In a vase on Monday: Purple rain


This little posy of purple flowers was picked on Monday morning, and as the rain began to fall I started to hum ‘purple rain’ by Prince.

In today’s bouquet are hellebore, forget-me-not, stocks and grape hyacinth.

They’re arranged in a bronze lustre Prinkash pot. The Prinknash pottery was founded by monks who used the rich clay around them to make lovely little pots, often with metallic, lustrous glazes. It’s one of my favourite pots, and I’ve made quite a few previous posies in this same vase.

I’ll share this collection with Cathy and the gang at Rambling in the Garden, where every Monday gardeners share pictures of flowers in a vase. It’s a marvellous meme and wonderful way to celebrate the seasons.

I’ve also updated, my other website, which now not only has homegrown bouquets and stories from the garden, but also celebrates sustainable gardeners and eco-enterprise in Frome.  There’s so much great stuff going on in town, that I wanted to share more news about the backyard flower farmers, sustainable skincare producers, and community gardening events.

And yesterday I joined Shared Earth Learning and Tree Group Frome for a day to plant trees by the river. It was a wonderful community tree event, and I picked up a great recipe for hawthorn brandy.

It’s been a good Monday so far…

And like I always say, I hope your plans and plants are coming along nicely,

Jen x

7 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: Purple rain

  1. We sure have had some rain in Wells not far from Frome. Alison C who also posts almost weekly on IAVOM if half way between on the Frome side of Shepton Mallet. You vase is lovely and I can see what it is one of your favourites. The hellebore is a similar shade.

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  2. Ha! Grape hyacinth STILL rok! So many think that they are cheap and common. I think they are common only because they grow so well and spread so nicely. They are cheap only because there is no need to pay for them when neighbors will be happy to share theirs! They are still one of my faves from the 1970s.


      1. Cheap and common is better for the environment too. I am concerned with this ‘pollinator gardening’ fad because pollinators do not know what to make of all these new and weird flowers. Even if they figure out how to get the pollen from them, some of the pollen of overly hybridized plants lacks nutritional value, so insects can stare while over eating. We are creating the equivalent of ‘Iceberg’ lettuce for insects.

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