Several of the components in this vase have seeded themselves: buddleia, golden marjoram, pink mallow, and the unknown umbellifer. But my garden, this year is strangely lacking in self-sown foxgloves. I usually have masses. So I have sown some perennial ‘Snowy Mountain’, which I bought at Chelsea. Should I wait to sow the others, the biennial ones, in the Spring or get on with it now?
The red lobelia was on offer at the end of last summer and is doing well, I’ve even grown more from flowers that I picked – they rooted in the vase. They are growing next to the monbretia and the Gardener’s Gaiters in the front border and I do love the combination.
The Peace Pole was added because it was right where I have put the vase on display in the house, and with all the terrible things happening in the world, one can always do with a Peace Pole.
It has ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ written in a different language on each of the four sides. You can read more about Peace Poles by clicking on the link:
Joining Cathy’s fabulous floral garden party at Rambling in the Garden.
And for Cee’s Flower of the Day, here is a closer look at the buddleia.
No wonder butterflies love them.
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Tagged buddleia, Cee's flower of the day, flowers, foxgloves, gardener's gaiters, golden marjoram, In a Vase on Monday, monbretia, Peace Poles, red lobelia, white foxgloves
Still a little obsessed with my latest project – Beach Clean Art, I have set this oh-so-cute square vase filled with monbretia in front of one of my in-progress paintings and surrounded it with bits and pieces I have collected from the beach whilst doing my bit for the 2 Minute Beach Clean.
using these beach clean pieces for a backdrop again, this time complete with beach clean ‘Cleopatra’
and Tate Modern brooch
Tate Modern is selling these as a fund raiser to celebrate the new extension – exciting times, I hope to visit soon.
I have been developing the background canvases I showed you in this post, with a bit of stamping
A very roughly drawn ammonite (with a pencil) on the back of a polystryrene pizza packing disc has created some pretty good stamps I think.
I’ve been playing with bits of beach-clean to see which will make the finished piece.
These pieces are just laid on with no fixings whilst I decide – fixing everything securely is what takes the time – that is the work – all else is play.
I like the idea of fixing the smaller canvas to the larger, creating a little shelf – ooo i am having fun!
What do you think – does it work?
Joining in with Cathy’s inspired international garden flowers meme
Cee’s Flower of the Day.
Monbretia with morning dew.
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Tagged beach, beach clean art, beachcombing, Cee's flower of the day, crocosmia, flower photography, flowers, garden, In a Vase on Monday, macro, monbretia, orange, Tate Modern