I’ve been in Suffolk for the last four days and as expected when I walked around as soon as I got back early yesterday evening everything had changed! Irises were flowering and those not flowering were full of bud. Dianthus were filling the air with their cinnamon perfume and the Clair Matin roses on the pillars of the terrace were in full flower.
The irises I had thought I would be able to use for my vase for today’s In a vase on Monday hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden had already finished; so what to choose?
Heavy rain is forecast for later today so I decided to pick some tulips that might well be ruined by the rain. I toyed with the idea of creating the feel of the spring walk in a vase but in the end chose T. ‘Curley Sue’, tulips planted last year in the spring walk that has returned well this year.
In the cuttings bed the Antirrhinum planted last year were shouting out to be included, I picked white and dark pink but the others should be picked soon I’m sure so that that continue to produce flowers for a while longer. Antirrhinums planted out a few weeks ago from an autumn sowing are also flowering.
From the greenhouse I picked the last of the white Ranunculus, I will now plant the pot into the border somewhere and hope they will flower again there.
Ami majus, again from an autumn sowing is providing masses of flowers, I like the airiness they add to the composition.
To hold it all together I again used Cerinthe major which is producing lots of material in the garden borders, I may decide to sprinkle some seed in other places as it reliably seeds freely in the garden and is a great foil for other plants in the border and in a vase.
Do visit Cathy to see what she and others have found for their vases today.