I mentioned to Christina during the week that the only blues blooming in the garden at the moment were a few Anemone blanda; however, rambling to find material for today’s vase has not only proved me wrong but shows that I don’t know my garden as intimately as I thought I did! However, as the muscari have not fully opened I felt the title ‘White ‘n’ Blue’ was more appropriate than a more traditional ‘Blue ‘n’ White’.
Joining the stalwart muscari are two sparse blue spikes of hyacinth, previously grown inside, a single stem of a self-seeded and thus anonymous pulmonaria and the curious blue, white and pink blooms of comfrey Symphytum ‘Hidcote Blue’ which is rarely out of flower. The whites are courtesy of Arabis ‘Old Gold’, also rarely out of flower, Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ (stems of the blue A blanda were too short to pick), a rehomed (and on the cusp of being displaced if the bulb had been dug out along with the stem) white hyacinth spike and a clutch of dwarf Narcissus ‘Snow Baby’ which I had forgotten had been included in my last Peter Nyssen order. I think we would all be a little perplexed if snow fell in such a creamy white shade as these little babies – and the brief sprinkling we unexpectedly woke to yesterday morning was certainly a more traditional white. If we had ‘slept in’ (not sure what that is…!) we would have missed it as it did not linger long.
The blooms were plonked in an informally organised way into a vintage but unmarked little jug and photographed against a blue background, accompanied by a piece of white fluorite in a naturally occurring octahedron and a piece of tumbled and polished lapizs lazuli, the lapis being considered a ‘feel better’ stone that brings vitality and wisdom and promote natural gifts and creative expression and the ‘clear’ fluorite to link the physical and spiritual bodies and help one see more clearly.
I was aware after plonking that this is the first vase of substance, albeit relatively small, for a few months, the intervening weeks having brought minimal numbers of stems and sticks instead – not that More means Better of course, just that More is Different. Will yours be a More or a Minimal vase today? Whatever you find in your gardens to plonk in a vase and bring you added pleasure please allow us to share it by adding links to and from his post – see you soon!