In a French vase on Monday

Am I cheating if I share some vases from a couple of weeks ago?

We are at the French house for a quick and cheeky last-minute weekend, returning to the UK tomorrow, so if I pick some flowers/grasses from the garden today they will go onto the compost heap tomorrow. And that seems like rather a waste.

A couple of weeks ago, here in France, we had a few friends to dinner on Easter Monday. Long before I started to prepare dinner I went out into the garden and picked what flowers I could find and arranged them in vases.

And of course I photographed them and I’m going to share them with you today. Here they are.


The white lilac from the drive was in full and perfect bloom. I put them in a vase with some phacelia tanacetifolia which had self-seeded around the car park. And in small vases in front I put phacelia with lily of the valley. Phacelia has a very good vase life (as well as being adored by bees and other pollinators. All three flowers are very fragrant. Here’s a close-up of the lilac and phacelia.


and the phacelia and lily of the valley


I plan to relocate the lily of the valley at some point. Its current position is in full sun and goes over too quickly. I want to try and establish them under some hedges in a shadier spot.

All self-respecting French gardens (at least round here) have a “snowball bush” also known as boule de neige. Of course it is Viburnum Opulus Roseum, the sterile version (so no berries to follow). I like it best before it is fully flowering, when the flowerheads are green. When I picked them two weeks ago they were on the cusp of green and white.


I quite like this combination of dark hellebore flowers with the perennial wallflower Bowles Mauve. I seared the ends of the hellebores in hot water (30 seconds, taking care to hold the flowerheads away from the steam) and they lasted well in the vase.


I also paired some of the hellebores with more “snowball” viburnum


And finally a couple of red roses from the climbing rose by the front door.


Red is such a difficult colour to photograph, but I’m sure you get the gist.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the flowers I managed to find in the garden to decorate the house for our Easter dinner. In months and years to come I’m looking forward to an even wider selection as the plants we’ve put in establish and we add even more. Have a great week.

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5 thoughts on “In a French vase on Monday

  1. That is too many to process! The snowballs really do look French. I don’t know why. I have never been to France.
    Those lilacs are rad. I really like lilac, and I really like white, but I do not often like white lilac.


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