Today’s vase took its name from the favourite of the new persicarias I indulged in last autumn, before my embargo came into force – ‘Fat Domino’ – whose flowering spires are fatter and bushier than any other persicaria I have ever seen. It is now making a stunning display at the back of the shrub border, whilst Persicaria ‘Blackfield’, the persicaria I was planning to buy before being swept away by several other striking varieties, is only slowly bulking up in one of the bold borders.
As it turns out, Fat Domino is not as dominant in the vase as I thought it would be, being joined by various other dazzling vase-fellows that I succumbed to when cutting for the vase, one bright bloom leading to another – a bit like the domino effect. Thus we have spikes of Larkspur ‘Sublime Deep Blue’, Rudbeckia ‘Goldilocks’, Salvia ‘Neon’, darker specimens of Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’, a single pink zinnia, Phlox ‘Pink Eye Flame’, Crocosmia ‘George Davison’, Clematis heraclifolia ‘New Love’ and red and russet blooms of Bishop’s Children Dahlias, whilst sprigs of clary sage ‘Oxford Blue’ and Salvia ‘Fairy Queen play but a small role. Rudbeckia ‘Goldilocks’ is quickly becoming a favourite, forming bushy plants with numerous blooms and, thrilled by already raising three perfect blooms (it’s a start!), I am also optimistic about the zinnias, having pinched out the top of all the plants to encourage greater flowering.
I formed a posy in my hand in an effort to attain a pleasing distribution of blooms and plonked the bunch in the vase after cutting the stems level but without tying them, the indented edge of the green glass vase allowing the stems to splay out attractively. Props for this week – the ‘domino effect’ – were easy but are not obligatory – so what will you find to put in your vase today, with or without props? My vase, as always, was bringing me pleasure from the moment of its creation and I trust yours will too – so please leave links to and from this post so we can share your joy.