It's Monday and time to join in with Cathy's meme, In A Vase On Monday. Unfortunately, I missed out on participating last week so I thought I'd share two vases this week. There's a profusion of flowers in the garden at the moment, so many that I find myself spoilt for choice. Consequently, I'm gathering armfuls to either give away or fill as many vases as I can and there's so many it's hard to limit myself to sharing just two but here's the first.
I don't recall sowing the white achillea ... it is growing beside the chives, a place I would not have put any seeds, so I think it may be a gift from one of our feathered visitors. The cherry red one is Achillea Cassis
Corn marigold Glebionus segetum and Corncockle Agrostemma gracilus.
Cornflowers Centaurea cyanus, candytuft Iberis and Zinnia 'Jazz'. This is the first year I've tried growing zinnias from seed and they haven't done well. Such a shame because I do so love them.
This is such a cheerful selection is would brighten any spot in the house.
The second vase for this week is in total contrast to the first.
The soft pastels. Sweet peas Lathyrus odoratus 'Spencer' mixed, creamy pink tinged Californian poppies Eschscholzia californica and catmint Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'.
The catmint is hard won. A cat from the neighbourhood, or maybe more than one, has taken a great liking to our catmint. So much so that it almost decimated the plant in spring just as the new shoots were beginning to appear. To save it my husband constructed a cage of wire mesh around the plant. This hasn't stopped the cat entirely, it now sits on top of the cage and just waits for the shoots to emerge from the wire cage, but there's enough strong growth left to allow for the picking of a few flowering stems. Oddly, our own dear cat is not in the least addicted to catmint!
The Californian poppies have a delicate beauty ... creamy white on the inside and pink on the underside ... truly delightful
There we are, two vases selected for this week - both quite different but both, I think, equally beautiful. and for something even more different again do pop over to Rambling in the Garden where Cathy, the mistress of props, has a stunning arrangement to show us.
Oh, and any plans I had to spend time in the garden this afternoon has just been scuppered. After a bright and sunny morning, it is now raining ... not just a gentle summer drizzle but a right old downpour!