Firstly, apologies for not replying to many comments in the last week or so – all comments are read and appreciated but sometimes other things get in the way of responding to them. Yesterday was another such day, although having instigated Monday’s vase theme I made a point of following up all the vase posts and comments am bowled over by how much everyone is enjoying the experience.
As well as the flowers in a vase on a Monday I am also enjoying putting together posies for friends and family – and above (and left) is a posy I constructed yesterday to take down to Elder Daughter to welcome the arrival of the new Poppet (or Pickle, depending who is cuddling her). The posy included the versatile Astrantia ‘Buckland’ , aquilegia (probably ‘William Guinness’), a single stem of Allium aflatunense, seed heads of Hellebore ‘Harvington White’ and flowering stems of Luzula nivea, tied together with string. It’s almost more satisfying than the vase – well, it’s easier, as there is no arranging to do! I am looking forward to putting together more posies this summer, particularly once there are flowers to cut in the cutting beds – and vases don’t have to be restricted to a Monday anyway!
We were only paying a short visit to the new arrival so made a stop on our return journey at Hughenden, Benjamin Disraeli’s home in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire. As members of the National Trust even short stops for loos, tea and a stroll round the grounds are viable, and it was too hot to delay the rest of our journey for long. Mrs Disraeli was the gardener of the family, but favoured formal layouts so there wasn’t a lot of plant interest, although the walled garden and picnic orchard were home to 57 different varieties of apple tree and there was an attractive and very large bug box in the former: