I have just one glass left from the Scandinavian Crystal glasses one just had to have for dinner parties in the seventies, which included large wine, small wine, and these much smaller sherry glasses. The glass is much too fine even to wrap up and take to the charity shop. When I feel like a little glass of sherry, madeira, or marsala I usually choose this one.
No wonder I chose this little glass to display blooms of geranium Rozanne, and flowers from the Alchemilla alpina. Both plants are doing well after their long journey, and enjoying the sunshine.
I bought this plant back in 2015 from Cotswold Garden Flowers. I read that it is difficult to propagate, and this plant came from the original being divided. I have taken some cuttings non the less...When one has only a few blooms, there is time to look deep into them, and appreciate their specific formation and beauty.
There is not quite yet 'abundance' in my garden, but in Cathy's garden this week there certainly is. Her arrangement rejoices in the many blooms from her cutting garden. Do go there and see what colourful blooms she has chosen to arrange in her vase. I raise my glass to her and fellow IAVOM friends.
I have however noticed an abundance of flowers in my lawn...what with hot weather, going away, and other jobs, the lawn has been mowed infrequently. As a result the bees, bumble bees, and small flying insects have been having 'a field day'. Their little pollen sacks are full. White clover, bugle, daisies, hawkbit, wild marjoram, and self heal are the major contributors. There is also creeping buttercup, but I have removed most of this by hand and reseeded before I had realised that the lawn was at least fifty percent plants other than grass.
Selfheal - Prunella Vulgaris
I have even taken to raising the level of the lawn mower blades to keep the best patches blooming, and mowing round the hawkbit and marjoram. Rather than zap these out, I am for now proceeding with care.