The rhubarb flower had to be chopped off anyway, so it became the centre of my vase of flowers for ‘In a Vase on Monday’ at Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden.
I chose Leucadendron ‘Firecracker’, White Sage, Flannel Flower (Phylica), Hellebore sternii, a little branch of jade tree, and Prince Rupert, a scented pelargonium with tiny leaves to reflect the reds and greens in the Rhubarb flower. I love the form of the White Sage as it’s coming into flower, and the Phlyica leaves and flowers are so fuzzy and tactile.
Purple Linaria and blue lupins (from my ‘green’ crop which I can never cut down while it’s green) are there for shape and colour contrast. There are lots of scented things in here. Narcissus and Freesias are the strongest scents over all, the others have to be touched. Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and the White Sage are very strong and oily almost. ‘Prince Rupert’ is lovely and lemony.