I am joining in Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday to create a floral arrangement from materials gathered in one’s own garden. Last week I included the first small flowering stem of Salvia × sylvestris ‘May Night’ (Meadow sage) in my Monday vase. Mainacht is back again this week.
Coming fully into bloom this week, ‘May Night’ is coloring the front edge of the south-facing border with dark bluish-purple flower spikes. This perennial loves sun, is deer and drought-tolerant and adjusts to a variety of soil types. It is supposed to bloom all summer with proper deadheading, but in my garden it looks its best during late April-May, then blooms again in September. Some may not enjoy the slightly strong scent indoors, but when cut for arrangements the flowers last for a week or more.
This week the vase is the real star, a delightful gift from my two younger sisters last Easter weekend. This two-toned glazed piece was handmade by a potter in Seagrove, NC, a famous community of potters whose tradition predates the American Revolution. My sisters said they spotted this vase in a shop and thought it might come in handy in light of the weekly Monday vase-themed posts (and it certainly has).
The blue cookie jar seems a perfect companion accessory for this week’s vase. It belonged to our mother and has held many a homemade oatmeal-raisin cookie through the years (though never for long).