Thursday, 2 September 2010

Fluorescent Bouquet

I’ve been taking advantage of the profuse blooms from the Crocosmia for the past month and placing them in vases with various flowers from the garden.

Orange is not a favourite colour of mine, but as these were inherited with the property I have left them… so far… They offer much needed ground cover and colour until I’m in a position to get rid of them should I choose to.

This vase is the Crocosmia mixed with various shades of Scabious.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as knowing they’re from your own space, rather than bought.

Sweet Peas also often feature in this vase, if only for their scent filling the room.

I'm having a long weekend break to Edinburgh... Any suggestions on where I simply must go? It's festival season still so there will be plenty around. I am no stranger to Edinburgh, I have particular problems with evening entertainment and really need something interesting to do. I'm not a pub goer, neither of us drink heavily so don't want to sit around in a pub/club/bar all evening.


ShySongbird said...

Beautiful flowers, Liz! Your house must look (and in the case of the Sweet Peas, smell) wonderful :)

I enjoyed the Small Copper photos on the last post too and wish you all the very best in your new venture. Congratulations on having the courage to make changes! Life can be far too full of 'what ifs and if onlys'

I'm no help with suggestions for your Edinburgh night life I'm afraid, I don't know Scotland at all but I hope you have a great, long weekend :)

Kimberly said...

Great bouquet, Liz! The colors are beautiful together. I'm a huge fan of the sweetpea. Beautiful color and an amazing scent!

Enjoy your long weekend!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I love crocosmias, and have grown them, but they need a bit of a warmer zone, and end up dying after a couple seasons or so. I may try again before giving up.

I've never been off of my continent, so I can't help you with your plans in Edinburgh. I hope you have a fun time!

Kala said...

I would love to have a garden like yours and pick flowers from it to put into vases. And I like the orange flowers, I hope you keep them growing!

Liz said...

Hi Jan,

I love the sweet peas, they never seem to do well in my garden but because I always go for the heavily scented types they're worth their weight in gold! Wonderful, I love them.

Exactly Jan, I just couldn't sit around any longer wondering what if. I thought I wouldn't mind having a general office job, as it turns out I just couldn't cope any longer and had to do something about it. Although I will still be based in an office I aim to combine at least an ounce of interest as well as the opportunity to be out and about travelling.

I insist you must visit Scotland, or at least Edinburgh. I could live there, I would!

Liz said...

Hi Kimberly,

Thank you very much, Sweet Peas are definitely a must have for any garden. By far one of the most eagerly anticipated plant of the year for me.
The few months of Winter are long without their scent filling the kitchen...

Liz said...

Hi Sue,

I've heard of people having problems with Crocosmia, here it seems to almost grow like a weed. I'm surprised it wasn't killed off in our unsually hard winter but it all seems to have survived well.

Thank you for your well wishes, our trip may be a sombre one, Pete's been on antiinflamatories for a muscle in his shoulder and now has a cold! Arghhh.

Not to worry, I am happy to sit and watch the world go by, especially as there will be plenty to see during the festival.

Liz said...

Hi Kala,

Being able to fill your own vases is amazing, growing up for some reason my mother never did... I've only just discovered the joys of bringing my own flowers into my house.

The orange Crocosmias do definitely make an impact and are much welcome colour right now.
The only reason I would get rid is because they're quite invasive and are taking over. I have 4 patches of them 3 in the front garden and 1 in the back. So although they do make quite a statement when in flower, they do take up a lot of room and can look a mess when they foliage dies.
For now they will stay, as I have nothing to replace them with. But I do have a Lavender border planned for 2 of the patches in the front garden... It will have to wait.

VW said...

Orange isn't my favorite, either, but I'm falling in love with rosey-orange and other orangey mixtures. Those crocosmias have such pretty shades working together. And they look so great with the other blooms from your garden.