The very pink of perfection *
I wanted to use the pretty pale pink hawsbeard, Crepis Rubra, in my Monday vase this week; grown from seed, this ‘pink dandelion’ is flowering profusely in the cutting beds and in bud elsewhere so I picked a number of stems as a starting point, conscious as I did so that this is one of the flowers that has a definite going-to-bed-time, as I discovered after following up a comment on Allison the Frog End Dweller’s blog. On Sunday evening as I write, however, they are still open although looking a little tired.
Joining the crepis are a number of other pink pretties: the palest of the Winter Sunshine sweet peas, a flowering heuchera stem, phuopsis, Limonium ‘Pink Pokers’ (rat tail statice), pink stamens of Astrantia ‘Buckland’ and some self-seeded dangly Briza maxima for movement and a touch of greenery – popped into one of my many Caithness Glass vases, together they form a sweet confection that will bring me no end of pleasure over the next few days. Accompanying them is a tactile piece of rose quartz, the base in its natural state and the top cut and polished into a six-sided point.
As spring morphs into summer in the northern hemisphere it is an exciting time on In a Vase on Monday as the number of blooms expands exponentially, making a decision on our vase contents harder – or is it easier? I hope some of you are able to make such a decision today and that there will be lots of vases to share with our readers – just leave links to and from this post.
*from ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ by Oliver Goldsmith