The deep, deep colour of Sedum/Telephinium ‘Purple Emperor’, far darker and richer than this picture suggests, had been calling me from the kitchen windows so was my first port of call when choosing blooms for today’s vase.
Joining it were dingly-dangly blooms of Fuchsia magellanica, the parent plant doomed to be removed having outgrown its dubious welcome by growing a couple of feet taller than it has done in previous years. Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ and flowering spikes of miscanthus (too wet to root amongst surrounding foliage to establish the variety) made up the rest of the contents, placed appropriately in the ‘handpicked with love’ vase given to me by lovely blogging friend Anna. Accompanying the vase are my only rubies, embedded in a zoisite ‘palmstone’.
I do, however, have something far more valuable than rubies – family and friends: immediate and wider family, friends from all walks of life and acquaintances that feel like friends. Let us never undervalue these relationships nor the joys of all friendly human contact: whether to family or friend or stranger, even a single word is a gift we can all give.
Do share your vases as usual today, but please excuse me from replying to comments this week, and from commenting on your vases; I will, however, try and read them all.
Poor light and inhospitable weather required indoor photography, so apologies also for the quality of the pictures