In a vase on Monday – Lazy Herb Salad

For lunch at the weekend I ‘prepared’ a lazy salad fresh from the garden: ‘Erbette’ perpetual spinach, beetroot leaves, chives, parsley, coriander, mizuna, red veined sorrel. I washed the leaves and stood them in a pint glass of water for people to help themselves, to be folded and dressed them how they preferred into falafel and pitta. At the end of the meal the selection of salad leaves was untouched, except by me! When I asked why no-one had taken any, my son told me that he thought it was one of my flower arrangements! Lol.

So today, for Cathy’s (@ramblinginthegarden) weekly call to create an arrangement for her ‘In-a-vase-on-Monday‘ meme, I thought I would in actually fill a vase with bits of salad and a few herbs:


A vase of herbs

I quite like the effect, a bit loose and meadow-like. It is less green than the weekend version obviously. There is sky blue borage, giving the vase a distinct cucumber smell:


Pretty blue borage stars, giving the vase a cucumber smell

Strawberry flowers, for a pink punch. They look good with the lovage flowers


There is a sea of pale pink marjoram flowers as the volume filler, together with the leaves.


Greenery is a combination of fennel, carrot, chives, mint, celeriac flowers, lovage flowers and Italian parsley

Unsurprisingly, while taking the photos outside, the vase attracted bees and hoverflies.


Now, I wonder if anybody will steal bits of my arrangement for tonight’s tea?

Thanks to Cathy for hosting!


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16 Responses to In a vase on Monday – Lazy Herb Salad

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Funny! Today’s arrangement is fresh and lovely. Must smell wonderful too.

  2. Cathy says:

    Haha! Shows how your family are used to you having vases about the place though! Such a nice idea to follow this up with a salad and herb vase for IAVOM – I was really intrigued to study the contents as I don’t have much in the way of herbs. Thanks so much for sharing, Allison

    • Thanks Cathy. Yes, they are used to vases (usually glasses to be honest) of twigs,weeds and found things! I don’t have a herb patch, so don’t tend to realise that I have herbs, but there is usually something in the garden to snip if I need a garnish. Except thyme. I can’t keep thyme alive and healthy for more than a year???

      • Cathy says:

        I have only started having a regular supple y of herbs in the last year or so, and admittedly the thyme I had is no longer about (but that was a watering issue, as it was in a pot)

  3. I loved your story! The herbs and greens make a lovely mix too.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I love the idea of an edible arrangement! You might have started a whole new trend. πŸ™‚
    I’m reminded of the 1957 book by Jean Kerr (and 1960 film starring Doris Day and David Niven) called “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.” They also made a TV sitcom out of it.

  5. Cathy says:

    Looks delicious! And pretty too. πŸ˜‰ You have a great selection of herbs.

    • Thanks. We have more herbs than I realised, but mostly I use rosemary, parsley, coriander and basil. I have a love hate relationship with red-veined sorrel: I love its taste, but it seeds around too much.

  6. susurrus says:

    A herb bouquet works for me! I could do with a few borage flowers to jazz up my sparkling water tonight.

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