It was the butler wot did it, Guv – in the library, with the candlestick…
I couldn’t resist the murder mystery focus for this week’s vase, and I know when I last used this doll’s skull (dug up some years ago in the garden – but that’s another mystery!) some people found it rather macabre, so I apologise if this is again the case.
I blame the wind actually, not the butler, as it was the wind that blew over several stems of aconitum a few days ago. As gardeners, most of us know that aconitum is poisonous, and it does not pay to Google related incidents as not only will they make your flesh creep just reading them but you will also want to rush out and dig up any aconitum you have in your garden, which would be a shame as it makes an attractive clump, albeit a rather tall clump for the shorties amongst us to admire. The foliage and flowers are not dissimilar to delphiniums and I have printed off warning notices to tie onto the plants when we have our open days.
Donning appropriate hazmat clothing I cut the offending stems down before they could damage adjacent plants, but as they were all in bud I then cut the flowering ends off and popped them in this little Prinknash Pottery jug. Since being picked, some of the buds have begun to open, giving a hint of their distinctive inky blue ‘monk’s hood’ habit. At some stage in their growth the stems had acquired rather a kink, giving the group the appearance of a candelabra, and with my senses already tingling with the proximity of such noxiousness, my mind turned to the Cluedo boardgame and the ubiquitous candlestick which, more often than not, proved to be the murder weapon. Hmm, I don’t think there was a butler in Cluedo, so it was probably Professor Plum in that case, but I don’t suppose we shall ever know.
Perhaps you can create a more tasteful vase with pickings from your garden; if so, and you would like to share it with us, please leave links to and from this post.