There is a wealth of purple at the moment, in fact there is a wealth of flowers in general now, as the days lengthen quickly and the soil is still wet. I considered a completely royal purple vase, with hints of regal gold, but in the end I really wanted to use the lovely giant yellow ixias, and I absolutely love the little red and yellow columbine Aquilegia canadensis.
Anemone the Bride has been beautiful for weeks, along with the ‘blues’ from the De Caen mix, which are really purple.
The rest of the purples include Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’, leucantha, ‘Black Knight’, nemorosa, officinalis, purpurea, Dutch Iris, Lavender stoechas, ‘Sidonie’ and Scabiosa.
I included one flower from a purple cabbage, being stingy because I’m growing it for seed. It’s really as pretty as any flower in the garden.
The Aquilegias include the small burgundy-black ‘William Guiness’, a self sown tall purple and yellow, and a small dark purple columbine with golden stamens which seems to be the most common descendant from the original seed mix.
Oh, and a few perennial wallflowers, still flowering after feeding the bumble bees since last summer. The burford purple penstemons and yellow phlomis didn’t make it into the jar in the end, they were too big and tall and overwhelmed the more delicate flowers, so they are happy now in a vase on their own.
Ramble on over to ‘Rambling in the Garden‘, where people from all over the world make daily life better by picking flowers and arranging them in a jar or vase.