My brother-in-law and his partner came to visit us this weekend, which meant the usual dash to convert domestic chaos into an illusion of homely perfection. Our spare room doubles as my husband’s man cave, so the task was formidable and involved a degree of brutality, rehoming of bikes, and a lot of dusting.
The final touch was a jug of my summer stalwarts, the flowers that always see me safely through from April to November: Euphorbia oblongata, osteospermum, borage, cerinthe, geraniums. I grow these reliable flowers every year, and couldn’t live without them. The euphorbia, borage, and cerinthe self-seed gently and helpfully about, so I rarely have to resow them. A quick whizz round the garden with a pair of scissors, and I’d had this vase done in no time at all.
With the jug of beautiful flowers in place and the wooden floorboards mopped and shining anew, the ugly man-cave was transformed miraculously into the best looking room in the flat.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and I do recommend visiting her page to see hers and links to all the vases made by garden bloggers across the world today.