Just to show that there is more than just dahlias blooming in the garden, today’s vase avoids them altogether and in doing so seems to hark back to a completely different season. In passing though, clockwise from back left, the token dahlias shown above are Happy Halloween, a Bishop’s Child, Karma Naomi, another of the Bishop’s progeny, the prolific unknown one and a Dandy seedling. Having only grown dahlias recently, I was able to check back on my blog and the unknown one can have originated only from ‘Procyon’, first grown in 2013, but which was a ‘decorative’ and not a single dahlia. Whether it has reverted to a single form or what, I do not know, but there is nothing else it can be.
But back to today’s ‘real’ vase, the ‘also’ vase which instead features roses and a whole range of more delicate looking and subtle blooms:
The roses are three blooming and budded stems of ‘The Poets Wife’, one of the stars of the shrub border and showing no sign yet of running out of steam. The blooms are so perfectly formed and chocabloc with petals, changing subtly from a clear to creamy yellow and still giving off a warm citrus fragrance as they were picked in the October sunshine and brought inside. They were joined by a range of white daisies – Cosmos ‘Purity’, Osteospermum ‘Sky and Ice’ and a Japanese anemone – and other pastel blooms: Antirrhinum ‘Twinny White’, Amaranthus ‘Green Cascade’, Ammi visnaga, Lavender ‘Spanish Eyes’ and gawky Dianthus ‘Russian Skies’. Supporting the blooms in this soft and gentle vase were also spent flowers of Clematis ‘New Love’, heuchera spikes and the yellow splashed foliage of Persicaria ‘Painter’s Palette’. This persicaria, relocated to the shrub border less than two years ago from where it was languishing unloved elsewhere in the garden, has since thrived and is now relishing its new spot and developing into a most attractive plant, rewarding me with a host of flower spikes with their minute red blooms.
The Poet’s Wife and her chums reside in a simple unpainted white vintage jug, whilst the dahlias have made their home in a crate of mini milk bottles, the latter not having been used as frequently as it might have been, given the increased size of my vase ‘collection’. You don’t really need a ‘vase’ at all for this meme – just see what you can find in your garden or locally and pop it into any receptacle to bring you pleasure this week at home or at work. Or do without the receptacle altogether – the choice is yours, but we would love you to share it with us by including links to and from this post.
ps it is only a few weeks till the third anniversary of IAVOM – 156 consecutive Monday vases for some of us and nearly as many from several others. No doubt I shall find some sort of a giveaway that week, which will be the week commencing Monday 7th November, and will perhaps suggest some sort of theme…