It was the presence of a number of blooms of cosmos that determined the way today’s vase was going: Candy Stripe, Click Cranberries and Fizzy Rose Picotee, all sown at the beginning of March, although two year old Candy Stripe seed germinated poorly and a second sowing was made with new seed. I have yet to successfully save my own cosmos seed so any suggestions would be gratefully received.
Joining the cosmos is Dianthus ‘Sweetness’, a perennial pink grown last year from a free packet of seed and with a typically distinct clove-like fragrance, Astrantia ‘Roma’, palest of pink Allium roseum (which Google tells me is commonly known as rosy garlic and therefore explains why it readily pops up in paths and borders, suggesting regular culling may be appropriate) and foliage interest from Luzula nivea.
Surely I had a little pink vase to pop these pretty pinks into? Unfortunately it wasn’t as easy as that, and despite possessing several Caithness Glass vases in pastel shades, the nearest to pink was this one, which in the photographs has more of a lavender tint, accentuated by the pinkness of the chunky rose quartz point that accompanies it. Sadly, this slight clashing of shades would grate on me during the week, so unlike other weeks the prop has not made it beyond the photo shoot, giving a more acceptable result:
Having an acceptable vase is not a prerequisite for IAVOM as a jam jar or any other receptacle will do – wild and wacky ideas and thinking out of the box are always welcomed – so do see what you can pick from your own garden or forage locally to pop into your chosen container. We love to see what other people are picking so do share it with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.
ps I shall be at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show on Wednesday: anyone else?