May and June 2015-2017

May and June 2015-2017

May and June are very busy months for Mother Nature.  Everywhere you look something is in blossom, hawthorn, apple and lilac, a real feast for your eyes.  The verges and hedgerows all around us are lined with cow parsley which is wonderful when combined with flowers from the garden.

For me May means we have Peonies flowering in the garden, top of my list of favourite flowers.  Their large bright flowers light up the garden with colour.  I love them all, be they single or double flowers, they are big, bold and beautiful and a joy to have outside or inside.  Combined with Alstroemeria, another favourite cutting flower, they make a stunning combination.

 

Beautiful Peonies and Alstroemeria in a Brass Jug

Beautiful Peonies and Alstroemeria in a Brass Jug

By June the garden was full of colour and the air was heavy with the scent of many different flowers.  The roses were all in full bloom, the climbing roses cascading down the trellis on the garden fence, so heavy with flowers it was bending under the weight.  The Elderflower tree was groaning with big white flower heads and all the shrubs and perennials were in flower with one bush overflowing into the one next door to give a wall of flowers.  The garden was full of their fragrance and in the evening the honeysuckle took over filling the air with its sweet perfume.  The cutting patch was also coming alive with the first vivid blue cornflowers and bright red poppies.  Summer had definitely arrived.

Beautiful Climbing Roses

Beautiful Climbing Roses

Garden roses are beautiful at this time of the year but it is difficult to cut a long stem without sacrificing other flower buds on the same stem.  This little vase is ideal for accommodating the short stems of roses from the garden.

Add in some sweet peas as well and the smell is heavenly!

Garden Roses with Sweet Peas

Garden Roses with Sweet Peas

May 

May has been every bit as wonderful this year as it was last year with the added bonus of all the plants grown from seed last September now just starting to burst into flower.  The Calendula ‘Indian Prince’ and the Cornflower ‘Black Ball’ are both flourishing and since the last week of May have been producing lots of beautiful flowers.  We now have flowers in the house from the cutting patch which were grown from seed sown last September and the colours are just stunning!

Calendula and Cornflowers - Flowers from the Cutting Patch

Calendula and Cornflowers – Flowers from the Cutting Patch

JUNE 

I love bold colours and this combination of orange, purple and lime green is one of my favorite colour combinations.  To make this arrangement I started with an outline using the Alchemilla Mollis resting on and flowing over the lip of the jug.  Then add the Calendula making sure you keep turning the jug to get even distribution and vary the lengths of the stems to give depth to the arrangement.  Finally fill in with the dark purple Cornflowers and the beautiful delicate Corn Cockles.  As with all my arrangements I am careful not to over fill or over crowd the arrangement with too many flowers.  Leave room for the bees and butterflies to fly!

Calendula, Cornflowers, Corn Cockles and Alchemilla Mollis

Calendula, Cornflowers, Corn Cockles and Alchemilla Mollis

The Delphiniums and Sweet Williams have been fabulous this year in the cutting patch and it almost seemed a shame to cut them but the purpose of the cutting patch is to provide flowers for the house and so we cut a few with lots more still to come!

Start with an outline all the way around the container using the Sweet William having them resting on the container.  Then add in the Delphiniums once again work all the way around to make sure you have an even distribution.  The Delphiniums are very tall and have added the height to the arrangement.  Finally fill in all around with the Cornflowers and Corn Cockles.

Delphiniums, Sweet William, Cornflowers and Corn Cockles

Delphiniums, Sweet William, Cornflowers and Corn Cockles

I love using Sisyrinchium in flower arranging even though it does not last very long and it goes so well with the oranges and yellows of the Calendula.  Once again make an outline with the Alchemilla Mollis and then add the Calendula.  Fill in with the Sisyrinchium which will also add height to the arrangement.  As with all my arrangements, it only takes minutes to do!

Sisyrinchium, Calendula and Alchemilla Mollis

Sisyrinchium, Calendula and Alchemilla Mollis

The different arrangements you can make using just a few varieties of flowers is amazing and I have had endless fun with these flowers.

In this very simple but very stunning arrangement I made an outline using the Calendula this time, then added the Delphiniums and finally filled in with the Cornflowers and Corn Cockles.  It took minutes to make and looks absolutely beautiful in the house!

Delphiniums, Calendula, Cornflowers and Corn Cockles

Delphiniums, Calendula, Cornflowers and Corn Cockles

Flowers from the Cutting Patch

Flowers from the Cutting Patch

Flowers from the Cutting Patch with Gypsophila now flowering as well

Flowers from the Cutting Patch with Gypsophila now flowering as well

Ammi Majus and Gypsophila add an extra dimension to these flowers from the cutting patch!

Ammi Majus and Gypsophila add an extra dimension to these flowers from the cutting patch!

The beautiful vivid colours of the Delphiniums, Sweet Rocket and bright yellow roses with the dark purple stocks look wonderful in this tall hand painted vase. The vase came from a car boot sale!

This is what it's all about -Flowers from the cutting patch!

This is what it’s all about -Flowers from the cutting patch!

This big jug with hand painted flowers purchased for a few pounds from a charity shop is perfect for this arrangement of Lupins, Delphiniums, Sweet Williams, Sweet Rocket, Peonies and Gypsophela.

Flowers from the cutting patch - June 2016

Flowers from the cutting patch – June 2016

The Delphiniums and Sweet Williams are in full flower now and we are cutting them every few days. This pretty blue glass vase is just the right size for these tall stems. Delphiniums, Sweet Williams and Peonies.

Delphiniums, Sweet Williams and Peonies

Delphiniums, Sweet Williams and Peonies

Although I am not a big fan of using Oasis foam, there are occasions when it is quite useful for example when using a basket.  First make an outline with the Delphiniums and the Lupins.

Step One - Making an outline

Step One – Making an outline

Then add some Euonymus in deep and fill in with some Sweet Williams.Fill in with lots of different coloured Sweet Peas to add another different shape and colour.

Step Two - filling in with foliage and flowers

Step Two – filling in with foliage and flowers

Step Three- Colourful Sweet Peas add a new texture and shape

Step Three- Colourful Sweet Peas add a new texture and shape

Finish off with some Gypsophela coming all the way through. Remember to top up the water regularly when using Oasis!

Step Four - Gypsophila adds a light touch to finish it off

Step Four – Gypsophila adds a light touch to finish it off

This is one of my favourite jugs and I use it year after year. Make an outline using the Alchemilla Mollis and fill in with lots of different coloured Sweet Williams. What could be more simple!

Alchemilla Mollis and Sweet Williams

Alchemilla Mollis and Sweet Williams

These Sweet Peas look beautiful in this coloured glass candle lantern with Ammi Majus and Gypsophela.

Sweet Peas, Ammi Majus and Gypsophela

Sweet Peas, Ammi Majus and Gypsophela

This copper jug is another of my favourites and looks lovely with the Astilbe and Sweet Williams, filled in with Ammi Majus, Alchemilla Mollis and Gypsophela.  A lot of interesting and different colours and textures in one container.

Astilbe, Sweet William, Ammi Majus, Alchemilla Mollis and Gypsophela

Astilbe, Sweet William, Ammi Majus, Alchemilla Mollis and Gypsophela

Survivors of last week's storms!

Survivors of last week’s storms!

Another beautiful collection of flowers in my favorite copper jug.  I have totally fallen in love with these stunningly beautiful golden Californian poppies.  They curl up and go to sleep at night even earlier than I do!