I realised recently that the kitchen window sill is filling up with drinks bottles that I have saved to use as vases, because I like the shape/decoration/texture of them.
First off there are the Orangina bottles that I brought back from holiday in France, gathered because they are wonderfully bulbous and tactile. Then there are the Campari soda bottles that I specifically sought out after seeing them used so effectively on Christina’s blog. The last bottle in the cluster is a Fentimans rose lemonade bottle that fetchingly declares itself to be ‘Botanically Brewed’ around the base of its neck. It was made to be a vase!
Unfortunately the garden is looking rather weary in terms of pickable flowers now, after two months of no rain and the earlier onslaught of slugs. Sadly, there are no surviving sunflowers or dahlias to dazzle, so the choice for today’s flowers is rather modest. However, the small bottles lent themselves to small clusters of flowers and short stems and in the end the bottle collection looked quite pleasing I think.
So I am happy to be able to join in with Cathy’s In a vase on Monday meme and I suggest that you take a look there to see some of the wonderful displays that others have arranged.
Campari bottle number one contains …
Some Mina lobata, which has annoyingly short stems, but is dramatic against an ipomea leaf and some asparagus.
Bottle two contains white Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ which looks quite sweet with some sprigs of feverfew.
I had to brave clouds of mint moths and hoverflies to gather the mint and verbena. Mint moths seem to have appear in large numbers just in the last week or two. The mallow flowers in the center are actually marshmallow. I love their soft downy grey leaves and pale pink petals.
The sweetpeas are Matucana and they are just about still going, but have such short stems that they are hard to pick.
The final bottle contains a white rose which has grown to form a nice shrub in the garden, but started life as one of those ridiculously pot-bound tiny 3-inch gift roses.