Even if the light is poor, and the photograph a little grainy, why should this little posy with flowers from the garden not get posted for this week's In a Vase on Monday?
Clematis Sugar Sweet was the starting point, to which I added some Thyme Jekka, Hardy Geranium Elizabeth Anne, and her dark foliage, a stem of Ajuga Reptans 'Atropurpurea, and Semiaquilegia ecalarata. My little soldier that I bought from a street peddler in Xi'an is there to give scale to the arrangement.
Since the Semiaquilegia comes from China, I wonder whether any real soldiers would have knelt down to admire them? Maybe It would have inspired a general to compose a poem about them to send home to their beloved.