With such a big bunch of blooms today I thought it might be a struggle to find a suitable vase for them, but this vintage pottery Kleen Ware canister from the 1950s fitted the bill perfectly, and was accompanied by other contemporary kitchenalia in a similar colour.
Shunning the brightest blooms, there was more than enough material in a range of pink shades, mostly from the cutting beds. The starting point were 3 stems each of Dahlias ‘Karma Fuchsiniana’ and ‘Karma Naomi’, with my two solitary flowering stems of zinnia – one from ‘Sprite Mixed’ and the other ‘Luminosa’. Perhaps now these are plucked the buds on the side shoots will get a move on and provide more of these blooms that lots of bloggers are raving about this summer! Mind you, I can rave about Antirrhinum ‘Admiral’s Purple’ and Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’ instead which have been flowering for nearly 3 months. Cosmos ‘Purity’ was later to begin flowering but this is my best year so far for cosmos and I am well pleased with them all, other than ‘Xanthos’ (not used today) which flowered well but was an insipid colour and will not be grown again.
What else was included? Amaranthus caudatus in both red and ‘green’ versions, the latter slightly stunted this year, Aster ‘Milady’, a pink grown-from-seed Dahlia ‘Figaro’ and Ammi visnaga, the latter also slightly stunted and barely used in vases because the stems are so short. Not from the cutting beds were flowering stems of Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ and a stem of a fuchsia from one of the big pots on the paved area, plucked on impulse on the way back to the house with my booty.
I don’t often have such a bountiful vase and am therefore appreciating the denseness of colour in this one. Not that a vase (or other receptacle) has to be crammed this full to bring pleasure, so why don’t you join us in picking either a few stems or a big bunch of material from your garden or forage them locally and pop them into a vase to bring you pleasure during the week? Even a solitary stem would be acceptable. If you post a picture on your blog and provide links to and from this post we can all share in that pleasure too – see you soon!