In a Vase on Monday: Herbal Tea?

Monday has come round again and I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden with a vase. I must confess this was actually put together on Saturday, as I discovered the cornflowers on the edge of a corn field while walking our dog. I couldnโ€˜t pass up the opportunity of having enough cornflowers for use in my cornflower teapot!

There is nothing quite like these beautiful blue flowers. And they really are blue. (Centaurea cyanus)


I realise I recently posted a similar vase of wildflowers, but I love them so much and this time there are a few new additions. Pink Campions (Silene dioca) for example…

Then the Scabiosa are flowering. They are usually pink in the wild – Iโ€˜d love a pink one in the garden but only seem able to find blue ones. Another one to put on my ‘Grow from seed’ list!

I also found some delicate pink Dianthus (Dianthus deltoides) but only picked one on our own land as they are rare. Then there are Harebells (Campanula patula), a Moon Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi), some white Achillea, the fragrant Bedstraw (Galium mollugo, I think) and a slightly pink flower which I mistook for cow parsley (on the left in the next picture, slightly blurred!) There are so many similar flowers it is hard to identify it, but I will take a better look at it next time I see some.

I wonder what is growing wild near your gardens this June.

Have a good week everyone!

43 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Herbal Tea?

  1. Those simple blue cornflowers are still the best. I did not see the other colors they can bloom in until I was in college. The other colors still look a bit odd too me. The ‘chocolate’ sort do not appeal to me at all.

    • Oh, I get so confused with the name Bachelorโ€˜s Buttons. It seems there are several plants commonly called that in different parts of the world! Thanks Kimberley!

  2. Ahah – I see what you mean! Seeing them in the wild must be especially lovely, and what a lovely ‘wild vase’ you have put together for this week. I have a white umbellifer that appears in my garden and which I have used sometimes in a vase, but I am unsure what it is – I did try to identify it from my Mum’s copy of Keble, but there were so many possibilities, including some that were poisonous…

    • Yes, while trying to identify this one I got a bit worried as so many are poisonous and some are deadly for cattle. I think hemlock belongs to this category of plants too. Maybe I shouldnโ€˜t pick any more until I know what it is! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. What a delightful bouquet Cathy! To find corn flowers growing anywhere would be a treat to me. I tried growing them from seed and they came up such pitiful skinny things, I never tried again. They are beautiful in the true blues. You have such a nice collection in this vase. And your teapot is the perfect match! Have a great week.

    • Thanks Cindy. It is always special to come across a few of these blue flowers. I also tried growing them once and decided they do much better in the wild!

  4. It’s a cheerful mix, Cathy, and I loved seeing the teapot sitting in the grass as if waiting for a party with the March Hare. I adore blue flowers and I sowed cornflowers here but they failed to make an appearance. I don’t know if they just didn’t care for my sandy soil or if I didn’t give them the water they needed to germinate but it was very disappointed.

    • I think cornflowers grow when and where they want to! I have also had no success growing them myself. The wild ones looks so healthy and happy though! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Oh, and the remark about the March Hare made me laugh… yesterday morning I got a photo of one of our visitng hares in almost exactly the same spot as where the teapot was photographed! LOL!

  5. I love the photo setting and the teapot, I guess the March Hare came along later. That is odd, I see you and Kris’s comments above. I have been trying to grow the cornflowers with no success as well.

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