Have I managed to fool you into expecting a vase filled with the wildflower meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)?! Instead, however, we have a vase of cultivated cornflowers and grasses, standing on a piece of artificial turf. A sweet meadow (of sorts), rather than meadowsweet.
Cornflowers do grow naturally in meadows in the UK and often appear in seed mixes aimed at creating a meadow effect, which generally looks pretty stunning. Cornflowers were the first plants to flower in my cutting beds this year and do create a mini-meadow effect in themselves. I still haven’t established what variety the lighter blue ones are, and despite my fairly meticulous seed-sowing records don’t seem to have included them, nor can I find a seed packet – but there is a definite drift of them so it is clearly a distinct variety and its origins remain a mystery. The others are Blue Ball, Black Ball, Red Boy and white; the grass, I think, is Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ but, clutching the cornflowers, cut grass stems and secateurs in one hand, despite putting down the cup of tea in my other hand, I still struggled to delve amongst the abundant growth in the border to check the label.
Some of you may have forgotten that we replaced the small square of grass in front of the sitooterie, nominally used for me to practice Tai Chi, with artificial turf a few years ago, and some of you may still find it an odd decision for an avid gardener to make. The loss of habitat for wildlife in such a small area is minimal, and the garden provides an abundance of alternatives – not that we need an excuse for our actions, a decision we have not regretted. With the cultivated contents and artificial prop, today’s IAVOM is really the antithesis of a natural meadow, but the contents were still picked with love, highlighted by the vase given to me by dear blogging friend, Anna, of Green Tapestry.
Perhaps you will handpick blooms with love today too and share them with us: if so, please leave links to and from this post as usual.