Monday is here again and with it comes the challenge of bringing flowers from the garden into the house for a vase to enjoy and share with everyone thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s weekly meme.
Today there was, again, a lot of choice; I had been intending to have a simple vase of purple irises, there are lots of pick and I may still do this during the week, but not today. The wallflowers are also going strong but I’ve used these for two weeks now and thought I needed something different. The Antirrhinums planted last year are now at last flowering and I was almost sure I would use them.
But when I had the scissors in my hands it was narcissus and tulips that called for my attention. I haven’t had anywhere near as many cut tulips in vases as I would have liked and as many are already finishing in the garden I thought I would at least pick some to enjoy close up.
During a very quick trip to Ikea last week to buy coconut fibre blocks (which I find wonderful for encouraging root growth for seedlings and cuttings) I was tempted by some vases – now there’s a surprise! Two packs each with three glass vases came home with me. For today’s vase I used a tall cylindrical one inside a lower round one.
I love these water lily-like tulips for for the intense colour and the double blooms.
The Narcissus are in the outer vase supported by pebbles while the tulips are supported by some stems of Elaeagnus Quicksilver in the inner one. The Elaeagnus isn’t flowering yet but I cut from a plant that had suckered into the area under the mulberry so needs to be removed, I’ll pick the rest when it flowers in a few weeks’ time.
Cathy also chose tulips today but displayed in a very different way to mine, do visit her to see what she and others have found for their vases today; or better still why not join in?!