As I am exercising the meme hostess’s privilege* of preparing my post in advance, I won’t know until Monday itself whether it’s sunny outside – but if it’s not, I can look at this vase instead and pretend…and if it’s pouring with rain I can keep myself dry with the plastic sheet which was used as the backdrop for the photographs!
As you can see, today’s vase is a celebration of all the sunny blooms that are brightening up the garden at the end of July, a range of yellows, oranges and russets. The focal points are perhaps orange pompon Dahlia ‘Happy Hallowe’en’, Sunflower ‘Earth Walker’ (and what I thought was a clever title on Wordless Wednesday clearly wasn’t, as no-one picked up on it – that’ll teach me…) and a crocosmia, probably just a humble old-fashioned montbretia which I though had been eradicated from the bead where it was cut. Joining them are my unnamed but good do-er peachy dahlia, Inula hookerii, a pale yellow sunflower which is either ‘Italian White’ or ‘Vanilla Ice’ and three rudbeckia: ‘Irish Eyes’, R hirta and R ‘Gloriosa Daisy’. Oh, and Calendula ‘Indian Prince’ which has been grown for the first time and at last I can appreciate why people find this variety so attractive with the dark underside to its petals.
The sunny blooms were stuffed into a rustic green glazed jug which may or may not have some age to it and sunglasses were at the ready to protect myself from the brightness of the end result. Whatever the weather outside, it’s good to bring some of our gardens inside so we can enjoy them at closer quarters – so why don’t you find something to pick from your own garden and plonk in a vase to bring you pleasure during the way, whether your blooms are sunny or not. Just leave links to and from this post if you would like us to share in that pleasure.
* not actually a privilige at all as anyone can prepare their vase in advance and schedule their post if it works better for them that way