It is Monday again and Cathy who is rambling not in her garden today but in the wilds of Shropshire asks us to fill a vase with flowers from our own gardens. She prepared a vase earlier for us so we shouldn’t miss our weekly fix of picking and enjoying some flowers in our homes.
Last autumn the lovely woman whose family run the best cheese and gelato shops in town gave me some odd looking tubers which she described as being tall yellow Marguerites (to most Italians anything vaguely daisy-shaped is a Marguerite!). I immediately recognised that they were in fact Jerusalem artichokes, something my husband desperately wanted me to grow as he has fond memories of the ‘delicious’ soup that can be made from them (you can tell from that comment that I don’t share his love of this particular soup). We said that we ate the tubers to which she answered that they WEREN’T something that was eaten in THIS area and that she just enjoyed the tall flowers. Well they are certainly tall, well over 2 m. I have been looking at the buds for a while and this weekend the buds opened to reveal the pretty yellow flowers, so ideal candidates for today’s vase.
I thought I would keep with the warm yellow and orange tones of sunflowers (Earthwalker again) and Rudbeckia plus a few of the red annual dahlias.
Rather than keep with the same basket base vase I’ve used for the past few weeks I searched the house for another suitable container and in the spare bedroom I found this lovely Eritrean handmade basket. It is very closely woven and strong so I put a simple glass vase inside with the last remains of the Oasis I’ve been using and set about arranging the flowers.
Do check out what others have put in their vases this week by visiting Cathy’s post, by the wonders of modern technology she is able to coordinate everything from here phone!