I love seeing blues appear in the spring flowers: the scilla, hyacinth, pulmonaria and anemone, but when I went to look for some to pick I found that I’ve only flirted with the true blues in the garden. My bunch of flowers in today’s vase for Cathy’s IOVAM meme is therefore more amethyst and turquoise in tone.
I’ve cut some freshly emerged Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ for dark foliage, before the frosts hit it this week. Euphorbia ‘Chameleon’ is unfurling in heavy plum colours, having seeded all around, so a few shoots of those have been added too. They are nice with the flowering currant, which I can never get fully behind but grow mainly for the bees.
Our grape hyacinth ‘Valerie Finnis’ is just beginning to flower in pots and they are gentler on the eye than the cobalt blue more common type, so I’ve collected a few of those too.
A hellebore (self-seed) hangs over the vase like a lady’s parasol. I don’t have that many hellebores in fact so I rarely pick any, but today I purchase two new Harvington speckled types: one yellow and one pink, so in future things maybe more interesting.
With the recent warmer weather Erysimum ‘Bowles’s mauve’ is just coming into its stride (although it has flowered all winter long).
I’ve been cutting down dogwood over the last two weeks, but in places it was already quite advanced into leaf, so for foliage I’ve used a little bit of that in the mix and a branch of tree heather ‘Alberts Gold’. It has been raining heavily this afternoon, so many flowers were closed or battered by the time I came to gather the blooms together. These flowers are therefore ‘sturdy’ examples. Fortunately, the sun came out for the last of the photos and that has lifted the colours somewhat … even as the temperatures are falling rapidly.
Do check out Cathy’s anniversary vase and also the enthusiastic contributions linked in the comment section.
Have a good week!