My Mother was a wonderful gardener. She adored flowers and she loved a mixture of colour in the garden - there was no white or blue or pastel garden for her. The more colours and varieties of flowers you could get in a bed the better.
The one thing she was not into was flowers inside. Apart from a bunch of sweet peas or a few sprigs of daphne for the scent, Mum was not one for floral arrangements. I asked her why once and she said it was because as soon as you cut them they start to die.
I'm also not really into flower arrangments but my reason is that my flower arranging skills are zero - zilch - useless. I've seen some gorgeous bouquets here by the flower lady and others. If I try to put more than one variety in a vase they look rubbish!!
Wandering around the garden this afternoon though it did occur to me that the best florist is nature herself. Her arrangements are simply divine. Our roses, aquilegia, dianthus, nicotiana, hosta's and so many more are all looking like they have been perfectly placed by a floral artist... but it is simply the way they grow.
This simple arrangement of humble chive blossom at the front corner of our pumpkin garden looks so beautiful and would be near impossible to replicate in a vase. So why would you?