Monday night was the annual Summer meal of the gardening club that I joined when we moved here to North Wales. Twice a year we have a meal in the hotel that we use for the meetings, I guess it's the clubs way of saying thank you for the free use of the room we use all year. Usually we only buy one or two drinks while we have the meetings, so takings can't be that brilliant even though there are 25+ people on the premises.
For this years competition we were challenged to find as many flowers in our gardens as we could and make an arrangement from them. As a veggie gardener I don't consciously plant flowers except to attract beneficial insects to my veggies or to deter others from coming close, of course I will plant more once Lovely Hubby has his bee hives and I am trying to up the number of my bee friendly plants each and every year to help the little fuzzy buzzy friends that we could not live without. But even so I was pleasantly surprised to find thirteen different varieties of flowers already in situ and available for picking.
I was really happy with my display, although I knew I wouldn't win with only thirteen different flowers. The winner had over a hundred and her basket of flowers was beautiful. Our table came second in the quiz, and the food and wine was enjoyed by everyone.
How my jug usually looks on the table.
It was a really good night out, and now the jug is back home on the table I am luxuriating in having a beautiful display of flowers where usually I simply have a jug of mint. But the mint will return once the flowers fade as it is a wonderful natural air freshener and is supposed to deter flies and as it grows so rampantly in the front flower bed I do have to keep it under control somehow!!