For a number of months I have prepared my Monday vase post on Sunday to enable it to be posted promptly on Monday, but having been busy for most of yesterday it was late afternoon before I remembered, almost TOO late for outside photographs. Nipping quickly to the cutting beds I snipped blooms of all the dahlias – as the title suggests, ‘It Had To Be You’. They have been thrilling me for what seems like months, and I shall certainly be adding to their number for next year – let’s hope they are equally successful.
Clockwise from from top left are Karma Fuchsiana, what should be Noordwijk’s Glory but has produced mostly single flowers, a Bishop’s Child seedling (a little paler than the photograph suggests), Bishop of Llandaff, Karma Naomi and the very prolific Karma Serena:
The dark leaves of the dahlias suggested an equally dark foliage accompaniment and my old favourite, Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ was quick to offer his services. With light levels rapidly dropping, stems were quickly cut to length and conditioned before being plonked unceremoniously into a tall matte green mug and rushed outside for the photo shoot without the chance of any last minute titivation or touching up of their lipstick.
Paying homage to the Golfer as well as the dahlias with the title, the separately photographed prop (full version now propped up against the vase), is a cropped wedding photograph, my dress the colour of one of the Bishop’s dahlias. As I had turned up, the dress became the second surprise for the Golfer on the day as he expected me to walk down the aisle in green, my favourite colour at the time…
What blooms or foliage can you muster from your garden or forage locally to put in a vase this October Monday? Doesn’t have to be flowers or foliage – or a vase even – but please share it with us by including links to and from this post. Adding props is optional – but can bring additional pleasure as the Golfer and I have found today, looking through the rest of those informal wedding photographs from 19 years ago!