This week’s In a Vase on Monday, hosted as ever by the wonderful Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, gave me a reason, as if I needed one, to get out into Scotland’s glorious sunshine and go a-gathering. ‘Stouthrie’ is Scots for theft, and I own up, I do, because there is no cow parsley frothing and misting about in our back garden, not a bit. So whence cometh this lovely armful? From the swathes and swathes of cow parsley growing alongside the Meadows, that’s where. And what would happen if everyone in Edinburgh went out with their scissors taking bits of cow parsley. There’d be none left for everyone else to enjoy, would there? I hang my head in shame, and you may rap my light-fingered hands and teach me a lesson.
And lo, what have we here? White lilac, indoors? Don’t even get me started on that.
The splendiferous vase was a wedding gift from my very dear old friend, Leanda.
The butterfly lino cut is by another dear old friend, Tessa Hines, who has just had one of her incredibly intricate designs published on the front cover of Alain de Boton’s new book (US edition).
I used the left-over blossoms to fashion this bowl, using oasis salvaged from our wedding flowers. The beautiful silver bowl was another wedding gift from my mother-in-law’s Italian cousin, Laura. It is, in fact, a bread bowl to be lined with white linen and filled with fresh baguette, although in this household, bread barely makes it off the breadboard before being gobbled, boa constrictor-like, by hungry workers.