I have been on a blogging break for a couple of weeks in Corsica. Up in the mountains where we were staying there were beautiful views but no Wifi. I posted September’s GBFD which I had prepared in advance, but I haven’t been able to to reply to anyone or catch up with blogs.
I can never resist a jug and the one I bought and used for my arrangement captures the colour of the Mediterranean beautifully. I love how the sea is turquoise in the shallows, darkening to lapis lazuli as it gets deeper. In the late afternoon it takes on a sheen of mother- of- pearl. The one colour it is not, is wine- dark as Homer described it. This has puzzled scholars for centuries; were the Greeks collectively colour blind, or is it because there was no word for blue? If you have no word for a colour are you unable to perceive it?
I waited ages for this one swimmer to move so that I would have an uninterrupted sea photo. She had clearly decided to spend the whole afternoon wallowing there and who can blame her?
I digress; here is my Corsican vase filled with the brightest colours I could find.
The first thing you notice when you step off the plane in Corsica is the wonderful scents of the maquis. When Napoleon Bonaparte was in exile on the remote island of St Helena he imagined he could smell the scents of the maquis of his homeland.
It is made up of the silvery-leaved herbs such as the the curry plant, Helichrysum italicum, cistus, rosemary, fennel and many other beautiful herbs.
To give a taste of the fragrant Corsican herbs, I used curly Artemesia schmidtiana, Santolina, Oreganum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’ and Rosemary. A few heads of feathery Pennisetum villosum added to the effect. The bright coloured flowers are the colours you see in gardens in Corsica, not growing wild of course. I used some dark blue Caryopteris x clandonensis, Heliopsis helianthoides, dahlias, zinnias coreopsis, marigold, eccremocarpus and the yellow, shiny bells of Clematis tangutica.
I will finish with a couple of Corsican butterflies. There are so many beautiful ones native to the island. The first is the Corsican Swallowtail, Papilio hospiton . It has lost a bit of its tail with the distinctive red dot. I am not sure of the second one, I wonder if anyone can identify it?
Thank you Cathy for hosting In a a Vase on Monday. I am now going to see what she and everyone else has been up to in their gardens whilst I was away. It may take a while to catch up with everybody.