It's a murky start here to our final spring Bank Holiday. Such a shame for people who have organised events. The weather here is still a bit of a roller coaster but it's been a bit more normal. Some very hot days, then storms, then a chilly day, then back to the heat. The garden certainly appreciated the rain although a few things were battered down.
So many lovely things to pick, though. As usual scent is important in my choice. Two years ago I sowed some Sweet William seeds and grew them on in pots before planting out. They flowered last year but now there are large clumps everywhere as I has so many I'd put them in wherever there was a space. Some will have to come out but just now they are just coming into flower.
In this vase:
Rose - Macmillan Nurse
Lemon balm leaves
Tucrium crispum - the curly leaves
This rose has the most gorgeous blush to the centre petals.
Also in this vase is this unidentified plant. If you know what it is please tell me. I've never found anyone who knows what it is.
It's a bit of a thug really. It runs, you can see it has gone right through here but is very pretty. Some serious clearing out needed in a week or two.
The flowers are quite like cow parsley but the leaves are completely different and purplish. They don't last very long.
I'm thinking of creating a border/hedge of thuggish plants which run. It's a new idea so not really formed yet. They could fight it out together.
I'm not sure what is wrong with the colour here. It looks a bit odd in my photo.
In this vase:
Parsley foliage. I'm just taking out last year's plants which are now enormous.
Honeysuckle. I've cut the Sweet William and honeysuckle as they are just opening as I believe they will continue to open and so last longer. Lets hope so.
For colourful and creative vases from around the world visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden - In a vase on Monday. Thanks as ever to Cathy for hosting.