Cathy from Rambling in the Garden is away enjoying the Outer Hebrides and meeting some blogging friends, but this hasn’t stopped here request that we find something to pick from our gardens to enjoy inside the house this week; her post is already up, that’s real dedication.
Today I could have filled 10 vases there was so much in the cuttings beds and also other borders that could have been raided without loss to their overall look.
I wanted to use the Sweet William (Dianthus barbata) and thought I would try a hand tied bouquet and place it in a vase with just the flower heads showing; I’d seen this idea in a book, and having now seen it in the flesh I’m not sure I would d use this style again, in fact it is probably I will change this and cut the stems much shorter, add more flowers and make a table centrepiece but no time for that today. I love the rich colours, but I’m disappointed they don’t have the strong perfume I remember from when my father grew them when I was a child. The seed came from our local DIY store so was very cheap for a pack of seeds of mixed colours. Does anyone know of a source of seeds where I could buy individual colours and would be scented?
Strongly scented dianthus (pinks) are flowering around the garden and also near the vegetable garden where I’m happy to pick them for the house; these are intensely perfumed cloves. In Italy there common name is ‘garofano’ and cloves for cooking are called ‘chiodi di garofano’ (nails of cloves).
I wanted to use these in the kitchen where I could enjoy them all the time, I picked masses and there are many more left to pick but decided they looked a little insignificant in a vase on their own so to some vases I added Ami majus and to others pick wall flowers and pink Antirrhinums.
Some Sweat William were also the same pink, which was fortunate.
The vases are again from Ikea, five square formed glass vases that I think I will be using a lot in future.
Do visit Cathy to see her offering from her holiday and catch up with what everyone else has found for their vases today.