I was delighted to be able to lend a hand on one of the open days yesterday...generally making drinks, and serving the most delicious array of cakes and drinks to visitors, and keeping Alison and Paul topped up with tea, as they showed visitors around the growing areas. Money raised was for the Dorothy House Hospice.
Just as I was leaving Alison gave me the loveliest of bunches of flowers from her garden. I was amazed at the feeling of receiving flowers. Having had parents in this business, and also loving to grow my own for years, I seldom receive flowers, but mainly I love to give them. I am perfectly happy with this, but hadn't quite understood the wonderful feeling of receiving flowers.
The smell of the freshly cut flowers was magical, with the Apple Mint adding a wonderful layer. Last night they were conditioned and now they have been arranged and are gracing our mantelshelf.
Not knowing exactly what the flowers are is also a bit of foxing situation, and maybe if Alison has time and comments we may be given some hints. So many of the elements are fabulous...just love the fluffy grass,,,the deep red bits, the long fascinating tall and dangly things, and the big mauve powder puffs, which most of us will recognise as Asters. If this is not the year of the Aster then next year may well be! Alison is growing a lovely range with a real range of interesting other colours too. As I was kept busy the whole time, (the washing up didn't do itself you know), I didn't have time to look around, and I even forgot a nice bronze carex that I had put aside from the plant stall which Alison's mother was running!
I know the name of this little fabulous phlox as Alison had showed this in one of previous vases: Phlox drummondii 'Silver Stars'.
For once I am perfectly happy to post flowers not from my garden, but they still count as they are from An In a Vase of Monday contributor.