I started this vase wanting to showcase flowers from one particular clump of Echinacea purpurea; species by species, coneflowers are just starting to bloom in my garden. This particular flower has paler than usual flowers, a very soft, pastel purple, similar to E. pallida in colour, but not in form. Then I added some Ox Eye Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) as a kind of backdrop. Then I saw the Larkspur (or Delphinium) again, this time in two shades. And suddenly it was a pink, white and blue vase. So I added a few snips of Verbena (bonariensis, but the jury is still out on that…) and THEN I heard bees buzzing, looked over, and saw the lavender patch. I couldn’t resist! Pink Echinacea notwithstanding, the end result is, to me, a cool vase, fitting for this hot summer.
Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. I think American gardeners have a holiday today, since yesterday was their July 4 Independence day national holiday (I know that because the English band Coldplay was on a American TV special last night celebrating the festivities…). If you’re in an office, or at the beach, or working in your garden today – hope it’s enjoyable!