I have been drooling over these ruby coloured dahlias for a week or two, spiky ‘Nuit d’Été’ and decorative ‘Karma Naomi’, so it was a real pleasure to snip them for today’s vase and seek out other suitably ruby blooms to join them.
Naturally, the dangly amaranthus lambs’ tails were a must – but not the champion 33″ long one – and several Cosmos ‘Click Cranberries’, found in the adjacent cutting beds; from a hanging basket came stems of a striking annual verbena (visible in the overhead view above) and from the shrub border a ruby stem and flowers of Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ and striking blooms of Persicaria ‘Fat Domino’, one of several persicaria added to the garden two years ago and now really beginning to shine. Several vases were tried and rejected but this dark blue glass hyacinth vase seems to fit the bill well and the pink handstitched quilt used as a backdrop successfully complements the ruby blooms, the overall effect being one of richness of colour. The unusual inclusion of an onion as a prop came about because red onions are a rare purchase for me but were an ingredient in a weekend meal we were having; less strange is the beautiful multi faceted garnet, one of the natural formations of this particular crystal. Garnets are reputed to be energising and regenerating and useful to have in a crisis.
Please do join us in creating a Monday vase to bring you pleasure over the coming week, picking and plonking blooms from your garden, and share them with us by leaving links to and from this post.