My first vase contains the diminutive, but electric blue, King Tut’s Blue Sweet Pea. If you believe the legends (and I don’t) it was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. I can’t think why he would have wanted this little pea in the afterlife, as it is tiny and the peas are toxic if eaten in quantity. Anyway, there is an edible pea which is also supposed to have been found in his tomb. Perhaps he was just very fond of peas. My lovely friend, Janet gave me my seeds years ago and every year I sow a few because I wouldn’t want to be without it. It isn’t scented, but never mind it is very pretty. I love the dark blue veining and the pink flush at its heart.
I thought I would show it inside, using flash as well, as the colours seem to be a bit washed out in the shots in the garden.
For silvery foliage I used the blue glaucous- leaved Berberis temolacia, Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’ and the silvery Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Lemon Queen’.
I used two different Eryngiums, one of them is Eryngium bourgatii and the other is my precious Eryngium bourgatii ‘Picos Blue’.
The flowers are Cupid’s dart, Catanache caerulea which is easy from seed and very useful for flower arrangements.
In the above picture we have Solanum crispum and a few flowers of the little Campanula carpatica. Below, with the Campanula which has a purple centre, there is a blue flowered piece of the trailing Convolvulus sabatius.
I also used some spikes of Veronica gentianoides ‘Blue Streak’ which is easy from seed.
It is amazing how many of the flowers we call blue are not blue at all, but more violet. But still I am very fond of all these shades of blue or violet. Call them what you like, they are very pretty. Any day now, the Agapanthus will be out and then we will have as much true blue as we like.
Thank you Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden for hosting as usual. Cathy is very serene, all in white this week. I am off to have a look and to see all the other posts of ‘In a Vase on Monday’.