Having friends over for Sunday lunch prompted a quick forage for blooms from the garden to bring into the house.
A vintage Poole pottery posy ring picked up at a car boot sale for just three pounds made it easy to create a centre piece for the table in a flash.
It may be an old-fashioned container, long out of favour, but all it needs a quick fill with water before floating flower heads around its ring: no floristry skills required!
By chance, its hand-painted design matches the colours of the garden here at this time year; now increased by some self-seeded visitors who have taken full advantage of our neglect of the garden while work took place on the house. As a result, buttercups, highland poppies, and ground elder rub shoulders with bluebells, clematis, acquilegia, and alliums – a haze of purple, pink, yellow and orange.