I think everyone of us who lives in the UK knows it has been hot! hot! hot! for weeks (and accordingly dry! dry! dry!) and despite hints of possible thunderstorms in some parts, the weather app on my phone doesn’t show any change in the current pattern here in the Midlands for at least the next fortnight. I do remember the hot summer of 1976 but it was the year I first married and I had not yet left home so had no household responsibilities and definitely no garden to fret about. In the here and now, I had been using the hose every evening in the week leading up to the garden openings but am now trying to restrict watering mostly to pots for the time being. We have 9 water butts but almost all are empty and I want to retain some rain water for topping up the water features before our group visits, all of which are currently switched off to conserve water. I am not quite sure what the outcome will be, as a hosepipe ban is already being introduced in Northern Ireland; meanwhile I am a rather concerned gardener, torn between nurturing my thirsty garden and the environmental implications of doing so…
However, putting aside concerns about water shortages I am delighted to be able to properly administer In a Vase on Monday again today. Thank you for your forbearance last week – I managed to read all your comments but not catch up on all your vases but perhaps I will be able to take a peek when I see this week’s offerings. Even if there had been time to create a vase last week, it would not have contained such sunny blooms as those shown above as they have only been gracing the cutting beds (and the bold borders in the case of the inula) within the last week. I am delighted to be able to include zinnias, probably for
the very first time but not for want of trying. The larger ones are ‘Summer Bouquet’ whilst the smaller are ‘Lilliput Mixed’; there a few pink ones blooming too so perhaps they will also make an appearance soon. Included with them are Calendula ‘Indian Prince’ with its gorgeous contrasting reverse, dwarf sunflower ‘Microsun’ and Inula magnifica. The jug is a Royal Doulton car boot buy with a pretty orange trim.
The cutting beds are teeming with promising blooms and I am excited about future vase prospects, as well as enjoying the progress of the plants from seed through seedling towards colourful blooming plants. If you have room for even just one small cutting bed I would highly recommend going for it as it will bring you far more pleasure than you could ever imagine. Whether you have cutting beds or not, please consider cutting blooms or other material from your garden and popping them into a vase or jam jar to bring the pleasure of your garden into your home. If you would like to share the result with us on IAVOM please leave links to and from this post in the usual way.