At the end of last week, Mr S and I worked on trimming the Oak which overhangs into our garden. Propping a ladder against the wall, and catching trimmings as they fell to protect plants, I saw that the white agapanthus was coming into bloom. Its stems are long and curving reaching for the light. Seeing these inspired this week's vase.
A few other stems placed here and there make up an airy arrangement.
Pinky mauve Thalictrum delavayi, Alchemilla mollis, the white climbing Solanum laxum 'Album', and the beautiful smelling Chamaemelum nobile 'Flore Pleno', make up the balance. I rather liked the yellowing leaf of the Thalictrum so left that in. I'm not sure whether the yellowing lower leaves are a cultivation problem or just its natural way.
The ants swarmed en mass just before lunch yesterday, and it has been entertaining watching birds pick them off the ground. We also have quite a few swifts, and martins flying over to catch insects. It seemed to be happening elsewhere too, according to posts on Facebook. After I arranged the flowers, I spent a few minutes chasing and dispatching ants in the house.