It’s Monday again, and time to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her meme to pick and put in a vase flowers from our own gardens. This is giving me enormous pleasure, thank you Cathy; I am enjoying having flowers in the house so much, I’ve started picking on other days too!
This week’s vase is a joy to the nose as well as the eyes. Philadelphus has a wonderful heady perfume and the pure white flowers set off the nearly black flowers of Iris ‘Before the Storm’ (the irises are coming to an end already so it is nice to have some in the sitting room to appreciate the elegance of their flowers. The Allium Aflatunense are from the formal beds; I planted 1000 in the front two beds in autumn 2008. I don’t think a thousand ever came up. Alliums need more water than I previously thought so they have never done particularly well in these beds. This year the Perovskia has grown taller than the alliums so I felt justified in picking some to add to my vase today.
The only flowers not from the cuttings bed are the Cerinthe which grow in various places around the garden (they self-seed profusely, I just drop the spent seed-heads that contain seeds where I want them to grow) and the Sisyrinchium striatum which were dug up last autumn when I was planting the spring walk and have been in a pot all winter.
Although this ‘vase’ wasn’t actually done today I am even more pleased with it because the flowers are from the new cuttings bed and grown the plants were grown from seed by me.