In a Vase on Monday – Poppy and Verbena

This weeks vase came about by accident. We have recently taken over an allotment, and in a scramble to get it cleared and planted we have ended up planting very late into the season, this coupled with a fairly dry few weeks has meant daily watering to keep the little plant-lings thriving. After a weekend away in our Camper van, we arrived back late yesterday afternoon and my husband took my daughter to the allotment with him, to give everything a much needed drink whilst I unpacked. She came back clutching this little bunch of flowers, saying she had picked them for me, because she knows how much I like wildflowers, and it was such a pretty bunch, capturing early July perfectly.

These are the little flowers she picked from our still rather wild looking allotment and the surrounding pathways….

Poppy – this poppy has a beautiful white center and has self seeded from somewhere. It may be some kind of Field Poppy/Oriental hybrid, with the two tone colours being more prominent in the oriental breeds.

Wild Geranium – tucked behind the poppy is a pale pink wild geranium, apparently if you drink a tea of wild geranium flowers this will counteract any love spells you may be under – worth keeping in mind should you ever find yourself in this predicament!

Verbena/Vervain – there is also a stem of beautiful Verbena, this has escaped from ‘next door allotment’ (picture below) and I must say it is one of my favorite summer flowers.  I really enjoy reading and learning about the folklore attached to certain plants – particularly wildflowers and Verbena/Vervain has lots, here are some of my favorites;

  • A fresh sprig carried on your person helps protect from baneful magic spells cast against you.
  • Verbena may be planted or placed around property to protect it from damage by bad weather.
  • It may also be woven into bridal wreathes or carried in bridal bouquets to ensure love to the couple.
  • Drinking the a tea made of Verbena is said to ward off vampires.
  • A Verbena plant buried in the garden will bring abundant crops.
  • The leaves may be burned to attract wealth.

So my vase this week, according to folklore is completely accidentally a little posy of protection.

For more lovely vases please visit Cathy Rambling in the Garden who hosts ‘In a Vase on Monday’



  1. What a special bouquet chosen by your daughter. Love that poppy.


  2. Wow – the last picture shows what a wonderful bounty of escaped verbena you have – it’s definitely happy there! It is good to read the folklore surrounding your vases and I especially like the fact that your daiugter has picked these blooms for you

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  3. That is one impressive stand of Verbena bonariensis! Your daughter’s gift is wonderful too, as are the meanings you found in her floral selections.

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  4. Wow, happy stand of verbena! Your daughter is beyond sweet – I would have totally melted. 🙂

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  5. Such a sweet and pretty gift! Your patch of verbena is outstanding.

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  6. Your little arrangement is beautiful. It just goes to show sometimes things are best enjoyed in simple ways to really see the best of them. And what a lovely story to go with it.


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