Yeah! This week for In a Vase on Monday I am displaying flowers, not bought from a shop, or cut from the garden flower patch, but a little posy chosen from pots on my patio. Whilst I was deadheading and I thought to myself there was no reason why I couldn’t arrangement a few in a small jug.
I dug out a very pretty Royal Albert China cream mug from the cupboard – the pattern is called ‘moss rose’ which in itself is floral and eminently suitable.
I arranged the posy in the jug very carefully and, because I have OCD tendencies, I tried to make it look symmetrical, but it didn’t work because with a handle one side and a pouring lip the other, the jug itself is not a uniform shape. Then having visited the many contributions to Rambling in The Garden’s weekly meme and seen how clever people are in their displays, I did a little rearranging.
The more I looked at it, the more I realised that with the handle on one side, it would look a more interesting composition with the Angeliona pointing out the other, a bit like a teapot spout, even though I say it myself, I’m quite pleased with the finished article!
The flowers used are Verbena ‘peaches and cream’, Angeliona ‘raspberry’ the colour picks up the roses on the jug, Achillea ‘terracotta’ (although looks more yellow to me!) and Lewisia Cotyledon. Oh and I put in a few sprigs of Nemesia ‘Wisley Vanilla’ for added perfume.
I hope you like my non-symmetrical posy. For some great ideas on arrangements please pop over to The Rambling Garden.
I will subtitle this post “The Good, the Sad and the Ugly.
In reverse order (this may make your skin go funny) …
1. The Ugly – Social Pear SawflyThere is (was) a small hawthorn shrub on my allotment. A couple of days ago I discovered it absolutely covered in what looked liked cobwebs full of black eggs and orange caterpillars. I looked up ‘orange caterpillars’ and found they were Social Pear Sawfly and like to feed off hawthorn and cotoneaster, as well as pear and cherry trees. Once they have completed their feeding they go down into the soil where they pupate and emerge as adults in the following spring. The best way to eradicate them is to prune out the branches. As this was covered and the hawthorn in an odd place anyway, I carefully cut all the branches, bagged and binned them.
2. The Sad – Sweet Pea Bud DropI know I’m not alone this year with sweet pea problems, although I have never had much success with growing them in pots. They have always been prolific in the flowerbeds in my last garden and I grew them successfully for years. I started my sweet peas late this year, but they were doing ok, a little slow and short but ok. Then all of a sudden almost overnight all the buds turned brown and the bottom leaves died and it is called bud drop. There a numerous reasons for this apparently, (i) overwatering (ii) the wrong fertiliser, I used ordinary liquid fertiliser instead of a tomato feed, (iii) too hot, would you believe and (iv) watering with too cold water. I was tempted to pull them up but then read that they can recover if I cut them down to the base and don’t feed them, they might recover – we shall see!
Now for the good –
3. The allotment – Bee on Flower Just occasionally I manage to capture what I consider is a good ‘bee on flower’ photo. This little bee was totally oblivious of me as he clambered all over the pumpkin flowers.
4. Morning Glory ‘Grandpa Otts’I just love this plant, and there is no colour touching up on this photo. Morning Glory Ipomoea purpurea, usually an annual, is a close relation to Convolulous (bindweed) which is a perennial weed. My allotment is burgeoning with bindweed with its white flowers, so it seems strange to grow Grandpa Otts from seed yet spend most of my days pulling up the white stuff.
5. Ipomoea x sloteri ‘Cardinal Climber’This is another member of the Morning Glory family that I am growing on the allotment. It is looking good in contrast to Grandpa Otts growing next to it. It has totally different leaves to the usual Morning Glory, the bright green leaves are triangular, with deep, narrow lobes that give them a lacy appearance.
6. Roselily ‘corolla’I am hoping that I am going to get lots of photo miles from this flower. Until I was given 2 Roselily bulbs earlier this year, I had never heard of roselilies. They are in a pot on my patio and been in tight bud for weeks on end. I was almost beginning to despair and seriously thought of cutting them to place indoors in a vase. So pleased I didn’t, because this morning I could see they are about to burst. They are doubled flowered lilies with a light perfume and I am really looking forward to seeing them in full bloom, which I will share with you. That’s my Six for this week, don’t forget to pop over to The Propagator Blog for other Six on Saturdays.
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.
A regular Six on Saturday can leave a bit of a challenge when you only have patio pots. I didn’t really do myself any favours last week when I posted close up photos of my pots, leaving me not a lot new photos to post this week. However, always one for a challenge, the idea this week was to take macros of six carefully chosen flowers.
On downloading I realised I had the camera set on vivid colour mode – I love the exceptional bright colours so rather than edit them here are my Six on Saturday in vivid colour!
1. Dahlietta ‘midi pinta’
2. Patio Rose ‘sweet wonder’
3. Scaevola ‘euphoia blue’
4. Gaillardia ‘Arizona sun’
5. Fuchsia ‘genii’
…and for a spot of cool colour on a hot June day:
6. Angelonia ‘’angelface’
With thanks to The Propagator Blog for hosting this weekly meme. Please use the link to his blog where you will see some wonderful photos of known and unknown plants shown by him and other contributors to Six on Saturday.
I have been writing my blog since January 2011, it provides me with seven years to look back on and compare seasons, year on year. This year, 2018, in West Sussex we had a visiting of snow a few weeks ago, a little more yesterday and when I woke this morning there was more snow, but unlike other parts of the country, fortunately it was not a heavy covering.
Everything in the garden is way behind, when I look back over the years, it was full of daffodils and narcissi by the middle of March. The above photo was taken on 13 March 2017, there isn’t anything to match that this year. I know all too well that nature catches up eventually, but today was a picture of when Winter meets Spring. I quite like that thought and it gave me the idea to capture and post some photos to depict this clash of seasons.
My last photo is of the first early tulips this year. They are a variety called Kaufmanniana, although nowhere near advanced as last year as you can see from last year’s blog post A Tulip Surprise at least they are making an appearance which means that Spring is just around the corner.
Let us hope that this is the last of the snow, although I do have memories of snow at Easter in past years. It is so sad as it damages blossom on the trees and beautiful flowers like camellias.