The storms we had at the beginning of last week meant that I was unable to participate in Cathy's In A Vase on Monday meme. However, today is a lovely day, hardly a cloud in the sky, perfect for some flower picking. Love this time of the year, storms apart, as each day brings more growth and more flowers to choose from. Today I've gone for a bunch in which the colour blue predominates.
Those blue and white Alpine Aquilegia, Spring Magic, have been looking absolutely stunning recently. Fortunately, the storm didn't do too much damage to them.
This has long been my favourite columbine, that shade of blue is just heavenly ... I imagine that it is just that shade that Thomas Hardy referred to as air-blue in his poem The Voice.
The other blue in the vase is from perennial cornflowers, Centaura montana, which are at their very best right now - in fact, practically begging to be cut and brought indoors.
I also added a few sprigs of Viburnum opulus - a shrub we gladly inherited with the garden. Every time I pass it gives of the most divine honey flavoured perfume - if perfume can be flavoured! I also added a couple of leaves of Hosta Wide Brim though I'm not sure it needed it.
Although, as I've said, the storms passed without too much damage - we battened down the hatches pretty securely - the Alliums, Purple Sensation, growing in the round bed out front, didn't fare so well. I brought nature's casualties indoors where I can admire them a while longer.
As it is quite a pleasant day I'm off to work in the garden, neglecting the housework completely, of course :)