There should have been so many blooms to choose from for today’s vase, such as the gorgeous dahlias shown below – ‘Single Juliet’ on the left and ‘Nuit d’Été’ on the right:
It wasn’t to be though, as my morning ramble found a broken stem of Dahlia ‘Jowey Winnie’, brought down by some heavy rain the night before. With one full bloom and two budded side shoots growing at an interesting angle, today’s vase seemed an appropriate destination for the casualty. Continuing on my ramble, a broken stem of Asiatic lily ‘Elodie’ proved to be another casuality and made a serendipitous pairing with the dahlia. I popped them immediately in the first vase I ever recollect owning, a blue stoneware vase given to me by an ex sister-in-law about 40 years ago, a vase I have always loved for its tactile horizontally ribbed appearance. For many years it served only to hold supermarket narcissi and tulips, the soft blue colour a perfect match for both, but not surprisingly it hosts a wide range of home grown blooms these days.
Initially the casualties were popped into it purely to rest until Monday’s vase was put together as it was deep and readily at hand, but it immediately looked perfect for the complementary coloured blooms. I did try one or two different additions of frothy foliage but nothing looked quite right, and the blooms shrugged off any accompaniment so remained as they were. I have grown four different varieties of Asiatic lilies in pots this year, placing the pots in various borders once the flower buds were evident. Grown this way it was easy to spot any lily beetle, and infestation was almost non-existent so the pots have remained virtually pristine and made great additions to the border. If it hadn’t been for the damaged stem I am not sure if any would have been spared for a vase! Sadly these lilies don’t have a fragrance, but I may extend the experiment with other lilies for next year. Elodie was the last of the four varieties to flower and one stem was enhanced by semi-double blooms, shown below alongside a visitor to adjacent single blooms.
As well as the main Monday vase there are various little vases adorning the kitchen at the moment too, blue and white sweet peas cut back as recommended by Monty Don recently, white cosmos ejected from the main vase and bright green thalictrum and amaranthus foliage accompanying a single yellow dahlia, the latter a leftover from Wednesday’s group visit. In this time of plenty, unless I just continue to gaze in admiration, I anticipate them being joined by other cutting bed joys over the course of the next week – unless Little Miss finally arrives and I can cut them to give Younger Daughter a congratulations posy!
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