Picking almost anything that took my fancy to fill today’s vase, I was thinking along the lines of ‘Anything Goes’ for a title, although ‘Anything But the Kitchen Sink’ might have been more appropriate. When I came to choose a vase, however, my eyes fell on this spotty dotty jug and immediately the collection of blooms was christened ‘Dotty’, for its slightly mad composition.
Dominating the collection is a single trumpet of Asiatic lily ‘Yellow County’, with dahlias ‘Top Totty’, ‘Dorothy Rose’, Nuit d’Été’ and a spidery red one proving major back up. Minor roles were played by Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ and ‘Cherry Brandy’, herbaceous Clematis ‘New Love’, Persicaria ‘High Society’, Helichrysum ‘Rose Pink’, Limonium (statice) ‘Purple Attraction’ , a nameless (because it is buried in foliage in the middle of a border) phlox and spikes of heuchera. There may well be others I have failed to mention but studying the overhead shot below I can’t see any.*
The clematis, phlox, persicaria and heuchera are reliably hardy perennials, and all the others were easy to grow from seed, bulb or tuber. R ‘Cherry Brandy’ has not always germinated well and thrived, but this year has been completely trouble-free.
Joining the dotty vase are some dotty dice, saved from being plain coloured cubes by the addition of their useful dots. Props such as these dice are not compulsory for IAVOM posts, but they can add an additional element – of humour, history, or personal connection. Do join us today, with or without a prop, and leave links to and from this post so we can share the pleasure your vase is bringing you.
* I later spied a sprig of Verbena bonariense in there too