These self-seeded nasturtiums appeared out of nowhere a number of weeks ago and have been flowering their little nasturtium socks off since, their cheeriness (almost) making up for the fact that they are sprawling across the path and not behaving themselves in the border. They are certainly brighter than anything else in the garden so deserve to be featured in today’s vase on Monday – anything except the orange peppers I mentioned yesterday which have joined them in the vase, along with an intact sprig of Golden Hornet crab apples before they all end up on Rotten Row. The vase is a simple Royal Doulton jug (car boot find) with an orange stripe on the handle and a thin orange line around the rim.
Given advance notification of my intentions for the vase I could have cooked up a jar or two of St Clement’s curd (made with oranges and lemons) to support the theme but, as it invariably is, it was an off-the-cuff vase – and anything other than lemon curd would be an inferior substitute anyway, this being my Number One for taste and ‘mouthfeel’…mmm, I am salivating just thinking about it! Alternative props were in the form of tiny board books from two different sets, one featuring numbers and colours and the other letters of the alphabet, with a handbell to add completeness to the St Clement’s theme*. The bell was in the house when we came and most probably came from the Victorian school which gave our lane its name and which has been a private residence since it closed.
As always it has given me so much pleasure choosing what to put in a vase for today – and just as much joy looking at the completed vase as I write this post. Even the Golfer, a stalwart refusenik where ‘cut flowers’ are concerned, has begun to appreciate and comment on these weekly vases – now that’s progress! What can you find in your garden or forage in the wild to bring into your house or and pop in a vase for your pleasure this week? Do share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.