With the increasing number of blooms available in the garden there were no specific contenders in my head until last night when I thought about the aquilegia, most of which have popped up unannounced and may have little or no merit and were therefore potentially for the chop. An unintentional sucker for ‘ear worms’, the Seekers’ ‘Carnival is Over’ popped into my head, giving me the title.
Despite two car boot sales this May Day Bank Holiday morning there were still no appropriate props to support today’s vase, but the fabric remnant I already had fitted the bill quite well on its own. I dithered over the container though, eschewing plain stoneware pots and other brightly coloured mugs in favour of the impractically tall green mug that the flowers had initially been plonked in when I first cut them.
There are sprigs of columbine (aquilegia) from every flowering example in the garden, including my new grown-from-seed ‘Green Apples’ (so perhaps there will be a sneak preview if they open now they are in the house!), plus the very useful Astrantia ‘Buckland’ which will appear again and again if it flowers from March to November like it did last year! Having cut flowering stems from Luzula sylvatica ‘Marginata’ I promptly abandoned them in favour of their white cousin Luzula nivea. It was then just a matter of trimming and plonking them in the mug – easy peasy.
As always it has been a pleasure to put together this Monday’s post. If you would like to join in, we would love to see what you have found in your garden or thereabouts and brought inside to bring you joy at the start of the week – just add appropriate links to and from this post so we can share what you have found. And please feel free to think out of the box – it doesn’t have to be flowers…or foliage…or a vase…