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A tiny vase on Monday

Small is beautiful, and in the case of my vase this week, small is very beautiful because it involves the tiniest of wild flowers.  I love all the flowers in my garden, but even more I love wild flowers.  I was walking in a local field last week and saw the dainty field pansy (better known to me as heartsease) growing between the lines of harvested corn.  Any day now that field will be ploughed up and all those little beauties will be buried under heavy clods of earth, so to keep their sweet kitten faces alive, they are in my vase this Monday.  There is also herb-robert, white clover, common fumitory, a low-growing umbelliferae which I can't specifically identify, and shepherd's purse with its heart-shaped seed pods.  

To give the arrangement a sense of scale, so that you can see how dainty these flowers are, I have put a creamy yellow daisy from the garden alongside in the first photo. We spend so much time and money on the plants we grow in our gardens that the wild varieties, more often than not in the same families are our garden plants, are completely overlooked.  They are just as beautiful, and actually, for me, more lovely.  

PS : I thought I would do a vase for Halloween on Wednesday too, just in case you want to drop in later in the week!


  1. I too love wildflowers and this vase is just exquisite...a perfect little wildflower vase.

  2. Oh these are adorable and the vase/jug itself is wonderful, a real find - what are its origins, do you know?

    1. This lovely little vase belonged to my younger sister, Lucy, who I sadly lost 30 years ago when she was a young woman. I suspect the vase was quite old when she bought it. I kept the vase, because it always reminds me of her, and every year on her birthday, 1 May, I usually use it for a flower and post a photo on the blog!

    2. PS : Cathy, just checked back through and although I use the vase, it would seem I don't always show it in the photo! It does pop up from time to time though because I love it!!

  3. A lovely miniature! Pretty vase, too. Glad you saved the violas. :)

  4. Wild flowers are so beautiful, and I love the seedheads too. Not long ago when I was in AlisonC's garden, I picked up a piece of Shepherd's purse and admiring its form she too took up the challenge to use it in a vase. Your arrangement and the little vase is beautifully photographed too.

  5. Little vases filled with small flowers are often among the best I think. I'm enamored with your common fumitory, which isn't a flower I can recall ever seeing in my part of the world.

  6. I am also a lover of wildflowers and think the Garden Fairies have been kind to you providing these little beauties. Lovely to remember your sister with the vase.

  7. I love dainty, sweet posies like this one. There's so much to see in the detail, very pretty :)

  8. I love wild flowers, so this is really my cup of tea! ;-) I must admit I would avoid picking Herb Robert though as the smell is rather pungent, although I have enough of it! ;-)


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