Red, White and Blue-ish

One of the simple pleasures in life is having fresh flowers in the house and it’s even nicer when these have been brought in from your own garden! I prefer simple posies in pretty containers – I haven’t got the patience, or artistic ability, to arrange flowers properly (but I certainly envy those that do) so forgive my wonky efforts!

With the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in mind I chose a red, white and blue theme. The red flower is a Geum that I rescued from my old garden and I love it’s hardiness, long bloom time and small nodding flowers. The little white flowers are from an alpine plant and I have no idea what they are as I found them in a bargain bin! As for blue… blue is always such a difficult colour so I chose a bluey/purpley anenome called “Mr Fokker” from Sarah Raven. I find that this is much easier to spell rather than pronounce!

A couple of days ago I blogged about Fairy cakes and said that I would try and decorate these before going to work… I’m pleased to say that I did manage to decorate these and let them in the coffee room at work. They went down a treat! I thought people would wait until mid morning but most of them got scoffed at breakfast! I mixed some icing sugar with double cream, whisked it up and topped it with strawberries and blueberries – the cool, tanginess of the fruit really complimented the sweet cake and topping.

It’s been raining for most of the day, which usually happens when there is a holiday weekend! There’s no point heading out to the garden… but at least there’s no need to water the plants later.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is rain again and we’re going to the Picnic in the Park! Ha ha, I’ll have my wellies at the ready and waterproof sandwiches!

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22 thoughts on “Red, White and Blue-ish

    • Thanks so much! The Queen has been monarch for 60yrs so it’s the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and most people in the UK have been given an extra day off work!

  1. love casual arrangements. these days i’m stuffing rudbeckia into whatever containers i can find and setting them all over the house – so much fun! i want a cupcake – you’re talented!

    • I love having seasonal flowers and herbs in the house… I don’t want daffodils in November or sunflowers in the New Year. I don’t even want roses for Valentine’s Day. There’s nothing nicer than waiting for the first asparagus, new potatoes, strawberries etc and I agree with you wholeheartedly Bridget.

  2. Hello, thanks for stopping by & following my blog 🙂
    Love those flowers, don’t think we have anything out on the farm yet in ‘Jubilee colours’, we mostly have pinks out at this time of year. Hope you enjoy your long weekend, Janie x

  3. I have just blogged my first cut flowers of the year! Yours are beautiful and would look great on any Jubilee party table. I love the red, white and blue theme. Her x

    • It won’t be long before your 4th July celebrations! If the flowers are pretty enough they look good whatever my clumsy attempts at arranging them so I’m happy.

  4. That bouquet is beautiful, and those cupcakes look fantastic, i love the patriotic cases! Hope you have a great party despite the rain, i’m digging out my wellies too…!
    -E

    • Thank you! The weather was awful on Sunday and it never stopped raining… at all! However, it was very pleasant yesterday and we had a lovely time. Hopefully, you and your wellies did too!

  5. I’m enjoying your posts about the Jubilee. A once in a lifetime experience so I think we should all go out and have fun. I was bemoaning the fact that I did not have a Union Jack to fly (Canadians are big flag flyers) but thanks to your post a bucket of red, white and blue flowers will be standing on my porch shortly.

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