I almost got blown away whilst selcting flowers for my first vase of the new year (nothing like a bit of hyperbole to start a post!). It is seriously windy though with winds reaching about 80km an hour and temperatures of 30c. Crazy weather! You’d think that I’d be inundated with a vast array of flowers to choose from since it’s well into summer wouldn’t you? Well, I was thinking Slim Pickings as I wondered round the garden trying to keep my hair out of my eyes. The roses are in bud for their second flush but no flowers, the lupins are long gone, the delphiniums are nearly flowering for the second time but not quite, the agapanthus are too ginormous (some of the flowers are as big as my head I kid you not), the penstemons are too wispy, there aren’t enough dahlias; Oh dear I think the wind has turned me into a bit of a Cranky Pants. So, I Dug Deep and decided to go a bit crazy with some wild and wonderful honeysuckle that I’ve been growing for four years now. I wouldn’t have even dreamt of using honeysuckle in a vase but I was reading Sarah Raven’s The Cutting Garden and there it was. It is really easy to use and quite happily creates it’s own abstract shapes that are the perfect foil to a whole host of flowers.
I love the way the buds look like little soft claws. In fact, I almost prefer the buds to the open flower.
I also have this beautiful little burgundy iceberg that flowers practically All The Time. What a trouper!
I didn’t do too much staging as you can see. The vase is resting on my telephone table and I thought my telephone notepad fitted in Quite Nicely. Even the hastily grabbed felt tip pen from Eldest Figlets vast array of stationery fits in with the colour scheme. Some things are Meant To Be. My vase really needs to be placed in a corner since I made it One Dimensional. If I had some more roses (and perhaps taller roses) I would have created a more Three Dimensional look to be admired from every possible angle! One thing I am beginning to learn from joining in with this meme is that Things Don’t Have To Be Perfect. You can quite happily snip a few blooms and plonk them in a vase and get just as much satisfaction (probably more) than a professionally bought bouquet.
I’m planning a cut flower garden in the New Garden for Autumn this year. If anyone has any favourite cutting flowers – especially trees, shrubs and perrenials then I’d love to hear from you.
So this is my offering for this Monday’s Flowers in a Vase, as part of Cathy’s inspiring and wonderful meme at Rambling in the garden. Pop along and have a look and perhaps be inspired to join in.