I didn’t give the idea of a vase to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last week a second thought, and hadn’t planned it this week either but, wanting to use the first of the outdoor sweet peas and some self-sown cornflower from the greenhouse, I was two thirds of the way to a royal vase, so just went with it.
The sweet peas, the scarlet King Edward VII, are royal in their own right and worth persevering with a poor germination rate for, having a typically glorious sweet pea fragrance; I have no idea where the cornflower originated from, possibly spent compost or maybe a windblown seed – who knows, but I have been happy to leave it where it is. I could choose between orlaya or Sweet William for the white element, both seed-sown and planted out in the blue & white border, and went with the latter, Dianthus ‘Alba’, sown last August. Ideally, the sweet peas and cornflower would have been distributed amongst the single white sprig, but it proved too dense. Previously I have sown mixed Sweet William, but for this season I sowed this white variety and pink ‘Oeschenberg’, and have found the blocks of single colour more appealing than a mix.
The vase, a commemorative Marmite jar from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ten years ago, is a prop in itself, but I have added a mini cake-topper flag for patriotic emphasis. For non-Brits not in the know, Marmite is an iconic British product, a savoury yeast extract that people traditionally love or hate; personally, I fall into neither camp, just having no need of it. It is generally spread on toast but can be used in add flavour in cooking. Note the clever play on words on the label…
The choice of blooms for my Monday vase is widening every week, as it is likely to be in most northern hemisphere gardens. Wherever you are, if you would like to join in with this Monday meme, just choose material from your own garden or foraged nearby and pop it into a vase or other receptacle and share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.