Today's vase was a hasty one, but it seemed a good opportunity to use flowers of late spring.
The first to be picked was Ornithogalum arabicum, the so-called Star of Bethlehem. Last year's blooms were spectacular, while this year's have been more wispy, despite my adding a second clump. Still, they are now favorites of mine for their translucent white petals and shiny black middles.
To go with the Ornithogalum, there is Tetraneuris acaulis, a slender handful of stems topped by bright daisies.
And there is the first showing from Aquilegia chrysantha "Swallowtail". Unmistakably part of the columbine family, A. chrysantha is actually a native of this region. It enjoys a good reputation for growing here in a wide range of exposures from sun to shade, so long as its roots are kept moist and cool. The variety "Swallowtail" has extra long spurs. These give a light, airy look to the plant while in bloom; but they seem to break often, which I find distracting, so I might choose a different variety next time. The flowers are a clear, almost lemon, yellow, a highly desirable colour.
And finally there is some Lantana in the vase. This is from plants that were already blooming when we bought the house; they have taught me just how reliable Lantana is in a suitable location!
This little cluster of flowers went into the handthrown pot I made a couple of years ago.