Although there is still plenty to pick from the garden for a vase, in many cases it may only be a single bloom at a time. It would be a shame not to take advantage of these remnants, so I picked as and where I could today.
Most prominent was a single bloom of Dahlia ‘Karma Fuchsiana’, the mother plant not having been very productive this year, joined by partially opened buds of Dahlias ‘Karma Naomi’ and ‘Nuit d’Eté’. Three freshly opening blooms of another dahlia have made their debut this week, grown from a Gardeners’ World ‘free’ tuber labelled ‘Glow’; the emerging tightly packed salmony coloured heads, however, do not resemble the Dahlia ‘Glow’ that Google showed me… Joining the dahlias were the last tails of Amaranthus caudatus, several spikes of Lavender ‘Spanish Eyes’, vivid pink blooms and aromatic leaves of Salvia ‘Neon’, spikes of Heuchera, Fuchsia magellanica and chubby Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.
Last week’s vase suffered from its small size as the water had to be refreshed several times, making me cautious about today’s choice, especially as capacity has to be balanced with height as well. The small rectangular glass vase was pressed into service again, proving to be really versatile, and glass beads were added to hold the stems in place. Props were scraps of fabric left from dressmaking projects. As a child I used to enjoy delving into my mother’s ‘stuff basket’ where she kept her own fabric remnants, and as an adult I built up a small collection of patchwork quilts, finding the individual scraps of fabric in them fascinating. Of course I now also have my own stack of fabric remnants – which must be delved deeply into soon as Elder Daughter has asked me to make a selection of dressing up clothes for The Poppet for Christmas…
What remnants or bountiful blooms in your garden will you pop into your vases this week, and what stories can you weave round them? Do share them with us on your blog by including links to and from this post.