Saturday, 16 June 2012

Bringing the garden indoors

Anyone who read my last whinge blog post will know that I've been suffering somewhat from the effects of the weather and so too has my garden and allotment plots.  As a result, I grabbed the opportunity today to bring a little of what's flourishing in to the home and I quite like the results.  It certainly brightens the place up.
A nice naturalistic display of Linaria purpurea, Astrantia bavarica, Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', and Jasminum officinale 'Clotted Cream'.  These are all really good doers in the garden and firm favourites of mine.  The Linaria alone must measure 4ft from the base of the vase to its tip and somewhat larger in the garden.
The Astrantia always photographs well and is a massive magnet to bees and other pollinating insects.  You can read more in an old post I wrote here.  Since I bought the tiny plant it's really bulked up and is top of the list to be divided this coming Autumn or next Spring.
I've also placed a bunch of Elephant Garlic scapes in a vase on a shelf, as after eating the vast majority, I had just left these lingering in the kitchen.  The light from the fishtank belowgives them a rather menacing look - the complete opposite of how they actually appear.

If the weather is as bad with you as it is here then a little dash in to the garden can certainly be worth it!


  1. Quite lovely. I'm off to cut my onions tops to copy you.

    Weather is pants here too!

  2. Love those astrantias - I was given a tiny bouquet with these in it just before the weekend, it's been brightening up my kitchen and I'd now quite like some in the garden. Must find space for all the flowers I want to grow as they'll end up competing with the veg...

  3. Love the Elephant garlic! I planted some salvia a few weeks ago and they look amazingl cut and in the ground. thought I saw some in the arrangement but not sure.

  4. I love your astrantias, they look fabulous :-)


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