With our second open garden afternoon yesterday, I knew I would not be able to squeeze in the creation of a vase for today’s IAVOM, but had the presence of mind to take a few photographs of one of the vases gracing the various tables in our ‘pop-up café’, the sitooterie and elsewhere in the garden. Each stoneware ink bottle contained sprigs of sweet peas, astrantia and Euphorbia oblongata, the former two picked prior to our Wednesday opening with the sweet peas replenished yesterday morning.
The fabric for the tablecloths, also used for the cushions on all our benches, came from a serendipitous purchase of a pile of huge tablecloths at a car boot sale, originally used, we guess, to furnish large tables at some self-hosted function. Last year, inspired by tables at a garden we visited, I made a number of tablecloth weights, little bags of glass pebbles suspended from plastic clothes pegs, to prevent the cloths from being lead astray by the wind. It was a bright but breezy day yesterday and they served their purpose well.
Those of you enjoying a more leisurely day yesterday, or today if that’s when you like to create your Monday vase, may have been able to come up with a more elaborate vase than my pick and plonk table accessory, but vases or containers of any sort are equally welcome if you would like to share them by leaving the usual links to and from this post. In the meantime, what cake* would you like with your tea?
* apologies for the price increase, largely due to the increased price of ingredients – and vociferous visitors in February who insisted the cakes were too cheap!