It would be easy to think there was more blue around in the spring garden than at other times of the year, with muscari, forget-me-not, hyacinth, pulmonaria, brunnera, Anemone blanda and the like, with bluebells and aquilegia poised to join them in a matter of weeks, but that’s probably not the case. I have tried to ensure there are blues to be found in the summer garden too, and am pleased to have some established delphiniums and echinops and a handful of other perennials to provide splashes of blue later in the year, with sowings of clary sage ‘Oxford Blue’, Cornflower ‘Blue Ball’ and Silene ‘Blue Angel’ to make an annual contribution. I have even managed to successfully germinate larkspur this year and can see tiny specks of green on a sowing of Eustoma (lisianthus) grandiflorum ‘Echo Blue’ which is very exciting!
My little bunch of spring blues somehow seemed more attractive as a handheld posy than in a vase, but at least this grey glazed Prinknash Pottery jug sets them off in the best possible way, the shape of the jug reflecting that of the posy. The simple contents comprise sprigs of forget-me-not, similar blooms but very different foliage of Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’, unlabelled muscari and tightly furled foliage of aquilegia.
Accompanying the vase as a prop is the Blues Band’s ‘Scratchin’ on my Screen’ CD, highlighting my enjoyment of blues music which was triggered around 15 years ago. A work colleague was about to begin flying lessons, having challenged herself to do something she had always fancied trying, and following her lead I was motivated to learn to play the drums, having been tapping out rhythms for many years. I continued lessons for a
few years and had my own drum kit, during which time the Golfer and I went to a concert (‘gig’, in modern parlance!) in our local town to see Manfred Mann; as well as playing their 60s hits they also played some of their ‘B sides’, introducing me to the ‘Blues’, a genre I previously knew nothing about and grew to enjoy in its many different forms. Paul Jones of Manfred Mann went on to form the Blues Band and we have now seen them perform many times too.
Perhaps there will be more musical references in other Monday vases today – thankfully no earworms to haunt us with mine! If you would like to share a vase with the wider IAVOM community, please leave links to and from this post in the usual way.