Cathy who is hosting this meme is displaying her lilies in a lovely vase. You can go there are see what other people are posting, and join in yourself, with your contributions.
I wanted this week's vase to be a modest, pure and simple affair. I was going to say Nasturtiums, pure and simple. However nothing is that every straight forward...Nasturtium is in fact watercress. The flowers in the little vase are Tropaeolum. However in my quest to find out more about this flower I came across an interesting site: A Digital Botanic Garden, which gave the common name of Lark's Heel.
The little vase another attractive stone ware vase with the most beautiful 'Japanese' shape, bought from a charity shop.
There can be no special variety name, as I had 'scrumped' 5 seeds last year. They had rattled around the car, then been planted all together in a pot, and when they germinated the plants were plonked in a bare spot.
As we sat on the Patio yesterday having our morning coffee, I watched a cabbage white butterfly lay its eggs under the leaves, which explains the holes, as the little caterpillars feast on the leaves and flowers. Then I went closer on my hand and knees and marveled at the flowers. When I returned to the table, Mr S said, I hope you have washed your hands. You can guess what I had been doing! If not you are not a gardener.
Not only do the leaves have a characteristic structure with the petiole attachment, the nectar spur behind has an elegant curve, hence the name Lark's heel, yes I see it now!
There is is a complicated structure, and the petals look like creased chiffon.
Its such a shame that they grown so low to the ground, and I can see that they would be marvelous in a window box, or higher up on a wall. The top shelf of my conservatory shelves, is just the right place to place this vase so that I can peer into these lovely flowers.