I was going to have an arrangement today using just some beautiful fragrant Lilac. But I am incapable of doing minimalist whether in a vase or in the garden. I have to just add a bit of this and a bit of that. Today, I got carried away with sultry shades of purple. I like them in a plain white vase which shows off the flowers without shouting at them.
Along with the lilacs I have used bronze fennel, Foeniculum vulgare ‘Bronze Giant’, the perennial wallflower, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, sprays of chocolatey Akebia pentaphylla, Honesty, Lunaria annua and one sprig of Lathyrus vernus.
If my Queen of the Night tulips were properly out I dare say some would have found there way in there too. As you see I have taken the photo outside using the handy birdbath to display them.
Here they are inside where I hope they will last for a while because they smell wonderful. It is one of the scents which takes you straight back to your childhood. To make lilacs last in water you have to remove all the leaves and sear the ends of the stalks. I believe it is best to condition them overnight in water, but that is for people with more patience and foresight than me.
I started off with an Ivor Novello quote and as as I am in a poetical mood today, I will finish with an exert from ‘The Wasteland’ by T.S.Eliot.
‘April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.’
Actually, this year April hasn’t been the cruellest month, it has been warm and beautiful. Now it has turned a bit cooler but we have had some lovely rain.
Thanks to Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden for hosting this meme which more and more people are enjoying. Cathy is rambling further afield today, but nevertheless she has still managed to post a selection of her vases. Do go and see what other people are putting in a vase on Monday.