…but sizzling rather than sultry like the last one!
Today’s sizzling summer vase is largely a celebration of the bounteousness of dahlias, with a minor supporting cast of other equally bright and vivacious blooms. Joining dahlias ‘Golden Girl’ (yellow), ‘Geoffrey Kent’ (red), ‘Happy Halloween’ (pumpkin-coloured), ‘Jescot Julie’ (bi-coloured) and a red spidery one grown from seed a couple of years ago are sunflower ‘Velvet Queen’, Anthemis tinctora ‘Kelwayi’ and new-to-me Ridolfia segetum (false fennel), a refreshing change from the better-known white umbellifers.
The pottery drinking stein (alas, made in Japan and not Germany, as one might expect) seemed an appropriate vessel for a potentially riotous summer evening, but if a steinful of beer is not your cup of tea then perhaps a cocktail would be more to your taste, complete with cocktail umbrella. Teetotal? The umbrellas will keep you shaded from the sun – or keep the rain off you if it is raining, as it is here.
Rain or shine, there will be something in your garden to pick and pop in a vase or jamjar to bring inside and enjoy at closer quarters. If you would like to share your pickings with a group of friendly and supportive bloggers then just add links to and from this post. See you and your vases soon!