‘Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme….’
Well I have rosemary, coriander and peas – is that close enough?
The main flower in my vase is the perennial sweet pea – Lathyrus latifolius. (I think it is this rather than Lathyrus grandiflorus, but I’m ready to stand corrected.)
It almost wasn’t the main flower at all, as last year I tried to dig it up! It had had a couple of bad seasons, with not many flowers at all. It had also collapsed into a real mess as I didn’t tie it up well enough before the wind got to it. Its time had definitely come; I thought its prime position would be better with some lovely scented annual sweet peas.
Well I tried to pull it up and then I tried to dig it up! What a shock I got when I found something like a tree trunk under the ground. I suppose it had been there for about 20 years, but I had no idea what was going on under the soil. So it looks like it will be there for another 20 years at least. This year, of course, it is flowering its socks off! I have just picked nearly all the blooms in order to encourage more flowering – so what better time to create a vase.
I thought the vase looked good on its own, but the colour did need a bit of breaking up. I added some lovely feathery white coriander plants that had gone to flower . I grew these to use as herbs, but they were over before I blinked, even though I did stagger the seeding . What a pleasant surprise the flowers were though – they are so pretty and you get such a wonderful scent of coriander as you brush past. The vase really needed more of this, but the bees were enjoying them too much.
I then needed somewhere to place the vase and thought about in front of the rosemary bush to give it a lovely green backdrop.
I added some sprigs of rosemary to the vase to complete the arrangement.
The vase didn’t look good standing on the paving stones so, as luck would have it, I had a pink carrier bag of just the same colour. I finished things off with some white crinkly paper and there you have it.
I wish now I had taken some photos without the white paper as I am not sure it adds anything, but as usual I was in a rush….
Thanks to Cathy for hosting this great meme.
Why not pop along to Rambling in the Garden to view some other entries for this week’s Vase on a Monday.