room.
Thanks again Cathy, none of this would have happened with you!