Monday is the day Cathy at Rambling in the garden asks us to share a vase of flowers picked from our own gardens - a task I'm very happy to perform. However, I did have to nip out between those April showers to make my selection to plonk in today's vase.
Just a week or two after Cathy suggested that I could probably find Caithness glass vases in charity shops I discovered this pretty little blue one in a DEBRA shop on a visit to Castle Douglas - how lucky is that! I now have a collection of two :)
I couldn't resist a few sprigs of our newly planted shrub, Forsythia Weekend 'Courtalyn'. It's replaced an old berberis, inherited with the garden, that was so thorny it made it impossible for me to weed out the ground elder that grew behind and the blackberry (bramble) that wound it's way through it. There's three very beautiful berberis still growing in other parts of the garden so I don't feel guilty about the removal of this one.
The foliage at the base of the 'arrangement' is from two pretty aquilegias, one white and the other pink, that have been in a pot for years ... I fear that if I transplanted them into the borders they wouldn't survive.
Garden update ... more on the new forsythia.