There’s an old wooden sideboard opposite the door to the coat/shoe lobby by our front door. We bought it at a local auction not long after we’d moved here, when didn’t have enough furniture to fill the house. It houses dog-walking paraphernalia, torches, the sat-nav, and assorted random stuff. Mostly assorted random stuff; we have a lot of that. There’s a pewter bowl on top where we keep our keys. We use three sets of these keys regularly and I’m not sure what all the others are for. Some of them could be from sheds-gone-by but we daren’t throw any away just in case. Anyway, I digress. As the sideboard is the first thing you see when you come into the kitchen, I like to have a jug of flowers there and any other treasures from my walks or from the garden. This is often where my Monday vases end up after I’ve photographed them so I thought I’d show you this weeks in situ.
My vase (jug) today is an amalgamation of leftovers from last week’s (the feathery Stipa tenuisima, sedum and aster) with a few more stems of aster – the four large plants in the back garden looking lovely right now – a few sprigs of lavender (from trimmings) and a few cosmos flowers. The cosmos plants have perked up following the recent rain and are sending out more vibrant blooms, which seems like an autumnal gift. I do love this annual – it gives you loads of bang for your buck. You can just see a small yellow flower to the left of the bunch – the surviving ‘Valentine’ sunflower sent out one final flower last week, too tiny to develop into a seedy feast for the birds so I snipped it off for the vase.
The overall effect is very pink. There’s not a lot of pink in this house so it adds a little vibrancy and warmth, and makes me smile. I’m off to have a look at Cathy’s Monday vase and a few others while I drink my coffee.
Wishing you a good week.