Every Monday Cathy from Rambling in the garden asks us to pick flowers from our gardens and bring them into the house to enjoy. This meme has become completely addictive for many of us and even when we are going away, or there is snow on the ground we find something!
As many of you know I am teaching (with others) a gardening course in a nearby town and I wanted to share my enthusiasm for using home grown flowers with the group; so a couple of weeks ago I picked buckets and buckets of flowers from the cuttings beds, and the group came here armed with vases, jam jars and various other containers and we spent the afternoon arranging the flowers, followed by tea and cake.
You can see I also spread the word about using Campari soda bottles!
I love the perfume of Philadelphus but it doesn’t last well in a vase, if anyone know how to make it last longer I’d love to know the secret.
This is a great idea that I saw in the book I had for Christmas, ideally the whole thing could sit in a shallow bowl to give the rosemary some water. Lavender stems would work well too, I intend trying that when my lavender is flowering.
Although everyone claimed not to ever arrange flowers I think the results are great. I helped with some ideas and showed them how to make a hand-tied bouquet (rather a case of the one-eyed man is king in the land of the blind!) and an arrangement in a shallow bowl using stones to hold the flowers in place, something none of them had ever seen before.
Very, very stupidly I failed to notice that the camera was without a memory card so the images were taken by others using their phones and not all are shown in detail. See what you have done Cathy!
For my vase for this week I picked the first of the Cosmos, I am determined not to allow so many to run to seed this year; they are combined with the last of the dwarf gladioli ‘The Bride’ and Antirrhinum in a simple cylindrical vase.
Thank you Cathy for thinking up this meme and spreading the word of using our own flowers to enjoy in our homes. Do visit Cathy today to see what everyone else has found to include intheir vases today.