The Cuttings Calender – April


I think I’m getting into my stride now. As the year unfolds, there is much more material available in the garden for cutting. Add to that, the inspiration that I have had, from following Cathy’s meme at “Rambling in the Garden”, has really helped my imagination.

Thanks to that, this has to be my favourite for April. I started to use a selection of flowers, along with foliage to create this display. We have here, Bluebells, Dicentra, Pulmonaria, Muscari, Forget-me-nots, all set off with the variegated foliage of Euonymus, and arranged in a pretty, blue and white mug.


In a similar vein, my milk bottles came back into use, this time using Bluebells with Erythronium “Pagoda”, with its delicate yellow bells, again with some Euonymus foliage.

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By total contrast, there is this dark, sultry arrangement, which came close. These photos are of the same pot, but in different settings. How different do they look? I chose the dark flowers of Geranium phaeum, Vinca “Atropurpurea”, and a couple of sprigs of Akebia quinata (never imagined I’d use climbers in a vase!) and the foliage of Anthriscus “Ravenswing”, Heuchera “Chocolate Ruffles” and Bronze Fennel, and lightened with a couple of sprigs of complementary pink Chaerophyllum hirsutum “Roseum”.

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These last two candidates were rescued victims.
Firstly, some stray pink bluebells in a patch of blue, which completed their display indoors with some Luzula sprigs (again, I tip I learned from fellow bloggers!). The second, was a stem from my recently acquired Ashwood hellebore (remember the damaged stem, the day after purchase?). Shall we term this the “A+E” category?

So that’s it for another month – unless I decide I’m good enough to join in with the meme!

2 thoughts on “The Cuttings Calender – April

  1. Cathy

    Oh I had to smile – there are no entry requirements for the vase meme, so please don’t think you might not be good enough! 😉 It’s the joy of the picking and bringing the pickings inside that counts – and you have clearly done both of these in all these arrangements. I especially liked the first one – but then the others all had their attractions too. I do like the milk bottle holder – I am passing an IKEA on Saturday so will be calling in to look for quirky vases and things for the garden and I know they have milk bottle style vases so they will definitely be on my mental list.

  2. thelonggardenpath Post author

    Thank you, Cathy! I will try! I love my milk bottles, they were a Christmas present and possibly encouraged me to do what I had promised myself to do for the last couple of years, by cutting flowers for indoors. I’m now on the look out for a good, old-fashioned 1 pt. glass milk bottle, now not so easy to come by. I do hope you find some good containers. I’d imagine IKEA to be a good source.


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