In a Vase, on Monday – Spinach and Stock

Earlier this year a friend brought me a gift of a glass filled with Ranunculus she had grown. I returned the glass on the weekend, filled with a few of the flowers she had admired in my garden.

Verbena bonariensis,; Stock (Matthiola incana) ‘Vintage Brown;’ Calendula ‘Festive Mix,’ Straw Flower (Bracteantha bracteata) ‘Silvery Rose,’ seed heads from Nigella ‘Midnight,’ and a few short, bolted spinach stalks. I’ve discovered the Straw Flowers close at night and don’t start to open until the day is bright or sunny – the flowers for this vase were collected quite early in the morning.

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM and giving gardeners around the world an opportunity to share their flower designs.


  1. I’ve never seen spinach in a bouquet, but it really works. I finally looked up stock, and discovered another veggie connection: that it’s a member of the Brassicaceae, which includes cabbages.

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  2. And you have helichrysum and calendula too! What a nice idea to return the favour of the vase you received too – giving and receiving flowers picked from a garden is such a welcome joy

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      1. I like them in single colours too, and have seen a red one on one of seed website so that will be added to my orange, white and pink ones…could do with a yellow too..

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