Welcome to In a Vase on Monday, the Monday meme where for nearly eight years we have been finding material from our gardens or foraged nearby to pop into a vase or other receptacle (or no receptacle at all) and bring the pleasure they give into our homes. This eighth anniversary will be recognised on 8th November so watch out for a challenge for our vases that day and a giveaway for one visitor to the blog.
Today’s vase again spurned the more obvious dahlias, as I sought out some unlikelier contents, something a little different. Verbena bonariensis was my original starting point, for the sole reason that this one particular plant was just too tall for my liking, and these trimmings were quickly joined by a few stems from nearby small shrub rose ‘Nathalie Nypels’, from the beds below the clematis colonnade, currently exhibiting a renewed flush of blooms. Added to this and giving structure were spent flower stems of Salvia ‘Purple Rain’ and, just ‘because’, the skeletal flowerhead of the unexpectedly blooming seed-sown white agapanthus. Finishing this ‘sweetly soft’ confection were some of the last Argyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink’ and a number of fluffy stems of Pennisetum villosum, grown from seed but still in pots which I must remember to return to the greenhouse before they succumb to any winter frosts.
The Golfer’s current stock of sweets only included mint imperials (albeit full of sugar, but tasting more minty than sweet) and an empty tub (several empty tubs, if one is honest, as they are on offer in Aldi) of Cadbury’s Celebrations, so my sweet prop today is a little drum of sweeteners. Perhaps by joining in today with your own vase you could ‘enjoy great tasting sweetness’ from the pleasure your vase brings you over the coming days? Just leave the usual links if you would like us to share in that pleasure.