Cathy who hosts this meme has a very early bunch of sweet peas this week. The colours remind me of sugared almonds and the wonderful jar I had as a birthday present from my son. One or two a day meant I several weeks of enjoyment. Fresh flowers may last a day or two, or maybe even longer...growing them in the garden brings many benefits! Of course there is the benefit of sharing and also seeing what other people are contributing.
With a very early morning session in the garden on Sunday, my eye was drawn to the long rich purple flowering stems on Verbascum phoeniceum violetta. It had been in the ground for less than two weeks, having come home with me from Malvern Spring Show. Whether or not I was right to do so, I decided for the sake of the plant that I would cut down the flower spikes to allow the plant to develop roots and leaves instead. Half of me thinks this was foolish as the lower flowers were fertilized and could have given ripe seeds later. I've also read that they may not be perennial, so I may only have a few days in which to enjoy my dark beauties.
A perfect partner in this twosome are stems of Ballota pseudodictamnus. I feel that with its grey furry leaves it is a perfect soft partner for the sumptuously coloured verbascum.
Before it unfurls its dark petals, the verbascum keeps its petals beautifully folded in tiny hexagonal cushions.
The good news is that this twosome appears not to be eliciting allergic reactions, so will be remaining in the vase for a few more days! This morning being Monday, they have their heads up and making a fine display.