Saturday, 1st August was Yorkshire Day and as I was born in God’s Own County, I thought I should do a vase of white roses to celebrate the date.
As Yorkshire Day was only thought of in 1975, you would think that they would have the sense to choose a date when Rosa alba is likely to be in bloom. I had to search all over the garden to find a white rose which was still flowering. All I found was one Rosa hugonis which is early flowering but has another half-hearted attempt to produce a few scattered blooms in August. After almost giving up, I found a little spray of the Hybrid Musk Rosa ‘Prosperity’. So those are my White Rose of Yorkshire offerings.
I used a couple of white Sweet Peas which are delicately tinged with lilac and a single flower of Catanache caerula which is very pretty and easy from seed.
I used a couple of different Eryngiums, they are so long lasting in water, and I put in some feathery grass Pennisetum villosum. The green bell-like flower on the right is Nicotiana langsdorfii which I love as it is so dainty.
In the interests of fairness, I thought I should do a vase using the Red Rose of Lancashire. After all the Pianist comes from Lancashire and it’s not his fault. His rose is much showier but it has no fragrance. I didn’t plant it, but I believe it is a Floribunda Rosa ‘Frensham’. I don’t understand why anyone would plant a rose without perfume. As there was no fragrance, I used some Honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’ and some purple Sweet Peas.
I used some purple foliage from Cotinus coggyria ‘Notcutt’s Variety’ and some bronze Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’. I also used some Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Ace of Spades’ as it is such a rich, dark colour.
So there we have it the Wars of the Roses, 500 years on. On another post I might give you my Grandmother’s recipe for Parkin, which is second to none. But in the meantime you may enjoy Hale and Pace and their Yorkshire Airlines sketch on youtube. I can’t seem to put the link on here, never having done this sort of thing before, but it is easy to find.
Thank you, Cathy, at ramblinginthegarden, for inspiring us all to put some flowers in a Vase on Monday.