I could probably have come up with a butterfly themed title for today’s IAVOM, as the sweet peas (mostly Heirloom Mix) hovering amongst the single head of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ look remarkably like butterflies; but no, patience was needed to resist cutting from the cutting beds, as you might have read in yesterday’s post, so Patience it is.
I had to Google to remind myself of the name of the particular game of Patience (Solitaire to US readers) that I dealt myself, one of several I used to play frequently throughout my teens and probably earlier, as I had forgotten what it was called. This version is called ‘Kings’ and requires 4 cards to be dealt from which you remove the lowest of each suit (in this case the Jack of Clubs) until you can’t remove any more. An empty space can be filled with any of the other top cards, ideally a King as the object is to end up with 4 Kings in a row, and a fresh set of 4 dealt on top. The game continues until you have 4 Kings or, more likely, you are stuck as it very rarely works out, but at least it is quick to play.
I knew I wanted a fairly ‘low’ container with a large neck for these blooms but tried several before I remembered this bowl which usually has some very elderly pot pourri in it – perhaps I can replace it with some fresher contents once Monday’s arrangement is past its best! The blooms are supported in the bowl in a frog ‘cage’ (not a caged frog!), hence the need for a wide necked vase. I love the green glaze with its slightly graduated shades on this bowl, one I picked up from some antique fair or car boot sale probably.
Seeing what other bloggers can find in their gardens or forage nearby to pop into their Monday vases is always exciting and eagerly anticipated: what will it be this week? Please do share yours with us if you can by leaving the usual links to and from this post.