Black Mullein and Sedum

Come unto me, all he that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart: and he shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11: 28-30
This Sedum was bought as a small plant from the Botanical Gardens Cambridge in July while traveling with Bugzy . I planted it in a bucket to give it a head start for next spring. It being saved from the snails has grown well.
This is Black Mullein with its bright yellow flowers and strongly contrasting pink/cerise stamens and anthers. The stalk was picked by the road side on our circular walk near Stonor, Henley – on – Thames in the Chiltern Hills. It is a biennial or short- lived perennial which grows on road verges and hedge banks where the soil is chalky and loosened now and then. The flowers have three main benefits. Firstly, they are a good nectar source for insects, particularly Bees. Then there seeds are eaten by seed eating animals including birds such as Goldfinch. Thirdly, the dead flowering stems provide hibernation sites for over- wintering invertebrates.
In the arrangement the Pink Sedum highlight the deep pink/ cerise colour of the anthers and stamens of the Black Mullein flowers. These with the Euphorbia leaves make up this simple arrangement.
This mark is for John Leach of Muchelney Pottery. John Leach, eldest grandson of the renowned Potter Bernard Leach and son of David Leach, continues the family tradition at Muchelney Pottery on the edge of the ancient village of Muchelney in the heart of the Somerset Levels.
This vase was hand – thrown using local clays and wood-fired in the three-chambered kiln to the temperature of 1320C .

John Leach. 1939 – 2021

It was with regret that the family, announced that John Leach passed away peacefully on Sunday 29th August 2021. His sons continue his work.

Once again I pay tribute to someone else whose passion and creativity I am thankful for. When I collected these flowers and arranged them I didn’t know anything about the Potter. I liked the shape of the vase and how it would hold the flowers. I photographed in the morning and then researched later on in the day. This was again a find in a second hand shop.

My deepest condolences go to his family and may their lovely work continue to bring joy in many countries.

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