In the dim and distant pre-lockdown past, when Thursdays were Grannie Days and I looked after Younger Daughter’s two children, our afternoon routine was sleep (them), walk, refreshment (“cake..!” went the plaintive cry) and then play till hometime accompanied by silly songs from the CD shown. I learned very quickly not to play the CD more than once otherwise the songs* would go round and round in my head all week. As I picked blooms for today’s vase I found myself singing ‘Purple People Eater’, one of the tracks, and as it is once more firmly embedded in my mind you are stuck with it in the title of the vase too!
The purple vase was based around three dahlias – Thomas Edison, the big blowsy one at the front, Top Totty on either side, and the lollipop-on-sticks pompon dahlia Willo’s Violet at the back. Supporting the dahlias are Clematis ‘Kingfisher’, a stem of Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’, useful statice Limonium ‘Purple Attraction’ and spent stems of one of my new favourite salvias, S verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ (when I deadheaded the latter recently, it shed several seeds so I collected a batch and will try sowing them). The purple shade of the vase is not obvious but it is another of my extensive Caithness Glass ones, in the original 60s ‘heather’ colourway, another absolute bargain snapped up at a car boot sale in Inverness (always worth looking out for such sales wherever you are in the UK, although sadly not at the present time). The stems were held in place with tiny pebbles.
It was, as expected, much easier finding purple blooms than it was the yellow ones on Saturday. Your vases do not need to be colour-themed though – rules are flexible, and we are encouraged to think out of the box (or even the vase). The idea is to find material from your garden or nearby to bring inside and give you pleasure during the week – then pop them in a vase or jam jar or other receptacle, or not, as the case might be. Share them with us if you like too, by leaving links to and from this post. Easy peasy! Now, let’s all do the Hokey Cokey!*
*How many other tracks do you recognise?
(with apologies for any resultant earworms)