Monday, 2 November 2020

In a Vase on Monday - Small and beautiful

Well this is one group that has no limits as to how many can meet, and no restrictions except those deemed to be required by Cathy our leader: In a Vase, On Monday, from your garden! But watch out as next week there is an anniversary challenge with Vase only.  This week just by coincidence Cathy has a 'Pink Rock' and pink flowers.

 Sitting on our conservatory table is this week's little vase.  In it are the fine dainty flowers of Serratula tinctoria subsp. seoanei, and to give some idea of size I am sure you all know the little daisy: Erigeron karvinskianus, and for greenery some stems of Phuopsis stylosa.

It is joined on the mat by three pebbles.  I love stone and pebbles, so much so that we chose to make walking surfaces in the garden of stones and shingle:  the crunch underfoot being one of the sound elements in the garden. This morning I have been off on a geology trip, probably the last for some time.

Close up the structure of the Serratula is mesmerising.....

From Royal Botanic Edinburgh 

"Serratula seoanei bearing terminal light pink coloured composite flowers. The regular segmented flower bud structure is worth peering at before it expands revealing the anthers packed within. These late flowers fade and the seed appears as a pappus of bristles."

Earlier in the week a friend sent me a link to Angie Lewin's exhibition in Edinburgh. Of course I enjoyed the virtual tour, and realised that there was a recent book she had illustrated: The Book of Pebbles.  I have a couple of other books, cards and notelets as I seem to drawn to her style of art.  

I've only just started on the book.  It is one to read slowly  savouring both words and illustrations. The first essay is called "On Chesil Beach". It is not so long that we spent a day there...


  1. The flowers are lovely, especially suited to resting on that gorgeous table.

  2. Well there you go, you clearly don't really think your pebbles are mundane (and I envy you your geology trips), Noelle! What a curious little flower the Serratula is, and what a cute little vase you have created with it. I love the look of Angie Lewin's work, and wonder if I might have some cards of hers - I might add the book to my Christmas/Birthday list too!

    1. The serratula remind me of the knapweed, and similar flowers that grow in abundance up on the Mendips. You will love the book, with its month by month explanation of the robin activity or seemingly lack of it.

  3. The pebble on the right looks as though it was hand-painted! Serratula is entirely new to me but I love the look of it. I'll investigate but I already suspect it's unlikely to like my part of the world.

  4. Its a pebble formed from a conglomerate of other stones, and therefore has so many patterns with it. Maybe you have a similar type of wild flower suited to your climate, which would do well in the border.

  5. Serratula is new to me. Very pretty, reminding me of some Dianthus I have grown. Thanks for sharing!