I've also been planting some other pickable plants so that I'm not quite so one-dahlia dimensional! Last weekend we even managed to start a little bit of a vertical garden for more herbs and a few summer salad leaves. I have no idea how this will go, although I think the fact that Brunell (who is not known for his handy-man skills) and Eva (who will be quite the practical handy-woman) and I managed to get it up on the fence without killing each other is a good omen. And before you ask (Dad), it hasn't fallen down yet.
I digress - those snippable garden goodies - it means that with just one or two flowers and some lovely new green cuttings, I can have some lovely arrangements inside. The beauty of these is they almost arrange themselves, and it's almost impossible to go wrong. Here are a few currently making me smile.
Granny's Bonnets, Lamb's Ears, Solomon's Seal, Hydrangea leaves and my first rose of the season, Abraham Derby - a deconstructed flower arrangement!
I love flowers on the low down - those little arrangements you see literally when you look down. I tuck these in amongst my books, beside the bed and on coffee tables or stools. Perfect for my informal arrangements, shorter stems or flowers that I can't quite bear to throw out and which when the stem is cut down, will last a few more days in a bowl or silver trophy or a vessel that will cup the petals.
Did I mention the mint? A hopeful sign that the garden is going to be alright again. I pulled everything I could find out, and being the resilient herb that it is, it has regenerated itself ten times over. I have given armloads to my neighbours on both sides, who are both in the hospitality business
and still I could supply New World for a month. Needless to say, it finds its way into most of my arrangements.
The beautiful peony was a gift from a lovely customer who picked some from her garden in the Wairarapa for me. It has lasted and lasted so incredibly well.
And lastly, a little spring arrangement at the store. Same green ingredients supplemented with a few florist bought blooms. Love love love that Solomon's Seal. Until we moved in to this house I had only ever seen this flower in beautifully styled Designers Guild images. Can you imagine how excited I was that first spring we were here when it popped up in my garden!
Hope you're having a lovely week.
Amanda xx Pin It