A rainy month of June lends an air of urgency to the garden, especially when the roses are in bloom. An awareness of how fragile the flowers are, how little they enjoy a storm and how quickly their petals fall to the ground and their branches hang low with the weight of the water on their stems.
Rather than feeling glum about the weather and the consequences, I prefer to make the most of the flowers for bouquets indoors. When it comes to roses this is no great sacrifice, since most of them like to be picked, and simply grow again all the more generously after.
The one flower that simply cannot resist the heavy rain is the peony. Its ruffled petals quickly fill with water and within a day they are done for. I have a friend who puts up a large parasol to protect his favourite peonies from the rain, but I never seem to find the time to follow his example.
This bouquet was put together on a very rainy day. Windy too, in fact the whole bouquet blew over face down a couple of times while taking these pictures. I started off with a pedestal vase, but the weight of the flowers was simply too much to handle, so I put the whole lot, including the flower frog into this silver ice bucket, and the shape worked so much better.
Hope you are having a lovely weekend. I’m making the most of mine, as this time next week I’ll be on my way to the States for the start of my book tour. We have listed all the dates HERE, and HERE and I really hope it will be an opportunity to meet many of my readers and talk about important things like … roses in the rain.