I hope I will be forgiven for making this vase a day early as I wanted to take an arrangement as a small gift for our hostess for Sunday lunch.
The basket actually belongs to the hostess herself, she brought it filled with fresh eggs from her chickens and delicious homemade orange pickle which I must remember to ask for the recipe; it was perfect with the gammon joint I served that day. So I felt it should be returned with something from my garden.
The cuttings bed has nothing of note, there is a single pink Cosmos, a small seedling from the plants that have been producing many flowers over a long period, and antirrhinums that refuse to open their buds. So it is time to use some of the evergreens around the garden and some more of the Choisya ternata that is now covered in blooms for all the world as if it were spring.
I lined the basket with cellophane and used a coffee tin and 2 Campari bottles filled with water to hold the flowers.
To make the arrangement seem a little more seasonal I used orange/red berries of Cotoneaster and foliage and fruits of the Arbutus that needs pruning, so I will happily use pieces I need without feeling guilty.
I’ve also been pruning (yes it isn’t the best time, I know) the Quercus ilex that are at the top of the slope protecting the garden from the hot summer winds. One piece seemed perfect to bring into the kitchen and put on the mantelpiece with a candle, a nod at the festive season.
I’m linking with Cathy, at Rambling in the garden who asks us to fill a vase with material from our own gardens each Monday; do visit and see what she and others have found in their gardens today.