The kettle belonged to C’s parents, originally used for boiling water on a wood stove, but stored in a cupboard over the last few years. When C found it, the lid fell off and almost broke his toe – it takes 2 hands to carry it when full of water. I’m looking forward to having it boiling ready for a cup of tea on the wood cook stove next winter.
The first Hydrangeas and Sweet Peas are out. The Sweet Peas are Cupani, and the Hydrangeas are ‘Bridal Bouquet’ and ‘Blue Wave’.
The sunset coloured rose is ‘Crepuscule’, and the Canna buds are ‘Australia’, which has dark purple leaves.
I planted an entire pack of the large seeds of Cerinthe last Autumn and they have taken over the bed, covered with intense purple flowers with turquoise and apple green bracts, each one curled like a shrimp. I prefer their common name of ‘Honeywort’ as they are always full of bees.
Geranium phaeum, ‘the Mourning Widow’ has made it for another winter. This is one of those plants that I struggle to grow, while some people pull it out by the armful. Nasturtium of course is the opposite, covering entire small trees if I don’t keep it in control.
We are celebrating the 4th anniversary of ‘In A Vase on Monday’ this week at Rambling in the Garden, with a challenge to use something which is not a vase. Happy Anniversary Cathy!