I will start by saying that purple isn’t my favourite colour. However … when I saw these gladioli in Waitrose today I thought they looked spectacular. Better still, when they had been reduced to £1.45 for 6 lovely spears of this very elegant flower, they soon found their way into the trolley. The vase is an old (again inherited) one, Delft ware, with chips and cracks all over it, but much Delft ware is like this, it’s the very nature of tin-glazed earthenware which is what Delft ware is. It is not hard, it doesn’t withstand knocks, but it’s really lovely in its own way.
I would normally place a large display such as this in the bay window, but with this hot weather continuing I knew they would soon suffer from direct sunshine, and so they are on the table behind the sofa.
As they were so very inexpensive, I also bought a bunch of spray carnations. First of all, I had them on the garden table while I was outside, and later brought them indoors.
The little summerhouse is looking spotlessly clean right now (round of applause, please, for my endeavours!) but I assure you it won’t stay this way for long – magazines and books, cups of tea and gardening shoes will soon be plonked on the floor.
As the afternoon progressed, the sun vanished (but still not a sniff of rain) and I brought the spray carnations indoors. There is something very odd about pink/red flowers, this sort-of cerise colour: it just doesn’t photograph well, indeed it almost looks luminous which is very strange. They certainly don’t glow like this and are actually a very pretty colour. I might cut them down a bit at the weekend, so there is less ‘stalk’ and more ‘flower’. Sometimes people are frightened of cutting flowers down, even when the stalks aren’t the prettiest part of the plant.
And so I walked around the house – call if “faffing” if you like – taking photos of the other flowers indoors at the moment. First the sitting room, where the white roses I bought a week last Monday are still looking good. OK, some have died and been removed, but I’ve changed the water often and cut them down a bit, too.
In the hall, some geraniums …
And again, there’s a kind of luminosity to the flowers.
I also have some geraniums plus red antirrhinums on my bedside chest of drawers …
And on the dressing chest, a single pale pink rose (called You’re Beautiful) …
This is the last of the roses, unless there is a second flourish.
And, of course, roses on the bed! You will catch a glimpse of a pastel blue and white bed cover which I’ve had for years and suddenly thought that it might look nice on our bed for the summer. There is a little pale bluey-grey in the pattern on the cushions, but perhaps this bed cover is just a little too pale, what with the pale walls, too. Anyway, it was worth a try, and I’m always in favour of using what we have.
To the rest of today: first, we did our shopping in Waitrose early this morning, arriving when there were just a few cars in the car park. I thought we’d not need much today, the List didn’t appear quite so long as last week but, my goodness, the trolley was soon full. (The check out assistant asked if it was all “just for us?” She’s a slightly too-chatty person, actually, and I suppose some customers might’ve taken offence at such a personal question but no, I said, it was all “just for us!”)
We then drove to Ilsham Valley again, to enjoy our Waitrose ‘free’ coffee and a sandwich before heading home.
This afternoon a dear friend popped in for a cup of tea and a catch-up, and then we saw our young neighbour, who is a gardener, and he is going to do some work for us; hedge cutting for us and also for our elder son who lives close by.
And to close, the foyer display in Waitrose today was all to do with G&T …
Of course, gin is very much the drink of the moment. For us it’s never been out of favour, an ice-cold G&T is the cleanest-tasting drink there is. We had tonic water on our List, and so we thought we’d try Fever Tree tonics (not the flavoured variety) and will now be able to compare them with Schweppes, of which we have a few left, to see whether we can taste the difference or whether Fever Tree has just benefited from good marketing! We’re not seasoned drinkers by any means, and we don’t care for wine, but a G&T is a real treat every once in a while.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone,
Until next time.