Monday has come around again and it is time to find material from the garden to put in a vase to join with Cathy’s, Rambling in the Garden meme. Mondays have become slightly more difficult for me as I now teach on Monday afternoons and often spend the morning checking my preparations and presentation.
Today I awoke to bright sunshine and as yesterday had been beautifully warm I was half expecting it to be warm again today; but only half thinking that as I had heard the wind blowing hard during the night. In fact today may have been the coldest during the day so far this year; 4°C was the high today! Already, as it gets dark the temperature is dipping below freezing.
Last week’s vase lasted really well and is still gracing the kitchen; I remembered to check and change the water and my treatment of the Euphorbias had been successful as there was no milking sap in the water. The buds have opened more so I decided to pick more today but mix them with different foliage in a basket rather than the blue jug for a different effect, it would have been lovely to have a few dwarf daffodils to add to the basket but there aren’t any yet and with the cold wind forecast for the rest of the week, I doubt there will be any for a while!
The Acanthus leaves are very lush and a good shiny dark green; I would like to try manipulating them like Susie at pmbgarden but there wasn’t enough time today, so they provide the base foliage for the arrangement.
The Ami is still growing like crazy in the greenhouse, as soon as the freezing weather comes to an end I will plant some out. They do grow like topsy meaning that Sarah Raven is correct in saying they will need staking!
Initially I picked 9 Euphorbia stems intending to place them in threes to give more impact, but this more were needed. I have a lot of Euphorbia rigida in the garden where they have seeded themselves, I have been raiding the plants that haven’t placed themselves very well and need removing, it’s great that they can be useful.
One last touch was to add a stem of Italian cypress which the wind had pulled from its position and therefore needed pruning.
This week’s arrangement has a totally different feel even though Euphorbia rigida has been used for two consecutive weeks.
Thank you Cathy for hosting; do visit her to find out why she has sheet music as one of her props!