As the roses begin to bloom, the season tips perceptibly in the direction of summer. But the heat has not yet arrived, so I am still picking handfuls of Calendula, trying to make the most of their wonderful bright colors and the abandon with which they are flowering. As well, there is sweet broom (Cytisus x spachianus) to slip into a vase, bringing its lovely scent indoors.
Of all the flowers in the garden right now, I am particularly thrilled with the Dutch Iris "Blue Magic" (see also my last post, Farewell to March). So I decided it was fair enough to clip one and build today's vase around it.
The garden is a burst of bloom right now, which gave me the chance to snip quickly this evening. As my day went otherwise than planned, I found myself in a race with the sunset and, so far as the photography was concerned, I would have to say the sunset won. But I still have a vaseful of flowers to enjoy this week, and here they are.
Worth the wait in more ways than one. I am finally getting to use flowers I have been waiting for all winter long - Calendulas planted with Monday vases in mind, Cerinthe which helpfully seeded itself into the North Border, and Tetraneuris which disappeared entirely late last year but has returned in a glory of little yellow daisies. All of these were just ready on Monday, and then I had to wait again. It does seem like a run of bad luck: a strained (sprained?) back all last week, light case of...
There are some marvelous scents in the garden now. A few more stems of the unknown Narcissus tazetta have opened, and the light but rich fragrance of Senna nemophila hovers at the end of the garden. Even more special, the smell of lemon blossom is just beginning to wrap the lemon tree in springtime. So I decided to combine the three in a vase.
Monday. It was one of those days, in the garden at least. I went out brightly to cut flowers for my Monday vase, took a good look at the Central Bed, and changed my plans. Patching things up took priority. There have been rabbits in and around the garden for many months, and I've been pretty sure they were raising some broods directly in the garden - underneath my enormous, magnificent Gaura, to be precise. BettyTheDog had decided to take care of this problem the day before, but I hadn't...
Rose hips, lavender, and senna flowers... Today's vase is a fairly casual mix of things that caught my fancy while I was out in the garden. Rose "Wollerton Old Hall" proved to have quite a few hips on it. I rarely notice them because they are not overly bright, but when I went hunting in the bush I found a nice handful and could have had many more.