At the risk of repeating myself, having moved into a flat, albeit with a patio, I am without a garden and the allotment is not ready for flowers until next year. I am, therefore, buying flowers for my home rather than using my own flowers for In a Vase Monday. Having said that, shop flowers can be an absolute delight, as was my recent purchase of ‘Alstroemeria’. Bought from Waitrose when the buds were tightly closed, I had no idea of the colour, although suspected them to be pink.They turned out to be a beautiful display of purple, white and pink. This short post is about what is in the vase and not the vase, which is a plain glass Lily vase, or the display design – they were just placed (plonked!) in the vase on my sideboard. Also known as a Peruvian Lily or Parrot Lily they are supposed to symbolise friendship, devotion and wealth making it a great flower to give to a friend. I love alstroemerias, especially the way some petals are plain and others have a broken stripe pattern. Thank you Rambling in the Garden for hosting this Monday meme. Please visit her blog and take a look as her wonderful and clever ways of showing off flowers.