I picked a couple of these Bellis perennis last week for possible inclusion in Monday’s vase, but the stems were that much shorter than any of the others and they did not get included; they were, however, popped into an oddments vase on the kitchen window sill where amazingly they are still looking as fresh as …um, a daisy. This got me thinking of my next vase and the concept was born there and then.
I was introduced to these bellis by Karen of Bramble Garden and grew some from seed two years ago, supposedly a Pomponette mix, but all of mine were white so I planted them out for the snowdrop border’s summer planting scheme, where they flowered for months. As they are biennials I repeated the exercise last year and this batch is now planted out in the same place with some in the blue and white border too. When planting up the tubs of tulips last autumn, however, and wondering what could bring colour to them before the tulips emerged, I regretted not having sown a pink mix too but was able to belatedly buy a pack of plugs from my local Brookside Nursery. Better planning and sowing them in mid-summer will bring earlier flowers in future as they are only now beginning to flower prolifically.
Early spring’s loss is late spring and IAVOM’s gain, as I was able to cram this little matte glazed jug with them. The jug isn’t quite black, but is a dark enough grey to look like black, and hence reflect the black liquorice of the liquorice allsorts that are the ideal prop – don’t the bellis remind you of the coconut ones (the ones the Golfer – an inveterate sweet-eater, as you know – saves for me, like others would save their last Rolo)? The result is a cheery little vase, definitely full of sweeties.
I won’t be the only one creating a vase today as several bloggers regularly join this meme and get their weekly fix of bringing material from their gardens inside to bring pleasure during the week. Will you be one of them? Will your vase also be sweet – or dramatic or subtly stylish? Please share them with us by leaving the usual links so we can find out – see you soon!