Years ago, before I had pierced ears, my favourite screw-on danglies were a pair of long iridescent anodized titanium rods purchased from a very boho craft fair (of the kind that I seem to spend half my weekends visiting). Metallic blues and purples swirled along their length, shimmering in all but the dimmest light. Well, the colours in my vase today remind me of those earrings and if I still had had them I would have used them as a prop. Sadly, I’ve no idea what happened to them. In any case, I am joining Cathy for In a Vase on Monday, using the last of my narcissus (Actea).
One of the plants romping away in the garden (growing best in the driveway gravel – Typical!) is Cerinthe major and it, more than any other of the flowers I’ve used today, reflects the rainbow sheen on those distantly remembered titanium jewels.
I’ve picked a few stems of bluebells from our shady front garden and I’ve been staring at them wondering if they are natives or not. They tick many of the boxes: scented, blue pollen, highly reflexed petals, flowers mostly on one side of the arched stem … but they are fairly pale blue in colour and are vaguely two tone, which might mark them as hybrids. Well, it doesn’t matter for a vase of course, but it would be nice to know.
I’ve included some white alliums, which I think are A. cowanii. They are multiplying quite nicely and are a lovely clear white. However, they are rather floppy and twisted, which I am putting down to dryness and temperature fluctuations this spring?
Supporting acts are provided by some purple honesty branches and a few forget-me-nots. See, I didn’t!
So that is my vase for today. Indoors you can detect a gentle scent, coming from the bluebells and narcissus.
Don’t forget to drop in on Cathy to see her classic tulip mix and then browse some of the other beautiful arrangements via the comments section. You’ll get ideas, I guarantee it!