The Golfer, like many of his sex and generation, has a particular interest in trains and, although not as obsessive as some, as a teenager he used to cycle from the Midlands up to Crewe with his friends to visit the engine sheds (120+ mile round trip) whilst these days we still visit the occasional shed to see ‘what’s there’. As the number of gardens we visit far exceed these excursions that’s fair enough and I have no objection to trains, particularly travelling in them! Of course he inevitably has various notebooks full of train numbers. Unusually, despite the early experience of steam trains, his main interest has always been in diesel locomotives, and when we were first getting to know each other way back in 1995 he used to describe our burgeoning relationship cryptically as ‘50033’. Class 50 diesel locomotives were built in 1967-68 and most still followed the tradition of having a name as well as a number – 50033 was Glorious…as of course are these dahlias…
The size, shape and weight of the blooms meant finding a suitable vase was hard, and I am not entirely happy with the result – perhaps a wider neck with splayed sides would have worked better – but once I began cutting the stems shorter and wedging them in chicken wire there was no turning back, and the only potential alternative was a
different shape of these gorgeous Caithness Glass ‘Ebony’ vases that look like pottery but are in fact very heavy glass with a black interior, delightfully rich and creamy outer body, and a black drip glaze with a teardrop effect at the base. I have all 8 variations of these, bought from the Caithness Glass factory shop in Oban and therefore presumably seconds.
The dahlias were a mixed bag of those that were looking their best when I went foraging yesterday: Dorothy Rose, Blyton Lady in Red, Happy Halloween, Jowey Winnie and another I have forgotten the name of. The first two are new this year and I am especially pleased with Dorothy Rose, the pink ‘small ball’ variety. Happy Halloween had to be cut with associated side stems but the others had lovely long straight stems, making cutting a joy.
As we near the end of August the range of blooms available for cutting in our gardens in the UK and no doubt elsewhere is subtly changing, although here the dahlias are at their peak and could fill several more vases. I always enjoy seeing what other bloggers have found to pick for their Monday vases and if you haven’t joined us yet please do consider it and give yourself the pleasure of blooms inside as well as out. If you leave links to and from this post then we can share your pleasure too.