Thursday, June 08, 2006
Minou - meow
Here is a photo of the newest addition to the menagerie - Minou - climbing on a pile of washing. She is now asleep, in danger of tumbling out of the laundry bin. Bix and Phoebe, our older cats, are staying clear of her with just the occasional growling grumble when she passes them - Jasmine, the miniature schnauzer, is terrified!
I am about to go out and do deliveries up to Aberfoyle - I think that I might take Jasmine with me.
Each week's subscription flowers seem to take on a different hue. This week they are blue and lilac with silver - the silver comes today from a very pretty grass Briza minima. At least I think that is what it is - one of the downsides to having a dog who loves to chew plastic is that labels have a tendancy to go missing (just after I had trained the children not to take labels out of pots!) so it is an unlabelled grass I sowed last year but which has only just come into flower. If it is Briza minima then all I can say that it isn't very "minima" at all - the stems are about 18" - and the seed heads unwrap themselves from their stem sheaf all crinkled like hair just undone from a plait and then push themselves outward as if suspended in air.
I love using grasses in flower arrangements - airy, floaty ones in particular - as they give a sense of movement, texture and lightness. Personally I like two different sorts of arrangement - a single type of mad flower massed together - a bunch of parrot tulips or bicolour dahlias for example - or a bunch that look like a herbaceous border with different heights, flowers, seedheads and grasses. Grasses also look wonderful on their own - that is how I like to use Stipa gigantea when I have a lot of it - cut full height and displayed in a large glass vase.