As this seems to be the week for cheating I am going to use a vase I created last week!!
I had gone into the garden to pick my fiery vase when I noticed how many of my mixed scented sweet peas were a wonderful dark purple. They also needed picking to encourage more blooms, so what could I do but create a second vase? The vase was very quick to create, but unfortunately I ran out of time to publish it last week, so here we are and, can you believe it, still a day late!
I soon found some other flowers to go with the dark sweet peas (Old Spice Mixed): the geranium Rozanne and some verbena bonariensis, complemented by the white sweet pea (Norman Wisdom) and some white spires of physostegia ‘Snow Queen’.
The leaves of the persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ made a lovely surround for the flowers.
I found a red cushion cover and a dark maroon and black wrap to act as a background to create a lovely dark image.
However that wasn’t very practical, so once the photos were taken I put it on our mantlepiece above the fireplace and found it looked just as good.
The little figure is one that my son’s Japanese mother-in-law gave me last time we were in Japan. Isn’t it gorgeous?
I then added another vase of Italian marble and was amazed how the colours tied in with a painting we already had above the fireplace.
Thanks again Cathy for giving my such an enjoyable time playing with flowers from the garden. To see other vases created this week have a look at Rambling in the Garden.