I picked the flowers for today’s vase yesterday evening. Still daylight and warm (well, warm enough not to wear a coat) at 8.30pm, it felt as though June had finally properly arrived. After a week of grey, the sun has come out, the wind has dropped, the temperature has risen and all the gloom has been swept away. Bliss. Cue much work on the terraces in the front garden. We dug and picked through masses of soil this weekend and I never want to see another piece of bindweed, Japanese anemone or bramble root again (we filled a 1-tonne builder’s sack…). My gluteus maximi are definitely feeling it today!
Anyway, back to the flowers. After all the rain last week the garden is going bonkers and there are rich pickings. Blue nigella, orange poppies, purple alliums – all beautiful but I decided to stick to a white/pink colour palette for my vase and showcase the daisies. For your delectation today, we have:
:: a few oxeye daisies from our wild patch – they’re getting into their stride now the sun has come out and are looking bea-u-ti-ful. It’s like insect-central down there and I spotted a few butterflies yesterday: orange tip, large white and a painted lady. These graceful flowers seem to be everywhere in the countryside at the moment; swathes in the verges and hedgerows, and along the central reservations and they cheer me enormously
:: my favourite Erigeron karvinskianus because it’s so prolific and lovely, and white and pink
:: three stems of a zingy pink osteospermum (Cape Daisy) that spills over the wall alongside the path to the gate
:: some pretty Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Alba’ with its hints of pink
:: an unknown variety of Geranium pratense which has suddenly sent up lots of lovely soft pink flowers
:: a few grass stems from the wild patch that have a soft pink hue
:: a few tendrils of wayward honeysuckle (unknown variety) growing by the front steps for added greenery.
Hope the sun is shining where you are. Have a lovely week.
Joining in, as usual, with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden and all the other bloggers from around the world for her popular weekly gathering of vases.