Appreciate the little things, sometimes even weeds.
My perennials have been coming back to life the past couple of weeks, including herbs, heuchera, creeping jenny, moss and various sedum plants growing in the nooks and crannies of the terrace walls. And, of course, weeds. I can find weeds quite pretty– especially if they are native and/or beneficial to the environment–and they are the inspiration for the tiny arrangements featured in this post.
I am fairly certain that the small lavender-blue flowers pictured above, are tiny bluets (Houstonia pulsilla), native to the Southeast. Moss covers our shady backyard, and the tiny bluets, with blooms no more than a centimeter in diameter, look so pretty against the blanket of vibrant green. I arranged them in a small amber-colored bottle. I will warn you that I had to pull out the tweezers for this one. (As my husband was kind enough to notice, I had a lot of free time that day.)
The next arrangement features the vibrant purple-pink flowers of henbit deadnettle (Lamium amplexicaule), along with a dandelion, sedum, creeping jenny and garden thyme. Native to the Mediterranean, henbit deadnettles are fairly ubiquitous today. They attract pollinators and are a food source for some animals. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even eat them as an herb. (I haven’t tried them, but the leaves smell like parsley.)
Except for the dandelion, which apparently does not last long once picked, this rustic bouquet has brightened my kitchen for almost a week now.
Note: To see what other garden bloggers have put “In a Vase on Monday” check out Cathy’s blog and comments.
5 thoughts on “The Joy of Tiny Things”
Thank you so much for your first appearance on IAVOM and you have entered into the spirit of it brilliantly by focussing on your native or wild flowers, which clearly are giving you as much pleasure as anything cultivated. That little ‘bluet’ is so sweet and what a lovely colour for this time of year too – it is never as easy to find blue blooms in our gardens. Look forward to seeing more vases from you in the coming weeks
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Thank you, Cathy! I look forward to continuing to contribute and to be inspired by everyone else’s IAVOM posts.
Your two little vases gave me big, big smiles!! Well done with your tweezers placement work!
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