Today’s little vase was prompted by a the sight of the tiny blue flower shown below left, a handful of which were left from bulbs planted in the blue & white border some years ago. I am not absolutely sure what they are as the label has long since disappeared. Less than 10cm tall with very spindly stems and minimal leaves they don’t fit the description of scilla, but I am sure someone can remind me what they are…
The welcome shot of blue set me looking for other blue signs, with a touch of white for contrast, and my search found a self-seeded pulmonaria and P Sissinghurst White, that useful comrey ‘Hidcote Blue’ that has been covered in flowers for over a month and as always a haven for any passing bee, the first muscari (contained in a pot to reduce over-exuberance), the first few flowers and variegated foliage of Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and some Viola ‘Cool Wave Frost’ grown from seed. Oh, and a stem of Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’, cut very short to match the lack of height of the others.
The short stems demanded a shallow vase so this little blue and white bowl was chosen from various random blue and white bits of mismatched china displayed on a plate shelf in the downstairs spare bedroom. The stems were gently pushed into a pin holder and the space around this filled with moss before the water was added. Rejecting the speckled blue and white and gold lapis lazuli crystals originally intended as a prop, the bowl was placed on china plate and positioned on a piece of white fabric and photographed outside.
I fondly remember a blue and white vase on a Monday last year, one of my favourites (which, on checking, contained similar material), and I am pleased with the end result of this one too, despite minimal material and minimal preparation – but then most of my Monday vases fit into that category and explain why this weekly activity continues to bring so much pleasure. Today’s vase joins last week’s which, without the tulips, is still going strong – the tulips didn’t ever full open, but stood up tall and straight and elegant for 5 or 6 days before the petals began to shrivel although the aquilegia leaves and Sweet William continue to look good.