We’ve had a spring with extreme cold to extreme rain, and then a sudden switch to extreme heat and humidity. And then, it is repeat again, with a low of 38 degrees last night. The result of lush green growth in the garden is finally beginning to produce an abundance of flowers. I always forget that May is the peak season for most blooming plants in my garden. I went away for two days over Memorial Day weekend, and when I arrived home, I was surprised to see that the garden had exploded in a riot of color.
Therefore, this week’s bouquet is a creation comprised from that riot of color. Working at my outdoor table, I started with my favorite vase, my green painted watering can. It’s size alone demands a large arrangement.
Working outside makes arranging and cleanup so much more convenient. It’s no big deal if leaves or flowers fall on the ground. And leftovers can be whisked off to the compost bin instead of the trash.
A little of this and a little of that quickly fills the watering can to overflowing.
I started the arrangement with some late blooming lilacs, and one of my top five favorite perennials, Ragged Robin.
Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi Petite Jenny) has the most endearing pink powderpuff blossoms that float and sway in the breeze on long thin stems. When not in bloom, this plant is hardly noticeable as a ground cover with insignificant foliage. But what it lacks 11 months of the year, it more than makes up for in the month of May when it’s precious flowers shine in the garden.
Of course, included in this bouquet is my favorite perennial, Nepeta, adding a touch of lavender.
A great filler in the bouquet is what I call my American version of Cow Parsley. I call it that in an attempt to endear it to myself. Commonly known as Bishop’s Weed or goutweed, it is an aggressive, invasive weed. I allow it to bloom and then I wage a never ending war with it the rest of the year. What survives my personal vendetta against it (and it always survives), reappears every spring to repeat the process all over again.
A few sprays of Lamb’s Ears, wild phlox, and parsley, fill out the arrangement. I love the look of parsley in an arrangement, but it doesn’t hold up for even 24 hours.
With rain in the forecast, I decided to bring this arrangement up to the porch instead of leaving it in the back of the yard on the table. This lovely riot of pastels brings a smile to my face with every entrance in and out of the screened porch.
Linking with Cathy of Rambling in the Garden for “In A Vase On Monday”. Wishing everyone a happy week, with good weather and time in the garden to help cope with the ongoing sad and depressing news.