Well, I almost brought myself to cut the Belle Epoque tulips (an absolute favourite) for a vase, but I am afraid that I am enjoying seeing them from my kitchen window too much. They are still in the garden.
So in looking around for cutting material I realised that I was collecting what could be regarded as ‘supporting’ players (and some even weeds) to the main spring flower show.
However, as the bunch grew in size I was more and more taken with the tapestry effect woven by the smaller flowers and fresh leaves together. In fact, I was reminded of the Kaffe Fassett designs that I used to stitch.
In my vase today, the flowers are: grape hyacinth ‘Valerie Finnis’ (still going strong – this is such a performer), honesty, erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, forget-me-not, chives, flowering currant, geranium phaeum, centaurea montana
And the leaves are: photinia ‘Red Robin’, spirea japonica ‘Goldflame’, a dark small hebe (inherited – so no idea what), euphorbia oblongata and cow parsley (from the meadow patch – honest!)
Once the tulips that I’ve planted in the vegetable patch are flowering I am sure that I will be able to bring myself to cut some …
Meanwhile, I am happy to applaud the supporting act, in all its glorious technicolour.
I am joining Cathy for her weekly ‘In a vase on Monday’ meme. Take a look there to find some beautiful arrangements with real spring bulbs and some inspirational floral designs.