I thought I was planning a ‘blue’ vase today with a few touches of purple, but as it turned out the purples and pinks outweighed the blues so a reference to the Moody Blues in the title seemed less appropriate; instead, I plucked one of their album titles out of the distant recesses of my brain (but the CD prop is ‘The Very Best of the Moody Blues’ and not ‘Days of Future Passed’) although I never professed to have understood what this title meant.
The blue blooms were larkspur and clary sage ‘Oxford Blue’, while the pinks and purples were provided by dahlias ‘Willo’s Violet’ and ‘Happy Single Juliet’, Amaranthus caudatus, Cosmos ‘Fizzy Rose Picotee and ‘Click Cranberries’, Helichrysum ‘Bright Rose’, Clary ‘Sundae Pink’ and leaves from Heuchera ‘Neptune’. Willo’s Violet has proved a disappointment as I misled myself with its size, expecting something rather larger than this small pompon variety, entirely my fault! This, and two other varieties, were bought as ‘young plants’ from dahlia specialist (Halls of Heddon); I was too late to order them as tubers so young plants, presumably taken from cuttings, were the next best thing and you could choose your approximate week of delivery, which was useful. As long as I read their catalogue more carefully I might order from them again next year…
It has been a struggle to access my ‘vase cupboard’ in recent weeks because the room it is in is stuffed with the contents of the back sitting room, still set up as the ‘pop-up cafe’ required for my garden openings; even so, I didn’t think I had a blue vase of the right size for these blooms and I have improvised…the vase is sismply an empty tin can, wrapped in a piece of blue card and stapled into a cylinder. It certainly does the job.
It was a real pleasure to have the pick of my cutting beds for today’s vase and I look forward to many weeks of similar abundance. Whether or not you have cutting beds or an abundance of blooms, please consider picking even just one stem from your garden and popping it into a container of some sort and sharing it with us by leaving links in the usual way…or just keep the pleasure of it to yourself if you must.