My little apprentice has taken up The Vase Challenge again now the school holidays are here...home made vases and daisies, and butterflies too.
This week Cathy's Vase is a blaze of colour, she just kept adding more and more..and turned up all sixes. Do go over there and see the wide variety of flowers and from there vases from far and wide.
After a severe prunning a few weeks ago, Grace is looking bonny again. I love that apricot colour contrasting nicely with pale green leaves. In the vase, to 'support' grace in more ways than one, are some stems of Leycesteria Formosa Golden Lanterns. The Lanterns have started to have purple berries, and to complement them, I popped in a few stems of Sedum Purple Emperor still in bud,and a piece of floppy euphorbia. I'm not sure which it is. It self seeds around the garden, is a little prone to mildew, and is often cut down with the expectation of fresh purple leaves within a couple of weeks. It may be amygdaloides purpurea, but I would welcome suggestions.
Finally a couple of fern leaves which don't really show up well in this picture: Athyrium Noponicum, and Athyrium Otophorum 'Okanum', which either have a purple stem or purple bits.
It is now getting so hot that the only room to put flowers in where they will last more than a day or so is the north facing living room. I posed the flowers with some shells which I have had for many years. The large one is almost the same colour as the rose, my mother had this Triton Trumpet Shell up on her pelmet for many years. Its one of my many lovely treasures. I made up this vase a couple f days ago, when I got up early to cut the flowers, and I knew we would be lolling around Saturday and Sunday and could enjoy this one over the weekend. Monday morning is a bit of rush for me