Summer stalwarts: a few flowers I can’t live without

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.


18 thoughts on “Summer stalwarts: a few flowers I can’t live without

  1. The flowers are just beautiful! I bet they had a fantastic time. Nothing like a quick transformation to make you love the space again 🙂

  2. Oh yes, a vase of home grown flowers makes such a difference to a room – and isn’t it good to kniw you gave summer stalwarts to fall back on? Yours look lovely i that simple white vase – thanks for sharing it. Hope you and your visitors enjoyed your time together

  3. Oh your opening paragraph made me smile. I’m sure that your visitors must have appreciated that jug of summer blooms and the spruced up man cave.

  4. Haha, I love this – ‘the usual dash to convert domestic chaos into an illusion of homely perfection.’ Don’t we all do just that? I’m sure your guests were none the wiser, and loved the pitcher of flowers. 🙂

  5. I dread that dash in the winter! Aren’t stalwarts wonderful ? Simply and beautifully displayed in a white jug, it’s a winning arrangement. Have fun with your houseguests.

  6. These, too, are my stalwart plants. Beautiful. We always have a mad rush to assume an air of domestic order when guests are due; I think everyone does. I hope your guests appreciated your efforts and the lovely flowers.

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