I like to be in credit. That applies to financial credit, favour credit and most importantly, relationship credit. If I build up enough relationship credit then I can trade it in with my partner to either:
- Get something done
- Get out of jail free
- Get all high-and-mighty
This evening, I made a very large deposit into my relationship credit account by putting together a summer bouquet of flowers from the garden.
With such a small garden, I don’t have a separate “cutting garden” to pick from, I use anything in flower and lots of foliage too to bulk it out. Just like the garden, there’s no overall theme on flowers, colour, scent or foliage, it’s just a mishmash of everything. For foliage, we have:
- Fern leaves
- Four types of Hosta leaves
- Rosemary sprigs
- Black bamboo
- Fatsia Japonica
For the flowers, there are:
- Three types of David Austin Old English roses (sweet/rose scent)
- Three types of cottage pinks (sweet or spicy scent)
- Allium Christophii
- Astrantia (please, do not smell – only in there because they look very pretty)
I really do enjoy being able to go out into the garden armed with a pair of scissors and a vase and create a lovely arrangement to bring inside. As I am cheap, a great deal of satisfaction comes from being able to earn relationship credit without having to use real money too. It’s not going to look as perfect as the florist’s but it’s hand-made, grown, picked and set by me and given with affection and it doesn’t get more personal than that.
This is the third bouquet this year and in a good year (if the weather is right) we can have several starting from early Spring right through to Christmas.
- Siberian Irises and foliage
- Summer bouquet with a bit of everything
- Lilies (caution: pollen)
- Late summer bouquet (Echinacea, Cupids Dart, Lavender etc)
- End of year evergreens (Holly, Ivy, Osmanthus, Bamboo, Sweet Box etc)
Building up relationship credit by making the summer bouquet is all very well, but unfortunately, the existence of this very post means that I have already spent it all.