What to do when your supermarket’s sad, reduced-in-price collection of mixed blooms are all you could find last week, and you wanted something to put in the lovely heavy vase you picked up for £4 in the charity shop? (I daren’t count how many vases I have.) Take out all the uninviting yellow and greeny-white ones, and the coarse filler greenery, and pad out the assorted pinks with a bit of frill from the garden. That’ll do nicely for a couple of days longer.
The rampant geranium threatens to take over the world out there, and the sweet cicely – a wonderful substitute for cow parsley (which is pretty too, but creates slimy malodorous water) – is ever obliging when you need a bit of vase-filler.
The other geranium, a cutting of the one that reaches neighbour Dave’s roof in a good year, has just emerged at the garden door, ready to go hell for leather now.
The garden is wearing pinks and purples for May….
The Patty’s Plum poppies sit prettily beside the log store, beneath the Shropshire Lad rosebuds, but they can stay where they are, visible from the kitchen door, to lift one’s heart when busy cooking dinner.
It’s been a good winter for slugs and snails too, but as they are not the correct colour for this post, they won’t be shown.