All week I have been planning to cut lanky (Salvia) Phyllis Fancy for today’s vase and had one of my few really tall vases in mind, so far unused because…I have had little material substantial enough to justify its use…I am not brave enough to create a BIG
arrangement? One or the other, anyway, but the reason is irrelevant because when I went to cut her stems yesterday she was on the wane and no longer at her best, with droopy flowers and floppy leaves. With chillier days and a few frosts in recent weeks I guess this is just the lady’s normal seasonal demise and I will learn in a few months how well she has coped with a complete winter.
An extended ramble provided alternatives, quickly developing a pink theme: jolly blooms of Chrysanthemum ‘Jessie Cooper’, surprisingly late blooms of Osteospermum ‘3D
Double Purple’, omnipresent Salvia ‘Neon’ and Persicaria ‘Inverleith’, drying heads of sedum and greenery courtesy of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ and parsley seedheads, a surprisingly pleasing little bunch. Trying to avoid using vases that regularly appear, I picked out a glass container held in a wire framework which originally, I recall, housed a hyacinth gift; I am not sure if it looks a little too chunky for the posy, or if the stems could have been a little shorter to balance the two.
It was an interesting exercise scouring the garden for this vase after many, many months of relative plenty, and scouring will be done with an increasingly fine toothcomb in the coming weeks; however, 52 weekly vases a year for five years shows it can be done. Every week it is SO interesting to see what other contributors have found in their gardens and to read the context of their vases, so please keep them coming, leaving links to and from this post to enable us to share in the pleasure that the vases give their creators.