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’