A few weeks ago, Lou of Little Green Shed threw down the challenge to forage for nature to be brought into the home. I love this idea for a number of reasons, not least because I’m now on unpaid maternity leave and fresh cut flowers are quite expensive, even if I do usually get them from the clearance section at the supermarket.
For a whole week, I walked the streets and common land of Southampton (as we don’t have a garden to pick from) looking for suitable foraging material. Although I saw plenty of nice branches of blossom and lots of flowering shrubs, I couldn’t quite bring myself to pick or “ahem” steal them. Thus, I missed last week’s Nature in the Home series deadline. So imagine my delight when passing some lock-up garages close to our apartment I finally spotted some forget me knots (at least that’s what I think they are)! They were clearly growing wild so I picked up some scissors this afternoon and went and cut a few. I was feeling quite brave after that so I also took some other flowers, including bluebells and dandelions from the borders and lawn (both communal areas) outside the apartment. The little violet flowers I spied on the pavement poking out from under a fence. OK, hands up, these were technically stolen but I’m sure they would have otherwise have been trampled on and I only picked about four flower heads, Your Honor! After a rummage for some small vases in the charity shops in prep for my act of guerrilla flower picking I decided that a couple of jars foraged from the recycling would be cheaper and greener.
The smaller/shorter arrangement makes me very happy. Like a wild flower meadow in a jar.