A vase from me is an event rarer than steak bleu: I have no flowers worth picking from my own garden, and would begrudge depleting any that I did for a vase. But I went to Derbyshire for a family Easter this weekend, and my grandmother asked me to pick flowers from her garden for the lunch table. So although these flowers were actually picked on Sunday, they were still in their vases today… all but the Double Ellen hellebores, which had expired like consumptive heroines come this morning, as they are wont to do when picked.
I must apologise for the camera-phone quality of the photos. I foolishly left my good camera in Edinburgh, which I regretted even more when I found that the field behind the house was full of very cute lambs.
Apart from the Double Ellens, we have a daffodil, forsythia, camelia, and various bits of foliage from sage and pyracanthus. A real hodgepodge. None of it goes. Sorry about that. Let’s be kind and call it rustic.
And this beautiful carrot cake, which my mother made, is decorated with native primroses and violets from my grandmother’s garden and sits on ancient ‘Spanish Garden’ china. My grandmother very kindly allowed me to divide one of her primroses and bring it back to Edinburgh for my own garden.
In a vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Please visit her blog and see what other vases have been created today.