I found these two 1930’s ‘barbotine’ vases in a fair near here last April. They are both slightly chipped and each has a couple of hairline cracks, but I really don’t mind.
The shape of a vase is often what define the shape of a bouquet. As soon as I saw these two, with their tall cylindrical form, and soft happy colours, I knew that they would be ideal for foxgloves and roses in June.
Some of my foxgloves get blown over in the garden; a strong gust of wind and they bend at the base and simply lie down. I used to straighten them and tie them to a bamboo support, but now, if they are not about to be walked over, I leave them lying and within a few days, they point back to the sky, diverting their flower spears from horizontal back to vertical, giving me some lovely curved foxgloves that are ideal for adding a little volume to a bouquet.
So today, as the foxgloves are nearly over, I picked a few curved branches, along with roses, a peony, some lady’s mantle, a few sprigs of cerinthe and some of the secondary blooms from my lupins. Its the sort of bouquet I like best, the one that just comes together as you wander around the garden with a secateurs and a basket.
Sunday flowers, from me to you.