Flowers In A Vase – Oopsie Daisy Theme

Long Shot

By now you’ll know that I love growing veges but I also love growing flowers. It’s a real labour of love growing some of the more fiddly annuals like ‘Love Lies Bleeding’, some poppies and Bells of Ireland but I think it’s worth it though. I’ve had real triumphs like my Knautia plants and campanulas that are still thriving today and some failures; sunflower ‘Vanilla Ice’ that just wouldn’t strike and Alchemila Mollis of which I’m still nursing my one and only seedling from a whole pack. I still harbour a dream of my own Cutting Garden aka Sarah Raven. I bought a copy of The Cutting garden and was enthralled by the glossy pages and imagined myself making grand displays full of parrot tulips, maple branches and Smyrnium olustratum. The fact that I didn’t have a maple tree nor any parrot tulips and that I hadn’t even heard of Smyrnium olustratum didn’t phase me; I’m stubborn like that. However, as with most things in life, it all takes time and I realised that Starting Small was probably a good place to start. So my offering for this Monday’s Flowers in a Vase, as part of  Cathy’s new meme at Rambling in the garden, is a Simple Arrangement of just four flowers; roses, daisies, mini agapanthus and feverfew.


Daisies make me smile!


Did you know that Feverfew can be used to treat a headache? Simply pick a couple of leaves and pop between two slices of brown bread and eat.


I have a soft spot for the mini agapanthus but their bigger brothers and sisters are like a weed in my garden!

Close Up

I’ve written this post as part of Cathy’s new meme at Rambling in the garden. Pop over and see what others have chosen for their vases this Monday!


15 thoughts on “Flowers In A Vase – Oopsie Daisy Theme

  1. Lovely! And Sarah Raven’s book had the same effect on me, though it is combined with a curious reluctance to cut anything pretty growing in the garden, which makes my ongoing desire for a cutting garden more than a little strange… It is a strange truth that often the plants that self-seed like crazy once they are established in the garden can be really hard to grow from seed. I have had the same trouble with alchemilla.

    • It really is a strange truth indeed! This autumn I want to sow Viola Oderata and apparently they too are fiendishly difficult to strike yet multiply like crazy once established! I seem to make things hard for myself in the garden 🙂 I totally understand your desire for a cutting garden! One day……:-)

  2. Sorry I didn’t pick this up sooner, Sarah. Thanks so much for joining in – and ham fisted doesn’t come into it at all! It’s such a lovely combination of colours and your vase made me think of it as a kind of knickerbocker glory! For those of us in the northern hemisphere it’s a lovely injection of summer – thank you! And you could be deluged with offers of spare alchemilla – in exchange for some agapanthus, mini or otherwise! I look forward to seeing next week’s! ps we have chickens like yours, although ours are short of a few feathers at the moment..!

    • Thanks so much Cathy! I love your description of my arrangement as a knickerbocker glory – very apt! It’s funny but a lot of the enjoyment I get from blogging, apart from the wonderful community feel and connecting with likeminded people, is that I still keep a toe in the Northern Hemisphere. I really enjoy following blogs about the UK so thanks for starting this meme. Aren’t chickens cutely comical when they lose their feathers! They always look so cross! See you next Monday!

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