I really wanted my vase this week to be a collection of colors to help de-stress. I have a busy and stressful week ahead, and wanted to put together a few flowers that when I look up from laptop will be soothing and calming. With this in mind I have gone for white, pale blue, lavender and pale pink – I actually think the arrangement might look better without the fuschia, but I had to cut some of it back and felt it a shame to waste it.
At the front and star of the show is a Clematis – I think this is ‘Blue Angel’ but I am not 100% sure, it is coming to the end of its flowering now, but has looked beautiful for weeks. I love Clematis, and think they are very rewarding climbers.
I have also used a white Pelargonium and a white Hydrangea, that are still looking beautiful and also a spike of Veronica ‘First Lady’ which is currently brightening a dark corner.
I have also used a white Achillea, and the above mentioned Fuschia – which I think could be ‘Whitenights Pearl’ it is a vigourous hardy fuschia and I have a love/hate relationship with it. It was already in the garden when we moved in 10 years ago, and I have moved it about endlessly, and yet for some reason I have just never warmed to it. It is a fairly substantial size now, even though I cut it back each year, it always seems ‘unbalanced’ to me, and yet it is one of the plants that people always comment on that they like! It is due for another house move next year as we are relocating the pond, so maybe this time I will find a spot for it that I will warm to it in.
Also in the vase are a few stems of Lavender,and the brighter green is a stem of Lady’s Mantle, on its way over now but still looking pretty.
I do like to include to a little piece of folklore around flowers with my posts and this is rather nice about Lavender, as a natural insect repellent, lavender was pressed into use as a plague antidote , worn in bunches tied to wrists, it probably repelled the fleas whose bites caused plague and in France, it was noted that glovers, who perfumed their products with the herb, never contracted cholera. I am burning some Lavender oil in the little oil burner next to my vase today, so as well as enjoying the pretty flowers I can enjoy the scent too.
Why not visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and see what other people have in their vases this week too……