On Monday we are invited to find material for a vase from our own gardens or nearby by Cathy at Rambling in the garden. This has become one of the most addictive memes maybe because it gives the contributor pleasure all week.
I am one of those who never wanted to pick flowers from the garden thereby depleting the borders, but I have always loved to have cut flowers in the house. Creating a cuttings bed last year was a great beginning to not feel guilty about picking for the house.
But there comes a time when there really is nothing fresh to pick. I didn’t want to use the same evergreens again, even though I’m sure I will use them again soon, when hopefully I might have thought of a new way to arrange them.
So today I turned to seed-heads. I picked lots of seed-heads from the garden when I was tidying some of the plants; I also left lots in the garden too. The Alliums I chose to use in my arrangement today I actually picked two years ago and I am amazed that they have kept in such good condition. They have been in small vases high up on shelves in the kitchen, but I thought they deserved better treatment; I have therefore placed them in one of the large vases you saw at New Year. To add some solidity I added some Sedum flower heads that will soon need to be cut back anyway as the rosettes of new foliage are already pushing up through the soil. In the background is a single stem of the very airy Eragrostis spectabilis, it doesn’t add much in the images but I like it in reality.
Three varieties of Allium are included, Allium schubertii, A. christophii and A.aflatunense. they are almost worth growing just for their seed-heads but of course they are wonderful as flowers too. I planted many more Alliums last autumn, it will be lovely to have them flowering in late spring and summer.
Do visit Cathy to see what everyone else has found today.