A glass of flowers

For me, there are few things that make a home more happy or hopeful looking than a glass of flowers. Now, more than ever, it’s impossible not to appreciate a little glass of outdoors, inside your house.

The last couple of weeks have seen the arrival of the first perennial flowers in our garden and finally I can begin to bring some outside in. I’ve been slowly gathering baby Aquiligia found self-sown around the garden, giving them a temporary home in the cut flower bed. If I’d managed to start the new border last Autumn then they’d have gone in there, but given how pregnant I was they’ve had to remain put through this year’s flowering. And they really are flowering.

Aquiligia make a great cut flower if you sear the stems in boiling water for 30s first.
Also known as Columbine, Granny’s bonnet or, as my son calls it ‘Grandma’s hat’.

We also have two large lilac trees in our garden, which have been smothered with blossom over the past few weeks. Add to that the purple flowers of Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ and a few bits of foliage from our beech hedge, a Melissa, some mint and Weigela ‘Florida Variegata’, with pink buds just beginning to open, and there’s enough to make up a few bunches of something spring-like for someone stuck indoors.

Many of the gardens on our road have large Lilac trees, which I think have been there since the 1930’s.

Meanwhile the hedgerows are turning white in this part of the world and so I tend to gather blossoming hawthorn stems, hazel leaves and cow parsley when out on my ‘permitted daily exercise’ with my children.

These will be going to people who can’t get outside right now. Hopefully a little pit of Hedgerow inside will make them smile. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden beginning to flower, maybe there’s someone you know who would appreciate some too?


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