For In a vase on Monday I’m using an empty jam Jar this week. In my view there’s no need for proper vases all the time, especially for a simple bunch of sweet peas. Sweet peas shout out country style to me. The flowers are the stars I think.
It’s a beautiful morning here in Lancashire, North West England. I’ve been picking flowers and taking photos outside. What a lovely way to start the week. I love it when the light changes and you get a completely different shot.
I balanced the jam jar full of sweet peas on a post at the edge of one of my annual flower beds. You can see that this bed is still packed with flowers and there are loads more to come with Dahlias and Scabious and other late flowering annuals waiting in the wings.
My annual sweet peas have done really well this year. I’ve grown lots of different colours, all with delicate scent of course. That’s one of the main advantages to growing your own flowers for cutting I’ve found. Mass produced flowers are often selected for their uniformity and long stems. Not scent. If you grow your own flowers you can choose the varieties that you prefer (with scent or not) for your own garden. I’ve found that it doesn’t matter how short the stems are, there’s always a little vase (or jam jar) to suit whatever I’ve picked.
Today I’ve added a few stalks of a lovely perennial pea to this bunch. I was looking for some pale pink flowers but couldn’t find any annuals to fit the bill. You can see in this photo that the perennial pea has smaller blooms but they are exactly the shade of pink I needed and I think they are lovely too. They are really easy to grow – just sow them then leave them to it. I planted a few several years ago and they reappear every spring.
Today I’m linking up with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday. I hope the Jam Jar makes an acceptable vase for you Cathy!
I’m also linking up with Judith at Lavender Cottage for her Monday Mosaic event. Everyone is welcome to join in.
I hope you are all enjoying your August Bank Holiday Monday.